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 2,000 courses offered within the Faculty of Arts & Science (A&S) 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 A&S Calendar) and course timetables (in the A&S Course Enrolment 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 the process of selecting and enrolling in courses. You will also get a chance to meet the members of the Innis Registrar’s Office and Student Life teams and many of your fellow students.
- Academic Orientation Videos: Webcasts from the June 2021 Academic Orientation Session are available on our YouTube channel. (Re)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 four different videos available. Begin with “Using the A&S Calendar” then choose one of the four “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 Slideshows: Click the following links to view slideshows (PDF) presented by our Registrar’s Office team at the 2019 Academic Orientation Session.
- Calendar & Degree Requirements for all incoming students
- Registration & Timetable for Computer Science, Math & Physical Sciences students
- Registration & Timetable for Humanities & Social Sciences students
- Registration & Timetable for Life Sciences students
- Registration & Timetable for Rotman Commerce students
- 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-to-One Appointment with an Academic Advisor: The Associate Registrar for new students, Denise Gray, regularly meets students for one-hour appointments to help you 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.
- 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 First-Year Foundation (FYF) Seminar courses at Innis. This also includes the First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs) and the First-Year Foundation Ones programs.
Once you have successfully enrolled in your courses on ACORN, 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.