Academic Planning

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Academic Advising Sessions

Be sure to attend an academic advising session to learn about course and program selection strategies as well as expectations from the university experience. To prepare for the session, visit the Faculty of Arts and Science website and review the Calendar and timetable. Each session will cover details found in both publications.

During the session, we will work together to build your first year timetable and provide you with advice on things to consider for a successful first year. Current students will be present as resource people and you will get to meet and chat with other newly admitted students. 

***Make sure to bring an electronic device such as a tablet or laptop***

Please attend one of the following sessions:

  • Open Vic, Saturday, June 15, 9:30 am-2 pm, Victoria College Building
  • Dates for our July sessions will be announced in the Spring 

Writing at the University

Date: TBA

Library tour: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., meet in EJ Pratt Library
Writing session: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Led by Victoria College Writing Instructor, Susan K. Riggs, the session will be devoted to developing skills related to the writing of argument and, in particular, essay-writing—the most important component of success in the humanities and the social sciences.  

We will begin by familiarizing students with the different ways in which the disciplines conceptualize learning, how they define and evaluate “evidence”, and how techniques for writing, while they may vary “across the disciplines”, nevertheless share the need for a clear and articulate writing style and a cogent argument.

The session will include an in-depth discussion of the various stages of writing—from the initial “brainstorming” phase, to the creation of outlines, “drafts” and the final paper. Special emphasis will be placed on learning techniques for creating a substantive thesis that captures the essence of the argument and forms the foundation for a well-developed, critical analysis.

Students will also become acquainted with a variety of assignments, including book reviews, literary reviews, annotated bibliographies etc. (Time-permitting, there will be a brief question and answer period where students can address particular writing concerns.) 


Small Class Requirement

First Year seminars offer students a unique opportunity to explore interesting topics. We believe that taking a small class in your first year will enhance your overall experience at UofT. As part of a seminar class, you will have the opportunity to participate in active class discussions and build networks with other students and with your professors.

Victoria College requires all first year students to enrol in a 0.5 or 1.0 credit Vic One Hundreds course, 199 Seminar Course or a College One program. These courses are designed to provide students with a small class experience. Your small class requirement must be taken in your first year during the Fall/Winter session.

Vic students are given priority enrolment for all seminar courses offered through Victoria College. These courses will count towards your degree and we recommend students choose courses that will help satisfy breadth requirements.

Even with IB/AP credits, students are still required to take a small class.

For more information on Vic One Hundred and 199 Seminar courses, visit:



University/Community College/CEGEP Transfer Credits

Once you have accepted your offer of admission, make the PAYMENT to have your transfer credits assessed. Instructions on what to do will be included in your offer of admission letter. The transfer credit assessment can take up to 8 weeks to process. The earlier you submit your final transcript, the more likely it is that you will receive your transfer credit assessment by course selection time.

Carefully review your transfer credit assessment. If you have any questions, contact the Victoria College Registrar’s Office.

For more information about how to apply for transfer credits, please visit:

IB/AP/GCE/CAPE/French Bacc. Transfer Credits for courses taken during high school

IB/AP/GCE or CAPE transfer credit(s) may be used to fulfill program requirements or elective courses.

Transfer credits are assessed after you accept your offer of admission and once we receive official final results directly from the examining board.Sometimes if may be appropriate to forfeit one (or more) of these transfer credits. Official results should be sent to:

Enrolment Services
172 St. George St.
Toronto, ON  M5R 0A3

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate results must be sent electronically.

We encourage you to speak to one of our academic advisors to discuss you options and the implications of retaining or forfeiting your credits.

For information about transfer credits, please visit:

Future Students