Registration and Enrolment

2023–24 Registration and Enrolment Procedures

There are 4 steps to register and enrol. These are, in order:

  1. Pay or defer fees. When your fees have been paid or deferred you are considered registered with the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto.
  2. Fellowship Instalments - both University of Toronto and external awards.
  3. Register in the Department
  4. Enrol for courses using ACORN. (What is ACORN?)

IMPORTANT: Conditional Admission

If you are newly admitted to one of our programs and have been admitted with conditions, please ensure that the conditions are satisfied on or before August 31, 2023.  The conditions were outlined in your letter of offer. Normally, the mailing of a final transcript to the department is all that is required to clear the conditions.  Department mailing address: Department of Anthropology, 19 Ursula Franklin Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2S2.

Please also review: Anthropology Graduate Program Events/Deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Fees

The Student Accounts Office will NOT mail fees invoices  or information sheets. Students must now check (and print if desired) their invoice from ACORN. Please review the information about fees on the Student Accounts website. Some students are eligible to temporarily register without making a fee payment. Please see details below:

1. Students in the funded cohort. Students with fellowships may request registration without fee payment. If you are receiving fellowship monies that are greater than the minimum first payment (as shown on your fees invoice), you are eligible to request registration without payment. Students who are part of the funding commitment (year 1 of the Master's program or years 1-4 in the PhD program (1-5 Direct Admit PhD)) are able to make a request to register without payment for the Fall and Winter sessions on the Student Web Service ACORN (for information about using ACORN please see the ACORN help page). For further instructions please refer to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) GradHub, where you'll find essential information at every phase of your graduate student journey. Instructions are also available on the SGS registration web page

2. Students outside the funded cohort. Students who are receiving funding greater than the minimum first payment but who are outside of the graduate funding commitment (see definition above) should complete the "Register without Payment (Fee Deferral)" form found on the SGS Student Forms page) and submit it along with a copy of the fee invoice to the Graduate Office. This form must be submitted by August 11, 2023 in order to insure that the request will be processed before August 31, 2023.

3. Students who are completing their University of Toronto Master's program in August 2023 and beginning the PhD program in September also need to complete the "Register without Payment (Fee Deferral)" form.

4. University of Toronto undergraduate students who convocated in June 2023, those who have not yet convocated and / or who are enrolled during the Summer 2023 session and are beginning the Master's program in September will also likely need to complete the "Register without Payment (Fee Deferral)" form.

5. Deferral requests based on OSAP cannot be processed at the Department. Students can request student aid fee arrangements through ACORN. Please note that students can do this only if they have an OSAP assessment and are entitled to funding. Further information available at Admission and Awards.

6. Deferrals based on US loans are requested at the office of Admission and Awards.

7. Third-party billing deferrals and invoices are requested at Student Accounts.

2. Fellowship Instalments

Award payments are issued only to students who are:

  1. Registered (fees paid or deferred - see above); and 
  2. who have a current (not expired) mailing address on ACORN. 

For both internal and external awards, funds will be deposited directly into the student's bank account, or, if a student does not choose payment via direct deposit, a cheque will be mailed by Student Accounts to the mailing address as it appears on ACORN. In order to insure timely payment, students MUST make sure that their mailing address on the student record system is current (not expired) and that the banking information is updated and correct by August 31, 2023 at the very latest. (Note that there are two addresses - permanent and mailing addresses in the student record system).

NOTE: Incoming students who do not have a current mailing address or bank account may use the department address as a mailing address in order to receive their award payment by cheque in the department. Students are encouraged to enable direct deposit on ACORN as this is the quickest way to receive September award instalments.

Anthropology Graduate Office address: 19 Ursula Franklin Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2S2.

3. Department Registration

SGS Calendars are available on-line. There is an orientation for newly admitted graduate students (September 6 and 8). All incoming PhD and Master's students, including those with prior graduate degrees from U of T Anthropology, are required to attend.

Every Anthropology graduate student who is enrolling into courses must complete the 2023-2024 Program Statement Form and submit it to the Graduate Office - deadline: September 29, 2023. Please consult the Anthropology Graduate Handbook, which outlines requirements for the graduate programs. 

Off-Campus Registration: Students who are not on campus must submit an off-campus registration request. Off-campus requests are normally granted for academic purposes such as fieldwork. Students who are returning from the field or who have been off-campus must register their return to campus with the Graduate Office upon their return. The Off-campus registration form is available on the SGS Forms and Letters page.

TCARD -  Your TCard is your identification for academic purposes. It includes your photo, UTORid, student number (or personnel number, for staff and faculty) 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. TCard for incoming students will be available effective May 1, 2023. For details about how to get your TCard, please follow instructions from the TCard Office.

4. Consult with Your Advisor and Enrol for Courses on ACORN

Prior to finalizing your courses, you must meet with your advisor to go over your choice of courses and to discuss your program. Your advisor must sign the 2023-2024 Program Statement Form. This form must be submitted to the Graduate Office by September 29, 2023 to confirm your enrolment in courses.

(Faculty Index)

2023-24 Anthropology graduate course schedule: Course enrolment is expected to begin in August 3, 2023. Anthropology students are eligible to enrol for any ANT graduate course on the advice of their advisor(s). Space in ANT graduate courses is prioritized for ANT graduate students who enrol on ACORN by the enrolment deadlines (see below). Please note that enrolment in a course outside the Department of Anthropology requires you to consult with and receive approval to enrol from the department offering the course. Consult the specific department for details and instructions.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE COURSE ENROLMENT AND WITHDRAWAL DEADLINES SET BY THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES. The complete 2023-24 SGS sessional dates are available on the SGS sessional web page. Also review registration and the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on the SGS website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some commonly asked questions about the new online registration without payment process:

Q.  I can’t find the button to defer my fees? Where is it?

A.  The request to register instructions and link can be found in the “Financial Account” section in ACORN account.

Q.  The student is not/no longer in the funded cohort but is receiving an OGS (or some other award). Why isn’t the online deferral working?

A.  Only students in the funded cohort are eligible for the online deferral process. Any others who are eligible to request registration without payment on the basis of an award still need to complete the PDF form for the department to process. See Fees #2 above.

Q.  Can students who are completing their Master's degree at UofT and beginning the U of T PhD program use the online deferral/registration process?

A.  No. The online deferral/registration process is not available to students who have more than one active POSt in the session. Students who are dual registrants are INVITed in both their masters and doctoral POSts, and they have to use the form instead of the online process. See Fees #3 above.

Important Course Enrollment dates as per SGS

View the full list of dates and award deadlines.

Deadline Description
September 20, 2023 Final date to add full-year and Fall session courses
November 6, 2023 Final date to drop Fall session courses without academic penalty
January 22, 2024 Final date to add Winter session courses
February 20, 2024 Final date to drop full-year and Winter session courses without academic penalty
May 13, 2024 Final date to enrol in May-to-June or May-to-August session courses
June 3, 2024 Final date to drop May-to-June F section courses without academic penalty
June 24, 2024 Final date to drop May-August session Y section courses without academic penalty
July 8, 2024 Final Date to enrol in July-to-August courses
July 29, 2024 Final Date to drop July-to-August S section courses without academic penalty



ACORN is University of Toronto's student information service, and a hub for everything you need to manage your student life. ACORN provides students and alumni of the University of Toronto with direct access to certain portions of their University records. To gain access you have to provide a valid student number and a valid Personal Identification Number. Students are required to add and drop courses using ACORN. Students can also vote in student elections, order transcripts, update addresses, etc. Alumni can order transcripts. Some services, such as course enrolment and elections, are available only during periods specified by relevant faculties or organizations.

Updated:  June 20, 2023