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Information for new students - Fall 2020 learning

Category:To: First year students
June 23, 2020

Since this news release was published, we have updated a link for improved clarity.

Worried about fall being mostly virtual? Get ready to be pleasantly surprised by how engaging and supportive your fall experience will be - virtual learning at Ryerson will be much more than you expect! Of course, we can’t wait to get back to campus, but we’ll only do this if Toronto Public Health advises that it’s safe for all of us to do so. In the meantime, we’re in this together and we’re working hard to ensure a great start to your studies with us.

First, getting ready for fall includes getting your technology ready. You can read about the minimum technology requirements recommended by Ryerson University for fall 2020 on our website. You should also check for additional information on your faculty’s website (see below) regarding any specific software recommendations.

For more specific information about your faculty or program, please visit your faculty’s website. 

Faculty of Arts

Courses in the Faculty of Arts will be offered by online remote teaching in the fall 2020 term. This means that all fall 2020 programs will be delivered virtually with no classes taking place on campus. Your professors and staff are working together to ensure that your arrival will be an engaging and exciting experience. Program departments will contact first-year students soon regarding virtual summer activities to welcome you to university life. For more information and full details, visit the Faculty of Arts New Students webpage.

Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD)

All the programs are building on FCAD's robust virtual infrastructure to offer curricular requirements virtually, and create an interactive and innovative online learning experience for the students this fall. 

A few select FCAD programs are currently looking into offering limited on-campus experiential opportunities that would complement the online activities. This may include access to equipment, studios, and/or intensive workshops and labs. These select experiences will strictly depend on the program and will be subject to the safety and health parameters at the time. 

Our current plan is to offer these limited on-campus experiences optionally. Those who are unable to participate, because of their living arrangement, will be provided a strong alternative virtually. This means living in Toronto or coming to campus will not be a requirement for Fall 2020 and students will achieve all the intended learning objectives whether or not they participate in any of the complementary in-person experiences. For more information, please visit the Stay Connected webpage or email

Faculty of Community Services (FCS)

The Faculty of Community Services will be teaching online for the fall 2020 term. Some classes will still be held in real time so that students can still 'meet' and 'get to know' their professors and their peers. Technologies will support discussion and interaction, clinical programs will have virtual use of live actor simulations to practice counselling skills and labs will be demonstrated online. Specific information for each program will be detailed as it is ready this summer. For more information and full details, visit the Faculty of Community Services' website.

Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS)

The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science's courses will be offered through online remote teaching for the fall 2020 term. This means that all fall 2020 courses, including liberal electives, will be offered remotely. For more information incoming Engineering students can visit the Welcome to Ryerson Engineering webpage, and incoming Architectural Science students can visit the Architectural Science Fall 2020 Update webpage. 

Faculty of Science (FoS)

All courses offered by the Faculty of Science will be remotely delivered in the fall. The specifics of how each course will run remotely will be communicated to you by your course instructors as those courses become ready in the summer. All new students are encouraged to stay in touch through their program administrator and program director/academic coordinator. For more information, visit the Faculty of Science website. 

Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Medical Physics, Mathematics & Its Applications, Financial Mathematics, Undeclared Science

Computer Science

Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM)

The Ted Rogers School of Management is confirming that the fall 2020 term will be delivered virtually, and accessible via the Internet. We are committed to providing high-quality academic programs and student support services while keeping the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff at the centre of our decision-making. We are innovating every aspect of the Ted Rogers School experience, and are confident we can create a better, more engaging experience for the fall as our activities are conducted remotely. We know you have many questions, and we encourage you to learn more about our plans for the fall term on the TRSM Student Advising webpage. 

ServiceHub: One-Stop Solutions Webinar

As a new student, you may be looking to learn more about what it takes to get started and your next steps before September. Find answers to your questions during an interactive webinar from @RUServiceHub (external link) 's One-Stop Solutions series at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.

Register for the ServiceHub's One-Stop Solution series (external link) .

Get Ryerson Ready

Get Ryerson Ready is a chance to catch-up, get ahead or try something new — whatever you might need. Student Life and Learning Support is designing a series of online learning experiences focusing on a variety of topics, and we're ready to help you navigate everything Ryerson has to offer first-year students! Pre-register for Get Ryerson Ready to receive regular updates about our math, community, study, wellness and writing readiness programs and opportunities. 

Learn more about Get Ryerson Ready.