Course Planning

It is a good idea to prepare yourself for course enrolment by planning your schedule and choosing the courses that you'd like to take. Here are some resources you can access to help prepare you for course enrolment:

  1. Go through the programs and course listings in the Calendar to determine which courses you would like to take and whether there are any requirements to fulfill before you can enrol in the courses.
  2. Check Degree Explorer for any requirements for completing your degree. It is also a good idea to check the Degree Requirements in the Calendar. 
  3. Find your preferred courses in the Fall and Winter Timetable or Summer Timetable. Make note of when the courses meet, locations and any enrolment controls and use the information to put together a weekly schedule. Click on "Add to Plan" to add courses to a schedule mockup. Consider creating multiple schedules in case some of the courses are full.
  4. Use the Enrolment Cart in ACORN to save the courses and course sections that you want to enrol in. Make sure to save your backup course choices too.
  5. On your start time (or after your start time), go to ACORN and click the Enrol button to add the courses to your academic record. Remember that courses in your cart are not automatically added to your record. You have to enrol in each course individually. If the course is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist for that course.


Things to Consider when Planning your Courses

There is a limit on how many courses you can take. It is important to note that if you are on the waitlist for any courses, those will be counted in your maximum course load.

Fall and Winter maximum course load limit

Note: If your academic standing is On Academic Probation, you can take up to 5.0 FCEs for the Fall and Winter session.

Fall and Winter maximum term load limit

  • During the priority period: 2.5 FCEs per term
  • General enrolment period: 3.0 FCEs per term

Note: If your academic standing is On Academic Probation, you can take a maximum of 2.5 FCEs per term.

Summer maximum course load limit

  • For the entire summer session: 2.0 FCEs
  • Per term: 1.0 FCEs

Before enrolling in a course, make sure you understand any prerequisites, corequisites and exclusions that may apply. Prerequisites, corequisites  and exclusions are listed as part of the course descriptions in the Calendar, Degree Explorer and ACORN

Keep in mind that ACORN doesn't check prerequisites, corequisites and exclusions and will let you enrol in a course even if you don't have the prerequisites or have previously completed an exclusion. The academic unit offering the course can remove you at any time if you don't meet the requirements.

Note: If you took a course at another university and want it to count as a prerequisite, take your transcript and transfer credit assessment to the academic unit offering the course either before or as soon as possible after enrolling in the course to check if that is sufficient. 

Enrolment indicators are codes used for some courses which tell you if there are any special restrictions for enrolling in a course (known as enrolment controls). Not all courses have enrolment controls and some courses have multiple controls.

The following enrolment indicators can be associated with any given course. You can find the enrolment controls associated with your courses in the Timetable.

  • Priority (P): Some students are given priority access until a specific date.
  • Enrol at Department (E): Students must contact the sponsoring department to enrol.
  • Department Approval Required (AE): Students must request enrolment on ACORN and await departmental review of their request.
  • Priority, then Enrol at Department (PE): Some students are given priority access until a specific date, after which time you can only enrol by contacting the sponsoring department.
  • Restricted (R1): Course/section is restricted at all times for specific students.
  • Restricted (R2): Course/section is restricted to a group of students until a specific date, after which time another group of students is also able to enrol.

You may add yourself to a waitlist for a course(s), but this does not guarantee enrolment in the course(s). It is a good idea to enrol in alternative courses in case the one you want is full. Try to be flexible and have as many alternative course choices as possible.

For courses that have multiple meeting sections, you can enrol in multiple waislists for the different sections. However, if you are enrolled in the course, you cannot also be on the waitlist for that course.

The Faculty makes every attempt to ensure that the room assigned will accommodate the number of students expected to enrol in a course. However, some students may not obtain space in every course they want.

If you enrol in two courses that take place at the same time, you will have a conflict. When planning your schedule, it's important to make sure none of your courses overlap in time.

If you choose to enrol in conflicting courses, please note that no special consideration or accommodation will be made for any problems that occur as a result (e.g. term tests scheduled at the same time, assignment due dates, attendance). Since you can't be at two places at the same time, avoid conflicts in your schedule.

Note: ACORN will not prevent you from enrolling in courses that conflict.


Courses at Other U of T Campuses

If you want to enrol in courses offered at other campuses, check the enrolment instructions for the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

Enrolment in some UTM and UTSC courses is restricted to students registered on those campuses and these courses may have limited space for students in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Ensure that these courses do not duplicate and are not exclusions for courses you have already taken
  • Check with your academic unit regarding the acceptability of courses for program requirements
  • Check with your College Registrar’s Office regarding the acceptability of courses for degree requirements


Arts & Science Graduate Courses

In exceptional circumstances, undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts & Science may be granted permission to take a graduate course sponsored by an Arts & Science graduate unit as part of the student’s undergraduate degree. Permission of the sponsoring department is required by filling out the required form. The graduate unit may also require the instructor’s written permission. Use of such a course toward a student’s program requirements is at the discretion of the undergraduate program sponsor. For degree requirement purposes, a graduate course will count as the equivalent of a 400-level course.