When you are a first-year student in the Faculty of Arts & Science, you open the door to so many amazing academic opportunities. Large-scale lectures offer a dynamic experience and can be supported with tutorials or labs. Smaller, more intimate courses can help you build relationships with professors and peers early on in your academic career.
Explore all of the academic opportunities waiting here for you. Your college registrar's office is here to help if you have any questions!
First-Year Foundation Ones Programs
First-Year Foundations Ones Programs typically combine one or more small-group, theme-based courses with co-curricular events (e.g. guest lectures) and experiential learning opportunities. All seven colleges and the Munk School of Global Affairs in the Faculty of Arts & Science offer distinctive first-year programs to help with the transition to university. These programs focus on developing critical thinking, speaking and writing skills and an atmosphere that allows you to develop close relationships with fellow classmates and instructors.
All first-year, full-time students in the Faculty of Arts & Science, regardless of college affiliation, are eligible for admission to these programs. Students can apply to most Ones programs during course enrolment, but some Ones programs require a separate application.
First-Year Foundation Seminars
First-Year Foundation Seminars enable new students to engage in academically rigorous discussions and develop strong written, oral, and teamwork skills in the process. Small classes help ensure that all students are active participants in discussions and have the opportunity to build relationships with professors early on in their academic career. First-Year Foundation Seminars are not required to get into any Program of Study. However, they may count towards your Program. Please check with your college registrar for further details.
First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs)
First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs or "flicks") are small groups of first-year students who have several classes in common. FLCs provide students with the skills and resources to make their transition to university a success.
Students in FLCs meet bi-weekly with 25 peers registered in the same courses and labs for academic, developmental and social activities facilitated by senior students and with the guidance of faculty and staff advisors. FLC provides students with the skills and resources to be successful in their university studies, while also helping them to form friendships, maintain a healthy life balance and explore the campus and the city of Toronto.