First Year News Feed September 4, 2020: Orientation & Your First Class

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering


Your university career is finally about to begin! This week, we’ll go over what you need to know to get off to a good start. Read on for info about your first class, orientation, health insurance, and some reminders and events.  

In this week’s final edition of the summer Student Blog, Mirjana shares some parting thoughts and words of advice for the year ahead. You can also check out more words of welcome from your new U of T Engineering community and even record your own post in the new Back to Skule™ Video Capsule

Please keep in mind that most U of T offices (including ours) will be closed for Labour Day on Monday, September 7.  



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.  

You can also book an online appointment with your academic advisor through the Advising Portal.  

Have a great long weekend!

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



Orientation (a.k.a. F!rosh week) will begin online on Monday, September 7 with student-run activities that you hopefully signed up for already. Curious about how it’s being organized this year? You can read about all the behind-the-scenes work that the Orientation Committee has been doing. We hope you have a fantastic experience!  

Faculty Orientation Day  


On Wednesday, September 9, a number of Faculty-run orientation events will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. These online events are free for all incoming engineering students, even if you chose not to register for F!rosh week, so please be sure to attend!  

Links to access all of these sessions will be posted in the First Year Hub on Quercus

  • 9-10 a.m. All new international students are invited to attend an International Student Welcome Session from your academic advisors and our Centre for International Experience to help you adjust to the University and life in Canada. 
  • 10-11 a.m. All students are invited to join an official Welcome to Engineering session via MS Live with staff and faculty members to help you understand the first-year experience and your next steps as a new student.  
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Departmental Presentations will introduce you to your new department and give you a chance to connect with other students in your program.  
  • 1-4 p.m. Check out the Engineering Clubs Fair to find out about the great co-curricular activities you can participate as a U of T engineering student! You can also learn more about these anytime in the updated Club House section of the First Year Hub on Quercus

* scroll down to the end of this email for an important note on photography at Orientation 



Your First Class

  • On Thursday, September 10 starting at 9 a.m. (session will open at 8:45 a.m.), you will attend your first engineering lecture online through MS Live (visit the First Year Hub on Quercus for the link to the session). This special Plenary Lecture will feature the Faculty’s Dean, Professor Chris Yip, senior Faculty leaders and a special alumni guest speaker, esteemed alumna Narinder Dhami (ElecE 0T5) who is a Canada Top 40 Under 40 2019 honouree, and a leader in social finance. 

  • Please note that all regularly-scheduled classes will be cancelled from 9-10 a.m. on September 10 as all first-year students are expected to attend the plenary lecture. 

  • Lecture sections will start on September 10, but as a general rule Tutorial and Practical sections are normally not held prior to the first Lecture in a course. Check your course announcements on Quercus next week for any exceptions to this policy. 

  • A reminder that there may have been some minor changes to your timetable recently, so please check it in ACORN before classes begin.  

  • Not sure where your classes are located? In the future you will need to use the U of T Map to find the campus locations noted in your timetable – but this year, you can find them all on Quercus. 😊  

  • If you are studying from a different time zone, or have religious observances, medical appointments, high performance athletic commitments, or other important activities that conflict with your timetable, please complete the online timetable change request form, and contact us at the First Year Office if you have any questions. Timetable requests must be submitted by September 23

Health Insurance


Did you know U of T students have extended health and dental insurance coverage? If you’re already covered by an equivalent health and/or dental plan (such as a parent’s or spouse’s employee benefit plan), you can opt out online during the Change-of-Coverage Period from September 1 – 30, 2020. 

International students can enrol (or dis-enrol, for those who are studying from outside of Canada this year) in their UHIP health insurance and obtain their UHIP card online, and are encouraged to do so right away. 


Reminders & Opportunities



  • Haven’t activated your UTORid yet? Check the TCard office’s UTORid activation instructions for how to do 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. We expect you to check your email daily! 


  • Mature Student Orientation: If you are transferring in to U of T from another post-secondary institution, or not starting at U of T directly after completing high school, check out one of these online welcome sessions on September 8, 9, 10 or 16. Register for these events online through CLNx.  
  • Black Students Welcome & Black Clubs Fair UTSG: Meet Black student leaders, find out about Black clubs, and attend a Keynote by Black faculty. Wednesday, September 16, from 3-7 p.m. EDT, Online. Register online through CLNx
  • Indigenous Orientation: Are you a new Indigenous student attending University of Toronto? Find out what First Nations House has to offer you! Attend the First Nations House Orientation & Open House on Friday, September 18 from 3-5 p.m. EDT, Online. Register on CLNx.  
  • Queer Orientation: Virtual Queer Orientation 2020 is taking place across all three campuses September 21-26. Queer Orientation (QO) is an annual week of LGBTQ-focused programming across all three campuses of U of T. QO is an opportunity for new and returning students, staff and faculty to make connections, engage in activities and have discussions related to LGBTQ+ communities. #UofTQO Learn more at the Queer Orientation website

Where to Find Updated 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 still details and changes for the year ahead 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:  

*Photography at Orientation (disclaimer) 

Pictures of U of T Engineering students may be captured at Faculty-run online orientation events, and may be featured in our publications. By participating in these events, you hereby grant U of T Engineering permission to use any image that you are included in without compensation, in print, video or any digital form, for the purposes of education, communication or marketing, as both a current or former student. You also understand that all images and materials from any photography taken by the Faculty during orientation are the sole property of U of T Engineering and release all claims against the Faculty and U of T with respect to copyright ownership and publication, including any claim for compensation related to the use of the materials.   

First Year Office
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

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

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