Things to Do

As a new University of Saskatchewan student, you are probably wondering what you need to do before and after you arrive on campus. Here is a list of some things you should take care of soon:
Complete your admission

If you were offered early (conditional) admission to the U of S, you need to meet the conditions of your admission described in your admission letter.

Read through your admission letter to see the conditions you must meet and, after you have arranged for documents to be sent to the U of S to show that you have met these conditions, check your application status online to see when they have been received.

For example, if you were still in Grade 12 when you were offered admission, you must arrange for your final, official high school transcript to be sent directly to the U of S by the appropriate authority, such as your provincial Ministry of Education. This item is displayed as High School Transcript in your application summary checklist.

Prepare to register for classes
  1. Read any communication your college sent you. Certain letters and emails will help you select the right classes and direct you to available help. Some students may need to speak to an academic advisor before registration.
  2. Make a tentative class schedule in advance. Browse through your college’s information in the Course and Program Catalogue to learn what courses are included in programs that interest you. Ensure you have more than one schedule planned out becasue some classes fill up very quickly.
  3. Register for classes in PAWS.

The registration function in PAWS will only be available after your access date.

For more information, or help with the registration process, contact Student Central or visit the add/drop classes page.

Learn about important dates and deadlines

The Academic Calendar lists important dates and deadlines you need to know about, such as:

  • tuition payment deadlines
  • withdrawal deadlines
  • beginning and end of term
  • beginning and end of final examinations
  • dates that the university is closed
Buy your text books

To avoid lineups, visit the Bookstore early to buy your textbooks, or purchase your textbooks online to get them delivered right to your door for a flat delivery fee of $11.95 + GST.

Find out what textbooks you require in the My Textbooks channel in PAWS

Pick up your student ID card

To avoid lineups, pick up your student ID card at the Bookstore early. Identification is required when getting a student card (e.g., drivers’ license, passport or citizenship card). You will require a student ID card to write exams, borrow library materials and access the physical activity complex. Meal plans for students living in residence are also tracked using student ID cards.

Activate your U-Pass

If you are an undergraduate student, activate your U-Pass at the USSU Information Centre in the Place Riel Student Centre. For more information, visit the USSU’s website. If you are a graduate student, activate your U-Pass at the GSA Commons (Emmanual & St. Chad building). For more information, visit the GSA’s website.

But wait! First things first—be sure to get your student ID card before getting your UPass—available from the Bookstore

Check if you are already covered by a health and/or dental plan

If you are already covered by a health and/or dental plan, consider opting out of the USSU/GSA health and dental plan at ihaveaplan.ca

Consider applying for a government student loan

Government student loans can help you finance your education and are interest-free while you are undertaking your studies. To determine whether you are eligible for either federal or provincial/territorial student loans, and to find out how to apply, visit students.usask.ca/loans.

Make sure your name and contact information is correct

Make sure the university has your legal name recorded correctly and that your address and emergency contacts are up to date. Update your personal info here.

Meet with an academic advisor
Every undergraduate student should meet with an academic advisor. Advisors will help you develop an educational plan that fits your abilities, interests, personal circumstances and career goals. Meeting with an advisor early will help you be successful at university. For a complete list of advisors, visit students.usask.ca/advising.
Pay your tuition

Find out the tuition payment deadlines in the Academic Calendar

A statement of tuition, student fees and other balances owing will be sent to you; however, payment is due regardless of whether or not you received a statement. You can also view your statement in the Tuition and Fes channel in PAWS.

The statement can be paid by any of the following methods:

  • In-person, online or by telephone banking
  • At your bank
  • By mail
  • Online by credit card through PAWS—MasterCard is the only credit card accepted for tuition payments (a one per cent administration fee is charged for credit card payment). 
For more information about paying for classes, visit students.usask.ca/paying.
If you are an Aboriginal student, self declare your ancestry

Aboriginal students are encouraged to self declare their ancestry in PAWS. About 2,000 students have self declared, but that represents only a portion of Aboriginal students studying at the U of S. If you think you have already self declared, please check in PAWS to make sure.

To self declare: Add the Aboriginal Student Self Declaration channel in PAWS

If you have questions about how self declaring will benefit you, please talk to a staff member at the Aboriginal Students’ Centre or contact the U of S Registrar at registrar@usask.ca.

Upcoming Events

  • U-Start Registration Workshops
    • When: April and May
    • Where: throughout Western Canada
    • Sign up for a session near you to learn about important tools and skills you will need to register for classes and transition to university!
  • Tour our campus
    • Planning to visit campus this summer? Book a guided tour or use our self-guided campus tour map to tour on your own!
  • Orientation
    • Jump-start your university experience at Orientation on Tuesday, September 2, 2014! We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

Parents

Find answers to some of your frequently asked questions on our Parents page.