Your First Year: Frequently Asked Questions

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Updated April 6, 2017

Here are some questions that the First Year Office is asked frequently:

Q: How do I apply for a transfer to a different engineering program?
A: You can request to transfer through the Engineering Portal. The deadline to submit your request is May 17. If you haven’t already, you must meet with your academic advisor to talk about your decision and the requirements and details of transferring. Read more information about transfers.

Q: I’ve submitted a transfer application. When will I receive the decision?
A: Transfer requests will be reviewed and decisions communicated to students in June.

Q: When will I see my final winter marks?
A: Final marks for winter session first-year courses will be posted on ACORN as they become available. We hope that grades will be available during the first week of May.

Q: When do summer classes start in May?
A: Unless otherwise informed by your instructor through Portal, all meetings (lectures, tutorials and practicals) for first-year engineering courses will start the week of May 8. You can view the timetable for summer courses here and view further details about summer courses in the Summer Enrolment and Registration Guide.

Q: What if I can’t write an exam?
A: Final exams are a very important part of your academic requirements, but the Faculty understands that sometimes unforeseen issues (e.g. serious illness, injury, death in the family, other emergencies) get in the way of you fulfilling your requirements. In this situation, you should submit a Final Exam Petition within seven days of your last exam. Supporting documentation is required and should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The Faculty Committee on Examinations will review petitions in early May, and you’ll be alerted by email when your petition decision is ready to view online.

Q: What will happen if I have an average over 60%, but I fail a winter semester course?
A: If you obtain a final mark of less than 50% in one of your courses, you need to retake the course when it is next offered. Usually, this means you will take the course right away in the summer. If this is the case for you, contact the First Year Office to meet with an academic advisor and have the course added to your summer timetable as soon as you have all of your winter grades.

Q: What happens if I’m on probation?
A: If you receive a session average of less than 60% for the winter session, you will be placed on academic probation. There are several different scenarios for students on probation, so your status will depend upon your academic standing at the start of the term, what your winter average is, and whether you have failed any courses (and if so, how many). The full details about probation and the promotion regulations are contained in the Academic Calendar (under “Academic Regulations,” “Promotion Regulations”). If your session average is less than 60%, you should visit the First Year Office to make an appointment with an academic advisor.