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Congratulations on being offered admission to the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering! Follow the steps below to get started on your academic experience. See https://sgs.calendar.utoronto.ca/sessional-dates for sessional dates and https://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/admissions/getting-started-as-a-new-student/ for more information.
Please direct your inquiries to the following contacts:
Graduate awards: email@example.com
General inquiries regarding fees: firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial aid for United States citizens: email@example.com
Financial aid for Canadian provinces outside of Ontario: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carefully review your admission package. If you accept the offer, please date, sign, and return your confirmation form to the graduate office by:
- Emailing a scanned copy of the form to email@example.com; or
- Mailing in a paper copy of the form to
Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
c/o Graduate Studies Admissions
University of Toronto
Rosebrugh Building (RS), 164 College Street, Room 407
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G9 Canada
The TCard is your identification for academic purposes. It includes your photo, UTORid, student number, and a barcode. It provides access to services and facilities such as libraries, athletic facilities, exams, meal plans, online learning portal, printing services, and more. Some services will be available to you immediately, others as the academic session approaches. Students who have accepted their offer of admission may obtain their TCard at any time.
The TCard Office is in the Student Services Centre. To obtain your TCard, bring your offer of admission and have your student number or UTORid/JOINid, legal status and identity documents ready. Visit https://tcard.utoronto.ca for office hours and how to get your TCard across all three campuses.
When you get your TCard you’ll also be issued a UTORid (University of Toronto ID). Activate your UTORid and then create your own @mail.utoronto.ca email address, which should be used for all official correspondence during your time at the University of Toronto.
The use of ACORN to enrol in courses means that you agree to abide by all of the academic and non-academic rules and regulations of the University, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering. It also means that you agree to assume the obligation to pay academic and incidental fees according to the policies and requirements of the University of Toronto. You normally will use ACORN to add or cancel courses. If you wish to add a course outside (or beyond) the add deadline, you will need to manually complete and return an add/drop course(s) form to the Graduate Office firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Students are expected to be responsible when using the system and should not attempt to flood it with requests, or to automate the process of course enrolment. Such activity may clog the system so that other students may be denied access or experience degraded performance. Any student(s) attempting such activity may be denied access to ACORN until after the relevant registration period. For help on using ACORN, see https://help.acorn.utoronto.ca/how-to/ for more information.
You should consult your primary research supervisor before you make a decision on which courses to take to ensure that the courses chosen are interesting and beneficial for your project/degree program. Some courses will require instructor approval, but you still make the requests on ACORN. Once the course instructor(s) approve the list, your status will change from 'INT' to 'APP'. Courses from other departments can be taken with approval from your primary supervisor. However, IBBME does not have control over other departmental courses, so you will have to find out how to get enrolled. You may consider courses offered at any of the three campuses, regardless of where you are based. If a course you are interested in is full, email the lead instructor to see if they could accomodate another student. Pending instructor approval, you may be added to the class; however, please do not request anything that you are not sure about, just to "hold a space" in the class, which is a common strategy in undergraduate courses that should not be used at the graduate level with small class sizes. Taking up spaces on class lists really hurts other students who may want in. Only request a course that you are certain that you want to take.
OPTION1. Paying your tuition and fees (partial or full)
Students are responsible for paying tuition and fees to the University of Toronto, and are subject to penalties and fines for any late/outstanding payments. Make sure you are aware of when your fees are due. Fees payments are not accepted on campus. Domestic students may pay fees through a bank in person (by printing off a copy of your invoice on ROSI and paying at your bank), online (by setting the University of Toronto as a payee), or through telephone banking. International students may use Western Union’s GlobalPay or send a bank draft or money order in Canadian funds to the University of Toronto. Or make a payment using a credit card through ACORN.
NB1. All students must submit a Supervisor-Student Agreement Form to the graduate office to receive stipend installments. Although, students are required to submit a Supervisor-Student Agreement form regardless of whether they’re receiving a stipend or not.
NB2. For doctoral students, if you pay off your full tuition and you complete your degree requirements prior to the year end, you will be issued a refund based on the specific month you submit your final defended, revised thesis.
OPTION2. Deferring your tuition and fees
You may choose to defer your fees payment on ACORN if you are waiting for financial aid. Students who are in the funded-cohort, who were approved to receive OSAP, or who were awarded scholarship(s) large enough to cover the full tuition amount are eligible for this option. Reminder for all students who deferred tuition and fees: everything needs to be paid by the end of April to avoid service charges. Since the service charges are a percentage of the amount owed (as opposed to being a flat rate), paying off even half of what you owe is better than nothing. You can check your outstanding balance on ACORN any time.
Once you have paid/deferred your fees, you can check your status in ACORN (top right of the window). If the status is “REG”, it means that your payment was received and you are registered.
All students are required to complete IBBME safety training before beginning lab work on or off-campus. If your work takes place at an affiliated hospital or institute, you may be required to undergo additional safety training at your work location.
Sign up for IBBME Health & Safety Orientation: https://ibbme.utoronto.ca/services/health-safety/safety-training/
While advisors, faculty, and staff members are available to assist and advise, it is ultimately your responsibility to keep personal and academic information up to date at all times and to follow all University, SGS, departmental and program regulations, requirements and deadlines. ACORN makes it easier for you to check and correct this information. If questions arise about requirements, policies and procedures, you are responsible for seeking answers to these questions by contacting email@example.com.
IMPORTANT: A current and valid mailing address is crucial. Ensure that your mailing address on ACORN is valid and does not have a 'termination date' any time soon. Moreover, almost everyone has direct deposit set up on ACORN (which is not the same as having direct deposit set up for your stipend/award payments as they're two separate financial systems). If you haven't done this, you should enter your bank info on ACORN as soon as possible.
Biomedical Engineering students are not required to teach; however, a limited number of Teaching Assistantship (TA) positions are available to qualified students registered in the program. TA positions are posted online when they become available. You may also be eligible to for TA positions in other departments. It is your responsibility to check other departmental websites for details. See: https://unit1.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/
IMPORTANT: Primary supervisors should be consulted prior to taking any TA position(s).