Greetings from the Office of the Registrar at St Michael’s College.
Congratulations on your admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto.
This is the first in a series of bulletins for new students which we will publish up to the middle of August. Each bulletin will focus on two or three points of immediate interest. They will remain on our website until classes begin in September.
1. The Calendar and the Timetable
The 2013-2014 Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar and the companion 2013-2014 Registration Handbook and Timetable are now available online.There are no hard copies of either publication this year so there is nothing to be picked up or mailed.
Bookmark both sites and start to become familiar with them. You should also bookmark the U of T Faculty of Arts and Science New Student site
Virtually all the facts which you need to know about degree requirements, programs of study, individual courses, the scheduling of courses, selecting courses over the web and paying your fees are on these three sites. At first glance they may appear to be too much to understand but with some effort on your part, the structure of the programs and the rules and procedures will become clear and they don’t change much from year to year.
The next bulletin will offer some tips about how to approach these sites efficiently since together they contain an enormous amount of information and you want to focus on the information which is relevant to you.
2. "Walk and Talk" Welcome Event Information Sessions, Academic Orientation Sessions and SMC Orientation Week
St Mike's will host three types of information / advising activities between mid June and early September – a full day “Walk and Talk” Welcome Event / Information Sessions on Saturday, June 15, three Academic Orientation Sessions in July, and SMC Orientation Week from September 3-6.
You can sign up for one of the Welcome Event Information Sessions with the Principal and Registrar on June 15, and one of three Academic Orientation Sessions in July. See St Mike's Newly Admitted Students home page
We know that many new students can’t attend these sessions – especially if they don’t live in the Toronto area, so we will post relevant information on our website or refer you to relevant sections of other U of T sites and offer timely guidance through these bulletins.
The September SMC Orientation Week is being organized by senior student co-ordinators. Check St Mike's Student Union (SMCSU) SMC Orientation Week website for updates as the summer progresses.
3. Our Office
The Registrar’s Office of St Michael’s College is in Room 207 of Muzzo Family Alumni Hall at 121 St Joseph Street.
There are 4800 students at St Mike's with about 1200 new students each year. There are five advisors. We typically don’t set individual appointment with new students who have just completed high school unless there is a pressing reason. However, new students with four or more transfer credits are welcome to set up individual appointments since the general rules for new students may not apply to them.
One of the keys to being successful here is to take the initiative in your academic work. A lot of your learning will take place – not in the lecture hall or the laboratory - but in the library or in your room. Reading, making notes, reading again and revising notes are core activities. A good place to start is with the calendar and timetable.
I will write again in a few days with suggestions about where to begin …and it won’t be at the beginning.