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Term Start-Up: Fall 2018


Set yourself up for success with help from the RO!

Welcome to all new and returning students! With the start of the fall semester quickly approaching, there's a lot you need to know – from important dates and deadlines like orientation dates, fee deadlines and how to apply to graduate, to how to access academic advising and more.

We want to be sure you've got all the information you need for a smooth start and our Fall Term Start-Up page below has been created with your success in mind.

The Office of the Registrar (RO) is always here to help and we wish you all the best for a great academic year.

Charmaine K. Hack, University Registrar
Office of the Registrar (RO)

First Day of Classes

Classes for undergraduate programs officially begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Your ServiceHub

We're here to help – learn how! We have posted information to know prior to your visit to the ServiceHub.

Student Guides and Calendars

The Undergraduate Student Guide is a user-friendly companion to the Undergraduate Calendar and provides the essential information you need to know as an undergraduate student. The Graduate Student Guide is the official companion to the Graduate Academic Calendar and summarizes key policies, fees, procedures and services for graduate students.

Significant Dates

Keep an eye on those significant dates, including deadlines for dropping courses without academic or financial penalty, tuition deadlines, applying to graduate and more.

Visual Schedule Builder (VSB)

NEW for fall 2018 – undergraduate students, you can build your perfect schedule using the "My Classes Offered" search feature in your Student Centre with the VSB tool. This new functionality allows you to search and schedule classes using your personalized Advisement Report. This way you will only be searching courses offered by term to your specific program and plan.

What is VSB? It's a user-friendly, simple tool used to help you build personalized class schedules, 'pin' time slots for part-time jobs and other personal commitments, search for available courses, drag and drop courses and generate all the possible schedules based on your choices. From there you can push your entire schedule to enrol in one easy step. While the tool is very intuitive to use, an instructional video and step-by-step guide is available.

Schedules – Undergraduate Students

Your class schedule will be available in the Student Center in your RAMSS account by the end of the day Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Be sure to review your schedule and make all necessary changes up until Friday, September 14, 2018 (full refund deadline date). OSAP recipients should add both fall and winter courses during this time to ensure that funding for the full academic year is calculated. Keep in mind that if you have any outstanding financial obligations or holds with the university, you will not receive a schedule.

Course Enrolment and Making Changes to your Fall 2018 Schedule – Undergraduate Students

Your enrolment appointment date determines when you will first be able to make changes to your schedule. You can find your assigned date in the Enrolment Dates section in your Student Center. All changes are subject to available class space and applicable course requisites. See below for dates on which full-time and part-time undergraduate students will first be able to make changes to their fall 2018 schedules:

  • First-year students: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (just for electives as first-year students are automatically enrolled into their required courses)
  • Second-year students: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Third-year students: Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Fourth-year students: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Part-time Business Management and IT Management programs: Monday, August 20, 2018
  • All other part-time programs: Monday, August 13, 2018

For returning students who did not complete course intentions in March and/or May 2018: you will not have a designated enrolment appointment date. You can begin making changes to your schedule during the Open Enrolment period starting Monday, August 20, 2018.

Academic Advising

Are you ready to start the academic year in full stride? Well, we have the support for you! Please visit Academic Program Administration Contacts for more information on who to contact by faculty or program of study.

Awards & Scholarship

There are many awards and scholarships available for new and current students. Check the website regularly after Wednesday, August 15, 2018 for updates.

Tuition Fee Payments

Wondering where and how to pay? Simply log on to your online banking account and add "Ryerson University – Tuition and Res Fees" as a payee along with your Ryerson Student Number, which is your account number – and a few clicks later you have paid your fees! For more information on fees and submitting payments outside of Canada please visit the Fee Payments website. The fall term fees are due on Friday, September 7, 2018.

Financial Assistance

If you need financial assistance to come to school, we can help! For Ontario residents, you can apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). OSAP provides loans and grants to help you come to university. Visit the OSAP website to learn more and see if you’re eligible. You can also visit the Ryerson Financial Assistance website for more information about OSAP, as well as financial assistance for out-of-province and international students.

Graduating This Fall?

If you're almost at the end of your journey at Ryerson, apply to graduate for fall 2018 convocation through your RAMSS account (with late fee) until Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Please visit Applying to Graduate for more information.

We Have the Answers to Your Questions!

1. I'm a new student - what programs do you offer to help me prepare ahead of time?
On August 15, 16 and 21, Student Affairs is hosting Summer Jumpstart. This one-day program supports incoming students with the strategies and skills needed to feel connected on campus and in your courses. It is an opportunity for first-year students to meet other incoming students and explore campus!! Register for Summer Jumpstart 2018 now to get a jump start on your road to Ryerson! Visit to learn more.

2. When does orientation week begin (both university-wide and academic)?
Orientation for all new Ryerson students will be held from Monday, August 27, 2018 to Friday, August 31, 2018. For updates on university-wide orientation, go to Orientation Week and for information about academic orientation events, go to Academic Orientation.

3. How do I register for accommodations to support my disability-related academic needs?
If you live with a documented permanent or temporary disability, ensure you get the necessary academic accommodation support you need to participate fully in your studies by registering with Academic Accommodation Support (AAS). You can also download the AAS Student HandbookPDF to find out how to register and set-up your academic accommodation plan.

4. How do I apply for Transfer Credits?
Apply as soon as possible! The final date to apply for transfer credits with a complete application for the start of fall term is Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Although applications will be accepted after this date the results may not be available before the fall term begins.

5. When is the last day to add/swap/drop an undergraduate class for a full refund of fees?
The last day to add/swap/drop an undergraduate class for a full refund of fees is Friday, September 14, 2018. Please note, courses taught through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education have different fee refund deadlines.

6. How do I get my student card?
The OneCard is an essential item to have throughout your academic journey at Ryerson. All new undergraduate students must apply for their OneCard online. For returning students your OneCard will remain the same.

7. Where can I buy my textbooks and computer supplies?
You can order your textbooks online via the Campus Store. In addition, log in to your portal to take advantage of special discounts for Apple and Dell products.

8. Where do I go if I have any questions?
Visit the ServiceHub, your one-stop-shop located at POD150. In addition, visit the New Students page for all the information you need to be ready for the new school year.

9. Where can I go to find out more about Ryerson's campus facilities and Toronto?
Current students can direct their questions through our ServiceHub Twitter account. For all things campus life, check out RU Student Life's Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Blog. For official announcements you can always check out Ryerson's main Instagram, RU Twitter and RU Facebook.

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