Enrolment FAQ

1. Are all courses scheduled every term?

2. What is an Interview or Placement Assessment, and how do I find out if the course I’m planning to take requires one?

3. What is an Open House session, and how do I find out if the course I’m planning to take has one?

4. What are prerequisites and corequisites?

5. How do I find out if a course has any specific admission prerequisites?

6. Can a course prerequisite be waived if I have already completed an equivalent course at another post-secondary institution?

7. What do I do if I don’t have my Grade 12 U courses?

8. Where do I find a course’s start and end dates?

9. Is space available in the course I’m planning to take?

10. Is financial aid available to help me pay my tuition fees?

11. Can I get OSAP for continuing education courses?

12. How do I pay my course fees?

13. Where can I find information about important dates such as enrolment periods, withdrawal, transfer, and grade appeal deadlines?

14. Where can I find out about Ryerson’s formal policies on issues such as refunds, withdrawals, transfers, letters of permission, grades, and appeals?

15. When do I enrol for the course I’m planning to take? Is there a cut-off date?

16. Should I register in a certificate program as well as in my chosen courses?

17. How can I find out where my classes will be held?

18. How can I find out which texts to buy?

19. How do distance education students find out which texts to buy, and how do they order them?

­1. Are all courses scheduled every term?
No; all courses are not scheduled every term. Check Courses and Programs to plan ahead to ensure that you will be able to take the courses you need/want.

­2. What is an Interview or Placement Assessment, and how do I find out if the course I’m planning to take requires one?
Some courses require an interview and/or placement assessment before you can enrol. See Interviews and Placement Assessments for a list of affected programs.

­3. What is an Open House session, and how do I find out if the course I’m planning to take has one?
Open House sessions are free events that give you an opportunity to meet with course and program representatives in a one-on-one or small group setting. Open House sessions are associated with programs, so consult Courses and Programs to find out what program the course you’re interested in is part of. Then see Open House for details and dates.

­4. What are prerequisites and corequisites?
Prerequisite means that you must pass Course A before taking Course B. The course description in Courses and Programs will tell you what prerequisites, if any, are required.
Corequisite means that you must take Course A prior to, or concurrently with, Course B.

­5. How do I find out if a course has any specific admission prerequisites?
Check the course description in Courses and Programs to see if it has specific admission prerequisites. You can also speak to the academic coordinator at an Open House session, or drop into The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education office (Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street). In some cases, your prior professional experience might serve as a substitute for a prerequisite. In other cases, you may be asked to provide transcripts, and possibly course descriptions or outlines of courses taken elsewhere that may also fill the prerequisite requirement.

See also Academic Bridging Courses to find out how you can fill the prerequisite requirements you need in order to be considered for admission to a Chang School certificate program. Note: Academic Bridging Courses are continuing education equivalents, and do not count as Grade 12 U courses or high school credits. They cannot be used towards obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

­6. Can a course prerequisite be waived if I have already completed an equivalent course at another post-secondary institution?
A course prerequisite waiver may be requested if an equivalent course has already been completed at an accredited university or college. The minimum grade requirement for a course from an accredited university is 60 percent (‘C-’) and the minimum grade requirement for a course from an accredited college is 70 percent (‘B-’). To request a prerequisite waiver, please email ce@ryerson.ca with your name, Ryerson Student Number (new students may request one online), an attached unofficial transcript showing the completed prerequisite, and the course code and section for which you are requesting a prerequisite waiver.

­7. What do I do if I don’t have my Grade 12 U courses?
Sometimes students are not accepted into the Ryerson’s full-time degree programs because they don’t have all the required Grade 12 U (or high school equivalency) courses. This doesn’t mean you have to go back to high school – The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education offers Grade 12 U-level courses in English, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics during the evenings. For more information on scheduling, see Academic Bridging Courses.

Note: Academic Bridging Courses are continuing education equivalents, and do not count as Grade 12 U courses or high school credits. They cannot be used towards obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

­8. Where do I find a course’s start and end dates?
The course description for each course listed in Courses and Programs includes the course’s start and end dates for each of the terms in which it is offered. Note that if the course description is lengthy, you might have to scroll down the page to find the table of times and dates.

­9. Is space available in the course I’m planning to take?
In Courses and Programs, course availability is indicated on a real-time basis for terms open for enrolment.

­10. Is financial aid available to help me pay my tuition fees?
See Awards and Financial Aid for detailed information about merit-based awards and need-based bursaries and government assistance available to Chang School students.

­11. Can I get OSAP for continuing education courses?
It is possible to receive government assistance to study through The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Please note, however, that restrictions do apply. First, you must be registered in an approved certificate program and you must be taking at least 60 percent of a regular course load. For complete details and the most up-to-date information on OSAP, contact the ServiceHub (Podium, 1st floor, 350 Victoria Street).

­12. How do I pay my course fees?
See Fees to find information about how and when to pay, fee rates, fee policies, ancillary fees and service charges, refunds, and more. All fees must be paid in full at time of enrolment. Any students with outstanding fees will be required to clear their debt before any further enrolments are processed.

International Students: After enrolling and paying for your course, you are required to obtain a valid Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada for your period of study if your studies will last longer than six months. Contact International Student Services for more information.

­13. Where can I find information about important dates such as enrolment periods, withdrawal, transfer, and grade appeal deadlines?
Important Dates lists important dates for the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.

­14. Where can I find out about Ryerson’s formal policies on issues such as refunds, withdrawals, transfers, letters of permission, grades, and appeals?
See Policies to familiarize yourself with important policy information before enrolling.

­15. When do I enrol for the course I’m planning to take? Is there a cut-off date?
Enrolment periods are listed on the Important Dates page. You can enrol in courses right up until the time the course starts; but remember, courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of our courses are very popular and fill up long before the start date of classes so to avoid disappointment, it’s best to enrol as early as possible.

­16. Should I register in a certificate program as well as in my chosen courses?
On your resumé, saying that you have successfully completed a certificate in a coherent program of study can credibly demonstrate a fully developed skill. If you're pretty sure you would like to complete a certificate, it’s wise to register as soon as possible. See Registration in a Certificate Program for more information.

One other advantage of being a certificate student is that you will have priority enrolment privileges in the future. This means that before each new term, for a specified period of time, certificate students are able to enrol in courses before any other new or returning students. Also, only courses taken AFTER registration in the certificate will be included in your grade point average (GPA), although you will still receive credit for any previous courses you’ve taken.

You MUST register in a certificate program before you finish 50 percent of the program’s course requirements.

­17. How can I find out where my classes will be held?
Look up the location of your classroom and your instructor’s name on Classroom Lookup (Note: locations are not finalized until 3:00 p.m. the first day of class). On the evening of your first class of the term, lists of the locations of all classes to be held that night will be posted in the lobbies of the Library Building and Heaslip House. Please note your section number to avoid going to the wrong room. It’s a good idea to arrive on campus 10 or 15 minutes earlier than normal that night because you might spend a little time finding your classroom.

­18. How can I find out which texts to buy?
On the first night of class, your instructor will provide a course outline detailing course content, assignments, evaluation break-down, and a list of the required texts and materials. Often during this first class, time is taken out to ensure you can get to the Ryerson University Campus Store that evening before it closes. Unless you are enrolled in a week-long intensive course that requires advance preparation, you will not be expected to have prepared anything for the first class.

­19. How do distance education students find out which texts to buy, and how do they order them?
Distance education students can access information about course materials specific to the course they are taking at the Distance Education Course Materials page. Students can then order and purchase the materials online through the Ryerson University Campus Store or they can visit the campus store and purchase the materials in person.