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The Advisement Report is a tool to help undergraduate degree students to keep track of their degree requirements. It places your courses into a framework of the requirements for your program and plan. It is an unofficial report, and to be used for guidance only.

Use the Advisement Report to:

  • check the accuracy of your academic record including approved transfer credits, challenge credits and course substitutions/directives
  • to assist you during the Course Intention and course selection process to determine outstanding requirements
  • to ensure that your course enrolments will fulfill your program requirements

You should run your Advisement Report every time you add, drop or swap courses.

Part Time Program Undergraduate Degree students:
The Advisement Report is available for most part-time programs for students who were admitted 2009 or later. Part-time Program students admitted prior to Fall 2009 may request a Manual Advisement Report from the Office of Curriculum Management. See Part-time Program students will follow program requirements in place for the academic year they were admitted to their program. Please review the course Calendar for the academic year of your admission for complete program/graduation requirements.

Full-Time Undergraduate Degree Students:

Know your “Requirement Term”
The information shown in your report is based on the curriculum into which you were admitted. This is determined by your Requirement Term.

The Requirement Term of most full-time program students is the same as the year in which they were first admitted to their program.  For example:

  • if you were admitted to 1st Year in 2008, your Requirement Term is 2008, and you will follow the requirements listed for 1st Year (Semesters 1/2) as they are shown in the 2008-2009 calendar.  Your official 2nd Year requirements will be published in the 2009-2010 calendar. 
  • if you were admitted to 3rd Year in 2008, you will be following the 3rd Year (Semester 5/6) requirements of the 2008 calendar.  Your requirement term is 2006, the same as other students who are in 3rd year in 2008.

Things may change

Ryerson's Full-time Program curriculum is dynamic and can change each year.   The Advisement Report is updated as early as possible each year, but you should be aware that the program requirements shown for future years may change as you enter each year.  You need to run your Advisement Report each year before and after submitting your Course Intentions to keep yourself up-to-date on changes to your program. 

Something could be missing
We have attempted to accurately represent your program requirements; however, please recognize that we may be unaware of all the factors surrounding your academic record. Please contact your program department with any concerns, questions or perceived problems.

The Advising Report is unofficial, is subject to change, and may contain inaccuracies. It does not represent an irrevocable contract between the student and the university.

From your Student Center, select My Academics and then click on the "View My Advisement Report" link. Read the information on the next page, then scroll to the bottom and click "View Advisement Report".

The information contained in this document will be required to interpret your Advisement Report. You may wish to print the next pages or save it so you can refer to it while reading your Advisement Report.

Information for All Students
Information and Restrictions For All Undergraduate Students
This section contains requirements which apply to all Undergraduate students.  Click on the green arrow to expand the item and read about limits on using transfer credits and challenge credits, and information about the policy on earning a Minor at Ryerson.

Non-Applicable Courses and Credits
(This section may appear at the end or at the beginning of your report, depending on your program).
This area contains failed courses, which will never be used to fulfill requirements, as well as credits and courses that are not officially part of your program. Extra-curricular courses for which you have obtained approval to use towards your degree requirements will also be shown in this section until you achieve a passing grade in the courses. Courses that you are taking which apply towards a Minor but are not used towards the degree will also be listed in this area until you add a minor (which you may do only after applying for graduation in your final year). The "A" portion of multi-term courses always appears in this section and does not count towards graduation requirements. The Earned Value of two (2) is only on the "B" portion of the multi-term course. Both portions must be completed in order for the ‘B’ portion to appear as part of your requirements.

Degree, Program and Plan
Degree, Program and Plan section of Advisement Report showing requirements to graduate
This is the Degree, Program and Plan that you are working towards. Once you have fulfilled all program requirements, a “Satisfied” notation will appear here. This section includes any University requirements such as the minimum Grade Point Average (‘GPA’) required to graduate.


Program requirements broken down by year and semester
Requirements are logical groupings of your courses. They are broken down in a manner similar, but not always identical, to the way your courses are printed in the Calendar.

Normally, a program is divided into requirements by year, e.g., 1st and 2nd semester. Liberal Studies requirements are divided into Lower and Upper Level Liberal Studies. Lower Level is usually placed after the 2nd year (3rd and 4th Semester) and Upper Level is positioned after the 4th Year (7th and 8th Semester). Most of the time, the Professional, Professionally-Related Groups and Open Electives are included in the overall requirement. However, where a group spans more than one year, the elective group has been built as a separate requirement.

One Requirement may contain more than one Line Item, as shown in the example above.

Satisfied or Not Satisfied - this refers to all elements or Lines listed within a Requirement. When a Requirement is satisfied, the item is collapsed. You can click the green arrow on the left to expand the details and view the Lines which make up the overall Requirement.

Line Items
Required Courses section of Advisement Report showing list of completed courses, courses currently enrolled in, and upcoming required courses

The Line Item gives a further breakdown of the specific details of the course(s) you need to take to fulfill the Requirement - e.g. Required Courses, Professional Courses, etc.

Satisfied or Not Satisfied - this refers to the individual Line Item.  When you have completed all courses required for the Line, it is satisfied, and the Line is collapsed.  You can click the green arrow on the left to expand the details and view the courses which make up the line.
Courses (required/taken/needed) – shows you the total number of courses required to fulfill this Requirement Line, then the number of courses you have completed or are currently enrolled in, and the number still needed to complete the Line.
Course List – shows all courses (including Chang School offerings) which may satisfy this requirement. Course lists exceeding 20 courses will not appear. Please refer to the on-line or print calendar.

For most Lines, courses not yet taken which can be used to fulfill the Requirement Line are also displayed, but have no symbol.  When a course list is exceptionally long (e.g. a Liberal Studies course list), the individual courses will not be shown.  Refer to the calendar to get course list details.

  • Course - course subject area and number
  • Description - course title
  • Units - Grade Point Average (GPA) weight
  • When - the term when course was taken or enrolled in
  • Grade - grade achieved
  • Status:
    Complete/Credit Awarded status icon - course completed and graded or credit awarded;
    Current enrolment/course intention selection status icon= current enrolment/course intention selection;
    no symbol = not yet taken

Note - If you cannot see your grades here, you have a Hold on your record. See "My Holds" in your Student Center for details.

Prior to Graduation or Verify Requirements
Prior to Graduation section of Advisement Report showing unmet requirements
The "Verify" requirement confirms that a rule has been met, where programs have specific requirements such as, "...students are required to have one international or interdisciplinary course". The courses in this requirement will have been counted elsewhere.

Your Advisement Report includes graded courses, currently enrolled courses and approved and posted transfer credits. Non-credit courses do not appear on the report. If you cannot see grades on course after the official grade release date, you have a hold on your record. See the My Holds section of your Student Center for details on this hold.

Transfer Credits and Challenge Credits
Transfer Credits reviewed under “Evaluate My TCs” will not appear on “My Academic Requirements” until validated and posted as "CRT" by the Transfer Credit Unit.

Not all transfer credits that are granted are applicable to your degree requirements. Students may apply to have unused related credits directed to their program of study, with program department approval.

Non-Specific Credits, granted prior to Fall 2005, will appear as text notes only in the “Transcript Information section found at the bottom of the Advisement Report.  As of Fall 2006, all non-specific credits, i.e. (MTH GEN, SOC LLS, HST ULS) may appear in ‘non-applicable course and credits’, but may be directed to requirements by submitting a Course Directive Form for approval by the program department.

Challenge Credits will not appear on "My Academic Requirements" until validated and posted as "CHG" by the Curriculum Advising office.

Course Substitutions and Course Directives
Course substitution/directive as listed in report
If you have been granted any course substitutions, they will be noted on the advising transcript with the course, once enrolled. Clicking on the number in the Notes column will provide you with details of the substitution. Course Directives are courses taken that are not normally part of requirements but are approved to be used toward a specific group. If you change your program, plan or major, previously approved directives and substitutions may no longer apply.

Course Distribution
Courses are slotted into the first possible appropriate position and may be directed to a more appropriate requirement.

Generally a course may only be used once. In some programs, where there are "streams" and the course is part of more than one stream, enrolment in that course will appear to fulfill the requirements of more than one of the streams. Once the requirements for one stream have been met, by successful completion and/or enrolment, the courses appear only in that stream.

If you are repeating a course which you have already passed once, the newest instance of the course will apply to your requirements. If you completed the same course once via enrolment in Chang School, and then take it again via your Undergraduate career, it is possible that BOTH instances of the course may be displayed as fulfilling a requirement, and the report could falsely display the Satisfied legend because one course is counting twice towards the requirement. You must make certain that you are not missing any other courses that apply to that requirement. Report any instances where a course is being used more than once to your program department or the Curriculum Advising office.

REMEMBER: The Advisement Report is only a tool for you to use to aid in selecting courses appropriate to your program.  You are ultimately responsible for ensuring that you have met ALL university requirements for graduation as set out in the official Ryerson University Undergraduate calendar.  If you have any questions or concerns about fulfilling these requirements, or about any limits, restrictions and variations applicable to your program, it is your responsibility to seek assistance from your program department.

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