Resources for Counsellors

Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Application Process

We understand this is a stressful time for students preparing for post-secondary studies this fall. School closures and exam delays are affecting both high school and post-secondary students around the world, and there is uncertainty about the extent of disruption we will all face before normal activities can resume. Find frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 and the admissions process here.

Connecting with U of T

Counsellor Webinars

We’re hosting a series of webinars for counsellors, which will cover a full range of details and updates concerning the admissions process and how you can support your students who have applied to the University of Toronto.

Prospective Student Webcasts

Encourage your students to register for one of our online information sessions this spring. These webcasts will feature an overview of U of T, details about the application process, and a Q&A session.

Request a U of T Visit

If you’re interested in having U of T visiting your school to meet with your students, complete our visit request form here. Virtual visits can be scheduled for your junior students this spring, or for this fall for your seniors.

Counselling Students Who Have Applied to U of T

  • Terms and Conditions. Offers of admission are typically conditional upon a student’s final grades, along with submission of any outstanding documents. To check their conditions, students should go to the “Check Your Application Status” page and then click on their target application. If you or your students have any questions about an offer’s terms or conditions, please contact the admitting faculty or campus directly.
  • Residence. Students should log into residence.utoronto.ca and confirm their interest in residence before March 31 to be covered by our first-year residence guarantee. Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science should log back into StarRez and rank their choices.
  • Study Permits. Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must apply for a study permit. Their offer letter will include a letter that can be used to apply for a student visa through a Canadian embassy or consulate. Learn more at www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/immigration.
  • Course Enrolment. Most program areas allow students to design their own weekly schedules. Course selection occurs online and begins in July or August. Students will receive specific instructions on how and when to select their courses in the spring. In advance of this, Registrars will hold orientation sessions to clarify processes and misconceptions. Note that first-year Engineering students and students in the International Foundation Program do not choose courses and will be provided, instead, with a readymade class schedule.
  • Health Insurance: UHIP is a mandatory health insurance plan for international students, and helps cover the cost of healthcare services delivered and billed in Canada. Enrolment in UHIP is automatic, with coverage charged directly to each student’s ACORN account balance. Learn more at www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/uhip.
  • Tuition Fees. The first fees instalment is normally due at the end of August or start of September. Each student will receive details during the summer, tailored to their program and, if applicable, courseload. Students may be required to pay a tuition deposit — this will be indicated on their offer page, along with the deposit deadline.
  • Moving In and Getting Settled. Students who will be living in residence typically move in over the Labour Day weekend (the first week of September). Incoming students should monitor their email regularly for logistical guidance and other updates from their Dean of Residence. We encourage students who wish to learn more about orientation week, sometimes known as Frosh Week, to visit hello.utoronto.ca.
  • Planning Ahead. U of T’s academic year begins in September and consists of a fall semester (September – December) and a winter semester (January – April), punctuated by some statutory holidays, one study break per semester, and a two-week campus closure during the winter holiday season. Classes and final exams for fall-winter and winter courses conclude by late April. Registered students who plan to take summer courses should be aware that the summer term consists of two “semesters” (May-June, July-August), each of which is paced twice as fast as a normal four-month semester.

Counselling Students Who Are Exploring Their Options

Thinking About Supplemental Applications

If a program requires students to complete a supplemental application, audition, or profile, students will be invited to complete the relevant forms after submitting their OUAC application. Learn more about supplemental applications/auditions for first-entry programs that require them:

Additional Resources for Counsellors

Our campuses and faculties provide additional resources for counsellors on their specific academic opportunities. Find more details on new programs, admission requirements and supplemental applications.