Hello, I was wondering about 2 things, what is the academic environment like at UOT (cut-throat? Relaxed?) and are there a lot of international students?
I wouldn’t say it’s cutt-throat because people aren’t competitive with each other so much because of the class sizes and all. However, people are very intense about studying and tend to be diligent about that. A lot of people party hard and study hard. But in my experience, people aren’t out to get you for your grades. Not sure how competitive it gets down the road with smaller programs but that’s how it is the first few years.
Hey can you explain what "active" in terms of subjct posts on rosi means? I applied for a physics speiaalsit but i didnt actually accept it and it says active
It just means its an active post, meaning that you can accept it once the accept option is available. Usually with subject posts where they have to accept you into it, theres a time limit for you to accept.
Hi I just have a question on breadth requirements. I saw somewhere that the required courses also satisfy BR. So if I'm taking Bio for a full year as a required course, will that already satisfy BR 4 and I can just take other courses to fill my schedule?
yes. required courses can fulfill breadth reqs. There’s not really a specific way to fulfill breadth reqs. its what you want to and can take
Hey! Just wondering, and not in an offensive way, but I'm just wondering what the ethnicity mix is like on UC res? As a white girl, I feel like i'll be a minority on res, haha not in a bad way at all! It's just different when you come from a whiter high school, but I'm excited to finally be with diversity.
um. i’d say uoft t seems like a half white/half-asain school sometimes. but UC is pretty mixed from what I’ve seen around and compared to other campuses, which is good.
About the A&S calendar, my college's registrar's office said that UofT stopped printing hardcopies of the calendar to save paper, so you might have to look online now for the courses and Subject Posts !
just google uoft calendar and you should find a link to it
I got accepted at Woodsworth college... It pisses me off... I did not want to be in that college. I wanted to either be in Victoria, Trinity or University. Is it going to change much for my campus life?
Will you be living on campus? It may affect the people you hand out with if you’re living on the campus of your college but otherwise, if you’re a commuter or living off campus, then no
Hey! :) I was wondering if it possible to completely change my intended course/major in the first year? If yes, then when are these changes to be declared? Thank you! :DDDDDDD
well in first year you haven’t declared anything. You don’t declare until after your first year (that’s if you have enough credits). You also have to know that many majors require certain classes to be taken and certain grades to be admitted into them. So look into all that in the Calendar. If you haven’t fulfilled the req’s for your major, you might have to do it after your second year
Hi, For the residence guarantee do you need to be a first degree applicant? I already have a degree so does that mean that I won't have a residence guarantee?
i think that might be true, because priority is given to first years and then students without degrees. if there’s room, they’ll put you in, otherwise - it’s by chance. You may have to ask the residence coordinator, but this is true in my experience
Do they tell you if classes are bell curved so we just have to assume they will be?
sorry for the late response. usually they will tell you on the first day as they go over the syllabus how the grading system is. If not, just go and ask your professor or TA. You can’t really assume which since every class is different
PHY331H1 Introduction to Biological Physics: A course for students interested in a deeper understanding of physical phenomena occurring in biological systems. Thermodynamics, diffusion, entropic forces, fluids, biological applications. Does this sound like a potentially easy course?
Potentially easy? I can’t say. Honestly, it doesn’t sound too easy unless you’re good at applications and that sort of thing
Also for AST201H1S, it says that an exclusion is any highler level chem or physics course of the 100 series. I took chm138 and phy131, and I really want to take Ast201. Is it a good idea to continue on with this course?
it’s really up to you but I don’t think there’s any point in taking courses you don’t need. Workloads at UofT are heavy enough as they are. You can take something you actually need or just drop it to have extra time. That’s my recommendation
Is New York University a good university? ever hear of it like the way we hear about harvard?
I don’t understand why this is being asked on here. Are you asking from a Canadian standpoint?
From what I’ve heard, NYU isn’t worth going to because the costs are extremely high for tuition and for living and the education can be very hit and miss depending on the program and the professors.
I haven’t done any research on NYU so I can’t really say. No people don’t mention it like they do Harvard because Harvard is the number 1 school in the US and number 3 (or so - it changes often) in the world. Whereas NYU is lower down the list. Lower than UofT in the world list as well
you know in IMM250 we have to write an essay on diabetes eventually which is 30% of our mark. Do these essays tend to be mared very stricktly usually? And all we are given are general headings to follow. that's it. it seems like too much freedom and essays scare the hell out of me. Where can I get help? do you know of any place?
there are writing centres for students to go to for help on their essays. visit them early on and make regular appointments because towards the end of the semester, they fill up quickly.
just google uoft writing centre to find if your college offers it and you can make an appointment
Currently Im a commuter but if I live in res second year will the people still be as hospitable and open and friendly as first year?
Definitely. People are usually very open in the beginning of the year because that’s when the rush of new students arrive, so it shouldn’t be a problem just don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and make conversations and plans and eventually, friends.
I honestly dont know what I want to do in life. Help?? So I wanted to go into medicine and what not, but now I kinda just want a job in the end and I like the glory that comes with engienering and group work and shit. But im currently in life science and took a semester of physics and fucked up. I didnt take physics in high school, but now i want to transfer to chemical engineering next year. Is that possible?
It’s definitely possible but it will be a lot of hard work. It’s very likely you’ll have to take an extra year of school. If you’re good at engineering or interested in it, then you should do it, but don’t just do it for the money because you may not be good at it or can end up hating it. You could always stay in arts and science in something you like to do and find a job after you get your degree. It all depends on you and your path but yes, you can switch to engineering.
im hoping to get some college credits for the course i want? id like to get a BA in drama and i just really dont know much about how college works but id really love to know whats sort of necessary to do that seriouslt just ell me EVERYTHING. what i have to do for it and how to earn ollege credits earlier really anything. (im hoping to go to uc drama not the missuaga program) ive got like 4 years to earn credits woop.
I’m not sure I fully understand. Are you already enrolled or are you in high school? For UofT, you can pretty much begin classes for your major in your first year for most majors. You will have to take some extra requirement classes for UofT to have a well-rounded education. If you want to get a head start, you can definitely start summer school and get ahead with your credits there. You can take up to 2.0 FCE.
Just try and ask again and clarify your situation for me. Good luck!
i was wondering if you can explain the meal plans at uc and chestnut??? im vegan and ill probably buy a lot of stuff (i like to make my own food just so i know what im eating and i dont feel like a nuisance to others) and id really not like to waste the meal plan but i definitely think residency is what would be best for me... thank you
For most residences, a meal plan is required. There are usually about 3 options and many people try and choose the smallest option.
Here’s a link to chestnut meal plans and the three different options which range from those students who plan to eat there 3 times a day, 2 times a day, or not often at all - in which case it’s 300 total meals per year
The general options everywhere is regular meal plan and a smaller meal plan.
The meal plans usually work with your UofT ID and they keep track of how many meals you have in the system so if you run out, you won’t be able to get food in the dining hall. You can always add extra meals. Some places, like UC have cafes as well that can be used with your meal plan.
It’s pretty simple, you decide what you want and you keep eating meals until they run out.
I’m not entirely sure about this, but you can usually enter as many times a day as you want during the hours but they do deduct a meal each time even if you don’t have an entire meal. This is how it is at Vic and possibly at the others.
And extra meals aren’t passed over to the next school year.
Is it true that it's almost impossible to get good grades (80-90)? I keep hearing people saying when you go to UofT your marks will drop drastically...
it can be true. the way the entire system and the grading system if set up it makes it seem like you’re bound to not get an A. So many classes curve, and then so much of a grade resides on just two tests which is a big change. It really varies from class to class, how they grade and how they test their students. Some classes can be easy, some are fair and some are hard
Okay so here is my situation: Im taking all the core life sci courses and have a >90% in all of them, except in physics. Now Im prlly gonna finish with a 50% in physics. Med schools will prlly murder this grade. I dont know what to do. Its too late to drop, and Im kinda too stubborn to drop it and I know I cant do well in it, and hence I prlly wont get into med cause this one course will haunt my transcript. Am I doomed? I really dont know what to do. Its so hard to accept this
Trust me, I was in the same situation. I had two Ds because I didn’t want to drop them because I thought I was giving up. For the most part, you’ll find med schools like Queen’s and Western who will look at your two best years. Med schools understand that it’s hard and as long as you have an upward trend, it’s looked favorably upon.
However, I would recommend dropping it (as late withdrawal if you still can) because good grades always look the best. If there are lower grades in your transcript, you’ll have to work harder and possibly stay in school longer to get into your top choice for med school.
From what I’ve heard, don’t ever be discouraged by your grades if you really really want to be a doctor. You can go to grad school, or get another degree and retake classes. And if you keep trying, you’re bound to get in. So if you choose to drop it or not is your choice but you have to also be willing to deal with the consequences.
Try and make the best choice that you think you would be okay with.
How is the campus life at the University of Toronto? Is so true that the campus life is really dead? Is it true that people are so busy and work all the time that some people do not even have the time to wash themselves? Thank you.
Hahaha, that’s funny. I wouldn’t say campus life is dead, but it can be hard to find things. Really, only first/second years party on campus, the rest are in their houses or they go out to the Maddy or bars/clubs/dance cave.
I’ve met some people who don’t wash themselves but it all depends on the person and how their hygiene usually is anyway.
I’d say people work hard and party hard. You’ll meet people who work all the time and never go out. You’ll meet people who’ll party all the time. For the most part, people are hard workers and they like to use their free time to drink and have fun in their own ways. Whether it be a chill night drinking with friends or raging and going out.
And their REPUTATIONS. This is by no means how it all is but this is the general outlook of each college and included is the general Hogwarts house representation as well.
The big four:
Trinity (Trin) aka “Slytherin” - pompous and proud is the reputation of this school. It’s also known to be very secluded and exclusive in the sense that trin kids generally hang out with other trin kids. A relatively small school in terms of the number of people. Trin is known for having the poli-sci, IR (International Relations) and other pre-law related studies and students for the most part. Very competitive. And the hardest to get into. It has to be your first choice and there’s a grade requirement. Which is why many trin students may have an air of superiority to them. They are considered to party hard though it may be hard to find someone to get you in.
It is one of the prettier colleges with a very exquisite quad though it has a bit of a colder and more formal feel to it.
It is said to have mostly girls and gay guys. Gay guys being = lots of hipsters. It’s a hipster mecca. (And many turn out to be gay)
Victoria (Vic) aka “Ravenclaw” - the pride and glory of UofT. All the best (or rather the more known) people come from Vic. Vic is generally a humanities campus and has many humanties students. Many people at vic are english orientated because it has a great english program.
Vic people also end up generally hanging out with other Vic people because students get caught up in the bubble especially if they live on campus.
It is one of the prettiest colleges on campus with old architecture, the beautiful Isabel Bader theatre and lovely open quad that is redone every year to be green after the winter has dried out the nature. You can see many students lounging about, playing or even dogs running around here.
This is another big hipster center. A roughly 75% girl filled college, Vic is known to have the pretty ladies. It is a generally mixed-ish school with mostly white people.
University (UC) aka “Gryffindor” - UC is a large college right in the center of campus. It’s a party hub and generally has a mix of people and programs. It has one of the most amount of students. UC is considered a friendly-ish school because of the larger amount of people so a variety of people from other colleges may socialize here. And is also supposedly has good-looking guys.
The rest are the “Hufflepuffs”
St. Michael’s (St Mike’s) - Known for being a Christian and heavily Italian-filled school, it is also known as a party school. Probably the party school. This is where you find the club nights and the skeezy parties.
And the rest:
Woodsworth - A relatively small college. A big program for this college is Criminology. It is known to have the nicest residences to live in. Little is known about this college.
Innis - Another small school. They generally have their pub nights at a Fox and the Fiddle on Wellesley Ave. It’s a small community type school. One of the smallest schools and student body on campus. Not known for having the good-looking guys. Girl status: unknown.
New - New is named so because it is a relatively new college. This college is mostly filled with the asian variety of students. New students are stereotyped as mostly phys-ed kids. As they have their own gym and are located right next to the Athletic Center (the AC). New is fairly new and not considered the better looking of the colleges, having very modern and box-like structures. This would also be where many of the life science kids are also located.
This is by no means a specific interpretation. Many fields of students are spread out over each of the colleges. Specific colleges may have more specific fields but for the most part, many of the science, engineer, humanites, commerce students are spread out in which college they decide to be part of or associated with.
Hi, I'm a first year life science student and I'm currently enrolled in SOC103H1 for spring semester, but I didn't take SOC102H1 previously. Will the course be more difficult because I didn't take SOC102H1 or will it not affect anything? (I don't think SOC102H1 is a pre-req for SOC103H1)
No it shouldn’t be too difficult. Soc, in general is a pretty easily understandable subject and I think you should be fine as long as you pay attention and keep up with readings.
Many science students find humanties classes to be much easier than their science ones
If i decide to transfer from life sci. to eng then do i have to repeat first year again (im currently a first year life sci)?
no not at all. Just look for the requirements on the calendar and see if you can take any english classes first semester! If anything you might have to take a fifth year but I don’t think that should be an issue if you try to get on top of it now and maybe take a summer class or two. Talk to your registrar and try to work out a plan with them
I know this blog caters to St. G., but I wonder if you could answer a UTM question? I'm currently attending my first year (Humanities), but I've decided I'd like to pursue the joint program with Sheridan (Studio Arts) and also study English at UTM concurrently. Am I able to just declare Fine Arts as one of my majors after this year? Or do I have to go through some other application/prerequisite process to be eligible to officially declare Fine Arts? In other words, do I have to be accepted? =\
oh i am so sorry, i know absolutely zilch about UTM! But with anything I am ignorant about, I always say to ask your registrar! They either know the information or can guide you on where to get it!
I think you should be able to declare it but with things such as drama or art, you may need to submit work/audition and whatnot to be accepted. Also there might be prereqs and certain grades to achieve before you can do it.