Planning Your Semester

Full-Time and Part-Time Course Load

Students who expect to graduate within four years should plan to take 2.5 credits in two of the three sessions that are available.

  • Full-time = 1.5 credits or more per session
  • Part-time = fewer than 1.5 credits per session

Summer, Fall, Winter Semesters
UTSC offers a trimester system. This gives you the flexibility to pursue your education based on a schedule that works best for you throughout the year.

Transfer Credits

The transfer credit process will begin after receipt of an offer of admission. Students applying to transfer from other post-secondary institutions must pay a processing fee (contact the Admissions and Student Recruitment Office for details) and submit all documentation specified in their offer of admission. 

Transfer credit assessments for domestic institutions may take 3-4 weeks and transfer credit decisions for international institutions may take up to 6 weeks. 

Please do not enrol in courses at UTSC that duplicate prior studies. Once your official transfer credit assessment is complete, you can make necessary adjustments to your UTSC courses. 

Use Transfer Explorer to check the transferability of your previous post-secondary studies:

Acceptance into a limited enrolment program will be finalized once your transfer credit assessment is complete. Students receiving transfer credit(s) from secondary studies are not required to pay the processing fee as consideration is automatic upon receipt of final scores.

Should you have questions regarding your assessment, please contact:

Post-Secondary Transfer Credit Evaluations or High School & Secondary Transfer Credit Evaluation:

If you have not been registered for 12 months or more, are returning to studies after graduating, or you are returning after an academic suspension, you will need to complete the Re-Enrolment form on the Office of the Registrar’s website, and pay a re-enrolment processing fee in order to add courses.

Students with Deferred Exams
If you were approved to write a deferred exam from a previous session, your course load is restricted in the next session. Refer to the Deferred Exam chart for course load information.

Courses at UTM or St.George
The U of T has three campuses located across Toronto and we encourage you to explore the unique experience each campus can offer. You can take a maximum of 5.0 credits at another U of T campus (or 1.0 credit if you have completed fewer than 4.0 credits as a UTSC student). 

If you are interested in taking a program requirement at UTM or St. George, you must get permission from your program supervisor before enrolling in the course, usually using the Program Exception form. Elective courses do not require permission but check prerequisites, exclusions, enrolment controls, etc. 

Class start/end dates, study breaks, and exam dates can vary at UTSC, UTM, and St. George and you are required to follow UTSC academic deadlines regardless of where the course is held (unless otherwise stated).

Graduating Students
Students who are expecting to graduate at an upcoming convocation ceremony can be assured that the University will work with you as best we can. This partnership requires that you maintain primary responsibility for enrolling in appropriate programs, prerequisites, and required courses that would allow you to complete your program(s) and degree. You must also demonstrate that you have attempted to enrol in required courses on ACORN at the earliest opportunity. If, by the start of classes, you have met these requirements, and have been unable to enrol in necessary courses to qualify for graduation, meet with your Program Advisor to discuss your options. 

Academic Standing

At the end of each semester, ensure that you regularly check ACORN to view your final grades, and your academic standing if you have attempted at least 3.0 credits. Follow these steps to check your grades and academic standing: 

  1. Login to ACORN with your UTORid and password. 
  2. Under Academics, select “Academic History”. 
  3. Click “Complete Academic History”. 
  4. Scroll to the bottom of your transcript to view the most recent grades, GPA and academic standing. 

Not Yet Assessed
You have attempted fewer than 3.0 credits, and have not been assessed for academic standing at U of T.

Good Standing
If you are in good standing, you have achieved a cumulative GPA of 1.60 or higher. 

Academic Probation
Once you have attempted at least 3.0 credits, your academic standing will be assessed at the end of each session, regardless of how many credits you enrolled in. If your cumulative GPA is less than 1.60, you will be placed on academic probation. 

Probation is not meant to be a punishment, nor is it a reflection of your intelligence or potential for success. It is the University’s way of reaching out to you so that you will take the necessary steps to determine what you can do differently to improve your academic performance. 

The GPA Calculator is a useful tool that can help you estimate your anticipated performance throughout the term. Fill in the blanks with your info to get a sense of how your GPA is being impacted. 

Course Enrolment Limit
Students on academic probation may take up to 2.0 credits (or 4 half credit courses) in the semester. Students who violate this course load maximum will have this course load adjusted by the Office of the Registrar. 

Students are strongly encouraged to take Fall session (F) instead of full year (Y) courses. Students who are suspended as a result of their academic standing in the Fall session will be removed from courses that begin or continue in January. There will be no fee refund for Y section courses if you remain in them despite our recommendations. Students must also meet with an academic and learning strategist to develop strategies to improve academic performance.

Probation Continued
Probationary students who achieve a sessional GPA of 1.60 or higher (but have a CGPA below 1.60), may continue on probation and work toward returning to good academic standing. Students on continued probation are no longer restricted to a 2.0 credit course load.

Returning to Good Academic Standing
Students who achieve a cumulative GPA of 1.60 or higher are considered to be in good standing. 

Academic Suspension
Students who are on academic probation and do not achieve a sessional GPA of at least 1.60 will be suspended. Upon returning from suspension, students will be on academic probation and must achieve a sessional GPA of 1.60 in order to avoid another suspension. 

Suspension timelines are as follows:

Academic Suspension

1st suspension

4 months

2nd suspension

12 months

3rd suspension

36 months

4th suspension

refused further registration at U of T

Support at UTSC: Overcoming Academic Difficulty
The Academic Advising & Career Centre has many support services to help you get back on track. One-on-one academic advising, study skills coaching, career and employment coaching, workshops and experiential programming are available year-round. They also have a wide range of online resources.