SGS Orientation 2023


Welcome to the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies (SGS). In choosing to dedicate yourself to graduate studies here at U of T, you are joining a diverse and extensive team of global leaders in teaching, research and innovation. We are excited and proud to have you become a part of our community. 

Graduate school is a very busy time, and a graduate education at U of T offers unparalleled professional and personal opportunities to learn and grow in myriad ways. To help you discover and navigate the many offerings and supports available at U of T, the School of Graduate Studies is excited to welcome you to our Winter 2023 Graduate Orientation Day.

Winter 2023 Graduate Orientation Day

The keystone event of orientation will be held in person on January 4, 2022 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology (40 St. George St., Toronto ON M5S 2E4).

Our Winter Orientation will focus on the student experience within the community you are now a part of. This will be an opportunity to meet other graduate students, faculty and staff. Join us to learn about graduate student life, for tips and advice from current students and to network!

We understand that COVID-19 is an unknown for the Fall so many may have concerns, and are taking all precautions as directed by the hotel and University. For everyone’s safety and comfort, there will be hand sanitizer and masks available. We strongly encourage participants to wear masks in the venue and to complete the provincial COVID-19 self-assessment before going.

If you are experiencing symptoms or have been directed to isolate by the self-assessment, please do not come to the event in person. As an alternative, please take advantage of asynchronous material on Quercus (see next section below), where panel session recordings will also be available.

Panel Sessions

Two panel sessions will be held throughout the day for students who are interested in meeting other incoming students and hearing from current graduate students, faculty and staff. 

SessionTime (ET)AudienceRoom
Welcome9 AM – 10:15 AMAll Students (Thesis and Course-Based Students)Adel Sedra BA 1160
Session 110:30 AM – 12 PMThesis-Based Program Students (Research-Based Masters and PhD Students)BA 1130
Session 210:30 AM – 12:00 PMProfessional and Course-Based Students BA 1170
Graduate Orientation Day Panel Sessions Schedule

For more details and to register for one of the panel sessions, visit our Eventbrite page using the button below.

Asynchronous Orientation Quercus Site

We have also designed an asynchronous orientation experience as a “course” on Quercus, U of T’s online teaching and learning environment. This format will give you a chance to explore and get familiar with using the platform before classes start and access panel session recordings if you are not able to make it in person on January 4. 

This site contains lots of information about SGS programs and services, conveniently divided into “modules” that you can explore at your own pace and will have access to until July 2023. Be sure to keep your announcement notifications on and check back often, as updates will be made often throughout the summer!

How to Access Asynchronous Orientation Quercus Site

We recommend that you convert your JOINids to UTORids as soon as possible.

  1. Locate your JOINid and Secret Activation Key on the acceptance letter you received from the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Go to the UTORid activation page.
  3. Input your UTORid and Secret Activation Key, then create your own password.

Once your UTORid is activated, you will be able to access the Orientation Quercus site.

If you have any questions about your UTORid, please visit the UTORid website or contact the Information Commons Help Desk.

We also encourage you to set up your official University of Toronto email as soon as you can, and to update your contact information in ACORN so we can reach out at your new official University of Toronto email!

Next Steps

You soon will receive your first instalment of the Student Life 9 New Things newsletter and the SGS Gradschool e-news newsletter.

Visit GradHub, a resource created for graduate students by graduate students, where you will find useful information that will be relevant now and throughout your graduate career. Explore the six modules that will take you through getting started at U of T, resources and support, student life and much more. 

If you have any questions as you get set up, don’t hesitate to reach out to your graduate unit or SGS.

Come back and check this page regularly for future updates!

Audio Tours

SGS has created audio tours of all three U of T campuses specifically for graduate students. Led by upper-year graduate students Swapna and Sandhya Mylabathula (aka the STEAM sisters!), the tours will help you get to know the different places graduate students can create, study, and relax on campus. Swapna and Sandhya also stopped to chat with some of the staff members at the different buildings they visited. Sign in with your UTORID and listen at the links below, or download the tours, and follow along on a map or on foot.

UTSG Campus

All the need-to-know spots for graduate students on U of T’s St. George campus.

Click to access audio file.

Or listen from this page:

UTM Campus

All the need-to-know spots for graduate students on U of T’s Mississauga campus.

Click to access audio file.

Or listen from this page:

UTSC Campus

All the need-to-know spots for graduate students on U of T’s Scarborough campus.

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Or listen from this page: