York University has a helpful self-serve tool that can significantly help you in mapping your academic schedule.

What is it?

Visual Schedule Builder (VSB) is a student-designed web tool. It allows you to select your desired courses and then graphically view different scheduling options to see what works best for you.

How does it work?

Simply type in your course codes on the “Select Courses” screen. The VSB will plot the courses into conflict-free timetable options and display them on an easy-to-read weekly calendar. Click through your “Generated Results” to see alternate schedules.

In the example below, 32, 655 different timetables have been generated for the courses selected on the left!

To narrow your schedule options, you can block out times when you’re busy, working, or off-campus, and even optimize the schedule to include criteria such as:

  • No morning classes
  • As few days on campus as possible
  • Taking classes downtown at Nadal, while still allowing travel time to and from Keele

Another great feature: Once you’ve found a schedule that you like, the VSB lists all of the catalogue numbers for your classes at the bottom of the timetable. This way you can easily copy and paste them into the Registration and Enrolment Module (REM).

Important Reminders:

  1. The VSB does NOT register you in courses, but helps you create an optimal course schedule from which you can enroll during your enrolment window through the Registration and Enrolment Module.
  2. The Visual Schedule Builder is NOT meant to replace academic advising or degree audits. It does not check your course prerequisites or financial or enrolment blocks.

To get started with the Visual Schedule Builder, head over here for a full VSB introduction, FAQs, and step-by-step instructions. You can also watch a video tutorial to see how to use the VSB on-screen.