Academic Planning

Academic Advising Sessions

All newly admitted students are expected 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 academic advising session, students are encouraged to visit the Faculty of Arts and Science website and review the Calendar and timetable.This session will cover details found in both publications.

Please attend one of the following sessions:

Information Sessions will be held from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Northrop Frye Hall, Room 003 (lower level, 73 Queen's Park Cr) with the exception of the Monday, July 11 session, which will be held from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Emmanuel College, EM 001 (lower level, 75 Queen's Park Cr). 

Light refreshments with Orientation Leaders and academic advisor will follow each session in the lobby outside Northrop Frye Hall, Room 003.

Vic One Advising Session

A separate advising session will be held for Vic One students on Wednesday, July 13 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Students who were unable to attend this event will have detailed information sent to them via email.


Writing at the University and Tour of the Victoria College Library (E.J. Pratt Library)

To best prepare you for academic writing expectations at the University of Toronto, you will benefit by coming to one of our Writing Seminars and Library Tours offered during the summer months. No registration is required.

Attend either on Thursday, August 4 or Thursday, August 18:

Library Tour: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in the lobby of E.J. Pratt Library

Writing Seminar: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Emmanuel College, Room EM 119

This two-hour writing session will familiarize students with techniques for writing “across the disciplines”. Students will learn how diverse areas like the Humanities and the Social Sciences utilize similar analytical skills but ultimately present very distinctive perspectives on our world—ones that require different points of view and special forms of writing.

A substantial component of this session will also be devoted to developing skills relating to the writing of the essay, the vitally important component of success in most disciplines. Students will move through various stages of writing—from the initial “brainstorming” phase, to the creation of outlines and “drafts”. We will explore techniques for moving from description to analysis and examine ways to create a thesis that captures the essence of the argument and forms a foundation for a well-developed, critical appraisal.

The final phase of the session will explore the applicability of these techniques to 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.)

Instructor: Susan Riggs



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.

Attend an Academic Advising session for more information.

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

IB/AP/GCE/CAPE Transfer Credits

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

Sometimes if may be appropriate to forfeit one (or more) of these transfer credits. Your transfer credit letter will include information on how to forfeit credits and by which deadline date.

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 what credits are transferable, please visit:‐awards/html/nextsteps/nextsteps105/105_tc.htm
transfer credit handout


Students are encouraged to watch the video series hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Science.


Future Students