Student FAQs

How do I ensure that I meet the requirements to complete my degree program?

It is important to familiarize yourself with the regulations set out in the academic calendar. An academic calendar outlines important dates you need to know, such as when terms begin and end, when exams will be held and when your reading week breaks will be.

You will also need to be aware of the final dates to add and drop courses, and the financial deadlines associated with registration, including final refund dates.

To find a university’s academic calendar, visit their website or contact the university’s registrar.

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Can my parents or guardians access my academic information?

Due to privacy laws, your student record information (including application, admission and/or registration information) will not be released to your parents or guardians without your written authorization. You will need to fill out an information release form to give your parents or guardians access to your student record information.

To find these forms, visit the university’s website or contact the university’s registrar.

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Is residence right for me?

Residence is convenient – your classes are only minutes away. You live in a furnished room, eat meals prepared for you in the dining hall and have access to the resources designed to help you succeed, both academically and personally. You may also meet people who will become lifelong friends.

If you want more privacy or personal space, and freedom from regulation and supervision, you may find that living in residence is not the best choice for you.

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When should I start my housing search?

You should begin your housing search as early as possible. Giving yourself plenty of time to search allows you to explore more housing options and reduces the stress of a last-minute housing search. One place to begin your search is your university’s off-campus housing listings, which often include rental advertisements. When you are searching for an apartment, search regularly and persistently. Check for new ads daily and visit as many units as possible. Research what typical rental rates are for the area you are searching in, and bring an inspection checklist when you visit units so you can do thorough checks and have records about what you think of each place you visit.

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I have a question about my degree requirements. Whom should I contact?

Your university’s academic advisors are your first point of contact for help navigating degree requirements and making sure you are taking the courses you need to finish your program of study. You may also want to contact your future or current department with questions about course selection.

This article is based on FAQs on the websites of Trent University, Carleton University and the University of Toronto.

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