First Year Learning Communities

First Year Learning Communities (FLC) help first-year students to make connections within their program of study. 

The First Year Learning Communities Program is a registered program that groups approximately 40 first-year students by their program of study in order to help students find a sense of community within their academic programs or shared identities. Pronounced as “flicks”, FLCs meet bi-weekly to participate in workshops and activities focused on academic skills development, career exploration, and socialization. Each FLC is assigned a FLC Leader, an upper-year student from a similar program of study or identity group.

The First Year Learning Communities include:

  • Arts (Social Sciences,  Humanities & Visual Arts)
  • Black Identifying Students
  • Computer Science, Math & Statistics
  • First Generation Students
  • Life Sciences
  • Management
  • Physical & Environmental Sciences
  • Psychological & Health Sciences

The application period is open from June 1st to July 15th. Applicants will be notified of their status in the program in July. Should you apply outside of this period, you will be added to our waiting list and notified should spaces come available.

Our 2020-21 Application period will begin in June 2020.

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What are First Year Learning Communities?

Pronounced as “flicks”, First Year Learning Communities (FLC) help first-year students to make connections within their program of study. First Year Learning Communities meet bi-weekly for workshops, activities and/or social opportunities facilitated by their upper-year FLC Leader. FLCs are divided by program of study, with a maximum of 40 students in each FLC. For the 2019-20 academic year, the Department of Student Life will be offering 7 FLCs: Arts (Social Sciences, Humanities & Visual Arts), Computer Science, Math & Statistics, First-Generation Students, Life Sciences, Management, Physical & Environmental Sciences and Psychological & Health Sciences

Can I apply to more than one First Year Learning Community?

Yes; however, if accepted, you will only be accepted to one First-Year Learning Community. Please note, that you will only be accepted to a First-Year Learning Community that corresponds to the program that you were admitted to. 

Which First Year Learning Community if right for me?

First-Year Learning Communities are divided by program of study, based on UTSC’s Programs of Study. For example, if you were admitted to the Anthropology Program, your First Year Learning Community would be the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities FLC. Make sure to double check UTSC’s Programs of Study to see which one is best for you.  

Will participation in a First Year Learning Community on my transcript?

Your participation in a First-Year Learning Community will be noted on your Co-Curricular Record. To be eligible for Co-Curricular Recognition, you must attend 9 out of 12 First-Year Learning Community events as well as the FLC Reflection. 

What is my Co-Curricular Record, and why is this important?

Your Co-Curricular Record is an official record that recognizes the skills and experiences you have had beyond the classroom. It will track your activities throughout your time at U of T. It will help you to better understand the skills you are developing and how they might apply to other contexts. Documenting your co-curricular experiences, will also help you to market your skills and experiences to graduate schools and potential employers, and help you speak about them in a meaningful way on grant and bursary applications.

How do I apply?

The deadline for applications will be on July 15, 2019 at 11:59pm. Should you apply outside of this period, you will be added to our waiting list.  To apply for a FLC, you must be: 1) Complete the FLC Application 2) Be a First-year student, admitted to the University of Toronto Scarborough 3) Apply to the FLC that corresponds to your admission category, based on UTSC’s Programs of Study. Space in our program is limited. Successful applicants will be notified in July, prior to first-year course enrolment. The FLC Program uses a randomized selection process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Who can apply?

First-Year Learning Communities are open to all UTSC student in their first year of study at UTSC. To remain in a First-Year Learning Community, you must be enrolled in classes. First-Year Learning Communities are open to first-year students living off-campus and students in residence.