Starting Point is a build-your-own-experience program that introduces you to what U of T has to offer. It’s flexible to work with your schedule, gives you opportunities to try new things and helps you stay informed about what’s happening on campus.
First-year or incoming undergraduate students
How The Program Works
Starting Point runs from June to April. Each week you will receive an email with helpful information about what is happening across campus. You’ll choose workshops and activities that interest you and fit your schedule.
- Register for the program. You will be added to Starting Point’s weekly email distribution list and you can start tracking your progress online.
- Read the weekly email that lists upcoming workshops and activities. Choose those that suit your interests and your schedule. You’ll also get tips on a making a successful transition to U of T.
- Attend workshops and record your progress on the CLNx.
- Participate in an involvement activity by joining a club or a team, becoming a volunteer, attending a conference, or getting involved at U of T in some other way.
- Write a short reflection about what you learned by participating in the program.
If you successfully complete Starting Point, you will earn Co-Curricular Record recognition.
Register for Starting Point on CLNx.
- Log in to CLNx.
- On the left side of the screen, select Programs.
- Find Starting Point and select Enrol.
What Students Are Saying28 votes
The most important thing I have learned through participating in Starting Point is the wide array of workshops and involvement activities I have access to through the University of Toronto. This program encouraged me to sign up for events and workshops I would not have if I did not receive the weekly emails. Additionally, I am now very comfortable navigating CLNx and other platforms that the University uses. The different workshops the program highlighted made me expand upon my goals and construct a future plan of how I can maximize my university experience to the fullest potential. Overall, my fear of reaching out and participating in extracurriculars has been diminished thanks to the guidance of Starting Point.
Enrolling in Starting Point was probably the best decision I made at the beginning of the year. It gave me a guideline, a goal, something to work towards so that I would force myself to be involved "on" campus despite it all being online. Thanks to the program, I got into virtual Study Hubs and found them to be super helpful. In fact, just yesterday, I went to the facilitator workshop so that I could host virtual Study Hubs myself! In general, Starting Point made me aware of all these resources that U of T has to offer, such as the Writing Centre, which I have definitely taken advantage of. I attended various workshops, from Social Innovation to How to Optimize My LinkedIn.