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Office of the Dean of Students

WELCOME TO UNIVERSITY COLLEGE Dear Student, Welcome to University College at the University of Toronto! Your years at UC will give you more opportunities, challenges, and transformative experiences than you can now imagine. When you graduate, you’ll join the College’s alumni community that includes politicians, entrepreneurs, community activists, artists, doctors, and more. We’re thrilled to have you with us. UC is the University’s founding college, established in 1853. Our beautiful main building is a national historic site. We are proud of the traditions of academic excellence and diversity that you will soon recognize in our students, faculty and staff. Our faculty are leading researchers and teachers from a range of disciplines across Arts and Science, and, as a UC student, you can turn to them with academic questions about your areas of interest. The College also sponsors three interdisciplinary programs (Canadian Studies, Cognitive Science, and Health Studies) and is affiliated with the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. You might also be interested in a special UC initiative for first-year students: “UC One: Engaging Toronto.” UC One helps students acquire the skills they’ll need to succeed at U of T, no matter what field they choose to specialize in, and gives them the tools to apply what they learn in the classroom to the world around them. Students in UC One take one special seminar, with an enrollment of 25 or fewer, in addition to four other regular Arts and Science classes; the year includes field trips, special co-curricular events, and numerous visits from leading Torontonians. Check out If you’ve looked through the Arts and Science Calendar and Timetable, you already know that there is a rich array of courses and programs at U. of T. There is a lot to know, even before classes start. This guide is published by the UC Registrar’s Office to help you figure out where to start and how to choose your courses. Please read it carefully along with the Welcome Guide 2013-14 that you received with your offer of admission on the “Join UofT” portal: The UC Registrar’s Office is here to help you – it’s your ‘Reliable First Stop’ for any questions you have at U. of T. We offer academic, personal, and financial advice and we can also point you to other resources on campus that will be helpful to you. During the month of July, the Registrar’s Office gives a number of Course Selection and Registration workshops to help guide you into your first year. Be sure to attend! Throughout the year individual counselling appointments are available as well as group information sessions to help you decide your next steps. We hope you will make yourself at home in our office. We wish you all the best for a successful and rewarding university career,

Donald C. Ainslie Principal, Associate Professor Department of Philosophy

Shelley Cornack Registrar


COURSE SELECTION How do I decide what courses to take? You have already thought in broad terms about the kind of program(s) you would like to follow. You do not apply to your specific programs until the end of your first year, but you do need to have an idea of specific programs you are interested in, in order to take the required 1st year courses.

Course descriptions for the 199 Seminars:

Look at the list of possible programs and their required 1st year courses on the A & S website:

Both of these course options are a great way to help satisfy the Breadth requirement for your degree (see description under ‘Degree Requirements’ in the Calendar: http://www.

All programs are open to you, as long as you have the Gr. 12 pre-requisites for the 1st year courses (if any) and you meet the program entry requirements (often a certain mark in the 1st year required course(s)). So, even if you were accepted to sciences, you may take an arts program and vice versa, as long as you successfully complete the required courses. In first year, you should be choosing all first year (100-level) courses. There are some 200-level courses that do not have pre-requisites and are open to first year students. However, please discuss any 200-level course choices with an academic counselor in the Registrar’s office. Do not attempt 300/400 level courses until after 2nd year. A full-time course load is 3.0+ credits. Since a degree requires 20.0 credits, most students take 5.0 credits each year to finish in 4 years (although this is not required). The Faculty of Arts & Science offers some unique course opportunities open only to first year students: First-Year Seminar courses (199s) and College One courses. These courses are designed to introduce you to university scholarship in a small class setting (max. 24 students). You can read more about these in the A&S Welcome Guide or on the A&S website.

Course descriptions for College One courses: academics/college-one-programs

Your objective in choosing courses for first year is to obtain the prerequisites and background for more than one program for second year. Give yourself lots of options – you may want to change your mind/direction. This is a great time to explore subjects that interest you that you couldn’t take in high school (e.g. Anthropology, Cinema Studies).

Example Course Choices Social Sciences:

GGR107H1 + GGR124H1, SOC102H1 + SOC103H1, POL101Y1 + 2.0 electives

Life Sciences:

BIO120H1 + BIO130H1, CHM138H1 + CHM139H1, MAT135H1 + MAT136H1, PHY131H1 + PHY132H1 + 1.0 elective


ENG140Y1, SPA100Y1, HIS109Y1, PHL100Y1 + 1.0 electives Commerce ECO100Y1, MAT133Y1, RSM100Y1 + 2.0 electives


How do I enrol in courses? 1. Read through the following documents: Welcome Guide ( Calendar ( Timetable (

4. Make a list for easy reference when you go online to enroll in your courses. For each course, you will need the full course code (eg. MAT135H1), section code (F, Y, or S), and meeting section (eg. L0101, T0101, and/or P0101).

2. Make a preliminary list of courses (first year required courses for your intended pro- 5. Have some backup courses ready in case grams as listed in the Calendar) and draft a any of your first choice classes are unavailtimetable. able. 3. Before your course start date (July 30th) check the Arts and Science website for any changes to the Calendar and/or Timetable.

6. Enroll in courses on ROSI starting July 30th (be sure to look up your exact start time after July 22nd).

For complete instructions, please refer to the Registration Handbook and Timetable on the Faculty of Arts and Science website.

Are there workshops to help me select courses? Yes, the Registrar’s Office offers detailed course selection workshops throughout July. There is no need to register for workshops in advance. All sessions take place in University College, room 161 (directly across from the Registrar’s Office). Commerce Students Monday, July 8, from 1-3pm Humanities and Social Science* Wednesday, July 3, from 1-3pm Wednesday, July 24, from 1-3pm Computer Science Wednesday, July 10, from 1-3pm Sciences** Friday, July 5, from 1-3pm Friday, July 26, from 1-3pm All Disciplines (Late Session) Friday, August 30, from 1-3pm * Commerce students may attend, if unable to attend other sessions. ** Computer science students may attend, in unable to attend other sessions.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I use the Calendar and Registration Handbook and Timetable?

What do the codes in the timetable mean?

Read the Calendar for descriptions of all courses and programs (Subject POSts) offered in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Courses are listed under their respective Departments/College sponsors, which are listed alphabetically (Commerce is under Rotman Commerce). The Calendar also includes Faculty rules and regulations, such as degree requirements and codes of conduct, which you are responsible for knowing.

The are numerous codes that are used in the Registration Handbook and Timetable.

The Registration Handbook and Timetable gives the days/times courses are offered so that you can create your schedule. It also lists special enrolment instructions under each department heading in the timetable section. It has step-by-step instructions on how to select courses and register.

How do I know if I’m taking the right courses for the subject POSt I want to enter at the end of first year? Each program description in the Calendar lists the courses required to be taken in first year and any minimum marks/requirements necessary to be accepted to that program for second year. You can also ask for advice from the UC Registrar’s office if you are unsure or have questions.

Should I take a first-year seminar? Seminar courses are a unique opportunity to be part of a small class experience and get to know your professor. They are also intended to help you fulfill the breadth requirement for your degree. They are completely optional, but only available in your first year.

Should I avoid taking course sections that are at the same time? Yes. ROSI will not check for timetable conflicts, so make sure you don’t have any clashes. Once you have enrolled in your courses, view your personal timetable on ROSI to double check for any problems.

Course Codes (PSY100H1) The first three letters of a course code refers to the subject of the course. The next three letters indicate the year of a course (e.g. 100 indicates first year, 200 indicates second year, and so on). The final letter in a course code indicates the credit value of the course (e.g. H indicates 0.5 credits, Y indicates 1.0 credits). The final number refers to the campus location (e.g. 1 indicates it is a St. George campus course). Section Codes (F, S, or Y) This indicates when the course is being offered. ‘F’ and ‘S’ courses are offered in the first and second semester of the session, respectively. A ‘Y’ code indicates the course lasts a full academic session. Meeting Section Codes (L0101) There are three types of meeting section codes: Lectures (e.g. L0101), tutorials (e.g. T0201), and practicals (e.g. P0102). All courses have an ‘L’ section and some require you select a tutorial (‘T’) or practical (‘P). If these are listed in the Calendar, you must select one in addition to the lecture section. Alternating Section Codes The symbol (A) following a time indicates “alternate weeks”. Science labs marked this way are held every other week. This means that you can schedule your labs so that they fall on the same day of the week at the same time, e.g. one week BIO120H, one week CHM138H. To make sure your choices of labs (P sections) alternate correctly, choose sections that end in different digits, for example, P0401 for BIO120H and P0402 for CHM138H. Read the instructions in the Timetable under each subject heading for more information.


Waitlist Indicator Codes Many courses have waiting lists indicated by ‘Y’ in the Wait List column of the Registration Handbook and Timetable. If a course is full you may put yourself on the waiting list and check back on ROSI to monitor your rank. Location Codes Many locations will be missing from the listings, or simply state “central”, “east” or “west”. Be careful scheduling classes immediately following one another that take you from one end of campus to the other (i.e. west to east, because it may be difficult to get there in the 10 minutes between classes). Other than that, feel free to take any combination of central/east/west. The actual location of your classes will be listed in the Timetable once they are finalized and are usually available on ROSI when you enrol in a class. Date and Time Codes Each day of the week is associated with a letter code. Each of them should be intuitive (Monday = M, Tuesday =T, etc.) with the exception of Thursday which is indicated by the letter ‘R’. Also, unless otherwise indicated, lectures are 50 minutes long, starting at 10 minutes after the hour until the next hour.

What do all of the punctuation symbols in the Calendar mean? A comma, semicolon, ampersand, brackets, and/or plus sign all mean ‘AND’. A forward slash means ‘OR’. For example if a course requirement lists “(CHM138H1, CHM139H1)/ CHM151Y1”, that means you must take both CHM138H1 and CHM139H1 or just CHM151Y1.

What are ‘Big Ideas’ courses? The most challenging problems of our complex, interconnected world do not always fall neatly into academic disciplines, typically requiring creative solutions that bridge traditional boundaries of thought. Big Idea courses provide entering undergraduate students a unique opportunity to engage with stellar instructors and stimulating peers in an enriched learning experience that addresses a number of the most crtitical societal problems of today. An interesting aspect of these courses is that they will satisfy 1.0 FCE in any breadth requirement category! For more information, please visit

Enrolment Indicator Some courses give priority (P) or are restricted (R, RP) to students in certain years or programs of study (these programs are listed beside the Enrolment Indicator code). Other courses (E, PE, AE) require enrolment through the departmental office. Please consult the Timetable or the Registrar’s Office if you have questions.

If I don’t have ‘priority’ for a course I want to take, when can I enroll? You may add these courses starting at 6am on August 8th. If there is no space available at that time, you are welcome to add your name to the waitlist.



Honours Bachelor of Bachelor of Commerce Arts & Honours Bachelor of Science

No. of Credits


Level of Credits

- Maximum 6.0 100-level - Maximum 6.0 100-level - At least 6.0 300- and - At least 6.0 300/400-level, 400-level including at least 1.0 400-level

Program Requirements

- 1 Specialist, or - 2 Majors*, or - 1 Major + 2 Minors* * Must consist of 12.0 different courses.

20.0 (10.0 RSM/MGT courses, 10.0 other A&S courses)

Specialist in: - Management, or - Accounting, or - Finance & Economics



Breadth Requirement

Must take at least 4.0 credits from the following categories: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Creative and Cultural Representations (CCR) Thought, Belief and Behaviour (TBB) Society and Its Institutions (SII) Living Things and their Environment (LTE) The Physical and Mathematical Universes (PMU)

Credits must be either: (a) 1.0 credit in each of 4 of the 5 categories, or (b) 1.0 credit in each of 3 of the 5 categories and 0.5 credits in each of the other two categories. Some restrictions on the acceptability of breadth courses apply to Commerce students (see Calendar). 8 NEW STUDENT GUIDE | UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

How can different kinds of programs be combined in an Honours degree? A quick look at the Calendar will show you that there are literally hundreds of combinations of programs that can lead to an Honours Bachelor’s degree. First year is your chance to explore a number of exciting subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. Remember that you don’t have to select the program or programs you intend to follow until you have completed 4.0 credits (typically at the end of your first year). Here are a few examples: Bachelor of Commerce - Specialist in Accounting (15.0 credits) - Elective courses (5.0 credits) Bachelor of Commerce - Specialist in Management (12.0 credits) - Elective courses (8.0 credits) Honours Bachelor of Science - Major in Nutritional Science (8.0 credits) - Minor in Biology (4.0 credits) - Minor in Economics (4.0 credits) - Electives (4.0 credits) *

Honours Bachelor of Science - Specialist in Biology (12.0 credits) - Electives (8.0) Honours Bachelor of Arts - Major in Employment Relation (7.0 credits) - Major in French Language (8.0 credits) - Electives (5.0 credits) * Honours Bachelor of Arts - Specialist in Political Science (10.0 credits) - Electives (10.0 credits) *With program combinations of 2 Majors or 1 Major and 2 Minors, more electives can be included in your degree if some required credits overlap between the various programs. However, not all program combinations will have overlapping courses. The rule is that any minimum program combination for a degree must consist of at least 12.0 different credits. If you choose similar programs, follow this minimum rule.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Would you trust a brain surgeon that cheated through medical school? Would you hire a lawyer who used cheat notes during an exam? Would you drive a car designed by an engineer who copied lab reports? The vast majority of students are honest and hard-working. But sometimes, even honest people make bad decisions and accidents happen. Even if you think you know the rules, double-check. The consequences of not knowing the rules can be severe, and include failed courses, suspension, and, in very serious cases, permanent expulson. Learn how not to plagiarize here:

Top 5 Tips for Exam Writing: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Listen to and follow all instructions. Leave unauthorized aids in your bag. A cellphone is an unauthorized aid. “Stop writing” means stop writing. Keep your eyes and thoughts to yourself.

Review the Academic Code of Behaviour:


TUITION AND RESIDENCE FEES Tuition Fees Domestic Students Program Fees (Full-time)

Academic Fees

Incidental Fees*

Total Fees

All First Year Programs

$ 5 865

~ $ 1 100

$ 6 965

Commerce (2nd-4th year)

$ 14 556

~ $ 1 100

$ 15 656

Computer Science (2nd-4th year)

$ 10 466

~ $ 1 100

$ 11 566

Tuition Fees International Students Program Fees (Full-time)

Academic Fees

Incidental Fees*

Total Fees

All First Year Programs

$ 32 075

~ $ 1 100

$ 33 175

Commerce (2nd-4th year)

$ 37 961

~ $ 1 100

$ 38 061

Computer Science (2nd-4th year)

$ 34 542

~ $ 1 100

$ 35 642

Program fees are charged for students taking a full-time course load (3.0 - 6.0 full course equivalents (FCEs) per year). Students taking 3.0 credits or more (Sept-April) as of September 22, 2013 are charged the same amount of tuition fees regardless of the number of courses in which they have enrolled or end up completing. Part-time students taking 2.5 credits or less during the academic year are charged on a per course basis ($1173/full year course). * Incidental fees are approximate; exact fees will be posted on the Fees website at the end of July.

Residence Fees (Domestic & Internatonal) Plan A

Plan B


$ 6 934*

$ 6 934*


$ 4 437

$ 3 917

Residence Council

$ 15

$ 15


$ 11 386

$ 10 866

* The price of a room varies depending on size, single or double occupancy, etc. For a detailed breakdown of room pricing, please visit

Financial Resource Offices UofT Admissions and Financial Aid Office Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) National Student Loans Service Centre Credit Canada (credit counseling and financial advice)

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Who can defer fees?

Fees invoices are available online. Invoices for student fees are not mailed. Shortly after courses have been added, students can print an invoice from ROSI (www.rosi. and take it to any major Canadian bank for payment. Payment can also be made via online banking (the account number will be on the top right hand corner of the ROSI invoice). Keep your stamped Fees Invoice as your proof of payment. For online banking, print the confirmation screen. For telephone banking, record the confirmation number and print your banking records.

Students receiving provincial or US government student loans, as well as those receiving scholarships may defer their fees.

You cannot pay in person at the University.

Provincial or US Government Loans In order to be eligible to defer payment of your tuition fees you should apply for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) funding by June 15th. Applications for OSAP are submitted online at Once your invoice is available, you may request a Tuition Fee Deferral on ROSI under the ‘Financial Accounts’ section. Just follow the instructions online.

When do I pay my fees?

If you have any problems with the online deThe deadline to pay or defer your fees is ferral application, you may bring your OSAP August 20th. You must pay at least the “Notice of Assessment” to the University Colminimum payment indicated on your fees lege Registrar’s Office, showing the amount invoice (65% of your total fees) or request to of funding you will be receiving for the year. defer your fees by this date. Be sure to keep Students Receiving Scholarships your proof of payment! UofT scholarships will be credited to your fiIf you miss the August 20th deadline, your nancial account on ROSI in late September. courses will be cancelled. Don’t let this hap- If some or all of your fees are covered by a scholarship or other award you can bring pen to you! your scholarship letter(s) to the Registrar’s Office to request a deferral. If your scholarWhat does it mean to “defer your ship only covers part of your minimum payfees”? ment, you should pay the difference at the bank and present your proof of payment to If you are eligible to ‘defer your fees’ (see us when you request your deferral. next question), the University will allow you to register without paying the ‘Minimum Pay- How do I pay with an RESP? ment to Register’ amount on your invoice. Most RESP companies have a standard This is permitted because there is proof that form that must be filled out by the Registrar’s you will be receiving funding to help pay Office every year. You may bring or send in for your fees and the university knows this the form to the office once you have acceptmoney will not be available until after the fee ed your Offer of Admission. We can submit it directly to the RESP company. If your compayment deadline has already passed. pany does not have a form, you can request a letter from us. For further information about fees payment, including methods of payment from outside If you have not received your funds from your RESP by August 2oth, you must still of Canada, payment via sponsor, or as a make your minimum payment by that date. staff/faculty dependent, please visit: You are not eligible to defer your fees. U N I V E R S I T Y C O L L E G E | N E W S T U D E N T G U I D E 11

FEES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is the easiest way to pay fees? Online banking. This will save you a lot of time and hassle in your 4+ years at U. of T. With online banking you do not need a fees invoice. You can easily set up U. of T. as a payee by using the account no. on the top right corner of your invoice (a combination of your last name and student no.). You can simply check your balance on ROSI, make a payment and print your confirmation screen as your proof of payment.

How much do I have to pay? The minimum payment is indicated on your invoice and is 65% of your fees for the year. The minimum payment must be made by the Aug. 20th deadline. If you are receiving OSAP or other government loans you may defer your fees, ie. request not to make a payment until the money is received. You defer fees on ROSI.

When do I have to pay the second installment of my fees? You have until the end of the Session (ie. April 30, 2014) to completely pay your fees. However, you will receive a service charge (1.5% per month) on any outstanding balance starting November 15th and on the 15th of each month following until your balance is $0.

Do I need a new invoice if I make changes to my couses? No. The bank requires the invoice to direct your payment to the correct account, but they do not require the amount owing and amount paid to correspond. If you make course changes, you can check your new amount owing on ROSI and adjust your payment as necessary.

How do I know if the University has received my payment? If you can see your payment on ROSI in your Financial Account, your payment has been received. Payments normally take 3-5 days to show up on ROSI after paying through your bank.

When and how will I receive my loan from OSAP? If you applied for OSAP by the June 15th deadline, your OSAP funding should be available on the first day of classes or shortly thereafter. If you applied later, your OSAP will arrive later. You should have printed an MSFAA (Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement) when you printed the signature pages of your OSAP application. This will allow OSAP to deposit your funding directly into your bank account. The MSFAA needs to be submitted to a Canada Post outlet along with your SIN card, a government issued photo ID and your banking information (a void cheque or printout from your bank) once you’ve submitted your OSAP application online. You will also need to confirm/update your income on the OSAP website after school starts in September. You will receive 60% of your funding in September. The remaining 40% will be deposited in January provided you maintain a 60% course load in each term (ie. 3 or more courses in both first and second terms). Dropping courses can have serious implications for your OSAP.

If I’m receiving OSAP and my fees are deferred, when do I have to pay? You should be sure to make a payment towards your fees by November 15th in order to minimize service charges. Most students with OSAP can only pay 60% of their fees by Nov. because OSAP only provides 60% of the loan in 1st term. The remainder is paid with the 2nd OSAP instalment in January. Some service charges are unavoidable.

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Are there bursaries and scholarships available to students with extra financial need?

What is UTAPS?

There are in-course scholarships available to students at the end of each year. However, these awards are based on GPA and are meant as recognition of outstanding achievement rather than as significant financial aid.

Students receiving loans from other provinces need to apply for UTAPS More information is available on the Enrolment Services website:

UTAPS (University of Toronto Advanced Planning for Students) is a bursary fund that If you have unmet financial need beyond helps students whose need has been aswhat OSAP has granted you, you will be as- sessed by OSAP as greater than the maxisessed by UTAPS – see next question. You mum funding that OSAP awards ($11,880). may also apply for a bursary through the Registrar’s Office beginning October 1st. UTAPS funding is paid to students in NoWe accept applications in first term, and in vember. You will be automatically considsecond term. Please consult the Registrar’s ered if you applied for OSAP on time and are receiving maximum OSAP. Office for application deadlines.

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BUDGET PLANNING Take some time now to review your resources and expenses for the upcoming year. Try to create a realistic budget that is balanced and that you can stick to. Planning ahead will reduce the chance of

having a problem during the term. Running out of money before the end of the year (at the same time as your exams) can be very stressful.

BUDGET FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR (SEPT. - APRIL) Income Savings (before paying fees) Earnings from PartTime Work (during school year) Family Contribution


Tuition Fees

Books and Supplies Computer Residence/Rent Furnishings

Government Loans


Government Benefit


Scholarship/ Awards


Tax Refund/ GST Rebate

Medical/Dental/ Optical





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DISCOVER CAMPUS LIFE The UC Success Centre is designed to support students academic and personal success. The Centre provides easy access to essential campus services by bringing them directly into the College. UC students will have the opportunity to meet with an International Student Advisor from the Centre for International Experience, participate in career development workshops organized by the Career Centre, attending programming by Health and Wellness or speak with an onsite social worker as part of Counselline.

PEER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS Our peer mentorship programs connect first-year students to upper-year students who can act as a source of information, advice, and support as they adjust to university life. Mentors facilitate workshops, coordinate social outings, and provide 1-on-1 support related to academic, personal, and other concerns. To learn more and/or sign-up for one of our mentorship programs, please visit today!

DIABOLOS’ COFFEE BAR Diabolos’ is a student-run, fair trade, environmentally-conscious coffee bar at UC serving hot and cold drinks and a cariety of pastries, wraps and meals. Vegetarian, vegan and organic options are available, as well as classics such as roast beef, turkey, egg salad, and tuna sandwiches. Diabolos’ is known for its relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and great music.

COMMUTER STUDENT CENTRE The UC Commuter Student Centre (CSC) is a space designed specifically to cater to the needs of off-campus students. The CSC uniquely offers space to study and socialize, while providing resources to make commuting easier, including lockers, a kitchenette, printing station, free tea, and so much more! The CSC is located in the UC Union at 79 St. George St.

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Looking for the beginning of your University Life? Look no further than University College Orientation 2013! Immerse yourself in six fully-packed days of new friends, community and a sense of where to start at U of T. Orientation is a week-long event open to over 700+ incoming University College students, just like you! The event is hosted by senior University College students and provides events designed to help student transition into university life including: academic seminars about useful resources such as the UC Writing Centre and Registrar’s office, wellness sessions for student health and stress prevention, and social events such as Amazing Race and Beach Day. There are also many more events that encourage student engagement, opportunities to make new friends and get in touch with your new community. This year’s theme is ‘The UC Knights Tale’ based off the majestic identity of UC (it does look like a castle after all!). Being a knight requires a sense of identity and as new students, we challenge you to discover your identity through your transition to university.

Orientation Week runs from Monday, September 2nd to Saturday, September 7th. Early Bird Fee: $105.00 (until June 30, 2013)

Regular Fee: $115.00 (July 1 - 31, 2013)

Late Fee: $125.00 (August 1 - 20, 2013)

Final Registration Date: $135.00 (September 2, 2013)

For more information and to register, visit us online:

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DISCOVER CAMPUS LIFE ALTERNATIVE ORIENTATION Alternative Orientation is a two day program for incoming first-year students planned by the Office of the Dean of Students at UC. The program consists of a series of workshops and events that will prepare you for your first day of class and connect you to the College community. For more information about the schedule and how to register, please visit

MY DEFINITION: LEADERSHIP RETREAT My Definition is a leadership retreat where incoming students meet one another at the College before the start of the year. While generally geared towards incoming students who plan to commute during their first year of university, this year there will be a limited number of spaces for residence students! The retreat is organized and facilitated by the UC Off-Campus Commission. This year’s retreat is Aug 10-11th. For more information, please visit

STUDENT-FACULTY DINNERS Throughout the academic year, UC Principal Donald Ainslie hosts dinners intended to provide students with an opportunity to interact with faculty in an informal setting. Each dinner is targeted towards different members of the UC community and are designed to help students and faculty share experiences and learn from each other. If you are interested in attending a dinner, please check the UC website in the Fall.

UC RESIDENCE COUNCIL The University College Residence Council (UCRC) was created in 1992 by residence students who wanted to take a more active role in residence. The council organizes events, provides services, and helps establish equitable community standards to improve residence life. The UCRC is made up of House Presidents and an executive council. Look out for ‘The Big Event’ in early September!

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UC DAY: ORIENTATION 2013 Come and meet the members of the Registrar’s Office and other College staff. Get to know all the resources UC has for you! Meet other first-year and senior students. Ask any last minute academic and financial questions you may have. There will be a clubs fair, tours of UC and the surrounding area, and prizes! Lunch is also provided.

Open to ALL new UC students, free! Tuesday, September 3, 2013 10:30 am - 2:30 pm UC Main Building 15 King’s College Circle (if you are not attending the full week Orientation, please check in at the UC main entrance by 10:15am.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LUNCH We want you to know about the vast array of resources available to you as an international student! This is a great opportunity to meet and talk to other new and upper-year UC international students and UC staff, including UC’s International Student Advisor, Suying Hugh.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm UC Main Building 15 King’s College Circle Croft Chapter House Register at

We hope you’ll come and look forward to meeting you soon!

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COLLEGE RESOURCES & SUPPORTS Registrar’s Office The staff in the Registrar’s Office provide help, counselling and information to UC students. We offer academic, personal and financial advice, help with course and program selection, OSAP, scholarships, and bursaries, and interpretation of University rules and regulations. 15 King’s College Circle, Rm. 157 Telephone: (416) 978-3170 Email: Office of the Dean of Students The Dean of Students and her staff provide life skills and student involvement support for all UC students. They work closely with student leaders, residence dons and community coordinators to provide social, transition, and academic programming, as well as individual support. 15 King’s College Circle, Rm. 105 Telephone: (416) 978-2530 Email: The UC Writing Centre Qualified tutors help students to improve their writing and research skills. Summer workshops are available for first-year students and individual counselling is available throughout the year to help with planning, organizing, writing and revising academic papers. 15 King’s College Circle, Laidlaw Library Website: Laidlaw Library The UC Library is one of our best kept secrets! It offers plenty of study space, a computer lab and printing services, as well as specialized collections supporting UC’s interdisciplinary programs. 15 King’s College Circle, 2nd floor Website:

The Success Centre The Success Centre provides easy access to essential campus services by bringing them directly into the College, including an International Student advisor, Social Workers, career workshops, and health and wellness programs. 15 King’s College Circle, Rm 259 Email: Website: The Commuter Student Centre This unique space provides a study area, multipurpose lounge, kitchen, and lockers for commuter students. There is a wide array of programs and activities, as well as individual counselling support. 79 St. George Street Website: UC Advancement Office The Advancement Office is your connection to the college after you graduate. The staff supports current students through the Career Mentorship Program by matching students with alumni to learn about career options after graduation. 15 King’s College Circle, G-wing Telephone: (416) 978-2968 UC Literary and Athletic Society The UC Lit is the student government at the College and also happens to be the oldest democratically elected student government in the country! They are broadly responsible for representing student interests, organizing events and activities that promote community-building, as well as providing key student services. President: Nishi Kumar ( 15 King’s College Circle, Jr. Common Room Telephone: (416) 979-2500 Website:

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UNIVERSITY RESOURCES & SUPPORTS For a complete listing of campus resources and supports, please consult the Calendar at Academic Success Centre Workshops and individual assistance with time management, exams, reading, memory and other aspects of study. 214 College Street Telephone: (416) 978-7970 Website: Accessibility Services Facilitates the inclusion of students with disabilities into all aspects of university life, including development of self-advocacy and academic skills.

Student Housing Service Provides an online registry of accommodations, maps, legal information, and an Emergency Housing Coordinator for students facing a temporary housing crsis. 214 College Street Telephone: (416) 978-8045 Website: First Nations House A meeting place that encourages and supports Aboriginal students in their pursuit of higher education.

Telephone: (416) 978-8060 Website:

563 Spadina Avenue, 2nd floor Website:

Career Centre Online access to part-time, full-time, summer and volunteer listings. Workshops such as resume clinics and interview techniques.

Sexual and Gender Diversity Office Dedicated to making the university community celebrate sexual and gender diversity through lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer resources and programs.

214 College Street Telephone: (416) 978-8000 Website: Centre for International Experience Offers services, programs and facilities for international students and students with international interests. 33 St. George Street Website: Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services Offers a wide range of counselling and psychological services for issues such as depression, anxiety, disordered eating, phobias, problems with sleep, etc. Counselling is also available for depression, transition issues and family difficulties. Telephone: (416) 978-8070 Website:

21 Sussex Avenue Telephone: (416) 946-5624 Website: Community Safety Office Provides assistance and support to those that have had their personal safety compromised, develops and delivers educational initiatives that address personal safety. ( 21 Sussex Avenue Telephone: (416) 978-1485 Website: Sexual Harassment & Education Office Information and support for all members of the UofT community. 40 Sussex Avenue Telephone: (416) 978-3908 Website:

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FIRST YEAR LEARNING COMMUNITIES A First-Year Learning Community (FLC) is a small group of students who come together to create a community of learners. There are 24-30 students in each learning community who take two or three courses in common, belong to the same college or program, and meet regularly from September to April. Meetings are facilitated by an upper- year student peer mentor under the guidance of a staff and faculty advisor.

Why join an FLC and who Science. Computer Science, is eligible? Economics*, International Relations, Life Sciences*, First-Year Learning Com- Philosophy and Rotman munities (FLCs, pronounces Commerce. * indicates that “flicks”) make it easier to there will also be an “Interfind your way around, make national” FLC group in these friends, form student groups, subject areas, especially for develop skills, and succeed international students, but academically. FLCs en- open to all. hance the way you learn and help you connect to your uni- What do Students Think? versity community. “The FLC program provides FLC groups are available me an opportunity to meet a to students in Actuarial lot of people, who have become my best friends. We study together and share our SPOT ON THE FLC feelings about first-year”.


“We get to make instant friends, and the activities are fun and helpful!” “Great stress-free environment. I love all the fun stuff we did throughout the year and all the new friends I’ve met. It is comforting to relate to other students!” “What I like best is the fact that it is small community, so I actually know the people in my group on a first-name basis and I see them in labs, lectures, etc.”

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SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOPS Get Started Early at the UC Writing Centre! The following free sessions are designed to help ease your transition to UofT and to introduce you to the UC Writing Centre. Both the group and one-on-one sessions will provide valuable guidance on meeting the expectations of university writing. All incoming UC students are welcome to attend.

Writing Consultations This is your first chance to have an individual 50-minute appointment with a skilled writing instructor to go over a previous piece of writing (e.g. a high school essay). Use this session as a diagnostic tool to see how your current expectations, practices and skills match up

with the expectations and skills required in university courses. Then explore strategies to help you develop your skills as a writer for the coming year and beyond.

Group Workshops

Understand the Assignment August 13, 10-11am August 13, 1:30-2:30pm Thesis Statements August 13, 11:15-12:15pm August 13, 2:45-3:45pm

These workshops teach essential study skills for university essay writing. There are two workshops per afternoon offered over three days: August 14, 15, and 16. Choose to go to whichever session topics interests you. You can register for as many sessions as you like.

Researching Strategies August 14, 10-11pm August 14, 1:30-2:30pm

To register for both writing consultations and group workshops, please visit:

Writing in the Sciences August 15, 11:15-12:15pm August 15, 2:45-3:45pm

Register Online

Using Sources August 14, 11:15-12:15pm August 14, 2:45-3:45pm Revising an Essay August 15, 10-11am August 15, 1:30-2:30pm

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS Bachelor’s Degree The degree you receive from the Faculty of Arts and Science after completing at least 20.0 credits of university studies as an undergraduate student. Calendar This is a handbook published online by the Faculty of Arts and Science listing degree requirements, programs, courses, and Faculty rules. Pre-requisite A course you must have taken before you enrol in a higher level course. Pre-requisites may be specific highschool or university courses. Co-requisite A course that must be taken at the same time as another course. Exclusion A course you may not take for degree credit if you have already taken or are taking any course listed as its exclusion. Recommended Preparation A course that would be advantageous to have taken, but which is not actually required.

Full Course Equivalent A full course equivalent refers to 1.0 credit. This can be obtained by taking one course ending in ‘Y’ or two courses ending in ‘H” (eg. ECO100Y = 1.0 FCE; CHM138H + CHM139H = 1.0 FCE).

Credit The unit of study required in a degree - 20.0 for an Honours B.A., Honours B.Sc. or B.Com; one credit is equivalent to 1.0 FCE. Department Academic unit within a Faculty responsible for teaching courses and programs in a specific field - e.g. Department of English, Department of Mathematics. Faculty Academic unit within the University responsible for providing programs and conferring degrees - e.g. Faculty of Arts and Science. College A community affiliation for undergraduate Arts and Science students; all colleges have a mix of students from different academic disciplines. All colleges offer similar services, eg. residence and student government. Your College Registrar’s Office assists in maintaining your records for the University and is where you obtain academic, financial, and personal counselling and advice.

Transcript An official record of all courses taken and grades obtained. They are mailed out by the Faculty at the student’s request. Requests can be made through ROSI. Subject POSt A POSt, or program of study, is the focus of study required in a degree. A POSt can be offered by one department or it can be interdisciplinary (comprising courses from more than one department). There are Specialist, Major, and Minor POSts. You must only choose your subject POSt at the end of your first year. Specialist POSt An intensive program of study requiring anywhere from 9.0-17.5 credits. Major POSt A program of study requiring from 6.0-8.0 credits. Minor POSt A program of study requiring 4.0 credits. Grade Point Average (GPA) A system used by the Faculty of Arts and Science to determine your academic standing at the end of each session (e.g. “good standing”, “academic probation”, “suspended” - see the “Rules and Regulations” section of the Calendar.

ROSI The Repository of Student Information is the University’s online Student Web Service. You sign up for courses, view your timetable, your academic record/grades and your financial account through ROSI. It also holds Also, see next page. all of your personal contact information. Visit:

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Cumulative GPA (CGPA) An average of all of the courses you have taken while at the University.

Sessionsl GPA (SGPA) An average of all the courses taken in any one session - Fall, Winter, or Summer.

Annual GPA (AGPA) An average of all of the courses taken in the Fall and Winter session together.

How do I calculate my GPA anyways? GPA is calculated by first converting your mark to a grade point value (see ‘Rules and Regulations’ in the Calendar) and then taking the average. For example: Course


Credit Value

Multiply By

Grade Point Grade Value Points

BIO 120 H1






BIO 130 H1






CHM 138 H1






CHM 139 H1






FSL 121 Y1






ECO 100 Y1






SOC 101 Y1








To arrive at your GPA value, you must divide the total number of grade points (10.50) by the total credit value (5.0). In our example, this student’s GPA is 2.10.

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Get Your T-Card:, after June 3 by bringing a piece of photo ID to room 2054 of

Robarts Library and they’ll print one for you on the spot.

Navigate to and set up your UTmail+ email account.

A UofT email address is required for all students. Once this is done, logon to

ROSI and ensure this email is listed under the ‘Personal Information’ tab.

Apply for OSAP by June 15th or arrange alternative financing. You can

submit your OSAP application at

Sign up for an academic skills workshop for August. Take a ‘summer mini-

course’ through Student Life Programs ( or Accessibility

Services’ ‘Moving Forward’ summer transition program (

Don’t forget about the UC summer writing workshops too! (see page 24).

Before July 19, consider signing up for a First-Year Learning Community

(FLC) at (see page 22).

Sign-up for Orientation or Alternative Orientation before June 30th to take

advantage of earlybird pricing. More information is available at or (see pages 16 & 18).

Considering applying to be a part of MyDefinition Leadership Retreat!

Beginning July 22, sign on to ROSI to view your course enrolment time.

On July 30, begin enrolling in courses on ROSI. Print your timetable.

View yours fees on ROSI and pay the first instalment or defer your fees

before August 20. Missing this deadline has severe consequences!

On September 2, begin orientation and alternative orientation activities!

Regardless if you’re participating in orientation, attend UC Day (page 19).

For a complete list of sessional and academic dates, please consult the Calendar at U N I V E R S I T Y C O L L E G E | N E W S T U D E N T G U I D E 27

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