Student Instructions for Registration

If you're a student at Nipissing University, registering for classes is an important first step in earning academic credits toward your degree, diploma, or certificate!

Follow the instructions below to find your courses and register to secure your spot.

Unsure about which courses you should take? Visit this page to find out more about which courses you need to meet your program & degree requirements.

For a list of helpful registration vocabulary visit this page.

Accessing WebAdvisor for Students

In order to register in classes, you need to access WebAdvisor. Here's how to get there:

  1. Access Nipissing University’s Home Page and click on My Nipissing in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
  2. Enter your username (your nipissing email address for example, and password (6 to 9 characters in length and include both numbers and letters) and click on Sign In.
  3. Click on Go to WebAdvisor.
  4. Click on Students.

For WebAdvisor questions or concerns not covered in these instructions, please contact the help desk - email, or phone 705-474-3450 x4342.

How to Search for Classes

From the Students Menu on WebAdvisor (note that you do not have to be logged in to WebAdvisor):

  1. Click on Search for Classes (no login required).
  2. Choose the appropriate term (i.e., 24FW for a Fall or Winter course in 2024/25)
  3. Choose a course subject (e.g., HIST for History, etc.).
  4. Optional: You can also enter a course number (if known) or a location (e.g. North Bay) if you wish to include those filters. 
  5. Click submit.

You will see a list of course sections that should match what you searched for. Each Section is one option you can select to register in to complete the course. View the section below on How to Register for Classes for more information.

You can filter your search results to hide Fall classes, Distance classes, etc. to customize your view of the course offerings. The column headings will give you more information about each section such as:

  • Location: the Location where the course will be delivered
  • Credits: the number of Credits you can earn by completing the course
  • Status: whether the course has space available or is waitlisted
  • Section Restrictions: only students in certain programs or certain years of study may register in some sections. If there is a restriction, it will appear in this column and you can hover over the 'i' to find out who can take the course
  • Antirequisites: If there are antirequisites listed, please make sure you haven't already completed any of the courses listed in this column. If you have, you won't be able to earn any credits for taking this course.
  • Meeting Information: this is when and where the course will take place, including all lectures, labs, seminars, or practicum components. Many courses meet multiple times per week and you are expected to attend every meeting time listed in the box under "Meeting Information" for your course.
  • Faculty: this is who is teaching the course. Some courses may say "TBA" if we don't know who will be teaching the course yet.
  • Available/Capacity/Waitlist: this tells you how many spots are available in the course, how many spots there are overall, and how many students are on the waitlist hoping for a spot to open up.

How to Register for Classes

From the Students Menu on WebAdvisor:

  1. Click on Search & Register for Classes in order to register for a course.
  2. Choose the appropriate term (i.e., 24FW for a Fall or Winter course in 2024/25) and a course subject (e.g., HIST for History, etc.). You can also enter a course number (if known) or a location (e.g. North Bay) if you wish to include those filters. Click submit.
  3. Click on the box beside the course(s) you wish to register in. Click submit.
  4. Under Preferred Sections you will now be required to select an ‘Action’ for each course you have selected.
    • In the ‘Action’ box you have three options: 
      • Register - if there is space in the course, you can select 'Register' to register in the course now.
      • Remove from List - if you no longer wish to register in this course.
      • Waitlist. - if the course is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist by selecting Waitlist now. See the 'Manage My Waitlist' below for more information about this process.
    •  Click submit.
  5. You will then receive a message indicating your status in the chosen course(s). Your status should appear as “Registered for this section” to indicate that you have registered successfully in the course.
  6. You may return to the Students Menu, click on Search & Register for Classes and repeat steps 1 - 4 as needed for any other courses you wish to take.
  7. To verify your course selection, click on My Class Schedule or View My Class Selections or View My Timetable on the Students menu. This should be done after adding or dropping courses. You may want to print it for your records.

Manage My Waitlist

If the course you wish to take is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist to receive updates if a space becomes available for you. When space becomes available in a waitlisted course, students on the waitlist will receive permission to register in the order that they added themselves to the waitlist.

Follow steps 1-4 in the 'How to Register for Classes' section above to add yourself to a course waitlist.

If a space becomes available for you in a section, you will be sent an email to your Nipissing student email account notifying you of the available space and how much time you have to register in the course.

  1. At any time you may select Manage My Waitlist from the Students menu on WebAdvisor to see what position you are on a list.
  2. If a space is available in a course, Manage My Waitlist will show the status as “Permission to Register”. An email will also be sent to your Nipissing student email account to notify you that a space is available.
  3. To register in the course you would select the action ‘Register’.
  4. If you do not wish to remain on a waiting list, go to Manage My Waitlist and select the action ‘Remove’ to remove your name from the waiting list.