Welcome to New College—we know you’re proud of your child and their admission to the University of Toronto. This is an exciting time of year and over the next few months your daughter or son will be planning their courses, exploring co-curricular activities and may be planning to leave home for the first time. This guide will provide you with information about what to expect from first year.

When students start at the University of Toronto, they are adults and, as such, have a right to confidentiality. Student records at the University of Toronto are regulated by the Ontario government’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), and records cannot be released to anyone (including parents) without a student’s consent. However, family members can contact the Registrar’s Office or the Office of Residence and Student Life with any concerns they may have, or to get information on the range of resources available to students. 

The learning structure at university is very different from that of high school. Students select their courses and create their own timetable. Most students enjoy the extra freedom that comes with university studies, but the adjustment to the increased workload and academic expectations may be challenging. Rest assured, there is a wide range of resources available for students throughout their time at New College and U of T. 

Student’s to-do list:

  1. Accept the offer of admission by June 1 or the date specified in the offer letter. Students can accept their offer of admission at www.ouac.on.ca. As of June 1, students can get their TCard (their student card) and set up their University of Toronto email account. Read the online instructions at www.tcard.utoronto.ca and www.utorid.utoronto.ca. 
  2. For students to learn more about course selection and have questions answered, they can attend an online course enrolment session offered by the New College Registrar’s Office. 
  3. In addition to this guide, they should review the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar and Registration Instructions & Timetable. 
  4. View course enrolment start time on ACORN as of July 3. 
  5. First-year students enrol in courses beginning July 20 using ACORN. 
  6. Make the minimum required payment or defer fees by August 30. 
  7. Participate in Orientation events, September 3–September 8 (New Roots Traditional Orientation Program – open to all) and/or New Journeys (International Student Orientation for international students only) August 31-September 1. 
  8. Classes begin on Thursday, September 7.