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If you’re reading this #YUBlog post, you’re probably wondering what happens after you receive an offer of admission from York University. It’s exciting to anticipate the next step in your education: before you know it, the fall term will be here and you’ll be on campus meeting new friends at Orientation, attending your first classes and scoping out every single place that serves coffee. Before you get here, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare for university life as a York Lion. Take a look at the #YUBlog’s next steps for students accepted to York U to get started!
Accept Your Offer
The first thing you need to do to become a York Lion is to accept your offer of admission by the deadline outlined in your offer letter. Login to yorku.ca/myfile to enter your York U student number (provided in your confirmation email when you applied to York U) and your date of birth. Once you are logged in, you will be able to accept your offer and officially begin life as a York U student! You will then receive information about registering for Orientation, enrolling in York’s YU START New Student Transition program and paying your tuition fees.
Ensure That You Meet Your Admission Conditions
It is important for all newly admitted students to understand that your offer of admission to York U and awarded scholarships are conditional, meaning that offers are made based on the condition that you successfully complete the requirements for the program to which you have been admitted. Your conditions may include your final average, completion of required prerequisite courses and completing your secondary school diploma. Program-specific prerequisite courses must be completed by August 1 to maintain your offer of admission for the fall term. If you have questions about your admission conditions, contact York U Admissions Experts online, in person or over the phone.
Create a Budget
A university education represents a significant investment, and it’s best to have a strong financial plan in place. To start, review the estimated yearly cost for a full-time course load (usually 30 credits) and explore sources of funding such as OSAP, York U scholarships and awards and on-campus job opportunities. The Award Search page is an excellent resource that allows students to filter and search for all scholarships, awards and prizes offered at York U.
It’s important to note that York U students who wish to be considered for York-specific scholarships, bursaries, and on-campus employment programs must complete the Student Financial Profile (SFP). If you have not yet completed your SFP, keep in mind that the submission deadline is April 1. Be sure to complete the SFP at the start of each academic session to be considered for a variety of campus employment programs, including Work/Study positions, Research at York (RAY), College Life at York (CLAY) and York Engaged Students (YES).
If you plan to apply for OSAP, you must apply and submit supporting documents to the Ontario Student Assistance Program early in the application process to ensure that your funds are available for the start of term and avoid interest and penalties. It’s recommended that students apply for OSAP by June 30 to leave plenty of time for processing. The OSAP application and detailed information can be found at onatrio.ca/osap. If you are a student from outside of Ontario, consult the government financial aid provided through your home province or territory.
Research Housing and Transportation Options
Considerations such as transportation and housing will factor into your financial plan. If you want to live on campus in one of York U’s residences, consult the Housing Services website to explore accommodations. York U residences are in high demand, so ensure that you submit your application through MyFile by June 1. You are guaranteed a place in residence if you are a first-year student coming directly from a full-time high-school program and apply by the deadline. For more information about residences at York U, take a look at our previous #YUBlog post, “The First Year’s Guide to York U Residence“.
If you plan to commute to campus, review York U’s Transportation Services website for all of the transit option available to you. York U students can use this site to learn about public transportation options, carshare programs, carpool networks, cycling, campus shuttles and the brand-new York University and Pioneer Village subway stations that make the commute to campus from downtown and the northern parts of the GTA easier than ever!
Learn About Your Program and Research Courses
Of course, you’re coming to university first and foremost to study and develop expertise in your chosen field! If you haven’t already done so, use York U’s Academic Calendar to learn more about your program. You can also use this page to understand the number of credits you’ll need to complete and courses required to graduate. Although you’re only starting your first year of university, it pays to gain an understanding of your program requirements: you’ll end up saving time and can avoid missing out on a required course. If you have questions about your program or want guidance regarding course enrollment, consider making an appointment with your Faculty Advising Office.
Check out current course offerings on the York U Courses website to start thinking about courses that interest you and to begin planning your timetable. The fall 2018 timetable will be released in early April, so stay tuned! You can also prepare for an easy course registration by using York U’s Visual Schedule Builder to map out your ideal timetable and create a schedule that works for you.
Familiarize Yourself with Campus Life and Support Services
If you’ve arrived at this step in your journey to York U, you’re nearly ready to become a York Lion! All that’s left to do is to explore the support services and resources that are available to you. York U is proud to offer students comprehensive learning resources such as the Writing Centre and Learning Skills Services as well as health and wellness supports such as Student Counselling & Development and Student Accessibility Services. On top of that, there are many exciting student clubs and organizations on campus that can help you meet your classmates and contribute to campus life. Use the YU Connect website to explore all campus clubs at York U.
We can’t wait to meet you! Don’t forget to book a campus tour with a current student to get a feel for York U’s academic spaces, colleges, residences and facilities. You can also join us on March 24, 2018 at 10am for Experience York Day on the Keele campus for an immersive York University experience! Sign up to save your spot for a day of tours, program Q&As with Admissions Experts and the chance to speak with upper-year students. You can also connect with York U on Twitter and Facebook @YorkUStudents to get news, updates and reminders.