Congratulations, future Lion(ess)! If you are reading this, you’ve most likely received an offer of admission and are flirting with the possibility of spending the coming four years at York U (if you haven’t gotten an offer letter in the mail yet, read on — I’ll outline next steps for you further down, so sit tight). Receiving an acceptance letter is of course exciting news, but when you realize the additional steps necessary to make your dream of going to university a reality, it can also seem a bit daunting. Worry not, though: lucky for you, I’m here to act as your fairy godmother and will help you check off everything you need to do to successfully start your journey at York!
Offer of Admission
- Go to your MyFile account, log in with your York student number (provided in your confirmation email when you applied to York U) and date of birth and check the details of your offer (or the status of your application, if you’re still waiting for an offer of admission).Yes, getting an offer of admission to York is (almost) as exciting as getting into Hogwarts!
- Your official letter of admission to York will include some conditions. If your offer says it’s “conditional,” it may mean that you have been accepted based on some high grade 11 marks (way to go, scholar!) because those for grade 12 were not yet available, so you will need to keep up your grade point average to have your offer remain intact. Other conditions might refer to missing prerequisites for your program of choice, a lack of required documentation or the like. For more details on conditional offers, check out a useful post my blogging colleague Sam recently put together with our friend Megan. Here’s some important advice: Take the time to read your offer carefully; you don’t want to miss any important information! Likewise, if you receive any emails from York University about your application or your acceptance, closely and promptly attend to what they ask you to do — it can make the difference between becoming a York Lion or not.
- Now that you understand the conditions of your offer — what are you waiting for? 100+ clubs and more than 50,000 students are excited to meet you! To accept your offer, log in to your MyFile account and follow the instructions. If you need a little more time, remember you’ve got until June 1, 2017, to accept an offer of admission to an Ontario university. The earlier you accept the better, though: it ensures you will get a seat in all the classes you want.
- Speaking of classes, after accepting your offer, you may also want to get to the meat of university life: choosing courses! Once again, your trusty friend MyFile is the key to success. Depending on your program of choice, your course selection process might vary. Log on to MyFile and select “Book/manage my enrolment appointment”. If you see “Book/Manage my Appointment” in the Advising column beside your program name, it means you need to book an enrolment appointment. An adviser will help you pick the right courses for your first year. If you see “Learn When Your Online Course Enrolment Begins”, it means you will be doing your course enrolment online. Don’t worry, you will be provided with instructions! Online enrolment means that your program is part of a transition program called YU START that encompasses many resources to help ease you into life as a York U student, both academically and socially. For example, upper-year students facilitate chat rooms over the summer through this program, providing peer support for your transition from high school to university. The great news: even if your program doesn’t have you enrol in classes via YU START, you can still take advantage of YU START’s many other fun and useful resources.
- After you begin enrolling in courses, you will need to send in a $300 registration deposit. You can only do so through telephone or online banking. This fee is part of your tuition (not an additional cost). It not only secures your spot in classes but also unlocks opportunities for you to become to a super cool university student. One of those opportunities? Residence! If you live out of town, you’re going to need a place to crash for a while. You’re guaranteed a place in residence if you apply before June 1!
Speaking of fees, tuition can be tough to manage and pay for. First, you’re going to want to fill out a Student Financial Profile (which you can do through MyFile). It’s essentially a profile of who you are and what monetary resources you currently have available, so it helps the York U better determine how to assist you financially (think on-campus jobs and the like). Second, check out all the scholarships York offers. Seriously, the University is giving you free money — what more could you ask for? Third, you might want to look into the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), which allows you to borrow money from the Ontario government temporarily to pay for school. It’s a loan, though, so you will have to pay this money back once you have graduated and secured a job. My fellow blogger Megan wrote a great post on how to deal with and manage OSAP funds.
Final Thoughts for Those Already Admitted to York
I’ve outlined a few essential steps in this post, but if you’re holding that acceptance letter in hand, you’ll probably want a few more details. Because your needs vary slightly depending on whether you’re a student straight out of an Ontario high school, are coming from elsewhere in Canada or the world or are a mature or transfer student, I would advise you to check out the University’s Admitted site, which will send you on to some nifty pages that will provide more deets particular to your cohort. York has tons of resources and initiatives to help you in your journey from doe-eyed teenager to a well-rounded, messenger-bag-carrying, coffee-obsessed undergraduate, or from a former college student to a proud York Lion. I, too, was once in your shoes — I found myself asking, is this the right school for me? What will happen? Who will I meet? The truth is that I don’t know exactly what your time at York will be like, and halfway through my third year, I still find myself asking a few of those questions. Yet university is an exciting, mind-opening opportunity, and at the end of the day, it is what YOU make of it, not what anyone else does. For me, university is about using one of my passions, writing, to reach and inspire students, and to learn something about myself along the way.
If You’ve Applied But Have Not Yet Heard from York U
Now I know some of you out there have been reading this post with a bit of anxiety, as you have sent your application to York U but are not yet holding that coveted acceptance in hand. First, let me say to you: keep calm. The University is continuing to process applications and to send out offer letters on an almost daily basis. MyFile will provide you with information about your application status. There are also a few things you can do to make the wait pass more quickly: visit campus for a tour, apply for scholarships and awards and of course keep your grades up to place yourself in the best possible starting position for university life in the future.
Good luck with your next steps! If you have any further questions, leave a comment or tweet me @yorkustudents!
Note: This post is a revised, completely updated version of one first published by Rebecca on February 4, 2016.