First Year News Feed September 11, 2020: Reminders & Welcome from Your Advisor

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Hello ,

We hope you enjoyed orientation week, and that your first few lectures (including the Plenary lecture featuring alumna Narinder Dhami) have been a great introduction to U of T Engineering!

In this week’s News Feed we have some important reminders, a welcome from your academic advisors, and some upcoming events and opportunities.

If you have any questions, we are here to answer them! Please feel free to follow us on Twitter and reach us by email, through our Live Chat service, or by leaving us a message by phone to receive a call back.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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

Important Reminders


  • Math Quizzes: Don’t forget to complete the Math Self-Assessment Quizzes that were sent to you by email on August 20 (if you didn’t receive these, please email the First Year Office). These quizzes are worth 3% of your MAT186H1: Calculus I grade, and are due on Monday, September 14
  • Timetables: When reviewing your class timetable, make sure that you thoroughly read the information posted by your course instructors in Quercus regarding each course’s schedule. In some cases your ACORN timetable meetings may not be an accurate reflection of how the courses are operating (e.g. APS111 Tutorials will not be held as scheduled; instead, meeting times with your TAs will be chosen in the coming weeks). If after reviewing these details you have any problems with your timetable (e.g. a conflict with religious observances, Varsity athletics, time zone concerns, an unmanageable stretch of classes in a row, or if you think you are missing a course, etc.) please contact us for questions, and complete a Timetable Change Request form online (NOTE that the form has been updated as of today; requests submitted through the previous form will still be processed). The deadline to make changes to timetables is September 23.
  • UTORid/UTMail+: Haven’t activated your UTORid yet? Check the TCard office’s UTORid activation instructions and complete this important process as soon as you can. After you activate your UTORid, you should activate your UTMail+ email address right away, to make sure that you’re receiving important messages from the University. If you are having trouble with this process, reach out to the Registrar’s Office for assistance.
  • DELNA: All students in APS100 have been contacted by email with instructions on how and when to complete the Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELNA; worth 5% of your APS100 course mark). If you missed your DELNA session for any reason, please email the First Year Office to sign up for a later session.

Welcome From Your Academic Advisor
Although our physical office in the Galbraith Building (which is the building pictured in the banner image above!) remains closed to in-person visits until further notice, your first-year Academic Advisor is available remotely (that’s us, pictured above in our home offices!) to help you make a successful transition to U of T Engineering. Many general questions can be addressed by emailing our front-line team at, but you also can make an appointment with your Academic Advisor through the Advising Portal for detailed information and advice.

Some of the topics your advisor can assist you with are:

  • Questions about your program of study
  • Course load options and upper-year course information
  •  Academic success supports
  • Personal matters and referrals to campus resources
  • Learn more about Academic Advising in the Faculty’s Academic Advising Syllabus.

In the coming week, you’ll receive a personalized welcome email from your Advisor, and we hope you’ll reach out to connect!

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Upcoming Events
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 still details and changes regarding facilities, courses, and policies which are being communicated as they are determined. Be sure to monitor your email regularly for official updates, and you should also check the following authoritative pages regularly 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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