Selecting and Registering for Your First-Year Courses
On this page you can find information on:
- Selecting your courses
- Creating a timetable that works for you
- Registering your courses
- What you can do to prepare
- Contact us
1. Selecting your courses
Course selection flowchart PDF
How many courses should you take?
Use the Planning My First Year (worksheet) PDF to help with your course selection.
Course code descriptions »
What courses should you take?
Whether you have chosen a major or not, it is important to take courses that interest you and courses that keep options open for the future.
2. Create a Timetable That Works for You
The academic timetable contains all of the information needed to understand which courses are offered on the Peterborough and Oshawa campus, along with when and where they will be offered.
3. Register Your Courses
Registration happens through the MyTrent portal. Follow the links below for a pdf that will help you to navigate the MyTrent portal.
- You can register for courses directly after using the Visual Schedule Builder (VSB)
4. What You Can Do to Prepare?
Your first year will be a year of transition and it is always helpful to be well prepared. Here are a few tools/suggestions:
- Register for your New Student Orientation day »
- Survive and Thrive PDF will help you get ready for your first year at University | Open Online
5. Still have questions? Contact us.
If you would like to learn more about registering for your courses feel free to call your college office (contact listed below) or our hotline 705-748-1011 ext 7333.
College Contact Information:
Not sure what college to call ?
For general inquiries call 705-748-1011 ext 7333
Champlain College Office, CCS 202
(705) 748-1011 ext 1237
Gzowski College Office, GCS 214
(705) 748-1011 ext 1743
Lady Eaton College Office, ECC 119
(705) 748-1011 ext 1322
Otonabee College Office, OCA W102
(705) 748-1011 ext 7742
Trail College Office, Downtown Peterborough
(705) 748-1011 ext 7333
Or here is more information on each of the topics above:
How Many Courses Should I Take? (additional information)
- Some courses are worth a full credit ("Y"= 1.0 credit), while others are worth a half credit ("H" = 0.5 credit). For example, MATH 1050Y is worth 1.0 credit and spans the entire fall/winter (FW) session, while PHIL 1000H is worth 0.5 credit and is offered in the fall term (FA) and spans one term only.
- The fall/winter (FW) session is made up of two four-month terms. You may be registering in some half-credit courses from September to December, which is the Fall (FA) term, and you may have some half-credit courses from January to April, which is the Winter (WI) term.
- The summer (SU) session contains two six-week terms. New students are allowed to take a maximum of 5.0 credits from September to April (the FW session): 2.5 credits in the fall term (FA) and 2.5 credits in the winter term (WI).
- New students starting in the summer may take a maximum of 2.0 credits from May to August (the SU session) with a maximum of 1.0 credit in the first summer term (S61) and 1.0 in the second summer term (S62).
- Use the Planning My First Year (worksheet) PDF to help with your course selection.
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What courses should you take? (additional Information)
- Whether you have chosen a major or not, it is important to take courses that interest you and courses that keep options open for the future
- If you have decided on a major(s), register in the 1000-level courses that are required for your major(s)
- For example, Psychology majors would register in PSYC 1020H and PSYC 1030H
- First-year course suggestions (1000 Level courses) for each major
- First-year course videos help you learn more about each major and the introductory courses for each major
- All of your degree requirements and program options are located in the Academic Calendar (PDF).
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Still have questions? Contact an academic advisor to book an appointment.