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

summer prep programs

The past two years hasn’t gone as expected for anyone — and we know that many of you experienced disruptions to your final years of high school.

That’s why we’ve created two streams of online programming you can take over the summer to help you prepare for this fall. Both programs are completely optional. If you choose to participate in both, we recommend starting with U of T Engineering Academy before moving onto First Year Foundations offerings later in the summer.

Two first-year courses — APS162 and APS164 — are also available online this summer for students who are ready to get an early start on one of their for-credit courses. Read more about APS162 and APS164 on the "Courses" page.


U of T Engineering Summer Academy

Refresh your math and science knowledge in June and July

U of T Engineering Academy (UTEA) gives you access to a suite
of established online materials to provide you with a refresher on core high-school-level math, chemistry, physics, and computer programming. Being fluent in this content is essential to meeting the demands of your first-year engineering classes.

UTEA is optional, self-directed, and not for credit. We’ve designed the experience in consultation with faculty members and high school teachers. You’ll also receive guidance from current upper-year U of T Engineering students, helping you focus on what you need to know while building connections within the community.

Duration: Content is separated into eight modules. We suggest aiming to complete one module (in each subject) per week; this is the pace at which the live review sessions will progress.

Cost: All students who accepted their offer of admission by the deadline stated in their offer letter will be able to join U of T Engineering Academy free of charge.


First Year Foundations

Prepare for your first year in July and August

First Year Foundations programming is a suite of optional sessions, workshops and courses to help you prepare for several aspects of university life — from developing effective study and learning skills to getting ahead with introductions to concepts like engineering problem solving, the engineering design process and communications.

The First Year Foundations programs below are offered throughout the summer. Each program is led by either a staff or faculty member and will be offered in person on the St. George campus unless otherwise noted. Much of this programming is free; those with a cost are indicated.

  • Academic Orientation: Free sessions in June & July 
  • Success 101: Free workshops in July & August
  • Engineering Study Skills: Free sessions in July & August
  • Engineering Design 101: Week-long program in Aug.; Cost: $345
  • Engineering Problem Solving & Math: Week-long program in Aug.; Cost: $345 
  • Summer Math Success Program: Flexible, free, online program available throughout July and August.

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.

Acquiring your UTORid is part of the process of getting your TCard.

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 labelledAs a new student starting in Fall 2022, you can submit your TCard documentation and photo online starting May 2, 2022 and plan to pick up your TCard on campus by appointment.


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


Casio calculator.


FX-991 (EX recommended; any suffix is acceptable, including ES, PLUS, ES PLUSC, MS, MSPLUS2) 

Sharp calculator


Sharp EL-W516 (any suffix is acceptable, including TBSL, XG, XGB-SL)


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.

Your building, room and move-in information will be sent to you in July or August, after you have received your residence placement and indicated your residence-specific preferences.


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.


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.


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. 


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

Engineering Welcome & Family Night

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 20 – 24
Reading week (no classes)

Winter classes end

APRIL 18 – 30
Final examination period


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