Things to Do

As a new University of Saskatchewan student, there are lots of things you want to know about and lots of things you need to do before and after you arrive on campus.

Prepare to register for classes

Choosing and registering for classes is a very important step in becoming a university student. It is essential that you prepare for registration before your access date, the first day that you can register, to help ensure you are able to register for classes that suit your interests and meet the requirements for your program.

Here are some ways that you can prepare for registration:

  1. Attend a U-Start registration workshop. Offered in April and May throughout Western Canada, U-Start registration workshops will introduce you to important university tools and websites. U of S staff will be there to answer any questions you have about coming to university.
  2. Read through and follow the Registration Steps. From learning how to find your program requirements to building your schedule and registering for classes online, these steps will guide you through the process.
  3. Speak to an academic advisor in your college. Advisors can help you to understand your program requirements and make sure your educational plans are on track.
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, after you graduate.

This item is displayed as High School Transcript in your application summary checklist.

Buy your text books

After you have registered for classes, use the My Textbooks channel in PAWS or visit the University of Saskatchewan Bookstore's website to find the textbooks and required course materials you will need. 

To avoid long lineups in the store at the beginning of each term, visit the bookstore before classes start or purchase your textbooks online to get them delivered right to your door.

Get your U of S student card

You will be able to get your U of S student card after you have registered for classes. For most of the year, the Campus ID Card Office is located at the front desk in the University of Saskatchewan Bookstore. Near the beginning of each term, however, it will be temporarilty relocated to the north concourse in Upper Place Riel to be able to accommodate increased traffic.

Photo identification is required when getting a student card (e.g. drivers’ license, passport or citizenship card).

You will use your U of S student card to:

  • access the Physical Activity Complex
  • borrow library materials
  • write examinations
  • get your U-Pass to access Saskatoon transit services

If you will be living in residence, you will also use your U of S student card as your room key and access card for your campus meal plan.

Get your U-Pass

After you get your U of S student card, you will be able to get your U-Pass, or universal transit pass, which will allow you to access Saskatoon transit services while you are a student.

Undergraduate students can pick up U-Pass stickers at the USSU Information Centre in Place Riel.

Graduate students need to visit the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) Commons, located in the Emmanual & St. Chad building. 

Check into your health and dental plan coverage

You can learn about student health and dental plans for U of S undergraduate or graduate students at ihaveaplan.ca

If you are already covered by an equivalent health and/or dental plan (such as a parent or spouse's employee benefit plan), you can opt out during the change of coverage period and receive credit to your student account for the amount of the plan.

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.

Learn about important dates and deadlines

Check out the Academic Calendar to find important dates and deadlines that 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
Update your contact information

To make sure you don't miss any important correspondence from the university, log in to PAWS and update your contact information, including your mailing address and telephone number.

You should also make sure that the university has your legal name and/or preferred name recorded correctly and that you have provided emergency contact information for someone we can reach on your behalf in the event of an emergency.

Pay your tuition

After you have registered for classes, you can find your tuition and fees balance and account summary in the Tuition and Fees channel in PAWS. 

Make sure you are familiar with how and when to pay your tuition and student fees in order to avoid academic and/or financial penalties.

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.

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.