Step 4: Check your start time

Step 4: Check your start time

Course enrolment starts on different days, based on a student's year of study and degree status: 4th year degree students go first, then 3rd year, then 2nd year, and finally 1st year. For Fall/Winter course enrolment purposes, a student's year of study is determined by the total number of credits he or she expects to complete by the end of the preceding Summer session. e.g. for 2017-18 Fall/Winter course enrolment, it's based on how many credits you will have by the end of the 2017 Summer session (or August 2017).

Start Times - what are they and how are they assigned?

On each of these "Start Dates", each student is pre-assigned a "Start Time" when he or she may begin course enrolment on that particular day. Course enrolment start dates and start times are used to maximize the chance that students will get the courses they need to complete their degrees. Start times work together with enrolment controls to ensure that students with the greatest need for courses get priority access to them.

Within each year of study, degree students are assigned start times by the total number of credits completed or in progress, as follows:

  • 4th year (14.0 to 20+ credits): order from earliest to latest start times is 14.0, 14.5, 15.0, ..., 20+ FCEs.
  • 3rd year (9.0 to 13.5 credits): order from earliest to latest start times is 13.5, 13.0, 12.5, ..., 9.0 FCEs.
  • 2nd year (4.0 to 8.5 credits): order from earliest to latest start times is 8.5, 8.0, 7.5, ... 4.0 FCEs.
  • 1st year (0.0 to 3.5 credits): order is determined by admission category.

Furthermore, there may be multiple start times assigned within each credit group - e.g. students with 14.0 FCEs may have different start times ranging from 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. The start times are assigned randomly within each credit grouping. 

Newly-admitted transfer students should contact their college registrar’s office for assistance in determining their year of study.

Note: Students with significant arrears from previous sessions will not be allowed to enrol in courses until fees are paid in full. These students will not have a start day and time displayed on ACORN.

When and how will I find out my start time?

You'll be able to view your start time on ACORN on the following dates:

Year of study View start day & time First day of course enrolment
Fifth-year CTEP/Fourth-year degree students (14.0+ FCEs) July 5
July 12
Third-year degree students (9.0 - 13.5 FCEs) July 10 July 17
Second-year degree students (4.0 - 8.5 FCEs) July 14 July 20
First-year degree students (0.0 - 3.5 FCEs) July 21 July 27
Non-degree students (visiting or previous degree) N/A August 11 (6 a.m.)

What happens at my start time and will I be able to access ACORN before my start time?

At your start time, you may begin your course enrolment in Arts & Science courses on ACORN. Course enrolment is done in real time, on a first-come, first-served basis.

On your start date, you'll only be able to log in to ACORN at your start time and thereafter. e.g. if your start time is 3:45 p.m. then that's the earliest time you can access ACORN that day. The next day, however, you'll be able to log in at any time during ACORN's hours of operation.

Enrolment start dates for students not registered in the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George campus:

Faculty/Division Start Date
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design same as Arts & Science - see above
Other St. George campus faculties/divisions (except Daniels) August 9 (6 a.m.)
University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) August 11 (6 a.m.)