Comprehensive guide to life at the University of Toronto Mississauga


You’re not in the program yet.

POSt (Program of Study)

  1. Re-attempt the courses if you’re short of the grade requirement or take some bird courses to boost your CGPA and re-apply
  2. Transfer to a different university
  3. Change your program

Okay.. how do I graduate?

Extra things you should know

  • ALWAYS KEEP NOTE OF THE IMPORTANT DATES! This page will tell you the deadlines for dropping a course for a full refund, dropping a course before it shows up on your transcript, exam periods, etc.
  • Classes start at 10 minutes after the hour (aka U of T time). Having back to back classes is fine, and if you’re a bit late just humbly find a seat and don’t cause a disturbance (unless your Prof is uptight about it).
  • You should wait a week to buy the textbook to see if it’s actually going to be used in the course.
  • If you’re waitlisted for a course, then the general rule of thumb is that 10% of the class size will get in no sweat, i.e. for a class of 300 the first 30 on the waitlist should get in. In addition, there’s plenty of times where this isn’t the case. I’ve gotten into an upper year math course with a size of 90 and my waitlist position was 30.
  • There is a shuttle bus to the St. George campus that UTM students can use for free. Just make sure you have your Tcard + bus pass. It’s located at the back of IB/Instructional Building.
  • You can find past exams on the UTM Library site
  • Credit/No Credit (CR/NCR) — U of T students can choose to CR/NCR a course. After completing the course, you will receive either CR if you passed or NCR if you failed on your transcript. However, it will not affect your CGPA. CR/NCR courses do not typically count towards Program Requirements, however there was an exception made last semester due to COVID19.
  • Late Withdrawal (LWD) — If you choose to drop a course after the deadline has passed, you will receive a LWD (Late Withdrawal) on your transcript. You must submit a form online to the registrar, and it has to be approved.
  • Exam Deferral — Unless explicitly stated in the syllabus or by the instructors, you can defer an exam as long as you provide a doctor’s note or adequate information. Make sure you print out the Verification of Student Illness or Injury form and have your doctor fill it out.
  • Here’s how to defer an exam:
  1. Within 24 hrs of the exam, go to Acorn -> Profile -> Settings -> Absence Declaration and mark your absence
  2. File the exam petition online here
  • GPA at U of T is calculated as follows:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When do I do my course selection?
  • Look at the required courses for the program you intend to apply for
  • Add them in! Make sure you select a LEC + PRA/TUT/LAB for each class.
  • If you have any space left, then you’re either gonna wanna fill them in with courses that satisfy your distribution credits OR take some courses that you find interesting!

Frequently Asked Questions: CS Edition

  • Learn outside of school! The content in first and second year are foundational only. Apply for internships, work on side projects, and attend hackathons!
  1. What courses should I take?
  • STA107 (Allows you to take CSC263 if you fail/drop STA256 which can be a major roadblock for people)
  • MAT223 (Required for a good amount of math courses and the info sec program)
  • Ricky_RZ (this is one year outdated but still solid advice)
  • /u/the-call-of-the-void
  • Ricky_RZ

Other Helpful Resources





Software Engineer @ SailPoint |

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

The Effects of Americanzation and Conforming Culture on Immigrtant Students

School Choice Week Celebrates ‘Magic’ of Education

The Things You Need to Think About Before You Reopen Schools

Real Life Thinking

CareerVillage: A Q&A with Bryant & Jared

What We Learned From The Trash Can

What is policy for me?

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Jarrod Servilla

Jarrod Servilla

Software Engineer @ SailPoint |

More from Medium

Your perception of others reveals a lot about your own personality


Solana vs. Ethereum: The Battle for L1 Dominance

Into The Tingle-Verse: The Banana In My Butt Is A Handsome Lifeguard