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2009-2010 course enrolment dates
Course enrolment for first-year students begins on July 27; for start times, check ROSI beginning July 17 (once you log into ROSI, click 'View Start Time').
For more information regarding start dates: click here
Choosing courses for 2009-2010
Don't forget that the Calendar lists courses that may not be offered every year. The Timetable lists those that are actually being offered in 2009-2010. The Timetable and Calendar have been updated since they were printed in March, so check the online versions for the most recent information. If you need help with your course selections, you should check with your college registrar's office. More information
Fee payment deadline for 2009-2010: August 19
Don't forget the deadline to pay your tuition (or officially defer your fees) for the 2009-2010 year is August 19. If your payment has not been made by August 19, you'll lose your course enrolments for next year. If you applied for OSAP and need to defer your fees, you can do so online.
To defer your fees for OSAP online: click here
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University of Toronto supercomputer among 20 fastest machines in the world
Canada's fastest and most powerful supercomputer, located at the University of Toronto and built by IBM, has been ranked 16th on the top 500 list of the most powerful commercially available computer systems in the world. Learn more
Plastic pollution wreaks havoc with leatherback turtles
In addition to saving five or ten cents at the grocery store, declining a plastic bag might save a leatherback turtle's life. According to a recent study, the world's most far-flung reptile, found as far north as Alaska and as far south as the southern tip of Africa, is increasingly threatened by the excessive amount of plastic garbage that is ending up in the world's oceans. Read more
The better you feel, the more you see
A new study provides the first direct evidence that our mood literally changes the way our visual system filters our perceptual experience, suggesting that seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses is more biological reality than metaphor. Check it out
You can improve your academic skills by attending this free mini-course designed to introduce you to the expectations of first-year university courses. This program, offered by the Academic Success Centre, runs from July 7 to 9 with a 5:30pm start or from August 25 to 27 with 10:00am and 1:00am starts available. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this program. More information
Looking to get involved on campus? Learn how to find leadership opportunities at U of T and develop your communication skills in our workshops geared specifically for first-year students. This program takes place on Thursday, August 13 from 10:30am to 1:00pm and on Friday, August 14 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Meals will be provided during each of the sessions. Online registration will be available in mid-July. Check it out
Moving Forward Summer Transition Program
Students with learning disabilities and ADHD can participate in this workshop to help develop skills to achieve their goals and learn what is expected of them at a university level. Please visit the Accessibility Services website for full details.
Keep your family in the loop
Do your parents or other family members have questions about how U of T works and what you do here? Now you can tell them that there's a website just for them. U of T recently launched a new web gateway for parents, guardians, and family members of students. The site covers topics such as academic and financial matters, residence and campus life, and health and safety. Feature articles are themed to correspond with stages of the school year. Family members can subscribe to a free e-newsletter that includes relevant campus news and articles written by university experts. The site and the newsletter will also promote special events which relatives and guardians are welcome to attend. Read more
For detailed listings of events and opportunities for students, be sure to check out Ulife at www.ulife.utoronto.ca. What are you doing after class?