Update Regarding COVID-19: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, your first year as an Arts & Science student may be different than we all anticipated. Although on-campus classes, activities and experiences may be offered through remote instruction for all or part of the Fall 2020 term, there will be many opportunities for you to interact and collaborate with your peers. Information for admitted students can be found on Join U of T. Admission updates can also be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Course enrolment takes place in July and now is a good time to start researching the courses that will help provide a solid foundation for your studies. Search the courses and programs offered in the Academic Calendar.
Plan for Success
The recommended course load for full-time, first-year students is five courses per term. Your first year will comprise of courses related to your intended program(s), small classroom option(s) and electives. Contact your college registrar’s office if you have any questions.
Flexible First Year
You are not in a program until your second year, which means you have the flexibility to explore a variety of interests in first year. Do your research ahead of time so you know the requirements for the programs you are interested in applying to at the end of first year. Some programs have limited enrolment, so keep your options open by taking a variety of foundational courses.
1. Yash, Specialist in finance and economics, Rotman Commerce
First year is your chance to experiment and learn about things that you wouldn’t normally learn about. As you go into second, third and fourth year, you’ll start specializing specifically on what you want it do.
2. Eros, Double major in contemporary Asian studies and economics
Go through all the programs and make a shortlist of the ones that spark an interest. Start exploring those programs and write down the 100-level courses that are complementary for a few of the programs so that you can keep your options open after first year.
3. Jemel, Major in book and media studies, minors in cinema studies and English
I didn’t get into my preferred program in second year, but I took it as a learning lesson. Instead, I started taking media studies and film courses and I totally loved them. I decided on book and media studies, and everything has worked out so well. I think I do well because I’m studying what I love!
4. Janessa, Double major in peace, conflict and justice studies, and diaspora and transnational studies
Once you have an idea of what program you might want, start picking courses that fulfill the prerequisites. But keep an open mind, too. My college registrar suggested I take the class Intro to Diaspora Studies based on my interests. I’d never heard of that program but loved the course so much I ended up adding it as a second major.
5. Victor, Double major in neuroscience and animal physiology
Apply to a First-Year Learning Community to connect with other students in your area of study. I was a part of the Life Sciences FLC. It was a really friendly learning environment and so helpful to be with people who were experiencing the same transition to university and learning the same materials. Plus, the FLC counts toward your co-curricular record.