First Year News Feed August 7, 2020: Your August To-Do List & A-Level Results

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering


This week we have some more details about your timetables, a recap of things you should plan to do this month to prepare for University, and a note for those of you who need to submit A-Level results. In this week’s Student Blog, Mirjana shares some fascinating info about the Skule community’s history and traditions. 

A note that the Math Self-Assessment Quizzes that are mentioned in the Guide to First Year will be sent to you by email later than originally scheduled (you will still have plenty of time to complete them, and no studying should be required; don’t worry!). More info to come next week.

Please be sure to read your Guide to First Year, follow us on Twitter and if you have questions and want to connect with us you can reach us by email or through our Live Chat service.  

Have a great weekend!

The First Year Office Team  
(Leslie, Jennifer, Emzhei, JesusMiracle & Hannah)  

P.S. Not joining U of T Engineering? If your plans have changed, please notify our Admissions Office at

Timetable Updates

As we mentioned last week (and you have likely seen in ACORN), your timetable should now be posted for the upcoming year. As outlined in the recent Dean’s Message, the Faculty’s remote access guarantee means that none of your classes will require you to be present on campus in either the 2020 Fall term or 2021 Winter term, as all courses will be offered online. Your instructors will clarify how exactly the course meetings will be conducted, but any synchronous course meetings will be recorded for later viewing for those who are not able to attend live. You can find more information on Fall and Winter Term courses in the updated Undergraduate FAQs.

Sorry, but first-year schedules cannot be rearranged for personal preferences. However, if religious, medical, time zone, Varsity sport, or other important accommodations need to be made, we will work to accommodate your request.  

If you need to request a change to your timetable for one of the above reasons, or if there is a problem with your courses* (e.g. you are not enrolled in all of the courses you should be, or there is a conflict in your Fall term schedule), please use this form to submit your timetable change request

Please note that we are only accepting requests for Fall term changes at this time; we will post a similar form for the Winter term later. 

*Not 100% certain which courses you should be enrolled in? Your courses are listed by program in the Guide to First Year and in the Faculty’s Academic Calendar (in the “Engineering Programs” section).

Your August To-Do List
The summer is flying by! Here are a few important things that you’ll need to do during the month of August to get ready for September:   

  • Sign-up for the student-run online U of T Engineering F!rosh Week, and/or if you’d prefer a more academically-focused orientation experience, you can browse the full Orientation Calendar for all of the great events happening at U of T 
  • If you haven’t yet activated your UTORid, be sure to complete this important process through the TCard Office to gain access to your U of T email and online accounts 
  • View your invoice and timetable on ACORN (see above for more timetable info), and make sure your contact details and emergency contact information are up to date 
  • If you have a registered education savings plan (RESP) you’d like to use for your tuition payment: Obtain a confirmation of enrolment for RESP purposes through the Engineering Portal
  • Make a minimum tuition payment (or defer your fees, if applicable) by August 20 to register for the academic year. See the Student Accounts website and the Guide to First Year for further details  
  • Make a list of supplies for school and/or residence, and investigate meal plans if needed 
  • Since Fall and Winter classes will be held online, check the University’s comprehensive Recommended Technology Requirements page to make sure your setup will be appropriate for the year  
  • Get familiar with the online tools you’ll use for classes  
  • Start to buy supplies (we’ll devote an issue to textbooks in mid-August, and you can check the approved calculator list in the Guide to First Year)   

Regularly read your emails, and check authoritative University sources to stay up to date on the latest information. 

Worried you may have missed some of the to-do’s from earlier in the summer? Review these in the Guide to First Year

A-Level Results

If you are an A-level student and your results will become available in late August, please upload a copy of your provisional results to the Applicant Portal as soon as they become available, in order to clear your admission conditions.  

The Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Office will contact you regarding the submission of official results. 

The First Year Office team periodically updates our Frequently Asked Questions page, and you’re always welcome to email us or use our live chat during office hours for questions that you can’t find answers to.  

In addition, given the ongoing pandemic, there are a lot of details still being confirmed for the upcoming year which are being communicated as they are determined. Be sure to monitor your email regularly for official updates, and you can also check the following authoritative pages for current information:  

First Year Office
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

University of Toronto
35 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A4

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