Preparing for University

You are about to embark on an incredible journey of learning and exploration.

Please review this section closely to ensure you’re prepared for the Fall Term.

Starting in mid-June, you'll receive weekly e-newsletters from the First Year Office to help you prepare for the fall.

summer opportunities

Starting university is a major life transition – even the most academically well-prepared students (like you!) may find that adjusting to the new learning environment, course workload, freedom and responsibilities of university life may involve some challenges.

To support your transition we have created two streams of optional programming you can take over the summer to help you prepare for this Fall. These programs are completely optional but are a great resource to get a head start.  

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First Year Foundations

These optional programs help you to meet fellow classmates, future professors and teaching assistants, while learning more about the social and academic aspects of university. The Summer Academy also provides in-depth review of core high-school-level math, coding and physics for those who want to refresh their fundamental knowledge.

Much of this programming is free; those with a cost are indicated.

  • Academic Orientation: Free information sessions in June (online)
  • Summer Academy ($): Non-credit, flexible, six-week programs in Math, Physics and Coding. Supported by upper-year peers and professors, these programs will allow you to obtain small group instruction and feedback. Enrol in one or more programs. Cost: Further details will be posted in May 2024. Dates: July – August (online)
  • Success 101: Free full-day workshops in August (in-person)
  • Engineering Study Skills: Free afternoon workshops in August (in-person)
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Early Start Courses

We are pleased to offer APS162: Calculus for Engineers I and APS164: Introductory Chemistry from a Materials Perspective online this summer. Through these summer courses, you will earn credit toward your first year of studies, allowing you to reduce your courseload for the Fall or take an elective.

APS162 during the summer replaces MAT186 in the Fall, while APS164 replaces APS110. Completion of APS162 or APS164 in the summer will count toward your Fall Term average.

Students who enjoy working independently, feel confident in their high school fundamentals, and have time to devote to a course during the summer are encouraged to enrol. If you find the course is not a good fit for you, you may cancel your registration without academic penalty by July 29, 2024.

  • APS162 and APS164 Dates: July 2–August 23, 2024
  • Eligibility: Students in TrackOne or any Core 8 program. Not available to Engineering Science students.
  • Cost & Registration: Course fees are included in your 2024–2025 full-time tuition; no additional cost to new students.

things to know


ACORN (Accessible Campus Online Resource Network) is U of T’s online student services platform. Use ACORN this summer to:

  • Update your contact information (including emergency details)
  • Use the financial planning tool
  • View your course timetable
  • View your financial invoice


Every member of the U of T community needs a digital credential called a UTORid. With your UTORid, you can access online services like email (UTmail+), course content on the University's Learning Management System (Quercus), library resources, Microsoft365 applications, WiFi on campus, and more.

First, you'll need to convert your JOINid to a UTORid before classes begin. Then, you'll need to pick up your actual TCard when you arrive on campus.

Your TCard is your permanent U of T student card. It includes your UTORid and student number, and serves as photo identification for academic purposes. It's also your key to accessing campus activities, services, facilities, libraries and more.

You'll need your TCard daily to access spaces and to identify yourself. Funds can be loaded onto your TCard for U of T Bookstore purchases as well as food and printing purchases at participating locations on campus.

Front of T-Card with the student number and library ID labelled

As a new student starting in Fall 2024, you can submit your TCard documentation and photo online starting May 1, 2024, and plan to pick up your TCard at the TCard Office. You will need to make sure you have your identity and legal status identification documents with you.


You will be permitted to use one of the following calculator models for some of your tests and exams.   


Casio calculator.


FX-991 (any suffix is acceptable) 

Sharp calculator


Sharp EL-W516 (any suffix is acceptable)


U of T uses email as the official means of communication with students. For this reason, it is important the email address you have listed in ACORN is a University-issued email account (called UTMail+). Once you have activated your UTORid, you will be able to create your own U of T email address.

It is your responsibility to keep your email account current and check it daily. You will receive important emails from professors and staff about changes to your schedule or classrooms, upcoming events, marks, exam schedules and more.


Residence placements will be sent via email throughout June, July, and August. After you receive your residence placement, you will pay a deposit to secure your spot in residence. At that time, you can also indicate residence-specific preferences (e.g. building, room type, meal plan, etc.) if applicable to the residence where you are placed.

Specific room information will be sent to you after you have received your residence placement and indicated your residence-specific preferences.

For those seeking off-campus housing resources and advice, visit U of T Housing.


While every student wants to ensure they have their textbooks in time for the Fall, you are not expected to have them for the first day of classes. On the first day of each course lecture, your professor will let you know which textbooks / digital materials you need. Please check online for details on how to purchase any necessary course materials.


If you plan to live in a campus residence, you will receive information about meal plans from your residence’s office. Meal plans are also available to students who commute. 

Your meal plan can be used at a variety of locations across campus allowing you to use your meal plan as it suits you best.


The University recommends that you acquire a personal computer to support your learning needs. While a suitable system may be Windows- or macOS-based, a laptop can offer you additional flexibility. Please visit for full recommendations. You will also be able to access any software required for class.

The Engineering Computing Facility (ECF) provides in-person computer lab access when on campus, and is available 24/7 through remote access to computers and software within U of T Engineering. When you have paid your minimum required fees or deferred your fees, you will automatically receive an ECF account.


You can rent a locker in one of several locations across U of T Engineering. Rentals start in September and are primarily managed by the Engineering Society.


Key Academic Dates


Last day to pay or defer your fees

Move into residence, if applicable

Orientation begins

Fall classes begin

Fall study break (no classes)

Fall classes end

Final examination period

U of T closed for winter break


Winter classes begin

FEBRUARY 17 – 21
Reading week (no classes)

Winter classes end

APRIL 9 – 30
Final examination period

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