utmONE Scholars - Frequently Asked Questions

The deadline to apply for a 2022-23 utmONE Scholars Seminar is Monday, June 20, 2022 by 11:59 pm EST

  1. Who can apply to join a utmONE Scholars seminar?
  2. I received high marks in high school, but I didn't receive an invitation to apply to utmONE Scholars.  Can I still apply?
  3. Do I need to know a lot about the theme of the utmONE Scholars seminar that I apply for?
  4. Can I apply for more than one utmONE Scholars seminar?
  5. How many utmONE Scholars seminars can I take?
  6. Do I get credit for taking a utmONE Scholars seminar?
  7. What are distribution requirements?
  8. Are there any exclusions to utmONE Scholars seminars?
  9. Are there any high school prerequisites for any of the utmONE seminars?
  10. Can I enroll in a utmONE Scholars seminar and participate in LAUNCH?
  11. When will I know if my application to utmONE Scholars is successful?
  12. I am a PSEP student.  Do I get priority to participate in a utmONE Scholars seminar?

Who can apply to join a utmONE Scholars seminar?

Incoming students with a CGPA of 90% and higher are invited to apply to utmONE Scholars. Invitations will be sent to the email associated with your application to UTM. We send invitations on a rolling basis starting in late March, early April.

I received high marks in high school, but I didn't receive an invitation to apply to utmONE Scholars. Can I still apply?

Contact utm.one@utoronto.ca if you think you should have received an invitation to apply. Please include your UTM Applicant Number in your email so that we can look into your invitation status.

Do I need to know a lot about the theme of the utmONE Scholars seminar that I apply for?

While you don't need to have extensive knowledge on the theme of the utmONE Scholars seminar that you apply for, you should have an interest in learning more about the theme and a willingness to engage and explore multiple perspectives and ideas. Your application should explain why you are interested in the theme and how you feel participating will expand your growth as a student.

Can I apply for more than one utmONE Scholars Seminar?

Yes. In the application form, you will indicate which seminar is your first choice, but you can answer the application questions for your second choice as well.  Please note that students can only take one utmONE Scholars seminar for credit, and we generally are able to place successful applicants in their first choice.

How many utmONE Scholars seminars can I take?

You can only take one utmONE Scholars seminar for credit. The seminars are exclusions to each other because their learning outcomes are similar.  This also applies to our utmONE First-Year Transition courses.  Students can not recieve credit for both a utmONE Scholars seminar and a utmONE First-Year Transition course.

Do I get credit for taking a utmONE Scholars seminar?

Yes. The utmONE Scholars seminars provide 0.5 credits that can count toward the distribution requirements you need to graduate. In the course descriptions you will see HUM (Humanities), SSc (Social Science), and SCI (Science) which indicate which distribution requirements the course can apply toward.  It is 0.5 credits because these are half-year courses offered in the Winter Term (January-April).

What are distribution requirements?

Distribution requirements ensure that you get exposure to Humanities, Social Science and Science regardless of your program of study. In total, you will need to receive 1.0 credits in each category before you graduate. The courses you take for your distribution requirements can often be some of the most interesting courses you take because they offer a different perspective and disciplinary area than you are used to. For more information on distribution requirements visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Are there any exclusions to utmONE Scholars seminars?

Yes. utmONE courses and utmONE Scholars seminars are exclusions to each other. This means that you can only take one for credit.  For more information about course exclusions visit the Academic Calendar Course Enrolment page.

Are there any high school prerequisites for any of the utmONE seminars?

There are no prerequisites for the utmONE Scholars seminars. Any student who receives an invitation to apply is eligible to take one of the seminars. The seminars are interdisciplinary in nature, so students who are entering any program of study can take a utmONE Scholars seminar.

Can I enroll in a utmONE Scholars seminar and participate in LAUNCH?

Yes. LAUNCH is a great complement to utmONE Scholars. LAUNCH is a first-year mentorship program consisting of interactive sessions facilitated by successful upper-year students. LAUNCH can help you gain a sense of belonging to our campus community, get tips and advice from experienced students, and connect to resources and supports that will help you be successful. There are many sections of LAUNCH so that you can find time in your schedule to take a utmONE Scholars seminar and participate in LAUNCH. To find out more about LAUNCH visit the Centre for Student Engagement website.

When will I know if my application to utmONE Scholars is successful?

We will contact applicants with the result of the utmONE Scholars application in mid-July before you need to enrol in your other first-year classes.  Successful applicants will automatically be enroled in their utmONE Scholars seminar so that they can plan the rest of their timetable around their seminar.  Students are unable to enrol, change or drop their utmONE Scholars seminar in ACORN and must contact utm.one@utoronto.ca to make any changes.

I am a PSEP student.  Do I get priority to participate in a utmONE Scholars seminar?

PSEP students have been offered the President's Scholar of Excellence scholarship and distinction. This information should be included in your offer to attend UTM. utmONE Scholars applicants who are PSEP students are given priority, but must provide a strong, thoughtful application. We hold approximately 10 spaces in utmONE Scholars for PSEP students.