Course Enrolment

Course enrolment is the process of adding the courses you plan to take over the next academic session in ACORN. Before you enrol in courses, it is a good idea to spend some time to plan your courses, check the delivery method of the courses, create a weekly schedule and understand the enrolment indicators and controls. You should also make sure you know how to use ACORN

You can find information about programs and courses, see when courses are held, create a draft timetable and learn about any prerequisites that you may need using the following resources: 

 

Step 1: Find your Course Enrolment Period

Course enrolment takes place during different enrolment periods in ACORN. These enrolment periods apply to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts & Science and undergraduate students in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

Priority Enrolment Period

During this period, certain groups of students are given priority for enrolment into certain courses. In addition, the maximum course and term load is different in the priority enrolment period.

Session Year of study Start time available on ACORN First day of course enrolment

Summer

Priority period for all Faculty of Arts & Science students

February 26, 2020

March 2, 2020 to March 9, 2020

Fall and Winter

Priority Period

N/A

July 13, 2020 to July 29, 2020

Fall and Winter

Fourth-year/fifth-year degree students (14.0+ credits)

July 9, 2020

July 13, 2020 at your start time

Fall and Winter

Third-year degree students (9.0 - 13.5 credits)

July 9, 2020

July 16, 2020 at your start time

Fall and Winter

Second-year degree students (4.0 - 8.5 credits)

July 9, 2020

July 20, 2020 at your start time

Fall and Winter

First-year degree students (fewer than 4.0 credits)

July 9, 2020

July 23, 2020 at your start time

 

General Enrolment Period

The general enrolment period occurs after the priority period has ended. During this period all undergraduate Faculty of Arts & Science students and students in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design will be able to enrol in courses that were previously only open to priority students.

On the first day of the general enrolment period for Fall and Winter, Arts & Science students have start times based on their year level. For the Summer session, general enrolment starts at the same time for all students. 

Session Year of study First day of course enrolment

Summer

General enrolment period

March 9, 2020 at 6:00 am 

Fall and Winter

General enrolment period

July 31, 2020 

  • Year 4 at 9:00 am
  • Year 3 at 10:00 am
  • Year 2 at 11:00 am
  • Year 1 at 12:00 pm 

 

Enrolment for Non-Degree Arts & Science Students and Students from Other Divisions

After the general enrolment period ends, non-degree students in the Faculty of Arts & Science and students in other divisions can enrol in non-restricted Arts & Science courses.

Session Faculty/Division Start Date and Time

Summer

Other St. George campus faculties (except John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design)

April 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

Summer

UTM and UTSC students

April 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

Fall and Winter

Other St. George campus faculties (except John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design)

August 5, 2020 at 6:00 am

Fall and Winter

Non-degree students

August 7, 2020 at 6:00 am

Fall and Winter

UTM and UTSC students

August 7, 2020 at 6:00 am

 

Non-Enrolment Days

All of the above enrolment periods are separated by non-enrolment days when course enrolment will be closed for Faculty of Arts & Science courses. You cannot use ACORN to add, change, or drop courses on these days. The non-enrolment days for the Fall/Winter session are:

  • July 30, 2020
  • August 4, 2020
  • August 6, 2020

 

Step 2: View your Start Time

Your start time indicates the earliest date and time at which you can start enrolling in your courses. Since course enrolment starts on different days for different students, make sure that you know when you can start enrolling in courses. For more information about your start time, check the enrolment periods above. 

On your start date, you will not be able to log into ACORN until your start time. For example, if your start time is 3:45 p.m. then that's the earliest time you can access ACORN on that day. The next day, however, you will be able to log in at any time during ACORN's hours of operation.

Start times are based on a student's year of study. For the Fall/Winter session, your year of study is determined by the total number of credits you have completed and will be completing during the preceding Summer session. For the Summer session, your year of study is based on the number of credits you have completed and will be completing during the preceding Winter term.

 

Step 3: Enrol in Courses

Before you start enrolling in your courses, you should spend some time planning out your courses and making a draft schedule. Keep in mind that there are three delivery methods for Arts & Science courses: 

  • Online - Synchronous: Course may be completed fully online; some required real-time activities will be held online, as scheduled in the timetable.  
  • In Person: Some course activities will be held on campus at a set time as scheduled in the timetable.
  • Asynchronous: Course may be completed fully online without requirement for participation in scheduled, real-time activities. 

 

You can find the delivery method for each course in the Timetable and your course syllabus. Each section of the course on the Timetable will have one delivery method only—a section won’t have a mix of online and in-person activities. It is important to note that you cannot change sections or delivery methods after the final date to enrol in courses for that term. 

Now that you have planned out your courses, checked your start time and know how to use ACORN, you are ready to enrol in your courses. You can log into ACORN and save courses in your Enrolment Cart starting early July after the Timetable has been released. By saving courses in your enrolment cart, you are not automatically enrolled in those courses. You will have to enrol in each course individually. If a course is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist for that course. 

At your course enrolment start time, you can start enrolling in the courses you have chosen. Log into ACORN and begin enrolling in courses using Search or the Enrolment Cart. You can continue to enrol in courses until the deadline to add or make changes to courses as long as there is space in the course and you meet the enrolment controls.

Remember that course enrolment is done in real time, on a first-come, first-served basis. Courses fill up fast, so prioritize your top courses and enrol in those first.

Waitlists

Waitlists let you "line up" for courses that are currently full. If space becomes available and you are next on the waitlist, you will be enrolled automatically. 

Things to Consider

  • In the Fall/Winter session, you can be on the waitlist for up to 2.0 credits per term.
  • In the Summer Session, you can be on the waitlist for up to 2.0 credits.
  • If you are on the waitlist for a course, it will count towards your maximum course and term load.
  • Not all courses have waitlists. See the waitlist column in the Timetable.
  • You cannot enroll in one section of a course and add yourself to the waitlist for another section.
  • You can add yourself to the waitlist for multiple sections of the same course. If you are on the waitlist for multiple lecture sections of a course, and are subsequently enrolled into any one of these lecture sections, you will automatically be removed from the other waitlists.

Waitlists for Tutorial/Practical sections

Tutorials (TUT) and Practicals (PRA) don't have waitlists. You can only add yourself to the waitlist for a lecture (LEC) section of the course. If you are enrolled from the waitlist, you are responsible for adding any tutorial and practical sections.

Enrolling in a Course from a Waitlist

When a spot opens up, you will be enrolled into the course from a waitlist automatically. An email will be sent to your U of T email account to notify you that you have been enrolled. If you were on waitlists for additional sections of the course, you will be removed from those waitlists automatically.

Waitlists and Fees

There are no fees associated with being on the waitlist for a course. If you are enrolled in the course from the waitlist and your course load remains within 4.0-6.0 credits for the Fall/Winter session, you will not be charged any additional fees. You will continue to pay program fees.

If you have been re-assessed to pay course fees because your course load is 3.5 credits or less for the Fall/Winter session, being enrolled in the course from a waitlist will add a fee for the course to your invoice. In this case, ACORN will not allow you to enroll or waitlist in more than 3.5 credits total for the Fall/Winter session.

In the Summer session, all students pay course fees. Enrolling in a course from the waitlist will add a fee for the course to your invoice.

For more information about fees and your course load, visit the Fees and Refunds page.

Waitlist Deadlines

Waitlists are closed on a specific date each term, usually a few days before the last day to add courses. Check the Academic Dates & Deadlines for the date that the waitlists close, and the last day to enroll in courses.

You could be enrolled from the waitlist up until 11:59 pm EST (Toronto time) on the date that the waitlists close. After 11:59 pm on that date, everyone is removed from the waitlist. Spaces that open up from students dropping the course are available on ACORN on a first-come, first-served basis until the last day to enroll in courses.

Cancelling courses

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 waitlist, as well as those in which you are enrolled. If you cancel the course before the deadline to add courses, your space becomes available to another student. If you’re not sure how to cancel a course, check out the ACORN How-To page.

If you need permission from an academic unit to enrol in a course, you will not be able to cancel the course on ACORN. Please contact the academic unit or your College Registrar's Office to cancel the course. 

It is important to note that refund deadlines are not the same as course cancellation deadlines. Check Student Accounts for the refund schedule.

 

Step 4: Pay your Fees

After you enrol in courses on ACORN, the final step to complete your registration is to pay your fees. If you do not pay or defer your fees by the fees/deferral deadline, you may be removed from your courses. 

 

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