Bachelor of Information Enrolment & Registration Handbook

Welcome to the BI Fall & Winter 2020-21 Enrolment & Registration Handbook.

COVID-19 related updates regarding the Fall Term and more can be found on the COVID-19 Information for Students.

Please review the information below on the enrolment and registration process. If you have any questions, please consult the Student Services team at

For guides to our other degree programs:

Page directory:

Quick link to resources:

Understanding “enrolment” & “registration”

Enrolment is the process of choosing and signing up for courses on the University of Toronto Student Web Service, also known as ACORN. You will need to log into ACORN with your UTORid and password.


A student is only considered “registered” once they have made minimum tuition payment. Students are able to enroll into courses without making tuition payment first. Course enrollment start date is typically late July, and minimum payment is typically due late August.

However, to keep all the courses you have enrolled into, tuition fees need to be received by the University prior to classes starting.

The Minimum Payment to Register for Fall & Winter is: Arrears + 100% of Fall tuition fees. 

Click here to review our instructions on how & when to make tuition payment

back to the top 

Adding & Dropping Courses

Adding courses(s)

Student Services automatically enrols you in your required courses. However, in your second year you will need to enrol in electives.

To add/enrol into an elective course, you will do so through ACORN, under “Enrol & Manage”.

Students are only able to add/enrol into courses once enrolment has started. Every Faculty has their own enrolment start time. Be sure to review the information shared under key academic dates and deadlines to find the appropriate enrolment start times.

Always check that the elective courses you have selected are approved by Student Services.

If you are interested in enrolling into courses outside of the Faculty, please review our guide on taking external courses.

If you wish to take an additional course in a term:

  • Students who wish to take an additional course beyond their standard course load in a term must submit an Add/Drop Course Form with a statement of rationale by the final date to enrol into course(s) for the term you wish to take the course in;
  • Submitting a request does not guarantee enrolment. Each request is reviewed on a case by case basis;
  • First year students in their first term are ineligible to request for an additional course.

For students thinking about taking an additional course, you may wish to review the information on extra courses too.


Dropping course(s)

Likewise, if you need to drop course(s) during an academic term, you will also do so through ACORN. Every term, there is a deadline by which students can drop course(s) without academic penalty. Please refer to key academic dates and deadlines below to find out the drop deadlines for Fall & Winter courses.

Please review detailed information on our guide on dropping courses.

back to the top 

Key academic dates & deadlines

Enrolment start times
Returning students: July 24th, 6:00 am.

All times are eastern standard time as per ACORN.

Key Dates

Fall term (F section)

  • Classes are from September 14, 2020, to December 14, 2020; exam week is December 15-21, 2020 (if applicable).
  • Final date to enrol in F or Y section courses: September 21, 2020
  • Final date to drop F section courses without academic penalty: October 26, 2020


Winter term (S section)

  • Classes are from January 4, 2021, to April 9, 2021; exam week is April 12-16, 2021 (if applicable).
  • Final date to enrol in S section courses: January 18, 2021
  • Final date to drop S section courses without academic penalty: February 22, 2021


Full term (Y section)

  • Classes are from September 14, 2020, to April 9, 2021.
  • Final date to enrol in F or Y session courses: September 21, 2020
  • Final date to drop Y section courses without academic penalty: February 22, 2021
Click here to get to know all your Key Academic Dates & Deadlines 

back to the top 

Fall & Winter courses and timetable

Information on Fall & Winter courses and their respective schedules will available online shortly. You should always make it a habit to check regularly for any updates!

back to the top 

Taking external courses

Broaden your competencies by taking courses outside of your degree program

back to the top 

Money Matters

Be sure to check the recommended timelines if you are applying for government financial aid, awards and scholarships, or work-study positions.

The recommended date to make your minimum tuition payment (or defer your tuition payment if you are receiving government student loan) is August 28th.

Please click here to review our notes on how & when to make tuition payment

Here’s a snapshot on available options:

  • pay from a Canadian bank
  • online credit card payment (will incur a service charge)
  • Convert Aeroplan & TD Travel Rewards Points into credits towards paying fees
  • paying with OSAP or other government student loans
  • paying through Western Union Global Pay (for students outside of Canada)
  • deferring with OSAP or other government student loans
  • deferring with a Major Award, scholarship or sponsorship

back to the top