Getting Started

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Welcome to UTM

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Earlier this year, as I crossed UTM’s Outer Circle Road toward the Davis Building, I remembered Michelle Obama’s description of the nervous exhilaration in a new university experience: “a year of firsts.” I recently started my first term — my year of firsts — as the Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga: I look forward to rediscovering from my new position the vibrant campus at which I’ve worked as a Professor of English literature since 2004. As incoming students at UTM, you, too, will soon begin along a path of discovery. Welcome: I’m thrilled to join you on this exciting journey through your own year of university firsts!

You will listen to your first university lecture; write your first university essay; and study for your first university exam. You will meet your first university professors; ask questions to your first university teaching assistants; and share ideas with your first university classmates. You will attend your first university social event; join your first university student group; and share stories with your first university friends. In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, your new experiences may unfold in different ways than they did for other incoming classes. But my colleagues and I remain deeply committed to helping you thrive as part of UTM’s supportive community. We look forward to ensuring that your year of firsts fits the distinct pressures of your lives right now.

This year of personal milestones will also mark a first for UTM as a whole: I am the first woman to be appointed as Principal in the campus’ 54-year history. My appointment signals many similar firsts to come: our campus community values courageous academic inquiry, transformative, engaged learning and inclusive social justice — not just in words but in meaningful actions. I am excited to put those values into practice, together, as we build from a year of firsts a safer, smarter, more equitable world.

Alexandra Gillespie
Vice-President & Principal
University of Toronto Mississauga

Navigating This Site

Your Pre-Arrival Guide

The University of Toronto Mississauga and its community are passionate about helping you succeed. The first steps to success begin as soon as you receive your offer. This website will guide you along the way, providing you with up-to-date information from across the campus. Where helpful, we provide links that allow you to access additional information.

Except where indicated, the information found across this site is relevant to all incoming students. The information found on the International Students page is particularly relevant to students requiring Canadian study permits and visas. Students interested in registering with the Accessibility Resource Centre and/or having their primary health care provider located at UTM will find useful information on the Health & Accessibility page.

While you will find important dates and deadlines spread across each of the pages, we have compiled a list of action items and dates on the Checklists page. 

If you have questions about the topics on a page, see the "Get Help" section located at the bottom of each page. We are here to support you in any way we can!

Key First Steps

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Accept Your Offer

Congratulations on receiving your offer! Your next step is to reply to the offer before the deadline. Instructions are included with your offer of admission. See the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website for more information. 

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Access the JOIN Portal

After you've accepted your offer, log in to the JOIN Portal at and check that your acceptance was received. You'll also be able to download your offer documents from here.

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Review Your Conditions

Check your offer letter to determine if you have any conditions that need to be satisfied to ensure your admission to UTM. Your conditions may include proof of acceptable English proficiency. More information is available at the following links:

    Get Help

    Have questions about the acceptance process or your offer? You can contact Student Recruitment & Admissions over the phone or by email.

    Student Recruitment & Admissions
    Room 1270, Innovation Complex