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hi i finish grade 12 in december and im planning to come to uoft from overseas but the thing is uoft intake is in september!! that’s like 9 months! york has an intake in may and i was planning to enrol there as it would be sooner. would i be able to transfer to uoft from york? and if so, when would the earliest and latest i could transfer be?



first of all, chill.

having 9 months off is great. if i were you, i would take that time to get some rest. lie on a beach somewhere. read trashy magazines. drink fruity drinks with squiggly straws. eat some papaya. but enough about me. this is about you.

i could tell you about the whole process of transferring from York to U of T, but in my humble opinion, it’s really not in your best interest to do this. i realize that you may have a motive to get ahead, but after consulting many academic advisors, we all think this is a very bad idea.


behold, a list a pro’s and cons about transferring from York to U of T


-the deadline to apply to York for january intake is dec 7th, while the deadline to apply to U of T for september intake is jan 13th. you’d basically be applying for U of T and york at around the same time.

-some of your credits earned at York may not transfer equally. also, even if your credits end up transferring, your grades will not.

-the whole process of transferring is just super complicated and it’s really not worth it

-you’ll establish a friend group/ community at York, and then have to leave it.

-first year is tough enough; it’s not going to help if you’re stressing about getting into another school or figuring out how your credits transfer

-in an effort to get ahead, you may even delay your education if you aren’t able to transfer all your credits




do you catch my drift?

if you really want something to do in the next 9 months, you could consider getting a job, volunteering, travelling, or taking a class at your local university! the possibilities are endless. once you start university, it’ll be hard for you to take time off to do these things. plus, you should really give yourself a break after completing high school. you deserve it!

if you really want to go ahead with this plan, i recommend that you make an appointment or send an email to a registrar at York (doesn’t necessarily have to be in person) and look at your options.

some things to consider from our end:

-make sure you fulfil the general requirements for transfering to U of T from another canadian university.

-make sure you meet the requirements for whatever program you’re thinking of pursuing

-you will also need to request an assessment of your transfer credits upon admission

-hey, actually, this link pretty much says it all


in conclusion, please don’t do this. if not for yourself, do it for us, your friends at the innis college registrar’s office. apply to U of T for september intake. we wish you all the best in all your endeavours and hope you end up here some way or another!





Hello, so I’m currently on academic probation after my first year and due to personal family issues, my father asked me to transfer for a year to St Marys university in Calgary, and then come back to utsg. Will I be able to get transfer credits for the courses I do at the other institution and do I have to reapply or can I just re-register for courses for the semester I come back for?

Sincerely, a very sad confused person


hey there,

as long as you have a mark on your transcript (and you must have, because you can’t be put on academic probation if you don’t have any marks), you’re officially in uoft.

wow, how vague. what do you mean by that, aska?

i mean that once you’ve received a mark at uoft (specifically, in the faculty of arts & science), you can come back to uoft anytime you want. so if you leave, get into another university, and come back after a year (or two, or five), all you have to do is get re-registered (and cough up twenty-five bucks) and sign up for courses.

that being said, if you are on academic probation at uoft, you cannot receive transfer credits from another university. that means that if you were to follow through with your plans to transfer to St Mary’s, none of the credits you received there could be transferred back to your UofT degree.

a little bit of unsolicited advice for you: don’t plan so far in advance. if you think it’s a good idea to transfer to St. Mary’s, do it. maybe you’ll really like it and decide to stick around there. that’s great! maybe not. maybe you decide to come back to uoft. that’s great, too! try to take life as it comes to you. changing schools is always a scary thing, but it’s going to be ok.

and uoft will always be here (very like another ancient school), if you ever decide to come back. i hope that makes you a bit less sad and confused.

best of luck with all of it,




Hey aska! This June I transferred to UTSC from York University and got admitted as a second year student, if I transfer to UTM next year will my credits took at York be accepted by UTM?


hey there,

wow, you really can’t decide on a university, huh? you’re like a frog, hopping from one academic lilypad to another.

i called the scintillating folks at the Student Recruitment & Admissions Office at UTM, and they let me know that both your UTSC and York U credits would be assessed all over again, and then you would receive a certain number of transfer credits towards your UTM degree. your previous transfer credits would be disregarded.

hope that helps. have a swaggy weekend.




a Parent Post

My son finished his first year of Humanities at McMaster with very decent marks, high 80s and higher. He applied to McGill and even though his marks are apparently good enough, it’s seeming more and more likely that he won’t be accepted. I’ve suggested that he return to McMaster ( where he wants to specialize in Philosophy and History ) but he’s convinced it would lock him into McMaster for the next three years. He’s sure it’s too difficult after two years to switch schools. He’d consider another year at Mac if it meant he could then transfer to U of T.

Could you enlighten us as to how possible this would be?

Many thanks,


hey there,

i think this is the first time i’ve ever received a question from a parent! it’s kind of exciting. what rabbit hole of the internet did you have to go down to find me? i kind of feel like a bartender at a run-down pub on the bad side of town, and some person wearing tails and a Rolex has just walked, bewildered, through my front door.

lucky for you, i’m a nice bartender. have a scotch on the house, just because you’re new. that’s the aska welcome.

as for your question: yes, it’s possible to transfer to uoft after two years at McMaster. transfer students can receive a maximum of 10.0 transfer credits, which typically takes two years to complete. for that reason, it usually makes the most sense for students to transfer after year 1 or year 2 of their studies at another university. after that, it’s still possible to transfer, but it makes less sense, since you won’t be able to transfer over all the credits from your first university.

other than that, your son needs to have a competitive GPA (at least a ‘B,’ which shouldn’t be a problem if he’s getting 80s and 90s), AND completed prerequisites for whatever program he’s interested in applying to, in order to be considered for admission to uoft.

as someone who transferred to uoft after their first year, i completely understand that sometimes, you just have to get out of your current school. i’m curious though, about what else may be going on here. why does your son want to transfer? what can’t he get at Mac that he can at McGill or uoft? if it’s just a prestige thing, i would advise you to do the Parent Thing and talk with your son about his expectations. McMaster is a good school, and the opportunities for a grad from Mac will probably be very similar to those offered to a McGill or uoft grad – and he wouldn’t have to do the whole transferring thing, which is not overly difficult, but can be a bit lonely sometimes.

i don’t know the backstory to this question, and i don’t want to make assumptions. it’s just that my back automatically goes up when i can only hear the voice of a parent, and not of the student. i appreciate you taking the initiative to ask this question, don’t get me wrong – i just want to make sure your kid is happy with their decision in the end.

best of luck to the both of you!



a particularly early panic

I’m a transfer student, admitted as a second year student. ACORN won’t let me enrol in any first year course (because they are restricted to first year students) and it won’t let me enrol in second year courses (because they have first year courses as prerequisites). Will I be able to enrol in ANY first year course after they lift the priority restriction? I’m worried about availability (in courses such as MAT135H, BIO120H or CHM135H). What can I actually enrol in???? HELP!


hey there,

the definition of a priority is that it does lift, which is good news for you. beginning on August 5th, all priorities lift, which means that anyone in the faculty of arts & science can get into a course, as long as there’s space and you meet any prerequisites. all three of the courses you listed have priorities (as opposed to any other kind of enrolment control), so August 5th is the golden date for you.

yes, it’s frustrating that you have to wait so long. yes, it’s possible the courses will fill up, and for that reason you should have backups. trust me; i’ve been there. i’ve lived it. however, all of these first-year life science courses are very large, so there will be lots of space, in multiple different lecture sections (and in some instances, in both semesters).

the other thing i would recommend you do if you haven’t already is to take a look at whatever transfer credits you may have received from your previous college or university. depending on your program over there, you may not have gotten too many relevant credits, but you should definitely check; maybe you don’t have to take some of these first-year sciences because you already have credits for them!




sad keanu

Hi Aska, I’m set to graduate with my double majors in 3 years. However, since I want to do grad or law school and need to figure my life out, I want to do a 4th year of undergrad. I’m frankly miserable at UofT and am not keen on doing the whole 5.0 credits/another traditional school year. Any advice on studying at another school for a year, interning and being a part-time student,etc.? Besides registrars and my depts’ advisors (whom I’ve consulted), who can I speak to on campus? Thank you!



honestly, most people take 4 years to complete their undergrad, so don’t feel as though you need to finish in 3 years (if that’s what you’re thinking).

i’m sorry to hear that you’re miserable at U of T; it is definitely possible to become a part-time student, but i would highly recommend that you talk to your registrar’s office first to discuss how going part time would affect things like student loans or completing your degree.

besides registrars and department advisors, you could consult upper years who have gone through similar experiences as well. honestly though, i know you’ve consulted registrars already in the past, but they are probably the best people to talk to when you’re thinking of transferring or going part time.

if you do decide to transfer, i encourage you to do tons of research on the websites of other universities. they usually have a section that has information on how to transfer to their school.

you could always think about doing an exchange at another school! it might be more interesting and not as miserable as dreary ol’ toronto. definitely look into the CIE. there are tons of exchange options available at the CIE and you can try to attend one of the many info sessions they hold during the year.

i hope things start looking up for you!



“JOINuoft” – but WHEN?

Hey aska, I’m a first year student currently in UTSC’s City Studies program (technically going to 2nd year as finals are over) however I reapplied to UofT’s St.George’s architecture program for an internal transfer. I submitted my application during January and the only update I have received on the status of my application (via joinUoT portal) was that my final transcript is needed. This was in the beginning of April. I know results won’t instantly be given right after finals happened but I received all my marks and my final gpa last 2 weeks and the final transcript box in my joinUofT portal still isn’t checked in and still has the “Finals Required” note there. When can I expect a notification on my acceptance for the architecture program? I’m still on the fence on selecting courses for summer school as I already finished my breadth requirements and I don’t want to waste money on courses I won’t need in the future as architecture is still a possibility. Thanks!! An anxious student awaiting for his UofT JD acceptance


hey there,

unfortunately, these things can take a while. according to this page, the deadline for schools to submit supplemental documents is June 15th. I can’t find anything that concretely states when you might expect to hear back by, but to be honest, that’s not surprising to me. these admissions deadlines don’t tend to be widely publicized. you can call enrolment services for that info, but i wouldn’t be surprised if you had to wait until past June 15th to hear back.




from Hamilton to the 6ix


i am kicked out from Mcmaster university last year because i didn’t reach their grades, and now i studied at college one year program, and get averages 80s for midterm, can i apply university of Toronto Mississauga social science program after i finished college? will UT refuse me because my bad university transcript?


hey there,

technically, you might be eligible to transfer – if you keep up these current marks – based on your college transcript. according to the official uoft literature on the topic, a B average in your college program makes you competitive to transfer (assuming you meet program prerequisites). however, you will have to send in all of your academic transcripts with your application, which means the McMaster marks can’t just be swept under the rug.

snow white sweep under rug

you may be tempted to try and hide your marks. you cannot.

depending on what those university marks actually are, you may or may not be eligible. i would say that the further away your university marks are from a B, the less likely you are to be accepted.

however, as always, i can’t say yes or no for certain. i hope you went ahead and applied, because you can never know these things for sure. all you can do is apply and see.




a stitch in admish

hi there, i’m currently a first year student at a different university looking to transfer to uoft. i know that they look at my high school marks (which are really good) and also my current gpa – however, i did really bad this year and i’m currently in the process of petitioning my marks off my transcript. what are my chances of getting accepted if i write a letter explaining my situation?


hey there,

it all depends. if you had a rough year for a particular reason and you can explain in a letter what exactly happened that affected your marks, then yeah, they may consider admitting you. having a good high school transcript helps bolster the idea that you can do well, you’ve just had a hiccup along the way.

that being said, uoft does require a GPA of at least a B in order to consider you. the further you fall below that, the less likely your chances of being accepted. that being said, “really bad” is not a term i can quantify, so i can’t say exactly how good a chance you stand, but you can make the assessment yourself based on the ‘B’ baseline.

and finally – i’ll keep repeating this ad infinitum, or as long as people keep asking these kinds of questions, whichever comes first – please keep in mind that admissions is unpredictable beyond certain generalizations. also, i have no control over it, so i will not always be right. if you want to apply, you should apply. yes, it costs a little, but i would argue that the chance to get in is worth it. without getting too grossly starry-eyed about a large, for-profit institution, the experience is worth it.




goodbye uoft, hello…uoft

Is it possible to change what program I?ve applied for in an Internal Transfer Application after I have already submitted the application?

Thank you in advance ?


hey there,

not usually. according to enrolment services, you can only make changes to program choice by the deadline to submit your application, which was Februrary 8th for the faculty of arts & science. i’d recommend you contact enrolment services and see what they can do for you, because they do spend a lot of time/paperwork making sure you are admitted into the program you request.

if all else fails, it’s always possible?to get into another program after you’re admitted, assuming it’s 1) not rotman and 2) you have all the correct prerequisites.

let’s say you applied to biology, and you get in. that means you’ll be entering uoft in a biology specialist. let’s say you want to do an ecology and evolutionary biology specialist instead. what you would do (once you’ve been accepted to uoft) is go in to ACORN and change your subject POSt (program of study). you can only do this from april-september, so make sure to do it in good time.

now, i did give a pretty simplified example. you may want to do a combination of POSts, and the POSt that you want to get into may not accept you automatically. the examples i gave are both type 1 POSts: that means that there are really no admission requirements, and the POSt has unlimited enrolment. so if you apply on time, you’re in no matter what.

the program(s) you’re interested in, however, may be type 2’s (they have certain academic requirements you must meet in order to be accepted), type 2L’s (they have academic requirements but meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission) or type 3’s (academic requirements, meeting them does not guarantee admission, AND they require a supplementary application outside of ACORN). you can see which type(s) the POSt(s) you’re interested in is/are here.

if you did NOT apply to an arts & science program, i would recommend contacting the relevant office for further information – UTM’s registrar’s office, UTSC’s office of admission and student recruitment, the engineering undergraduate admissions office for the faculty of applied science and engineering, etc.

if you have any further questions about this process, don’t hesitate to e-mail me, or contact the registrar’s office at the college/faculty/campus where you’ve been admitted.

good luck!



from Queen’s to King’s College Circle

I’m a first year student at Queens University, thinking of transferring and am having trouble finding the concrete date to transfer. If the deadline past can I still apply to transfer for sept 2016?


hey there,

most of the deadlines – including that for the Faculty of Arts & Science, which you are most likely applying to – were extended until february 8th. unfortunately, that deadline has passed now. sorry about that. i’d recommend talking to an academic advisor at your school to see what your options are, and whether there’s some other option that may work for you, or whether you will have to stick it out for another year at Queen’s.




gettin by with a little help from my transfer credits

hi! I was just wondering, and this might sound dumb but I’m at western right now and the drop date for full-term courses is Nov 30, and i want to drop one of my courses. I want to transfer to u of t for my second year but i’m not sure they’ll accept me with 4 credits. So, my question is, can I drop a course and make it up in the summer, or do I have to have all 5 credits in order to get in to u of t?


hey there,

if you transfer over as a student with 4.0 credits, and those credits transfer as some combination that can get you into a subject POSt (subject program of study), then you absolutely do NOT need to take a fifth credit in the summer before you come in.

if you have between 4.0 and 8.5 credits, you are a second year student. you’ll probably have to make up that fifth credit at some point?- either by taking more than 5.0 credits one year, taking a credit in the summer, or doing a fifth year – but it doesn’t have to be right away.

so if you think the course in question is going to negatively impact your average, it is much smarter to drop it than to get that sinker mark on your transcript just for the sake of having 5.0 credits.

that said, your credits may not transfer over as a combination that can get you into a program. if that’s the case, it doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically be banned from uoft. it just means that you may be admitted as a program-less student, and you’ll need to take a few credits while at uoft before you’re eligible to pick a program you’re interested in.

you can figure out whether you’re likely to get into any of the program(s) you’re interested in by checking what uoft credits you’ll (probably)?get for your western credits on transfer explorer, and taking a look at the prerequisites for whatever subject POSts you may like to take on the course calendar.

you may want to?talk to a registrar/academic advisor at western and see what they advise. if you think you’re definitely going to fail that class or do very poorly, then dropping it might be a good idea. otherwise, maybe you want to hang onto the course.

finally, here’s a handy list of the requirements to transfer into uoft.

best of luck with your application! you’re gonna love it here. it’s so much harder to walk across campus and our school spirit is stunningly?low. we love it, though – it’s endearing despite its slight lack of functionality. like a three-legged dog.




where oh where should i go?

I am a second year biochem student at Carleton univeristy, and now I have?realized that I really want to transfer and have applied to transfer at?utsg for their biochem program.?I only have 70s and one 60 :(?do you think i would realistically get in as a transfer student?

If not, would it be better to apply for utsc’s life sci program? Would i?have a better chance of getting in.

Thanks a bunch!


hey there,

obviously, i can’t provide a definitive answer to this question. however, according to uoft, you typically need a solid ‘B’ average to be a competitive applicant. depending on how high your 70s are, you could be right at that benchmark, or slightly above it. i’m not sure. you’ll have to calculate your own GPA.

this applies to all three campuses, by the way, so you may not have a much better chance at utsc than at the downtown campus. however, it never hurts to increase your chances. if there’s a program at utsc that you like, then go for it.

you should note, however, that life science is a program area, not a subject POSt proper. so, if you apply to the general stream of life science at UTSC, but not to any particular POSt, then yes, you might have an easier go of getting in, because you’re basically applying to enter as a general, program-less first year.

after two years in university though, you probably don’t?want to come in without a subject POSt. take a look at which programs are available, and apply to one that interests you.

that aside: i really don’t think you’re going to have a significantly higher chance of getting into one campus over the other. you are just at the benchmark for being competitive in terms of GPA, so giving yourself options is useful.

if you’d like some advice straight from the horse’s mouth, i’d recommend talking with enrolment services. they’re the people who handle admissions, so they might be able to give you a more definitive prediction.

best of luck with your application!


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