As a student in a First-Year Learning Community, or FLC, you will get together with a small group of first-year students who are also registered in several of the same courses, labs and tutorials. Each FLC (pronounced flick) group meets on a bi-weekly basis for academic, developmental and social activities facilitated by senior-year students and with the guidance of faculty and staff advisors. Coming together you will create a community of learners that will help ease your transition from high school to university.
Every year around 850 students participate in FLCs, or 15% of all first-year undergraduate students in Arts & Science. We now have over 5000 FLC alumni. Our program is open to newly admitted first-year Arts & Science students at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. It is a program provided by Arts & Science at no cost to students. For students who successfully complete the FLC program, you will receive a notation on your transcript and your Co-Curricular Record.
What will I do in my FLC?
FLC provides you with the skills and resources to be successful in your university studies, while also helping you to form friendships, maintain a healthy life balance and explore the campus and the city of Toronto. We achieve this balanced approach to programming by offering bi-weekly sessions on academics (academic integrity, note-taking, creating professional relationships with your professors, learning about your program and POSts), developmental skills (time management, effective group work and career learning and resume writing) as well as social activities (yoga and meditation classes, trips to museums and city hall and the occasional game of dodge ball).
What will FLC look like for me?
Your first step is to apply for the program when registration begins in early June. Visit “Discover Your FLC”, and select which FLC makes the most sense for you based on your admissions category. Once you are accepted into the FLC program, we will then register you for your FLC group as well as two to three core courses (read these course listings under “Discover Your FLC”). You are registered for these core courses before they open-up to other first-year students. It is your responsibility to register for your remaining courses. It is also important to note that these core courses have been decided on in consultation with faculty administrators from the different disciplines involved. As a first-year student, this means you will be seeing twenty-five or so friendly faces several times a week, when you walk into your first-year lectures or in your smaller tutorials, and of course, when you meet in your FLC group every other week!