Get off to a good start
Start where you are
Coming to university for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. If you feel lost, try to keep things in perspective. Each of us is a work in progress, and while others may look like they’ve got it all figured out, they’re probably just as busy as you. Stay true to yourself, find your own definition of success, and most importantly, ask for help when you need it!
Browse this page to find ways to prepare for your university experience – and who to ask for help when you need extra support.
Programs for first-year students
From Intention to Action (FITA): ongoing one-to-one support
Practice makes progress.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of being a student? If feelings of stress, anxiety or depression are getting in the way of your academic progress, our From Intention to Action (FITA) program can help. If you want to take a proactive approach to becoming more resilient, we can offer you the support you need.
Read more about FITA to find out if it’s right for you.
First in the Family (FITF): support for first-generation students
First in the Family Peer Mentor Program
Being part of the first generation in your family to pursue post-secondary education is something to be proud of! It is also an experience that brings a unique set of challenges. Join the First in the Family Peer Mentor Program to connect with a supportive community that can help you navigate the challenges and achieve your best.
Who can join?
This program is only for first-generation students at U of T. You are considered a first-generation student if your parents or guardians did not complete post-secondary education, or attended post-secondary education outside of Canada, even if your older or younger sibling(s) attended post-secondary education. One in five students at U of T identify as first generation.
Learn more and register!
To learn more about the First in the Family Peer Mentor Program and how to register, check out the program's website.
If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other academic services
The University of Toronto offers a variety of services and resources to help you achieve your goals.
Helpful services and people
Accessibility Services for disability-related academic accommodations
Departmental tutoring: Most departments have a list of upper-year and/or graduate tutors. Please note that most of these tutors charge money for their services, and are not always endorsed by the University. Please make use of them at your own discretion.
- Writing Centres for Graduate Studies
- Writing Centres at Colleges
- Writing Centres at Professional Faculties