The First Year Learning Communities Program is a registered program that groups first-year students by their program of study in order to help students find a sense of community within their academic programs. Each FLC is assigned a FLC Leader, an upper-year student from a similar program of study. This program is open to all first-year UTSC students (undergraduate).
About the Program
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. These events include opportunities like Dinner With Your Professor, where students can get to know their professors and learn more about their academic journeys. Each FLC is assigned a FLC Leader, an upper-year student from a similar program of study. This program is open to all first year students.
The program will begin early September and will run until April. FLC Meetings will take place on-campus and in-person. FLC programming may include of off-campus trips, special events, and/or virtual events.
FLC Orientation will take place on Monday September 12, and FLC Meetings will begin Monday September 19. FLC Meetings will take place bi-weekly on Mondays from 5pm-7pm.
First Year Learning Communities help first-year students to make connections within their program of study while developing academic, career and personal skills. Each year, students tell us how the program helped them to get to know their classmates, faculty, staff, and alumni. Students also tell us that the program helped them to adjust to university and that the program enhanced their university experience.
Your participation in the First Year Learning Communities Program is also eligible for Co-Curricular Record recognition. By attending 5 FLC Meetings and completing a year-end reflection, your participation in the program will be added to your Co-Curricular Record.
To apply, complete the First Year Learning Communities Application. The deadline for applications will be August 17 at 11:59pm. You may apply if you miss this deadline. Should you apply outside of this period, you will be added to our waiting list. Please note that you must a First-year student, admitted to the University of Toronto Scarborough. Please 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 August.
Students may continue to apply after the application deadline and throughout the school year. Should you apply outside of this period, you will be added to our waiting list and notified should spaces come available.
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 on and off campus.
Living-Learning Communities are communities in Residence that group students together based on a shared academic interest. At UTSC, there are three Living-Learning Communities (LLCs): Global Citizenship LLC, Health & Wellbeing LLC, and Sustainability LLC. LLCs run events, programs, and initiatives related to this theme. Please note that Living-Learning Communities are open only to students living in residence. LLCs are open to residents from any program of study so that you bring diverse experiences and knowledge to critical conversations about your LLC focus.
First Year Learning Communities are open to all first-year students at UTSC and Living-Learning Communities are open to students living in residence. As a part of the FLC Program, you will be grouped with other students based on your program of study and will participate in activities and events related to your program of study. Living-Learning Communities focus on a specific theme, and run events and activities related to that theme.
Absolutely! Click on the link above to apply for a First Year Learning Community. You may apply to a Living-Learning Community as a part of your residence application.
Management Learning Communities are hosted by the UTSC’s Management Department. To learn more, please visit https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/mgmt/management-utsc-experience-lead
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 regularly attend First-Year Learning Community events and complete a year-end reflection.
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.