SGS Virtual Orientation 2021

SGS Virtual Orientation 2021

Welcome to the University of Toronto’s School of Graduate Studies. 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 during these uncertain times, the School of Graduate Studies is excited to share the SGS Virtual Orientation Site.

About SGS Virtual Orientation

We designed the virtual orientation as a course on Quercus, U of T’s online teaching and learning environment. Although we were excited to meet you in person, this new format will give you a chance to explore and get familiar with using the platform before classes start and allow you to continue to access the orientation materials in your own time.

The SGS Virtual Orientation Site links you to pre-recorded and live events focused on introducing you to the many U of T programs and offerings relevant to all graduate students. In the site, you will learn about important information, such as Grad Step Up, and find occasions during which you can ask questions and meet new people. Each live event has its own registration process and login—all details can be found on the Orientation Site. Make sure to check back often, as the site is constantly being updated.

Official SGS Welcome Event

The keystone event of orientation is the Official School of Graduate Studies Orientation Session on September 7, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (ET), which we hope all incoming graduate students will attend. At this official welcome, you’ll meet the SGS Vice-Dean, Programs and Innovation, hear from experienced graduate students, and be able to ask questions in breakout rooms. Details will be available on the Virtual Orientation Site. We hope to see you there!

Accessing the SGS Virtual Orientation

In order to access the Orientation site on Quercus, you must activate your UTORid and create a password.  

Steps to activating your UTORid

  1. Locate your UTORid and Secret Activation Key on the acceptance letter you received from the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Go to:
  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 SGS Orientation Site website, found here:

About your UTORid

Your UTORid (with password) is your key to a number of U of T services including: UTmail+, UTORexchange, campus wireless, ACORN (your student information service), Quercus (U of T’s academic technology toolbox, powered by Canvas, where you can access course content, view your course progress, and submit assignment files), library services, UTAlert, and more. Quercus can be accessed via a web browser or via the Canvas app.

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

Next Steps

You soon will receive your first instalment of the Student Life 9 New Things newsletter and the SGS Gradschool e-news newsletter which will announce the GradHub, a new resource filled with useful information that will be relevant now, as you start your studies, and throughout your graduate career here at U of T. Stay tuned for that!

Many things look different at U of T this year due to the pandemic. We invite you to learn how U of T is preparing for the academic year and explore SGS’s Looking Ahead page as you prepare for this exciting new stage of your career. If you have any questions as you get set up, don’t hesitate to reach out to your graduate unit or SGS.

We look forward to welcoming you!