Newly Admitted Students


What do you need to do once you’ve been admitted?

Classes begin September 3, 2024



Graduate (MI, MMSt, CDP)

 

NEXT STEPS!

1) Enabling your JOINid

You must enable your JOINid and create a password if you wish to access ACORN. This can be done online – you do not have to be here in person. Your JOINid will not work until you enable and create a password for it.

If you have trouble locating the email sent to you with your JOINid, please contact the School of  Graduate Studies at admissions.sgs@utoronto.ca.

If you lose your JOINid password, you can use the enabling site to change your password. Please note that updates to passwords can take 48 hours to roll over in the system. If you are unable to reset your password using the enabling site, please call 416-978-HELP, or email help.desk@utoronto.ca to reset your password. Please specify that you have already enabled your JOINid.

The next step is to convert your JOINid to a UTORid:

2) Activating your UTORid

Convert your JOINid to a UTORid as soon as possible to get access to more online services like email (UTmail+), course content on Quercus, webinars, library resources, Microsoft365 applications, WiFi on campus, and more. Learn about How to Get Your First TCard / UTORid and make a virtual appointment with a TCard staff member to have your identity verified. Information on required documentation is available here. You can pick up your physical TCard when you arrive on campus.


3) Get your TCard and set up your UTmail+

Your TCard is your physical student identification for on-campus purposes. It provides access to certain facilities, such as the library or the gym, and to services, such as printing or meal plans. Your TCard includes your photo, UTORid, student number and a barcode. For more information about how to get your TCard and the other services that it provides, please see: https://tcard.utoronto.ca/.

UTmail+ is the only email used by the University to communicate officially with students. Set-up information can be found here: https://www.utorid.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/utorid/activate.pl

You must get your TCard before you can set up your UTmail+. If you are unable to get your TCard in person and activate your UTORid before September, you can enable your JOINid online before you arrive: https://www.utorid.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/utorid/enable.pl


Register for Accessibility Services

If you are seeking academic accommodations for the Fall 2024 term, you must complete a Student Intake Package and submit all supporting documentation. For any questions and assistance, you can contact accessibility.services@utoronto.ca

The deadline to register is July 12, 2024


Look for housing

Review the housing options at http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/hs

The Housing team is available by email at housing.services@utoronto.ca or book an appointment with us on CLNx. We’re here to talk about residence applications, rental issues and housing conflicts!


Missed past issues of the New Student Newsletter? Catch up by clicking on the links below:

March 2024 Issue

April 2024 Issue

April 2024 Issue (2)

June 2024 Issue


Read the Getting Started Guide for new students

This guide is intended to be a quick resource for new students. It provides the basic information you will need from now until Orientation Day. It is your guide to course enrolment, tuition and fees, policies, services and more!

2024 Getting Started Guide!

 


Attend Getting Started Enrolment Event!

2024 Info coming soon! (SAVE THE DATE – Tuesday July 23)

This event will set you up for success in the Fall as an incoming student to the Faculty of Information. We’ll go through important information about course selection, course enrolment, paying fees, and more. We’ll take an in-depth look at degree requirements for mandatory and elective courses, submitting your selections on ACORN and becoming familiar with UofT student platforms.


Course Enrolment and Registration

Difference between “Registration” and “Enrolment”

The main registration status indicators are:
  1. INVITED (INVIT
    You are invited to enrol in courses – this is the initial status after being admitted.
  2. REGISTERED (REG)
    You have been registered in ACORN – the status changes automatically from INVITED to REGISTERED after fee payment (or fee deferral) has been received and process

Registration means:

  • paying/deferring tuition fees AND clearing your admission conditions (as stated in your offer letter) = see your registration status change from INVIT (invited) to REG (registered)
  • September 1st recommended date to pay or defer your tuition fees so that the University can receive and process the minimum tuition payment by September 15 th
  • has nothing to do with enrolling in courses – you DO NOT need REG status to enrol in your courses

Enrolment means:

  • enrolling into (adding) courses on ACORN
  • date TBD, 6 a.m. ET for incoming students
  • Enrolment happens BEFORE registration

Tuition & Fees:

For more information about tuition & fees, see Money Matters. The Student Accounts office will release 2024/25 tuition rates in mid-July, and it will be reflected in your Acorn account.

For information about how to make a payment, and relevant payment deadlines, see UofT Student Accounts.​

IMPORTANT: You must clear your conditions before paying / deferring your tuition fees

If you paid the minimum tuition fee, and your status has not yet changed over to REGistered, you likley have not yet cleared your admission conditions. Please contact the admissions team.

NOTE:if you are receiving a message in Acorn saying “there is a severe Admission Condition blocking my account from being changed from invited to registered”, even after you have paid or deferred your tuition fees, this means you have not yet cleared your admission conditions, as indicated in your offer letter.
This will have no impact on your course enrolment in July. You will still be able to enrol in courses!

Course Enrolement

2024 Info Coming Soon! (course enrolment happens at the end of July)

Enrolment date for incoming students is TBD!

Things to consider:

  • Early bird gets the worm!  
  • Plot out both Fall and Winter sessions to ensure that you identify preferred elective courses offered during the academic year, and catch any scheduling conflicts
  • If there are multiple sections, enrol in preferred section first 
  • Have an alternate list in case your preferred courses are full

Other considerations:

  • Students following a concentration must ensure that they choose appropriate required and elective courses to fulfill the requirements of their concentration.
  • A maximum of two concentrations is allowed; however, it is strongly advised that students choose only one concentration.
  • Students choosing to do two concentrations may encounter scheduling difficulties.
  • Meet with your academic advisor before adding a second concentration.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that you complete the concentration requirements.
  • Students can enrol in courses from all concentrations as an elective, no matter which concentration they choose.
If you have any questions about clearing your conditions, please contact us at admissions.ischool@utoronto.ca

2024 New Student Orientation

Coming Soon! 

Virtual oreintation sessions will be in July and August

In-person oreintation sessions will be in the first and second week of September


Learn about all the student support services available:

The Office of Student Services serves as the home base for any questions that you might have, whether they be academic, administrative, financial, personal or anything else! Feel free to contact us by email (inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca), by phone (416-978-3234), or come by our office and meet us in person (Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street, 4th Floor)!

Every Faculty of Information student has a dedicated Academic Advisor within the Faculty to provide you with guidance and academic support. You can go to your dedicated Academic Advisor for any topic or question that you might have. You can schedule an appointment with your academic advisor here!


Get involved! Student Life

Being a graduate student means plenty of reading, writing, and research. But that doesn’t mean you have to chain yourself to your desk! The Faculty of Information is not only the home of four student councils; our students are also engaged in multiple student clubs, chapters, associations and much more. Visit our Student Life & Experience page for more info!

For more information about our student councils and student life at the University of Toronto, check out our page with opportunities available to you here. You can also check out our student-run publication, MUSINGS, for the latest opinions, critiques and discussions of contemporary museum practices by emerging museum professionals.


Find a mentor

Peer Mentoring @iSchool – Are you wondering what to expect at the iSchool? Do you have questions about life as a student or living in Toronto? Wondering where you can get an informed perspective on the whole iSchool experience? Join the Peer Mentoring @iSchool program and network with like-minded fellow students! Ask about classes, student life, food trucks and much more! Send us an email at mentoring.ischool@gmail.com for more details.

Research Mentorship Program – Connect with doctoral students with similar interests! Join a group of at least 2 mentors and several mentees and work together on a voluntary research project on your own schedule. For more information, complete this form!



Undergraduate (BI)

Get your TCard and set up your UTmail+

Your TCard is your physical student identification for on-campus purposes. It provides access to certain facilities, such as the library or the gym, and to services, such as printing or meal plans. Your TCard includes your photo, UTORid, student number and a barcode. For more information about how to get your TCard and the other services that it provides, please see: https://tcard.utoronto.ca/.

UTmail+ is the only email used by the University to communicate officially with students. Set-up information can be found here: https://www.utorid.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/utorid/activate.pl

You must get your TCard before you can set up your UTmail+. If you are unable to get your TCard in person and activate your UTORid before September, you can enable your JOINid online before you arrive: https://www.utorid.utoronto.ca/cgi-bin/utorid/enable.pl

Log into Acorn – The UofT Student Record System

Log into yourACORN account that you can verify your mailing and contact information and to specify who the university should contact on your behalf, in the event of an emergency


Register / pay your tuition

The Faculty of Information considers you registered after you have 1) enrolled in courses, and 2) either paid or deferred tuition fees. Once you’ve taken both these steps, ACORN will show your status as REGistered (as opposed to INVited). Remember, course enrolment happens BEFORE registration!

August 30th is the deadline to pay your tuition for the Fall term!

For more information about tuition & fees, see Money Matters.

For information about how to make a payment, and relevant payment deadlines, see UofT Student Accounts.


Register for Accessibility Services

If you are seeking academic accommodations for the Fall 2024 term, you must complete a Student Intake Package and submit supporting documentation. For any questions and assistance, you can contact accessibility.services@utoronto.ca

The deadline to register is July 12, 2024


Look for housing

Thinking about renting in Toronto, but aren’t in the city yet? Get a head start on figuring out where you’d like to live next year by connecting with Housing Services

The Housing team is available by email at housing.services@utoronto.ca or book an appointment with us on CLNx. We’re here to talk about residence applications, rental issues and housing conflicts!


Learn about all the student support services available

The Office of Student Services serves as the home base for any questions that you might have, whether academic, administrative, financial, personal or anything else. Feel free to contact us by email (inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca), by phone (416-978-3234), or come by our office and meet us in person (Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George Street, 4th Floor)!

As a Bachelor of Information student, you have a dedicated Academic Advisor – Lindsay to provide you with guidance and academic support. You can go to your dedicated Academic Advisor for any topic or question that you might have. Schedule an appointment with Lindsay here: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/iSchoolStudentServices@utoronto.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/


2024 New Student Orientation

Coming Soon! 

Note some sessions may be offered virtually, but most will be in-person.


Get involved! Student Life

Being a student means plenty of reading, writing, and research. But that doesn’t mean you have to chain yourself to your desk! The Faculty of Information is not only the home of four student councils; our students are also engaged in multiple student clubs, chapters, associations and much more.

For more information about our student councils and student life at the University of Toronto, check out our page with opportunities available to you here: https://ischool.utoronto.ca/current-students/student-life-experience/. You can also check out our student-run publication, MUSINGS, for the latest opinions, critiques and discussions of contemporary museum practices by emerging museum professionals.


Find a mentor

Research Mentorship Program – Connect with doctoral students with similar interests! In this program, students pursuing the MI, MMSt, or BI will be matched with one or several doctoral students with similar interests to discuss and collaborate on research projects, publications, applications to graduate studies, and whatever else you’re interested in. For more information, complete this form!