First Year Students

Welcome to UTSC! You’ve made a great choice to pursue your academic goals here and we’re here to support you along the way.

Join us for Get Started

Get Started is a fun and interactive one-day academic orientation event created for incoming students to welcome you to UTSC, support you in transitioning to university and help you prepare for selecting your courses. Parents/guests are also invited to attend Get Started, as we have important information and details to share with them as well. 

Before you Begin Classes

In September

  • Familiarize yourself with services and events offered by the Academic Advising & Career Centre and other services on campus…remember, we’re here to help with your academic success!
  • As the end of the second week of classes approaches, critically assess you schedule: class time, study time, part-time job, family responsibilities, extra-curricular activities, etc. Is your schedule realistic? Will you be able to handle the load moving forward? If you are not sure, meet with an Academic & Learning strategist to discuss your situation.
  • Attend study skill workshops to help you develop your weekly schedule and study plan. Consider completing the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) to assess and develop your study skills.
  • Drop by the Experience UTSC Fair to learn about opportunities to work and get involved on campus
  • Get involved in extra-curricular activities (e.g. student clubs and teams) and campus events

During First Year

Upper Years

  • Thinking about your career? Attend the AA&CC Summer and Full-time Job Fair
  • Thinking about graduate studies or professional schools? Attend the AA&CC Graduate & Professional Schools Fair
  • Regularly use the online calendar in conjunction with Degree Explorer to track your progress to graduation
  • Be sure to watch when you are enrolling in courses that you meet the pre-requisite requirements and that you are taking courses in the correct order to avoid ending up with non-credit extra courses
  • Always review exclusions when considering taking a course. This is especially important to do when taking courses on another UofT campus.
  • Use the Planner feature of Degree Explorer to plan out your future course selection. If you are uncertain about your progress, book an appointment with an Advising & Learning Strategist
  • Visit the AA&CC to work on your academic plan and to explore your career options
  • Participate in AA&CC workshops and events to improve your study skills and work on your resume, cover letter and interview skills
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired