Welcome to the University of Toronto! We're delighted that you are coming to the Faculty of Arts & Science in September. This publication will arrive in your email inbox on a monthly basis, and will provide you with need-to-know and good-to-know information about life as an Arts & Science student at U of T. We recommend you view the e-newsletter in your web browser. Feel free to let us know what you think of the e-newsletter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your UTORmail account
Once you get to campus, you should obtain your TCard and activate your U of T email account. All U of T students are required to use their "utoronto.ca" email. It is where we send official correspondence like responses to your petitions, notification of course enrolment from a waiting list, etc. Once you have set up your UTORmail account, please make sure that you check your inbox regularly for these e-newletters and other official communications.
2010-2011 course enrolment dates
Course enrolment for first-year students begins on July 26; for start times, check ROSI beginning July 16 (once you log in to ROSI, click "view start time").
Choosing courses for 2010-2011
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 2010-2011. The Timetable and Calendar have been updated since they were printed in March, so check the online versions for the most current information. If you need help with your course selections, you should check with your college registrar's office.
Where to find information and answers
Students often say they are not sure where to get an answer to their questions. You can find a more detailed set of directions on the first page of the Calendar, but the short answer is that you can always start at your College Registrar’s Office - "your reliable first stop." Specific questions about individual courses or programs can go directly to departments, but questions about general matters or about how things work or what to do should go to your College Registrar’s Office. Get to know them; they are your best ally at U of T.
Fee payment deadline for 2010-2011
Don't forget: the deadline to pay your tuition (or officially defer your fees - see below) for the 2010-2011 year is August 24.
If at least your initial payment or deferral has not been made by August 24, you'll lose your course enrolments for next year.
Fee invoices will be available on ROSI starting July 21. Note that invoices will not be "viewable" until 7:00pm on July 19, 20, and 26.
If you applied for OSAP or other provincial financial aid and need to defer your fees, you can do so online. The fee deferral option will be available under "Financial Accounts" on the ROSI main menu beginning July 21.
New English language learning program eases transition to university
Adapting to university-level work can be challenging enough but when learning involves a second or third language, the difficulties can perhaps seem insurmountable. The English Language Learning program helps students to see that it doesn't have to be this way.
Curriculum renewal is ongoing
Like a gardener experimenting with soil and seeds in a quest for the perfect mix of blooms, the Faculty of Arts and Science has been revising and renewing its curriculum - and the results are beginning to flower.
U of T's newest University Professors include one from Arts & Science
The Department of Geology's Barbara Sherwood Lollar was one of two U of T faculty members recently named a University Professor - one of the highest honours bestowed by the university - recognizing her exceptional scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in the field of groundwater contamination and remediation processes.
Tweet your way to U of T
Discover helpful tips on how to make your arrival at U of T easier with 50 Days/50 Ways, our daily Twitter updates for new students. Follow twitter.com/UTulife starting July 12.
Improve your academic skills by attending these free and informal sessions. Learning skills counsellors will introduce you to the expectations of first-year university courses and some of the strategies that will help you succeed in your studies here. It's a great opportunity to learn about the Academic Success Centre and to get some tips about navigating U of T. It's also a terrific way to connect with other students! August 25 - 27, 11:00am and 1:00pm start times. Registration required.
Moving Forward Summer Transition Program
Students with learning disabilities and ADHD can participate in the Moving Forward Summer Transition Program to help develop skills to achieve their goals and learn what is expected of them at a university level. Lunch provided during morning sessions; free childcare available with notice. August 30 - September 3, 9:30am - 3:30pm or September 14,16, 21 and 23, 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Registration required.
Thinking about getting involved on campus but not sure where to start? The Exploring Leadership workshops will show you how to find leadership opportunities on campus and help you begin practising key leadership skills. Lunch will be provided during each of the sessions. August 5, 10:00am - 1:00pm and August 6, 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Registration required.
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?