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New Students

Welcome to Ryerson!

You've accepted your offer, paid your tuition deposit, and met your admission requirements. Now what? Check out what steps you need to take as a new student at Ryerson.

As of this time, we continue to plan for how classes and services will be offered in the upcoming school year. For the most up-to-date information on Ryerson’s response to COVID-19 and for any updates on class delivery in the fall, please visit COVID-19 Information and Updates.


It is your responsibility to meet the academic admission requirements stated on your offer of admission by June 30th, unless otherwise stated in your offer. Conditions may include completing your high school or college diploma, achieving a required overall average, passing prerequisite courses with the required grades, and/or submitting final official academic transcripts.

Confirm your conditions on your Offer of Admission, which is accessed via your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. See the Approved Students page for details.

Submit your transfer credit applications as soon as you have accepted your offer of admission. Follow up with course outlines, if required, as soon as your official results are confirmed. Applying early (May and June) facilitates course planning by allowing you to have your results ahead of course enrolment in August.

Your program department and faculty will support you academically during your time at Ryerson. Your program contact will assist you with course selection, connect you with support services and host orientations, workshops and other activities to help you make the most of your time at Ryerson.

Look out for emails from your program department in early August. See Ryerson Student Portal, Email, OneCard and More section below for information on setting up your Ryerson email.

Student Learning Support is a group of services aimed to help you engage more effectively in your academic studies. These services, which can be accessed throughout your time at Ryerson, include English Language Support, Math Support, Study Skill and Transition Support, and Writing Support.

If you require academic accommodations, we recommend that you register with Academic Accommodation Support. Students can start collecting appropriate documentation as soon as possible. Registration appointments will begin August 1.

Students can also join SHIFT, which are interactive sessions for incoming students with disabilities. Parent information sessions are also available.

New students are automatically enrolled into their fall and winter term required courses in early August, if they are admitted into the first semester of a full-time program and have confirmed their Offer of Admission by mid-July.  

  • If you are automatically enrolled into your required courses, your class schedule will appear on your Student Center in RAMSS in early August. During your enrolment period, you must enrol into your elective fall and winter term courses and you can adjust your fall term course schedule.  
  • If you are not automatically enrolled into your required courses, you must enrol into all of your fall and winter term courses (required and elective, if applicable) during your enrolment period.

The course enrolment period is from August 10, 2021 to September 17, 2021. In early August, your program department will send you additional information, and your specific course enrolment start date will be confirmed on RAMSS. See the Course Enrolment page on the Current Students site for additional enrolment information.

The Campus Store website, opens in new window is Ryerson’s one-stop shop for all of your textbook, e-book, school supply and Ryerson apparel and gift needs. All textbook and e-book orders for fall classes must be submitted online via the Campus Store website. If there is no e-book listed for a course you’re enrolled in, there will be a corresponding textbook. 

This year, textbook orders will be delivered to your personal residence. The Campus Store website, opens in new window will be updated as more information about our textbook delivery process becomes available.

Student Life

Living in residence is not only convenient, but you will be part of a community and have a dedicated team of professionals and student leaders to help make your transition to university a smooth one. Ryerson has four residence buildings on campus, and a variety of room styles and living options to choose from. Find out more about living in residence by reviewing the Housing & Residence Life website or by visiting campus

See Student Affairs COVID-19 Information and Updates for answers to your questions about the impacts of COVID-19 on Housing and Residence Life.

Apply to live in residence after receiving an Offer of Admission. The Residence Application is due by June 8, 2021.

There are a number of services available to help you succeed at Ryerson! You can learn more about what’s available to you on the Student Affairs website. Here are a few examples of just some of the services:

  • Aboriginal Student Services provides a culturally supportive environment and specialized services for Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit students on campus.
  • International Student Support helps International Ryerson students prepare for arrival, build a community, work on campus and advise on immigration.
  • Ryerson Athletics, external link, opens in new window is home to the Rams! Why not try out for a varsity team, or support your fellow Rams by attending games? You can also take advantage of our state-of-the-art athletic facilities by using the fitness centre or by joining intramural teams or sports clubs.

Ryerson has a number of online activities planned this summer for you! Various workshops are available to help you with your math, writing and study skills. A number of Community Ready activities are also planned, which are not only a lot of fun, but a great way to learn about life at Ryerson!

Register for RU Ready: Summer Jumpstart events and workshops.

O-Week is the official kick-off to your four years here at Ryerson! This is your chance to meet your first Ryerson friends, join awesome events, grab some free food and explore the campus. Some programs will also have mandatory academic orientation sessions you’ll need to attend.

Find out more on the Student Life Orientation Week website.


Paying your Tuition Deposit is an essential step for confirming your spot at Ryerson. Tuition Deposits can be paid through online banking starting May 15th, and are due June 8, 2021 (unless otherwise stipulated in your Offer of Admission). 

Visit Approved Students for details.

There are many scholarships and awards available to Ryerson students. Awards may be specific to entering students, programs, faculties or special categories, while others are available to all students. Find out which awards you may be eligible for, and apply to them on AwardSpring, Ryerson’s award management system.

If you have been awarded an entrance scholarship, you will receive confirmation of your award and conditions through your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. Half of the awarded amount will be added to your Ryerson account in August, and will be applied toward your fall term fees, and the other half will be added to your account in January and apply toward your winter term fees.

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides financial assistance through student loans and grants funded by the federal and provincial governments to students enrolled in post-secondary studies. Students whose primary residence is outside of Ontario should apply for funding through the government student aid program offered by their home jurisdiction.

To avoid delays in receiving your OSAP assessment and funds, we strongly encourage you to apply and upload all supporting documentation via the OSAP Portal, external link, opens in new window by June 30, 2021.

In mid-August, you must enrol into fall and winter term courses so that your course load matches what is reported on your OSAP application.

Visit Student Financial Assistance for funding details and application instructions.

If you have a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), you may be required to confirm your enrolment at Ryerson in order to access your savings. Ryerson provides a standardized Verification of Enrolment for new students that contains all information required by financial institutions, and is accepted in lieu of their forms. 

Request Your Verification of Enrolment online by July 23, 2021. Your letter will be shared with you after you have satisfied the conditions on your Offer of Admission. After July 23, 2021, you can request a current student Proof of Enrolment letter, however your letter will not be released until you have selected your courses in mid-August.

Letters will be released when final grades have been received and any outstanding conditions on the offer of admission have been cleared.

If you are receiving sources of external funding other than RESPs, scholarships and government financial aid (OSAP), such as bursaries from employers or pension funds, you may be required to confirm your enrolment at Ryerson to access these funds. In many cases, a standardized Verification/Proof of Enrolment letter can be requested online and is sufficient to confirm your enrolment. When the Verification/Proof of Enrolment letter is not sufficient, forms may be completed by the ServiceHub for a fee of $20.

A number of jobs are available on campus through the Career Boost program. These positions are not only a great way to earn money, but they provide valuable work experience in academic, administrative and student service departments. Career Boost positions are available in late July and the application is available in August.

Visit the Career & Co-op Centre website for program eligibility and application instructions.

Tuition and fees are charged based on your course enrolments, and your fall term fees can be viewed on your RAMSS student account starting in August. As fees are based on your enrolments, the fees balance posted on your RAMSS account may not reflect the correct amount until you have completed your course enrolments. To find out how much your fees are before you have enrolled into courses and your fees are confirmed on RAMSS, you can check the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees page.

If you have received an Entrance Scholarship, half of the amount will be applied to your RAMSS student account in late August, and will apply toward your fall term fees. The remaining amount will be applied to your student account in January, and will apply toward your winter term fees.

If you have applied to OSAP, you will receive an estimate of how much OSAP funding you are eligible to receive. Your OSAP funds will be dispersed to your Ryerson student account starting in early September, and you will be required to pay any remaining balance on your account. If your OSAP funding amount is greater than your student fees, any surplus of funds will be deposited into your bank account.

Visit How to Pay Your Fees for information on how to pay your tuition fees through online banking. Tuition fees are due Friday, September 17, 2021.

If you have applied for OSAP and are waiting for your funding to arrive, you have until the end of September to pay your fees balance. Late fees are applied at the end of September.

Winter term tuition fees will appear on your RAMSS student account in October, and are due on Friday, January 28, 2022.

Ryerson Student Portal, Email, OneCard and More

At the end of July, you will be granted full access to your Ryerson student account, allowing you to access all current student academic and financial features on RAMSS, as well as the full suite of Google Apps.

In late July or early August, you will automatically be prompted to create a Ryerson username and set-up your Ryerson email address when you log into, opens in new window. Once your email has been set up, all official university communications will be sent there. Remember to check it frequently!

Your Student OneCard is one of the most important tools you’ll need while at Ryerson. Not only is it your official student identification, it also grants you access to campus services, buildings and discounts. You can also use it as a payment card to purchase products and services.

All incoming students must apply for their free OneCard using the online OneCard application portal between June 1 and November 30, 2021. The OneCard website will be updated once information about OneCard distribution plans for fall 2021 become available.

If you are a full-time student, you are eligible for GO Transit Student ID Cards, which can get you a discounted rate on GO Transit using your PRESTO Card. Applications for 2021/2022 GO Transit Student ID Cards will open August 30, 2021.

Ryerson students are automatically covered for extended health and dental insurance coverage. 

If you are covered by another plan, you may apply to opt-out by the deadline, and receive a refund for the RSU or CESAR Health and Dental Plans. Visit the applicable RSU Health and Dental Plan, external link, opens in new window or CESAR Health and Dental Plan, external link, opens in new window websites for opt-out information and deadlines.

The ServiceHub is Ryerson’s front-line service centre for the Office of the Registrar, and the ServiceHub team is available to answer your questions about admissions, fees, financial assistance, enrolment, RAMSS and more!

ServiceHub Webinars aim to make your transition to becoming a new student a smooth one. Check them out to learn more about course enrolment, fees, RAMSS and more! 

Follow @RUServiceHub on Instagram, external link, opens in new window, Twitter, external link, opens in new window and Facebook, external link, opens in new window to stay connected and to receive timely updates and tips throughout the school year.

Other Resources

COVID-19 Information and Updates

Ryerson is committed to supporting students during this time of uncertainty. Visit COVID-19 Information and Updates for updates, FAQs and additional resources to support you.

 Navigate RU

Navigate RU can help make your transition to first year a smooth one by helping you navigate your university experience.

 Undergraduate Calendar

The Undergraduate Calendar is your official source for Ryerson program and course information, academic information and policies, and significant dates.

 Student Guide

The Student Guide is a companion to the Undergraduate Calendar that summarizes the policies, fees, procedures and services you’ll need to know as a Ryerson student.

 ServiceHub

The ServiceHub is your one-stop shop for questions about admissions, fees, financial assistance and more! See the top questions that applicants and students are asking now.

 Program Department Contact

Your program department contact will assist you with course selection, connect you with support services, and host orientations, workshops and other activities.