First Year News Feed July 3, 2020: ACORN & How to Register

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering


We hope you’ve had a nice week! Today’s News Feed introduces you to an important website called ACORN, explains how to make sure you can obtain any disability-related academic accommodations, and has info on how to register for the academic year. And in this week’s Student Blog, Mirjana shares her study tips for academic success in first year. 

If you haven’t already, 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 through our Live Chat service.  

We are also still accepting registrations for next week’s free Success 101 (July 10) and Engineering Study Skills (July 9) sessions, as well as many of our other First Year Foundations programs!

Have a lovely weekend!

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

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

Introducing ACORN
We would like to introduce you to an online service called ACORN which you’ll use quite a bit over the next four years.  

Right now, you should use it to verify your personal information that the University has on file. Be sure to check that your contact info and address are correct and up to date, and add your emergency contact person’s details.

In a few weeks, this is where you will view your class schedule and your tuition invoice. And at the end of each semester, ACORN is where you’ll see your final course grades. Take a few minutes to get familiar with it! 

How to Register
Here are the key details you need to know for registration in the 2020-2021 academic year:   

  • Unlike many first-year university students, your courses will be automatically added to your timetable on ACORN by early August. 
  • The only step you need to take to officially register as a student is to make a fee payment or deferral no later than August 20 (for OSAP/government financial aid recipients – if you require financial aid and have not yet applied, you should do so as soon as possible). 
  • Tuition fees will be listed on your ACORN account later in July. 
  • If you’re receiving a scholarship from U of T, it will be applied automatically to your ACORN invoice during the fall semester. You can subtract the amount of your scholarship from your minimum payment to register.  
  • More specific info about fee payments and deferrals will be included in upcoming First Year News Feed editions, and you can also find more information in the Guide to First Year

Academic Accommodations
If you had disability-related academic accommodations in high school (e.g. extra test time, adaptive technology, deadline extensions, reduced course load, etc.), we highly recommend that you register with Accessibility Services at U of T so that you can have supports in place for your first year. The deadline to submit a new registration is July 17 in order to have accommodations available to you for the first day of classes.  

You might also be interested in the Moving Forward Summer Transition Program, designed to help you get to know U of T, discover in-depth learning strategies, and learn how to use your academic accommodations. 

Did you know?… Thousands of U of T students receive accommodations through Accessibility Services to help remove disability-related barriers each year, the majority of whom are registered for mental health. In other words, if you have an accessibility need, you are not alone! Accessibility Services upholds strict student privacy and confidentiality, and they are a great resource for collaboration and advice. You can contact their office for further information. 

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

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