Course Enrolment

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Planning Your Courses

Degree Types

In order to choose your courses, it helps to understand where you are headed! UTM offers four types of undergraduate degrees

Each degree at U of T requires you to complete a minimum of 20.0 credits in order to graduate. These credits are made up of your program requirements, general degree requirements, and distribution requirements. The degree you earn is determined by what programs you decide to pursue.


 "The variety of programs and the flexibility of distribution requirements lets you experiment with different interests. Experimentation and flexibility are the most important factors in finding your passion!!" -Aqsa, UTM Student

U of T Mississauga offers over 150 programs for you to choose from. Throughout your first year, take the time to explore the many opportunities that are available. Whether you concentrate on one academic area, or combine programs, you can shape your degree to what works best for you. Program combinations include:

  • One Specialist (a large program in one subject)
  • Two Majors (two medium sized programs in different subjects)
  • One Major and Two Minors (a medium sized program and two small programs, all in different subjects)

You can find a full list of programs here. The courses required for each program will help you determine which courses to take in your first year and beyond.

Students are expected to choose their program once they have completed 4.0 credits (typically at the end of first year). 

Here are the important online tools and steps you’ll need to choose your courses:

  1. The Fall-Winter Registration Guide is your companion to course enrolment. Information in this guide will help you with choosing courses, paying yuor fees, and more. 
  2. The Academic Calendar lists all programs offered at UTM, the entry requirements to get into the program (if applicable), and what courses to take for that program. When viewing program information, any courses/grades required for program entry will be found in a yellow box. Use this information as a guide to determine the best set of courses for you to take in your first year at UTM.
  3. Use the Online Timetable to find out what day and time these courses are being offered. You can also map out your timetable with the Timetable Planner!
  4. Through ACORN (U of T’s student information service) you will enrol in your selected courses, view your official timetable, view your financial invoice, and more. As a first-time user, check out the ACORN tutorials to learn how to add courses.

IEC Logo International Student Tip: Benefits of Full-Time Study

For international students, maintaining full-time status (taking 3.0 or more credits from September to April) is important as there may be immigration implications for being a part-time student. 

Choosing Your Courses

Course Enrolment Dates

Course Enrolment Dates  

Late June - September

Registration link coming soon

Course selection workshops, webinars and online chat events
June 28 View your course enrolment start time on ACORN
July 4 Course enrolment begins for all first year students. Login when your assigned start time begins.

The best way to approach your course selection is to consider what programs you are interested in, and ensure you take the required 100 level courses for those programs (100 level = first-year courses).  

Another resource for planning your academic are UTM's Program Plans. These personalized resources provide quick and accessible overviews of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities available to help you get the most out of your UTM experience. We know the choices can be overwhelming, so we've packaged these opportunities into plans that cater to your specific major/specialist program.

Note for Transfer Students: Your course enrolment date will depend on your Year of Study. This is determined by the number of credits awarded to you through your Transfer Credit Assessment, or your Year level indicated in your offer (if your TC Assessment is not yet available). 

Full-Time / Part-Time Status

Full-time: Enrolling in 3.0 credits or more from September - April 
Part-time: Enrolling in fewer than 3.0 credits 

A standard course load for students seeking to complete their degree in four years is 5.0 credits in the Fall - Winter sessions. You may also choose to take 4.0 credits in the Fall - Winter sessions, and 1.0 credit in the Summer. 

Waitlist Option

If a lecture section is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist - this is a virtual "line up" to reserve your space in a course should one become available. If you are next on the waiting list, you will be enrolled automatically into the lecture. You are responsible for adding any applicable tutorial, lab, or practical sections by the enrolment deadline.

Being on a waiting list does not guarantee you a space in the course. If you change your mind about being on a waiting list for a course, please drop it as soon as possible to avoid course fees, and to give other students the opportunity to move up on the list.

Conflicting Courses on Your Timetable

Avoid overlapping lectures, tutorials, or practicals – you can’t be in two places at once! If your meeting sections are offered back-to-back (for example, your lecture ends at 11:00am, and your next class begins at 11:00am), this is okay! Classes typically start 10 minutes after the hour, giving you enough time to go from one room to another).

University/College Transfer Students

Have you previously attended another university or college? Please review this important information for Transfer Students, including how to apply for your transfer credit assessment!

AP, IB, GCE, French Baccalaureate or CAPE Transfer Credits

Please do not apply for transfer credit if your previous studies consist ONLY of Advanced Placement (AP), General Certificate of Education (GCE), International Baccalaureate (IB), French Baccalaureate, or Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). These credentials will be assessed automatically for transfer credit by the Records & Transfer Credit Office at UTM

If you wish to decline (forfeit) the transfer credits awarded to you, you must visit the Office of the Registrar by no later than the deadline indicated in your transfer credit letter (mid-September). See your transfer credit letter for details, or visit the Transfer Credit page for more information.

Enrolment Tips

  • You can add courses to your enrolment cart to “bookmark” them. This will make your first day of course enrolment quick and easy!
  • Courses fill up quickly, so don’t delay! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Recommended First Year Academic Transition Support

Navigating new experiences can be a challenge, especially when you're attending university - there are so many unknowns and so much to learn. Let LAUNCH and utmONE be your guide!

LAUNCH - Through weekly sessions, you will have the opportunity to learn from an academically successful upper-year student mentor about the many aspects of being a UTM student. You will build academic skills, discover UTM resources, and even have the opportunity to meet with your mentor one-on-one, all while building meaningful friendship with students in your area of study. Successful completers will receive a notation on your Co-Curricular Record.

 "The resources available at UTM are wonderful and worth exploring." -Momina, UTM Student

  • UTM101H5 LAUNCH Business, Commerce and Management
  • UTM102H5 LAUNCH Science, Mathematics and Psychology
  • UTM103H5 LAUNCH Humanities and Social Science 

utmONE - Develop your academic skills through interactive learning experiences in a small classroom community. Additionally, a series of tutorials will introduce you to essential elements of a well-rounded student experience. Most courses will be offered in the Fall 2018 term and will earn you a half-credit distribution requirement.

  • UTM115H5 Communication Among Cultures  (HUM, SSc, EXP)
  • UTM116H5 Happiness (SSc, EXP)
  • UTM118H5 Science of Learning  (SCI, SSc, EXP)

Department Pages

Department Pages have been created to help you get started in your program.  Here you will find course information, how to get involved in your department, how to get accepted into the Subject POSt and more.  If you ever have any questions about your department be sure to connect with your Department Advisor!

How to Read a Course Code

Sample Code



This is a first-year course called “Introduction to Sociology”


Three letter code indicating the department offering the course (Sociology)


Three number code indicating the level and specific course (first-year courses begin with 1)


Indicates credit value of course | H = 0.5 credit; Y = 1.0 credit


Campus code | 5 = Mississauga; 1 = St. George; 3 = Scarborough


Session in which course is offered. For Fall/Winter session:
F = Fall (Sept – Dec)
S = Winter (Jan – April)
Y = Fall + Winter (Sept – April)


Type of instruction | LEC = lecture; TUT = tutorial; PRA = practical

Comma (,) or Semicolon (;)

and” (For lists of courses separated by commas or semicolons)

Slash (/)

or” (For lists of courses separated by a slash)


"Permission of instructor" required to take course (or in lieu of prerequisite)


A course which must be successfully completed before a higher level course is taken


A course to be taken at the same time as another course (if this course has not already been successfully completed)


A course with content too similar to another course for credit to be given to both

Tuition Fee Payment

Becoming a registered student means you have enrolled in courses AND paid the minimum tuition amount of your fees (or officially deferred them). Your fees will be posted to your invoice on ACORN in mid-July.

To avoid being removed from your enrolled courses, make the Minimum Payment to Register as indicated on your financial account in ACORN, or defer your fees (if applicable), by the published deadlines. More information about fee payment and fee deferrals on the Fees & Financial Aid page.

Get Help

Online Resources

The Fall-Winter Registration Guide is your companion for the upcoming academic year. It will guide you through enrolment, registration, fees, financial aid, graduation, exams, and more!

Course Enrolment 101 Handout If this is your first year at UTM, this two page handout will guide you through the very basics of enrolling into courses such as: how to read a course code; a list of resources that will help you choose what to take; understanding waitlists, and tips to help you plan for your first year.

Webinars, Online Chats, and In-Person Workshops

We have special events that have been designed just for you! Our Academic Advisors, Financial Aid Advisors, and current students are here to help through a variety of programming. 

Course Enrolment Walkthrough Webinar* - registration link coming soon!

Join us online as we walk you through the steps for course enrolment with a live demo of resourceful websites, and the opportunity to ask questions live. 

Online Chat - registration link coming soon!

Designed for students who understand the basics of course enrolment and program planning, these online chats are offered as additional opportunities to ask questions directly of our Academic Advisors.

Course Selection Workshop (in-person)* - registration link coming soon!

Come and choose your first year courses with us! Join us on campus in our computer labs for a quick and informative presentation that will provide an overview of course enrolment procedures and protocols. Following that, you'll have the opportunity to actually choose your courses with the support of our Academic Advisors.

Course Selection Check-In (in-person) - registration link coming soon!

After you've added your courses (or most of them!), you may have additional or different kinds of questions. Register for a check-in session, where we will help you finalize your timetable. Spaces are limited.

Financial Aid Webinar - registration link coming soon!

Hosted by our Financial Aid staff, we'll discuss money matters including budgeting, scholarships, and financial aid. We'll also highlight payment options and deadlines. 

*Specific sessions for Transfer Students offered

More Resources

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or visit the Office of the Registrar and book a meeting with an academic or financial aid advisor.

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