• courses,  residence

    uoft’s Most Haunted

    Hi Aska,

    First of all, your website is AMAZING! I’ve learned a lot and I don’t feel as worried anymore about studying at St. George πŸ™‚

    I have a few questions for you though, that I couldn’t find on the site…

    1) I’m going to be living in Annesley Hall, which is apparently near Queen’s Park. I read online/heard from friends that it’s really dangerous there. Is that true? Should I just stay away from the park? What are the places considered dangerous near and around the university?

    2) What are the professors and classes like? I’m going to be an exchange student from a really small school, so we know all our professors and mostΒ of our professors know us. It’s pretty easy to get good grades too, as long as you do your homework… I know UofT is a really competitive school, and
    the classes are large, as well. Do the professors care at all about the students? Also, do people have laptops or do they write notes?

    3) I know this is a stupid question, but is Annesley Hall really haunted? I’m honestly kinda worried because I’m going to be in a single room… lol

    Thank you so much!
    Worrywart πŸ˜‰

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    hey there,

    i’m so glad i’ve been able to make you feel less anxious! that’s askastudent’s highest ambition. though, don’t push it. you don’t want to be so relaxed you sleep right through your first class. that’s too much.

    1) annesley Hall is just north of Queen’s Park, which, yes, can sometimes have not-so-friendly visitors at night. however, i wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s regularly or significantly unsafe.

    if you take some safety precautions, you should be alright. if you can, travel with at least one other person at night. if you’re warned not to cross Queen’s Park one night, then?don’t. and if you have a late class and have to walk alone, make sure you have your cell phone with campus police’s numberΒ on it. walksmart is also a great resource.

    2) it depends on the program, but most first-year classes are really big. you probably won’t get to know any profs personally until third year, maybe second year. BUT most huge first-year courses have tutorials, and if you attend them (which you should), you’ll get to know your TA really well. you’ll be in a class of typically under 50 students, and your TA will make a special effort to make themselves available to you should you have questions.

    also, many first years take at least one seminar course, and in some cases it’s even required. those classes are very small and typically include a lot group discussion. they’re a great way to interact directly with a prof.

    3) well, when i Googled “annesley hall haunted” the only results i got were about this place in nottinghamshire (which is possibly the most English name i’ve ever heard). there aren’t even any mischievous redditors spreading information about annesley’s haunted reputation, which is a good sign.

    honestly, if you’re worried about sleeping alone/away from home, residence is the best place to get acclimated. you’ll sleep on a floor full of your peers and a don qualified to deal with all sorts of emergencies. if you ask them to face-off with a poltergeist, they’ll do it.

    or you can turn the tables and get the ghosts on your side. then you can become the MONARCH of an awesome UNDEAD ARMY. WHOO.

    cheers,

    aska

  • residence

    “you hecked up” – kanye west

    hi
    So i was admitted to UC, and I have applied to UC? my residence already. However, I actually really like the residence in Vic.?

    Am I allowed to do residence in a different college???

    If yes, does a lot of people do that? And since I have already paid the deposit for UC, is it too late to change anything now??
    thanks.

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    hey there,

    kanye shakes his head

    according to the call i just put in to the Super Secret Office of Knowledge,?it’s “not likely” you can?change rez’s?once you’ve made a deposit. you can e-mail housing ( . ) services ( at ) utoronto ( . ) ca and they may be able to do something to help you out, but your odds aren’t great.

    once you express your interest, it’s a done deal. residence is kind of like getting married in that way – you can’t back out after the fact, no matter what the bride is like. see, this is why i was yelling at y’all back in april?to figure this stuff out. you think it’s annoying, and then you realize?I?WAS RIGHT.

    why not give?UC?a try? and be grateful that you’ve got a ROOF?over your HEAD. aska doesn’t?live in residence, y’know – she just?huddles with strangers?in libraries all day long. at night, we sleep?on top of each other in subways. and when it was winter, we just gritted our teeth and yelled into?the wind to deal with the pain. who needs all ten toes? kids these days are soft, i tell you, SOFT.

    seriously, the UC residences are cool. and?if, somehow, you STILL?don’t like it after?you’ve moved in, you can always change residences next year.

    best,

    aska

    P.S. i had to Google “Kanye laughing” for this post and this is what comes up in the image search. i feel like it’s a good reaction image, but for WHAT, i don’t know yet…

  • residence,  university-college

    i’m just a broken record

    Hello ! I was wondering whether you could tell me some information about which residence is better: Morrison, Sir Dans, or Whitney at UC, UofT?

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    hey there,

    i’m at a bit of a disadvantage here because i’ve never lived at any of these residences, so i can’t give you any SECRET, INSIDE INFORMATION about, like, which building has leaky pipes, or which one has the comfiest couches. they do look pretty from the outside, though i hope the plumbing isn’t as old as the stonework.

    what i would urge you to do is go on a residence tour if at all possible. if you have the time, tour each building you’re considering. honestly, i can’t stress enough how helpful it is to see the place for yourself. i know this sounds hokey and new-agey, but i really think that you just get a vibe from certain places. once you’ve visited a residence, you’ll be a lot more confident in making a decision about it.

    other than that, it really depends on what you want out of rez. all of the buildings are mostly single rooms, Whitney and Sir Dan have one quiet floor each, Morrison has a dining hall while Sir Dan is farthest away (200m) from that dining hall, Morrison is the only one with A/C…you can compare and contrast more here.

    in terms of logistics, the residences are pretty similar to one another: they’re single-occupant, dorm-style rooms that all use the same dining hall. they’re also all in the same area of campus. that’s why it’s kind of hard to choose between them based on just what the university tells you online or in pamphlets.

    which brings us back full circle: go on a rez tour.

    cheers,

    aska

  • first year,  residence

    concerns about being alone: well, what else is new?

    Hey there!I’m starting to get anxious about something really stupid concerning the residences but I can’t help it. So I’m going to be a first year student this fall and when I had to rank what building I wanted to stay in for residence, I didn’t really do much research and ranked Lower Burwash Hall first. Now that I’m reading more into residences I realize that for a first year student it would’ve been better to rank Margaret Addison Hall first because it is the most social and that where you can expect to make more friends as a first year. And stupid me ranked it 5th!! I’m pretty sure it’s impossible for me to get put there now. Do you have any idea if you can change your ranking after you are assigned to a dorm? Or if not, could I still hang out in the common room of Margaret Addison Hall at least? I’m really scared to be placed in a building where there is no social scene and it’s very quiet and won’t be able to meet anyone.
    Thank you

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    hey there,

    oh, man. i read this question first thing this morning and i am so glad?i did. i’m not gonna call your question cute because i think that word is really gross and condescending, and i’d like for all of us to be on equal footing here on askastudent. we’re all just chilling together, you know?

    instead, lemme just put it this way: your question is very reflective of your status as an incoming first year. that’s not a bad thing. it just means that your concern is so minor that literally everyone knows it is except you. again, i don’t mean that offensively. what i’m saying is that you’ve got nothing to worry about!

    the nature of residences is that they are social. i spent my first year in a residence (not at uoft) that was considered one of the “quieter” ones. guess what? people still threw parties the weekend their don was away. people still visited their neighbours in their pjs. i remember watching the U.S. elections (back when it was between obama and romney, oh man, remember that?) until 2am with like eight other people, all crowded around one TV in my friend’s room.

    also, it was all very mobile. people still went to visit with friends in other residences. people ate in the cafeterias of other residences.

    just because you live in a certain place, doesn’t mean you’re tied to it. university as a whole (and especially the university of toronto) allows for the kind of mobility that’s pretty hard to conceptualize?when you’re in high school. so if you really don’t like your rez, you don’t have to spend time there.

    but?no matter where you end up, it’s very unlikely that you won’t make any friends in residence.?it looks like it’s too late?to change residence preferences once you’ve been made an offer, and while you could try contacting?housing services if you’re really adamant about?changing places, honestly, i’d recommend against it. i think you’ll find everything you’re looking for in burwash. and if not, hey, you’ve always got a friend in aska.

    also, i hear netflix is really great for a night in alone or whatever.

    best of luck next year!

    aska

  • residence,  summer abroad

    canadians aren’t built for the heat.

    Hello,

    I will be coming to Toronto this summer for a global summer program exchange. I will be following courses at Innis but after doing some research I chose to apply for residence at University College – Whitney Hall.

    One of the reasons for my exchange is to experience the real ‘college life’ since we do not have any campuses over here The reason I chose Whitney is mainly because I read that it has one of the more social scenes, the building is really pretty and the location is great.

    However, it is one of the few buildings with no A/C. And since I will be staying in July/August, I was wondering how big of a problem this is. I heard that it can get really hot in the summer, but I am not sure if this means that I would struggle getting any sleep or whether its just not as comfortable as other buildings. I could easily apply for another building like Morrison hall, which is only a little bit cheaper, newer and with A/C but kinda emotionless.

    Would you have any advice about this / know anything about Whitney Hall during the summer? Or any recommendations??Thank you for your help.

    Kind regards.

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    hey there,

    well, firstly, that’s so exciting that you’re coming on an exchange! i hope you have a magnificent time in toronto. and just remember, Niagara Falls and the CN Tower aren’t the only interesting things in the area.

    try and get time to explore the city if you can. i promise you it’s worth it. i’d recommend the harbourfront; there are always cool shows (and boat rides!!!) going on there. also the subway restaurant on Bloor Street close to campus has a really cute waiter, so…*

    secondly, you won’t perish (probably) from the heat if you have no A/C, but it will be really, really uncomfortable. if you still can, i’d try and apply for a building that does have it. the temperatures can climb to the mid-30s Celsius, and it’s not awesome trying to study when you can feel your brain boiling inside your skull.

    if changing buildings is no longer an option, i’d highly recommend bringing a portable fan with you.

    hope you have a chill summer,

    aska

    *Quality Life Tips from Aska registered trademark

  • residence

    choosing a residence building

    Hi πŸ™‚ I received residency offers from SMC for the coming year, I was wondering out of the 4 buildings at SMC, which one is recommended? I really just want a room that has good natural light, but I can’t really find any photos of inside of the buildings.

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    hey there,

    unfortunately i don’t know off the top of my head because i am much too lame to live downtown, but the thing that would be most helpful for you, i think, rather than trying to find pictures, is to go on a residence tour. especially now that it’s going to be nice and sunny for a while, it’ll be the perfect way to figure out exactly how you feel about each residence building.

    best,

    aska

  • residence,  UTSC

    bein’ school-ist to UTSC

    Hello,

    I’m currently a student at UTSC but was looking to do a semester at utsg while also living on res there. When I applied, I didn’t get into utsg so the option of the res isn’t even available on myres. Would I have to transfer and be a utsg student to stay on res there during my semester? Please help me out.

    Thanks

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    hey there,

    i’ve done a lot of searching around for this question, just ’cause I’ve never had one like it before (you can congratulate yourself on being so unique). unfortunately, despite the awesome uniqueness of the ask, i have to give a kinda disappointing answer.

    i wasn’t able to find any reference to UTSG accommodations for non-UTSG students. even the independent residences seem to only provide residence to students on the downtown campus. i’d suggest trying to get onto the waitlist, but if UTSG residences aren’t appearing on your myres at all, then i don’t know how you might do that.

    if you’re up to spending upwards of $5000 for one semester, you can take a look at these B&Bs available through Uoft’s temporary housing page. although i’ve gotta say, that’s hella expensive, and it makes a whole lot more sense to me to spend, like $1000 or so commuting for the semester, than $5500 living in the city. but hey, it’s totally up to you.

    as for transferring, most undergrad programs can only be transferred into for september, since a lot of our courses are a year long, rather than a semester. i doubt you could pull it off, if i’m being honest.

    so yeah, i couldn’t find much, but i am just a peon in the goliath that is the uoft machine. if you want to make sure there are no other options available, i’d suggest calling housing services at 416-978-8045. that way you can hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.

    sorry, i know that’s not what you wanted to hear, but commuting’s not so bad! this morning, i was twenty minutes late to class because my train was delayed, then a crazy person started talking to me while I was trying to buy subway tokens, then my token didn’t work and i had to wait in line for five minutes to buy another one!!!! so you see, it’s not all bad.*

    best,

    aska

    *no, seriously, i’s not always that bad. i just try to be funny on here. am I funny? please love me.

  • residence

    rez life pez life

    Hey Aska!

    I?ll be moving back to Toronto this summer and my house is about?30 minutes away from downtown so getting around isn’t really that much of a?problem. My question is simple but it?s eating my brain away ? should I apply?for residence? A friend of mine who?s studying at?*ahem*?another university,?said very strictly that I wouldn’t make any friends. To be honest, I’m not a ?social?butterfly? and I?m not very good at introductions, so will living at residence?sort of, kind of make this whole friendship process easier? Or does it really?not matter? My parents find it ridiculous that I’m even blabbing on about?residence all the time and they?re saying that I?ll be running home every other?day because it?ll be so darn close. I really want to go but at the same time I?really don?t; I want to try living on my own, learn to be independent and stuff?but I don?t think I?ll be able to?share?bathrooms (I?m sorry, this is really obnoxious but I have this horrible reflex?problem), or clean them, frankly speaking. That?s not all of course, I?m just?afraid that my parents will pay all that money just for me to be lounging back?at home every weekend. Oh and if it makes a difference, I got admitted to Innis?college so (I guess) will be applying for residence there. Do you think you can?help me out a bit? How important is staying at residence in first year?

    Thanks!

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    hey there,

    wow, there’s a lot of stuff here. but i’m glad you’ve been thinking about this as seriously as you have, because deciding to live in residence is a big choice. it’s also an expensive one.

    honestly, if you have the ability to live at home and save over 10k a year, that’s what i’d personally recommend. i mean i’m more pragmatic than most people, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but if you can live so close to campus, you’re in a very fortunate position.

    also, residence is not the only place you can make friends. you can meet people in class, through mutual friends, at parties, etc. honestly, i’m a bit of a misanthropic humbug. most of the time i go out of my way to avoid people. and yet i still haven’t managed to avoid picking up some great friends at school along the way. a lot of them i even met – cliche as it is – through student clubs. don’t discount that option.

    bearing in mind that my experience is not reflective of everyone’s (but that i’m also a bit of a social wallflower like you), let’s use me as a guinea pig: in first year, i made about 4 friends in residence, 2 great friends at frosh week, and about 5 friends from various extra-curriculars (one of whom i knew peripherally from high school). so residence isn’t the only place where social bonds can be built.

    obviously, i can’t deny that living in residence is an unforgettable experience. it lets you grow as a person. it teaches you not to mind sharing wash-rooms so much. to relax a little bit. it gives you a taste of living on your own, allowing you to have control over your own space, and it starts teaching you how to manage a home. living in residence is a great stepping-stone between your parents’ house and your first adult place.

    but, you know. graduating debt-free is an unforgettable experience too, ya feel me?

    i hope that gave you a little something more to think about. good luck with your decision,

    aska

  • residence

    getting to know you, getting to know all about you

    Hi aska,

    I am currently a first year student but not living in the res now. I have regretted for losing this great opportunity to know more people. So I’m wondering if it is hard to apply for the second year. Which res do you recommend by the way? And if I can apply, do you know when is the move-in day in the coming fall ? (Planning to my flight back home during summer already. haha)

    Thanks πŸ™‚

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    hey there,

    i so rarely get to tell people something is?less difficult than they think it is. but in your case, i can! it’s not that hard to apply for second year.

    all you gotta do is use MyRes, which is sort of like the ROSI for housing services, and follow these instructions. most residence spots are reserved for first years, but there definitely are some spaces for upper years. if you’re not too picky about which residence you want, you’re likely to get a spot. that’s not to say that you?will, but the odds aren’t so high against you that it’s not worth a shot.

    i can’t personally recommend residences because i haven’t actually lived on campus at uoft, but it’s kinda like the whole picking a college thing. just know what you want, figure out which residence has that, and go for it. this comparison chart?for residences would definitely be helpful to that end. taking a tour of some residences just to get a feel for them is also a good idea. overall though, if you’re looking for a friendly, social atmosphere where you can meet cool, new people, you’re safe no matter where you go.

    moving-in day is different for all the different residences, and the dates for fall 2014 don’t seem to be up yet. i found this from from last year for woodsworth’s residence which says move-in day was september 1st. most move-in days will likely be around then, but maybe hold off on making exact plans until you know which residence you’re placed in (if any), and that residence has announced its move-in day.

    cool? cool. i hope you get to make some rad new friends.

    aska

  • innis,  residence

    i’m coming home, coming home, tell the world i’m coming home

    Hello,

    I am a member of innis college and i stay at the chestnut residence this year. i want to stay in a residence other than chestnut or innis, but i am offered space only in those 2 residences. what should i do?

    Thanks in advance!

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    hey there,

    dude, i don’t know why you wouldn’t want to live at innis. that residence is HELLA NICE. and i haven’t been to chestnut, but i hear it’s great. anyway, i’m sure you have your reasons. that’s cool. this is a judgement-free zone.

    unfortunately, if you’ve only been offered space at innis and chestnut and you don’t want to live there, you’re kind of limited in options. what you can do is go onto your MyRes and rank residences in the order you’d prefer. then you might get onto a waiting list for one of them. however, the spots for upper years are pretty limited and the notification you get about whether there’s a space for you will probably be last-minute, since waiting lists are so uncertain. so don’t bank on getting a spot.

    just in case you don’t get into another residence, i’d recommend you also start exploring other housing possibilities. you can search off-campus rentals close to St. George through housing services, do your own search, or apply to become the officialΒ school ghost for one of the colleges (you’ll probably have a better chance at that last one if you are already a ghost).

    if all else fails, they have free cardboard boxes at no frills.

    happy house hunting,

    aska

  • first year,  residence,  woodsworth

    i [don’t] wanna [live] where the people are…

    Hi!
    I was accepted to U toronto Woodsworth College just yesterday :’) I’m super excited! but still waiting to hear back from other unis. I really want to live in the Woodsworth residence! (I love the apartment style single rooms :), however, I did not rank Woodsworth as my first choice on my OUAC application πŸ™ Instead, I ranked Innis as first, and Woodsworth as second (i think).
    When I logged on to MyRes, it told me to rank Woodsworth, University College (as UC can supply some rez for Wdw students) and Chestnut in order of preference, but next to Woodsworth there is a note that said “Because you did not rank Woodsworth as first choice…..it is unlikely that you will be placed in this residence”. But if I saved my preferences this early, is there still a tiny chance I will be able to get into Woodsworth residence, or should i just prepare to hear bad news for my own doings πŸ™
    Thank you so much for your help and time! πŸ™‚

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    hey there,

    i mean, i don’t know if you’ve been in woodsworth, but it’s kinda small (especially if you compare it to uc). they don’t really have a lot of room to spare. if that message appeared on your MyRes, then i’d prepare for the possibility of not being put there.

    however, most of uc’s accommodations are single rooms as well, so if you really want to be placed in a single room, i’d say ranking your choices as 1. woodsworth 2. uc and 3. chestnut should give you a pretty good shot at a single room.

    i also get that you like the apartment style because it’s bigger, and you don’t have to share a bathroom, etc. etc. but you know what? if you get a non-apartment or non-single type room, it’s not that big a deal. honestly, the more you have to adjust your style of living in first year, the better prepared you are for the rest of your life.

    you’re not going to be living with mum and dad for much longer, and the sooner you adjust to the necessity of roommates, shared washrooms/eating spaces, malfunctioning toilets and maybe having to live above a daycare for demon babies (i’m exaggerating. am i exaggerating? let’s not talk about my first year experiences), the sooner you’ll be prepared for life outside of school.

    i know, it’s not what you wanted to hear. but you know what? the university’s gonna be giving you some tough loving every once in a while, so it’s best you hear it from me first. alright? we good? cool. now put on a brave face and don’t let first year push you around, ‘kay?

    aska out.

  • residence

    a very topical question about the cold

    I was just wondering,?? is it cold in residences without air conditioning D: Because I am a total wimp and get colds before the temperature even hits 0?C.

    Thank you & have a nice day \ o /

    – Stella

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    hey there,

    i assume you mean heating, not air conditioning. and, well, it does get pretty cold here. i’m not gonna sugar-coat it, man. according to this, Toronto’s coldest weather last year felt like -26 degrees. Today, one year later, it feels about -30.

    however, there are things you can do about the cold! I’d recommend bringing a few thick blankets and a comforter with you to residence, as well as a whole bunch of sweaters. Buy some good slippers and lots of woolly socks. Also, you can bring a portable heater with you! I did that last year when i lived in residence, and it worked like a charm. It sat on my desk and could warm my whole bedroom in an hour if i closed the door.

    finally, you can always depend on the warmth and kindness of your neighbours, who will, i’m sure, always be up for a group huddle when the going gets tough. that’s what uni residences are all about, as far as i’m concerned.

    so as long you make sure to stay one step ahead of the cold, you should be fine πŸ™‚

    your metaphorical academic blanket,

    aska

  • admissions,  colleges,  computer science,  international students,  meal plans,  residence,  scholarships/bursaries,  woodsworth

    the longest question ever submitted to askastudent

    Hi there!
    I’m just currently trying to get my stuff together for applying to different universities and I just had some questions and things I need to confirm. I’m currently in Grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta and I want to get into Computer Science at Saint George.
    Firstly, I would like to eventually end up in the Software Engineering stream and I just wanted to make sure that this stream is under Computer Science and not engineering or its own department (different universities does this differently and I just need to make sure I’m applying for the right thing).
    Secondly, With the application process, if I were to apply right now, but my marks increase in the future could I update the marks?
    Thirdly, With Computer Science, do I need to submit my Math 30 mark or can I just submit my Calculus mark and skip over math?
    Fourthly, how do I go about getting my official transcripts to you? Is this an automatic process or would I have to talk to my school administrators?
    Fifthly, speaking of marks and transcripts, I know some Universities will look at your grade 11 mark if you are currently not finished a prerequisite, is this true at U of T? Also, is the application average calculated by taking the required courses then taking the highest courses on the transcript or is it based on submitted courses?
    Sixly, Okay I know you guys are probably sick of these questions about Colleges so I apologize beforehand. Anyways I just wanted to know how much being affiliated with a college really matter? Such as, would belonging to University College or Saint Mike’s over New College have an affect on future job prospects or grad school applications? (Basically how much does the prestige of a college matter).
    Sevenly (okay this numbering system is starting to sound ridiculous), what is the cutoff for Trinity College? I am afraid of putting Trinity as my first choice because I don’t want to jeopardize my chances of getting into Victoria, Innis or Woodsworth. Speaking of Woodsworth, as Woodsworth doesn’t come with a meal plan so what alternatives are there? Also I heard somewhere that Woodsworth won’t consider you if you don’t put them down as your first choice, is this true?
    8ly, Would getting a single room hinder on my social life, I’m worried that if I get a single room then I won’t be able to connect with as many people.
    9*10^0-ly, how much support is there for first years, I know this probably varies from college to college but just generally speaking are there a lot of support options? I have never been in Toronto so I would imagine I would be pretty lost without it.
    My highest marks as they currently stand: [information redacted for privacy purposes]
    Finally with this information what do you think my chances of getting into Computer Science and into Trinity are?
    And as a little side request, do you happen to know where I might find like a side by side comparison of the colleges? As well as where I might find scholarship information?
    Anyways thank you very much for taking the time to read this. This would definitely clear up somethings for me. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Best Regards.

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    hey there,

    congratulations man, you win the award for longest question ever received on askastudent. i’m impressed that you wrote all this out, seriously. meanwhile, i’m sitting here trying not to dribble egg salad on myself. it’s a wonderful thing uoft does to you.

    i’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m gonna answer all of your questions briefly here, and i’m gonna refer you to our (NEW AND EXPANDED WOW) FAQ to answer some of the more general questions about colleges, living in residence, etc more extensively. sound good? good.

    let’s get to these questions.

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    Hi there!
    I’m just currently trying to get my stuff together for applying to different universities and I just had some questions and things I need to confirm. I’m currently in Grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta and I want to get into Computer Science at Saint George.

    Firstly, I would like to eventually end up in the Software Engineering stream and I just wanted to make sure that this stream is under Computer Science and not engineering or its own department (different universities does this differently and I just need to make sure I’m applying for the right thing).

    –> Software engineering does not exist as a separate stream at the downtown campus. UTSC’s computer science program offers a software engineering stream.

    Secondly, With the application process, if I were to apply right now, but my marks increase in the future could I update the marks?

    –> The final marks that the university looks at are your mid-May marks. Your school should be able to update these, and if not, you should be able to do so through OUAC. (If you have any trouble with this, contact OUAC directly.)

    Thirdly, With Computer Science, do I need to submit my Math 30 mark or can I just submit my Calculus mark and skip over math?

    –> Calculus and Vectors and Advanced Functions are both required

    Fourthly, how do I go about getting my official transcripts to you? Is this an automatic process or would I have to talk to my school administrators?

    –> Talk to your school about it! They should be able to help you out. Otherwise, see if you can apply through the OUAC 105 form, which is for out-of-Ontario students.

    Fifthly, speaking of marks and transcripts, I know some Universities will look at your grade 11 mark if you are currently not finished a prerequisite, is this true at U of T? Also, is the application average calculated by taking the required courses then taking the highest courses on the transcript or is it based on submitted courses?

    –> No. The application average is from your six highest courses including prerequisites. That stuff they tell you about universities sometimes looking at grade 11 marks is most likely a lie. obviously i’m not on any application committees, but if you’ve done well in grade 12, i’d say that’s more than enough.

    Sixthly, Okay I know you guys are probably sick of these questions about Colleges so I apologize beforehand. Anyways I just wanted to know how much being affiliated with a college really matter? Such as, would belonging to University College or Saint Mike’s over New College have an affect on future job prospects or grad school applications? (Basically how much does the prestige of a college matter).

    –> It really really doesn’t matter.

    Seventhly (okay this numbering system is starting to sound ridiculous), what is the cutoff for Trinity College? I am afraid of putting Trinity as my first choice because I don’t want to jeopardize my chances of getting into Victoria, Innis or Woodsworth.

    –> There is literally no cutoff. Admission also depends on the trinity college profile. Innis and Vic will not consider you if you don’t put them as #1. Woodsworth will.

    Speaking of Woodsworth, as Woodsworth doesn’t come with a meal plan so what alternatives are there?

    –> Here are some dining options available to all students.

    8ly, Would getting a single room hinder on my social life, I’m worried that if I get a single room then I won’t be able to connect with as many people.

    –> Not at all. You’ll be leaving with these people, using the same washrooms, eating with them on a regular basis…if you’re friendly and willing, you won’t have a problem meeting people.

    9*10^0-ly, how much support is there for first years, I know this probably varies from college to college but just generally speaking are there a lot of support options? I have never been in Toronto so I would imagine I would be pretty lost without it.

    –> I’m not quite sure what you mean by support. There’s plenty of academic support offered by each college and also by the university – all you have to do is look around!

    My highest marks as they currently stand: [Information redacted]. Finally with this information what do you think my chances of getting into Computer Science and into Trinity are?

    –> I ca’t be the one to tell you that. All I’ll say is, just apply, and don’t worry about it before you hear back from the university. Life is too short to stress out about a dumb little thing like this. Do the best you can, apply, and that’s really all you can do.

    And as a little side request, do you happen to know where I might find like a side by side comparison of the colleges? As well as where I might find scholarship information?

    –> That doesn’t exist. Scholarship information can be found here.

    best of luck,

    aska

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    and there we have it! like i said, some of these questions will be going into my new FAQ, so keep an eye out for that for an EXPANDED ANSWER to a lot of these questions, with more INFORMATION and GIGGLES than you could possibly imagine. thanks for the typing workout, and remember to stay cool *sunglasses emoji*.