Step 5: Enrol in Courses

Step 5: Enrol in Courses

Now that you've chosen which courses to take, put together your schedule and checked your start time, you're ready to enroll. Course enrolment is the process of officially adding the courses to your record on ACORN. 

Never used ACORN before? Check the ACORN Q&A for more information. Log in to ACORN using your UTORid/JoinID and password.  

How do I enroll in courses?

You can find a step-by-step guide on how to add courses on the ACORN help site: http://help.acorn.utoronto.ca/how-to/

Before your enrolment start date: ACORN Enrolment Cart

Before your course enrolment start date, you can use the ACORN Enrolment Cart feature to plan out the courses that you intend to enrol in later. Keep the courses and course sections you'd like to take, including any back-up course choices, in the Enrolment Cart and then on your start date, click the Enrol button to officially add the courses.

Please note that courses in the cart will not be added automatically when your course enrolment period begins, and enrolment is pending space availability.

On your enrolment start date

If you placed courses in your Enrolment Cart before your start date, click the Enrol button to officially add the courses. You'll find out immediately whether your enrolment is successful.

How long do I have to enroll in my courses?

Your course enrolment window begins on your start date and ends on the deadline to add courses. See the Course Enrolment and Cancellation Deadlines chart below for the last day to add each type of course.

Courses are added and deleted on ACORN in real time, meaning you'll know immediately if your course transactions are successful. 

How many courses can I enroll in?

A: Maximum Course and Term Load

You can take up to 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in the Fall/Winter session if you're in good academic standing. If your academic status is "On Probation" you can take up to 5.0 FCEs.

In each of the Fall (September to December) and Winter (January to April) terms, you can take a term load of six (6) courses, unless you are on academic probation. Students on academic probation may take a maximum term load of five (5) courses in each of the Fall and Winter terms. See the following chart for information about term load.

NOTE: The Maximum Term Load Limit is enforced by the Faculty. If you're enrolled in more than the maximum allowable term load, you'll be removed from excess courses before classes begin. Enrolments will continue to be checked and removals processed after the start of classes. Don't let this happen to you! Check with your College if you need advice.

Course Suffix

Credit Value Section Code Term Load (per term)
Y
1.0
Y
1.0
F
2.0
S
2.0
H
0.5
F
1.0
S
1.0
Y
0.5
Term Load calculation example 

Kevin plans to take the following courses in the Fall/Winter session: ANT200Y1Y, GGR206H1F, HIS220Y1Y, HPS210H1F, SMC219Y1S, SOC207H1S and UNI221H1S. His Fall and Winter TERM Load would be as follows:

Fall Term Load:

Course Code
Section Code
Term Load
ANT200Y1
Y
1.0
HIS220Y1
Y
1.0
GGR206H1
F
1.0
HPS210H1
F
1.0
 

Total
4.0

Winter Term Load:

Course Code
Section Code
Term Load
ANT200Y1
Y
1.0
HIS220Y1
Y
1.0
SMC219Y1
S
2.0
SOC207H1
S
1.0
UNI221H1
S
1.0
 

Total
6.0

Kevin’s overall course load is 5.0 FCEs. He has four courses in the Fall and five courses in the Winter. His term load is 4.0 in the Fall and 6.0 in the Winter. Since he does not exceed the maximum course load nor the maximum term load, this combination of courses is acceptable. However, he has reached the maximum term load for the Winter term and would not be allowed to take any other S-courses unless he cancels a course. Also, his workload will be much heavier in the Winter because one is an intensive course (SMC219Y1), which carries a term load of 2.0.

 

B: Maximum Course Load During the Priority Enrolment Period (July 13 to August 3): 5.0 FCEs

Until August 3, you can enroll in up to 5.0 FCEs during the Priority period (when enrolment controls for courses with a P enrolment indicator are enforced).

C: Maximum Course Load During the General Enrolment Period (August 5 onward): 6.0 FCEs

Starting August 5, priority enrolment controls are removed and you can add up to one more FCE to a maximum course load of 6.0, unless you're on academic probation. The maximum course load limit for students on academic probation is 5.0; students who are enrolled in more than 5.0 will be removed from excess courses.

NEW On August 5, general course enrolment will begin at the following times, based on your year of study:

Year of study
Start time on August 5
Fifth-year CTEP/Fourth-year degree students (14.0+ FCEs)
9:00 a.m.
Third-year degree students (9.0 - 13.5 FCEs)
10:00 a.m.
Second-year degree students (4.0 - 8.5 FCEs)
11:00 a.m.
First-year degree students (0.0 - 3.5 FCEs)
12:00 p.m.

What if a course I want to take is full?

Waiting Lists

The Waiting List is a feature that lets you "line up" for a course that's currently full, in case a space becomes available in the future. If a student cancels the course and you're next on the waiting list, you'll be enrolled automatically. An email will be sent to your U of T email account to notify you of the enrolment. If you get enrolled, be sure to add any practical or tutorial sections associated with the course.

What you need to know about waiting lists:

  • In the Fall/Winter, you can be on the waiting list for up to 2.0 FCEs. 
  • Not all courses have waiting lists. See the Waitlist column in the Timetable listings. (Y means the course has a waiting list available if it becomes full; N means the course does not have a waiting list)
  • Waiting lists are available for lecture (LEC/L) sections only.
  • Waiting lists in Arts & Science, St. George courses are not available for the entire duration of the enrolment period. See below for availability. Exceptions may apply. 
Enrolment Control Course Section Code Available From: Available Until:
AE F, S and Y July 13, 2016 July 24, 2016
PE F, S and Y July 13, 2016 August 10, 2016
No Enrolment Control/
P/R1/R2
F and Y July 13, 2016 September 21, 2016
S July 13, 2016 January 15, 2017

Course Enrolment and Cancellation Deadlines

Course Section Code
Deadline to Add or Change Meeting Sections
Deadline to Cancel without Academic Penalty
F September 25, 2016 November 7, 2016
Y
September 25, 2016
February 21, 2017
S January 18, 2017
March 13, 2017

Course enrolment will NOT be available on ACORN on the following days: 

  • Thursday, August 4
  • Tuesday, August 9
  • Thursday, August 11

On these days please DO NOT try to add or cancel courses, or change or cancel "waitlisted" sections.


    Space in courses

    It is University policy that the number of students enrolled in a course cannot exceed the capacity of the room as dictated by fire regulations. Some departments, for pedagogical reasons, assign lower capacities than room size.

    The Faculty makes every attempt to ensure that the room assigned will accommodate the number of students expected to enrol; however, as there is not unlimited space to meet demand, some students may not obtain space in every course they want. You may add yourself to a waiting list for a course or courses, but this does not guarantee enrolment in the course(s); therefore, you are advised to select alternative courses in which to enrol in the event that you are unable to enrol in a course that remains full.

    We recommend that you prepare as flexible a timetable as possible, with as many alternative course choices as possible.

    If a class is full on the last day to enrol and you are not officially enrolled in the course, you do not have the right to be in the class, and will not be granted late registration.

    Note: To be fair to all students, selling/buying places in courses is not permitted. Students found selling/buying courses will be reported to the Dean's Office for academic misconduct, and may face penalties.

    Timetable updates

    Check the Timetable listings for any changes to courses being offered. The Timetable is updated throughout the summer, and locations are added in August, so make sure you bookmark it and keep checking.

    Credit/No Credit (CR/NCR) option

    Degree students may select up to 2.0 full-course equivalents of their degree credits to be assessed on a Credit/No Credit basis. Course exceptions apply - see the CR/NCR website for details. You may add a CR/NCR option for 2016-17 Fall/Winter courses on ACORN beginning September 12, the first day of classes. The deadline to make changes (add or remove) a CR/NCR option is the same as the last day to cancel the course without academic penalty.

    Cancelling courses and fees implications

    If you decide that you no longer want to take a course, cancel it as soon as possible. This applies to courses that you've added to the waiting list, as well as those in which you are enrolled. Please do not occupy a space that you know you do not want. Only by cancelling the course will your space become available to another student. (For AE, E, PE courses, after the department assumes control of enrolment - see the explanations here - cancellation is done at the department or your college registrar’s office). You will be responsible for any fees and academic penalties incurred if you do not cancel courses by the appropriate deadlines. The academic drop deadlines are listed above and in the Important Dates section; the refund deadlines will be available on the Student Accounts web site. Please also refer to the Cancelling courses and fees implications section for more information.

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Wednesday classes will not be held on this day. Monday classes will be held at the discretion of the instructor. Your instructor will inform you if a "Makeup Monday" class will be held and if the location will be different than the regularly-scheduled Monday location.