Course Selection for Smarties

By previous contributor Minnie
Updated June 10, 2016 by Annie

Although most of the things I’m going to write about will be mentioned during the Vic One Summer Advising Session, I’ve always been one to appreciate a “digestion” period (a period in time during which I can understand important information and avoid feeling extremely overwhelmed when everything – especially something as important as choosing courses for your first year in university – is unloaded on me all at once).

Now, if you’re anything like me, you are probably quite conflicted about what major you want to pursue because you have so many interests. At this point, you might want to do a specialist, five majors, and two minors, all at once! I get it, I get it. You’re preaching to the congregation here (I’m a Frye graduate specializing in Financial Economics). Stop right there and take a deep breath. It’s time to start your preliminary planning.

The choosing of courses is the hardest part. It’s your time to explore the world of academia on your own, and you want to know it all. For this, I’m going to give you one piece of advice: prioritize. Know what you want to study first and foremost, and go after it with full force. If you don’t know what you want to study, make it your goal this year to get a taste of everything you have not yet ruled out and know by the end of the year. The good news is, you’ve got plenty of time from now until when you need to declare your program of study.

If you want to know a bit of the technical stuff, this is all you need to know for now, and this information will make a lot more sense after you’ve attended the Summer Advising session. Come back to this post after the session and reread it. You will have a better understand of what is going on.

Since you’re all Vic One students, you will already have two out of your five time slots per semester set aside for your Vic One courses. This means you only need to pick three other courses. Depending on which type of program – specialist or double major or single major with two minors – in which you wish to enroll in the future, you will be expected to meet certain criteria and take certain prerequisite courses. Take some time in the next couple of weeks to look over what your desired program requires by using the Program Information, the Calendar, the U of T Course Finder, and the Course Timetables. By consolidating the information from all of these sources, you can create for yourself a preliminary timetable.

Update by Annie: The new Timetable feature is very useful at this step!

You can then make a list for easy reference when you go online to enroll in your courses. For each course include the correct course code (e.g. ENG140Y), section code (F, Y, or S), and meeting section(s) (e.g. Lecture L0101, Tutorial T0201, and Practical/Lab P0301).

The reason this planning process is very important is because in university, you may not get your first choice. Have some back up courses planned in case any of your first choices are unavailable.

Some of you may be inclined to use Griddy to plan and have an all-in-one organizer. Please take note: Griddy is not connected to U of T in any way and we do not support the use of Griddy because there is always a possibility that the information on that website is inaccurate. Please take caution.

Update by Annie: The Timetable feature on the ArtSci website is like Griddy, but it is directly connected to U of T.

Lastly, be sure to pay the minimum installment or defer your fees (if you’re applying for OSAP) by August 23rd*. Congratulations. By August 23rd*, you’ll officially be a registered U of T and Vic One student.

*Update by Annie: This is up to date for the 2016-17 year.

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