Planning Tools

By previous contributor Minnie

I am notorious for raving about Acorn, and there’s a good reason for it: all the previously separate tools for planning are now all in one place! When you log into Acorn, on the left side, you’ll see that under ‘Academics’, there’s an option called ‘Planning Tools’. This option guides you to four very important tools:

Degree Explorer

Degree Explorer is the University of Toronto’s degree planning tool. Review your academic history, degree requirements or use the planner to determine how future course choices might meet your requirements.¬†This tool clearly lays out your unique degree and program requirements and indicates which requirements have been met and which are still outstanding. Degree Explorer also has a planning feature that allows you to plan for course selection years in advance ensuring you’ll satisfy all requirements for your degree and programs, because there’s nothing worse than realizing you’re one course short of graduation. ¬†‘Current Status’ displays the degree and programs you are currently registered in, as well as your estimated progress towards completion. You can see at a glance if you’ve completed the requirements of your degree or program. By expanding the plus sign beside your degree or program, you’ll see the individual requirements and which ones you’ve completed. The ‘Planner’ enables you to see on a time continuum courses you’ve taken in the past and add hypothetical courses in the future. You can create up to five saved hypothetical scenarios that will have no impact on your current registration. When you’re done, click ‘ReAssess’ towards the bottom, to reassess whether courses you’ve picked meet prerequisites.

Course Finder

Course Finder is the University of Toronto’s course listing search engine. Many of you may already be familiar with this, as you’ve already gone through registration and course selection. Here, you can search for courses filtered through the Faculty of the courses you need to find, or the breadth requirements. As you would search via Google, you should type in keywords of the course name.

Transfer Explorer

Transfer Explorer is for:

  • Plans transferring to or within the University of Toronto
  • Checking eligibility of courses taken at other institutions
  • Checking eligibility of courses taken at U of T campuses other than your current

CIE (Centre for International Experience) opportunities can be found here as well!

Program Finder

Program finder allows you search and browse for programs by keyword, title, or subject. You can filter the degrees by type and level. Please recognize that all programs undergraduate or graduate are listed here, so please be careful when you’re searching, that you’re not looking at a program at the incorrect level. All programs for UTM, St. George, and UTSC are shown as well. There are some programs that are specific to campuses.


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