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Enrolment and Examinations

Course and Program Enrolment, Examinations

Students are academically and financially responsible for all course enrolments and fees incurred.

Students who wish to withdraw from a program of study must formally withdraw by submitting a Permanent Withdrawal online via the Student Centre in RAMSS ( Students who wish to withdraw from course(s) must do so online via RAMSS (, opens in new window) by the appropriate University deadline dates.

Students will not be dropped from courses or a program of study for non-attendance and/or non-payment. In addition, non-attendance does not warrant the removal of course enrolment(s) and/or fee charge.

Please see Program Withdrawal or Discontinuation (below) for complete information on the Undergraduate withdrawal process (Permanent, Short Term and Course Withdrawal) and appropriate deadline dates. Please refer to the current Chang School calendar for appropriate drop deadline dates for courses offered through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, opens in new window.

Please note that late fee service charges will be assessed and applied to any unpaid balance in a students’ account. A $50.00 charge will apply for all cheques, and credit card payments not honoured by a banking institution.

Students are encouraged to review the curriculum requirements for each semester of their program. Course loads will vary by individual program, and may also vary by term within a program. In general, however:

  • Full-time undergraduate students take between 4 and 7 courses per term.
  • Part-time undergraduate students take between 1 and 3 courses per term.

Please consult Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) section of the Student Financial Assistance and Awards website for course load definitions.

Students admitted to the first term of a full-time program and with a confirmed Offer of Admission before the end of July will automatically be enrolled into their first year required courses in both the Fall and Winter terms and are only required to enrol in their elective courses. Enrolment into elective courses must be completed online via RAMSS (, opens in new window) during the open enrolment period beginning n August.

When making schedule changes (adds, drops and swaps) students are advised to make careful choices that take into account possible liberal studies restrictions, opens in new window and course prerequisites.

To assist in determining which courses to select and to ensure that the courses selected will be used toward degree requirements, students should run an Advisement Report in addition to consulting the current Undergraduate Calendar. Advisement Reports are available for all full-time undergraduate students via RAMSS ( See How to View My Advisement Report, opens in new window.

It is recommended that students enrol using the "My Classes Offered" class search option from the course offerings by term. This function will display, by term, only the courses that are offered and applicable to their program and plan. See How to Enroll from My Classes Offered, opens in new window for step-by-step instructions.

Course Intentions is the process where you indicate the courses you wish to take in the upcoming academic year via RAMSS.

While students in full-time undergraduate programs have always been required to participate in Course Intentions, participation is now mandatory for returning full-time undergraduate students in all Faculties including the Faculty of Law. 

The Course Intention period occurs in early March for the upcoming year, via RAMSS (, opens in new window).

Course Intentions are essential in assisting Faculties, Schools and Departments with their course planning for the next academic year. The number of classes of a particular subject and how many seats are allocated for those classes are established based on the courses students choose during the Course Intention period.

When participating in the Course Intention process, students must ensure that they complete the transaction in their Shopping Cart (by selecting "Finish Enrolling"). Course Intention selections added to a student’s Shopping Cart but not completed will not be recorded and therefore will not be taken into consideration when preparing a student’s schedule. See How to Enroll from My Classes Offered, opens in new window for step-by-step instructions.

Students will not be allowed to enrol in courses unless they have passed the prerequisite courses. Other program-specific restrictions may also apply. Students with outstanding fees from previous terms will be prohibited from further enrolment, until satisfactory payment arrangements have been made.

Students who decide not to return to Ryerson after completion of the academic year and who have participated in the course intention process for the next academic year must inform the Office of the Registrar by submitting a Short-Term Withdrawal or Permanent Withdrawal online via the Student Centre in RAMSS ( Please see section on Program Withdrawal or Discontinuation for more detailed information. Short-Term Withdrawal or Permanent Withdrawal must be done by the published deadlines as outlined in the Significant Dates section in this calendar.

For more details and instructions, see Course Intentions, opens in new window

  1. Students must make sure they meet the enrolment criteria for each course in which they are enrolled, including prerequisites, antirequisites, co-requisites and restrictions. Also, students must make sure that course enrolments are applicable for the graduation requirements of their degree program and plan of study.
  2. Students must remember that they are financially and academically responsible for each course in which they enrol.
  3. Students are advised to run an Advisement Report, opens in new window before enrolling in courses, to determine program requirements, and again after enrolling in courses, to make sure that enrolled courses fulfil requirements.
  4. It is recommended that students enrol using Search By My Classes Offered and Visual Schedule Builder, opens in new window from the Student Centre to display and select the Fall and Winter courses. This functionality allows students to build a schedule based on only the courses that are offered and applicable to their program and plan for the term.
  5. Before enrolling in a course, a student must verify the relevance of the course to their curriculum requirements. For instance, some Sociology courses are classified in the Undergraduate Calendar as lower level liberal studies (LL) and upper level liberal studies (UL). Students must make sure they are enrolling in the correct classification of a course. This can be verified on the Advisement Report.
  6. Course offerings may vary from term to term. All courses listed within a table under a particular program may not necessarily be offered in all terms.
  7. Students are encouraged to enrol in courses applicable to their program curriculum. Program departments reserve the right to remove and de-enrol any student enrolled in required courses designated to their respective program department.
  8. Some course enrolment adjustments must be authorized by the student's program department, and all must be initiated by the dates listed in this Calendar. Students are permitted to make changes to their course enrolment during the specified period each term - See Significant Dates for enrolment and drop deadlines.
  9. Course Intention and Section Confirmation: Students have full access to RAMSS to verify the courses and sections in which they are enrolled. Students must verify this information by the deadline to add courses for the appropriate term. Students must make any necessary corrections on RAMSS or with their program department by the last day to enrol for the term. A $100 (subject to change) Addition/deltion to Registration Record fee may be levied for each course or grade added to a student’s enrolment after the deadline dates. Students are academically and financially responsible for all courses enrolled, unless they make corrections by the designated deadline.
  10. Students wishing to drop courses without academic penalty should consult the Significant Dates section of this Calendar for deadline dates.
  11. Course Replacement and Course Exclusion: Students must submit the GPA Adjustment Form to Student Records to request a replacement of previously failed courses or exclusion of courses which are not in their curriculum. The deadline for these requests is the final date to add a course for the term. For more information see GPA Adjustment Requests, opens in new window. For the policy concerning grade point averages, see PDF fileSenate Policy #46.
  12. Students will obtain final grades at the end of term only for those courses in which they are officially enrolled. The student is responsible for ensuring that they are officially enrolled in courses being taken. 
  13. Program Change, Course Directive and Course Substitution: Students must complete the curriculum for their program as outlined in this Calendar, 

    It is the responsibility of each full-time undergraduate student to access the new online Undergraduate Calendar at each year, and follow the curriculum as stated.

    It is the responsibility of each Part-time undergraduate student to complete the curriculum for their program as set out in the edition of the Undergraduate Calendar of the year they were admitted to their program, unless stated otherwise.

    Any requests for course directives and course substitutions or other changes to program requirements must be approved by the Chair or Director of both the appropriate program and teaching departments. Course Directive and Course Substitution forms are available online at the Office of the Registrar's Forms for Students page. Failure to obtain written permission on the appropriate form and within the established deadline will result in ineligibility to graduate.

  14. No course can be repeated more than twice (three completions in total when the original attempt is included). If at least one of the course attempts results in a passing grade, the course will count towards graduation requirements irrespective of the sequence of grades earned. A student will be assigned a standing of PERMANENT PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL after three failures in the same course. Equivalent courses taken and failed elsewhere under a Letter of Permission will also be included in the three-failure count.

Ted Rogers School of Business Management

Full-time students are limited to enrol in a maximum of seven credit courses each semester, including Chang School courses. Exceptions may be made only with the prior approval of the Ted Rogers School of Business Management.

The Ted Rogers School of Business Management students who enrol in one or more courses in excess of the above mentioned regulations will have their courses reduced accordingly at the discretion of the School.

Applications to Withdraw from a Program

Students who wish to voluntarily withdraw from their Ryerson program - either temporarily (short-term) or permanently - must follow the steps in the weblinks below:

Short Term Withdrawals 
Permanent Withdrawals 

Students are considered officially Withdrawn, in Good Academic Standing, when they submit a Permanent Withdrawal online via the Student Centre in RAMSS by the appropriate deadline date. Please refer to the Significant Dates section of this calendar for deadlines. If a student wishes to re-enter the program later, an application for re- admission must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Re-admission is not guaranteed.

See also the program withdrawal section in the Student Guide.

Students are academically and financially responsible for all courses and charges, unless they have formally withdrawn from courses and or their program of study by the appropriate deadline dates.

Not Eligible to Enrol (Inactive Status)

Undergraduate program students who do not have any course enrolments for three or more terms will be deemed to have Inactive status and not eligible to enrol in courses. These students may contact their program department requesting to be re-activated for the specific term and become eligible to enrol.

Program Discontinuation/Stop Out/Non Return

Students who do not enrol and complete a course for six or more terms will be deemed to have Discontinued status and will be discontinued from their program. Students who have been discontinued from their program must apply for re-admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Re-admission is not guaranteed.

Academic Standing - Program Withdrawal

Based on their overall academic performance, students may be assigned one of the following Academic Standings at the end of an academic term:

  • Required To Withdraw (RTW)
  • Standing Variation Withdrawal (SVW)
  • Permanent Program Withdrawal (PPW)

See Academic Standings for further information about the criteria for and outcomes related to these Academic Standings.


Students should be aware that even though they are not attending Ryerson for one or more terms, they continue to use up the timespan calculated to complete their program of study.

For more information on timespan, please refer to the Graduation Requirements section of this calendar.

All current undergraduate courses are designated by an alpha-numeric course code, for example “ABC 123” and “ABC 12A/B”.

  • The first three letters identify the subject area.
  • Course codes with three numerals indicate single-term courses.
  • Course codes with two numerals and an “A/B” indicate multi-term courses.
    • The first half of a multi-term course is “A” and the second half is “B”.
    • The final grade is assigned only to the “B” portion of the course.
    • The “A” portion of a multi-term course is ungraded and does not appear on a student's transcript.
Course Number Subject Area Course Title Duration
ASC 853 Architectural Science Landscape Design, Theory and Application Single Term
BLG 10A/B Biology Anatomy and Physiology Multi-Term

Final Examination Schedules are posted approximately one month before examinations at, opens in new window and on RAMSS.

Students should familiarize themselves with the PDF fileSenate Policy 135 - Final Examinations Policy, opens in new window.

Also, refer to the Office of the Registrar website, opens in new window to learn about exam schedules, locations, conflicts, overloads, and exam room procedures.

Some of the Student Responsibilities are highlighted below.

Policy Highlights

The goal is to ensure that all final exams are administered in a manner that maximizes integrity and provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the intended learning outcomes of a course.

All members of the University (faculty, staff, and students) participating in the exam process have a responsibility to adhere to and uphold all academic integrity standards in terms of PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity, opens in new window and PDF filePolicy 61: Student Code of Non-Academic Misconduct, opens in new window.

Students are required to:

  1. Know the time, format, and duration of their exams;
  2. Follow all policies and procedures pertaining to exams, including PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity, opens in new window and PDF filePolicy 61: Student Code of Non-Academic Misconduct, opens in new window;
  3. Follow the procedures in the case of an exam conflict or exam overload;
  4. Follow all instructions given;
  5. Visit the Registrar Office exam website for updates on exam information.