Choosing Your Courses
First year course enrolment begins in July. In order to make the best choices for you, follow these three critical steps. Start thinking about this process by June, at the latest, so that you are prepared well in advance of the first-year course enrolment start date.
1. Finding your courses
There are approximately 2000 courses offered within the Faculty of Arts & Science each year, and you are responsible for selecting a handful of these for your first year of studies. Before you can even consider your course options, you will need to know where to find course descriptions (in the FAS Calendar) and course timetables (in the FAS Registration Instructions & Timetable), and you must learn how to interpret the specific wording and codes that are used.
2. Selecting your courses
There are many factors to consider when selecting your courses, including personal interest, pre-requisites, breadth requirements, and more. You will also have to factor in the scheduling of these courses to ensure that you avoid overlaps in your timetable. Furthermore, course sizes are limited and so a list of backup courses is also an essential part of course selection.
3. Enrolling in your courses
Once you have filled your hypothetical timetable with courses, you need to learn how to actually enrol in these courses online. This requires knowledge of the online Student Web Service, ACORN, through which course enrolment is conducted by all students.
There are several opportunities to learn strategies for finding, selecting and enrolling in courses. Here is a list of resources, events and services, both in-person and online:
- Summer Academic Orientation Sessions: Each summer, the Innis College Registrar’s Office hosts information sessions to orient newly-admitted students on such topics as student financing, the library system, and most notably, the process of selecting and enrolling in courses. You will also get a chance to meet the members of the Innis Registrar’s Office team and many of your fellow students. Click here to register for an Academic Orientation Session.
- Academic Orientation Videos: Webcasts from the 2017 summer Academic Orientation Sessions are available on our YouTube channel. If you are unable to participate in one of the upcoming sessions, watching these videos is a great way to understand your degree requirements, to develop strategies for course selection and timetabling, and to learn how to pay your fees and become “registered” for the Fall/Winter term ahead. There are 5 different videos available. Begin with “How to Use Your Calendar” then watch 1 of the 4 “Selecting Your Courses” videos. Find the one that is specific to your admission category (i.e., the general academic field that you will be studying in).
- Academic Orientation PDF: If you are unable to attend an academic orientation session, we have compiled an informational document that outlines the course enrolment process, with tips and strategies to make choosing your courses as seamless as possible.
- U of T Starter Kit: A general guide for incoming Arts & Science students brought to you by Innis College Arts & Science students.
- One-on-One Appointment with an Academic Advisor: The Associate Registrar for New Students, Denise Gray, regularly meets students for one-hour appointments to help prepare a course enrolment plan and to answer any questions that you may have. Can’t make it to campus? Denise also takes phone and Skype appointments. Contact the Registrar’s Office to book an appointment.
- FAStanswers: This FAS website is full of informational videos and writing on a range of subjects relevant to newly-admitted students, and beyond. The information is presented in a highly accessible, and even fun, manner. It serves as a great starting point to answer your questions.
- Askastudent: This is a student-run informational blog for all U of T students, which answers any and all of your questions in a candid and comical, albeit snarky and sarcastic, way! Browse through the archived posts to see if anyone has asked your question before. Chances are it’s there.
- In addition to these resources, you should also consider the variety of unique course options for first year students. This includes the First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs), the smaller-scale First-Year Seminar courses, and the First Year Foundations programs (Ones).
Once you have successfully enrolled in your courses on ROSI, your next step is to secure your space in your courses by paying or officially deferring your fees. This step is explained on the next page in this section.