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New Student Checklist

Are You Ready for Classes?

There are many things to take care of before you start classes. Check to see if you have completed everything on the New Student Checklist. 

Have questions now? Email us!

Pay Your Fees

You must pay your fees to ensure you’re registered in classes. For more information, please visit 2019-2020 Academic Fee information page. 

Apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) – Ontario Residents

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government-sponsored program designed to help students fund their education.  OSAP offers both grants (money you don’t have to pay back) and loans (money you need to repay once you’re done school). OSAP entitlements are determined based on specific financial circumstances and eligibility criteria. Please note that processing times can take up to 4-6 weeks.

Students who are considered residents of another province are encouraged to speak with their province’s government student financial assistance provider for more information.

Please note that International student do not qualify for OSAP. 

Download the free Sheridan International App - International Students

Download the Sheridan International app:

To login, enter your Sheridan username and password.

Update Your Personal Information

Make sure to update your phone number and address in your myStudent Centre. Visit myOTR for detailed instructions.

Check Your Sheridan Email

Your Sheridan email account is used for all official Sheridan communications. Be sure to check your Sheridan email regularly before classes start and throughout the year for important information.

To find out more, attend a Sheridan Online Session:

Submit Your Study Permit - International Students

To complete your registration at Sheridan and ensure you’re registered in classes, you must submit a copy of your valid post-secondary study permit to the International File Submission system.

To find out more, attend a Study Permit Session: 

Access Your Timetable and Register for Classes

Step-by-step instructions on how to access, modify or build your timetable and register for your electives will be available on myOTR. Check regularly for key registration dates.

Register with Accessible Learning (AL) Services

If you’re a student with a documented disability or diagnosed mental health concerns who requires academic accommodations, be sure to register with Accessible Learning before classes start. For more information or to register, visit Accessible Learning.

To find out more, attend an Accessing Supports Session:

Attend New Student Orientation Activities

Orientation is your first opportunity to find out more about Sheridan, meet your classmates, learn more about your program from your professors, and obtain the important information you need to be successful at Sheridan. We’ll be hosting events and activities on:

  • Program Specific Sessions
  • Accessing Supports
  • Sheridan Online – SLATE, mystudentcentre and more!
  • Your Wellness & Health Insurance
  • Getting Involved
  • Academic Skills such as time management, study skills, test taking and more

Check out the full schedule of event!

Apply for Transfer Credits

If you have taken courses at another college or university, you may be eligible to earn transfer credits. Visit myPathways for step-by-step instructions and information on how to apply.

Buy Your Textbooks

Review your timetable to see which books you’ll need for your classes. Buy your books online at the Bookstore.

If you buy your books early, hold on to your receipt and keep your books in pristine condition until you’re sure you won’t need to return them. Your professors will talk about this during your first class and the required book will be on your course outline.

Check Your Laptop/Computer Requirements

Students in Mobile Computing programs are required purchase a laptop that complies with their program’s hardware and software standards. You can find your laptop requirements and access the laptop pre-check utility at IT Services.

For Spring 2020 if you are not in a Mobile Computer program and do not have access to a computer, you may be able to borrow a laptop for the Spring/Summer 2020 semester for free.  For more information, contact The Centre for Student Success.

Start Using Your Health and Dental Plan

You’re automatically covered by a comprehensive health and dental plan. To access your benefits:

  • Canadian students: Download your Pay-Direct Card. If you’re covered by an equivalent plan, you may opt-out online during the first three weeks of the semester. For a complete list of benefits, details on how to make a claim, the opt-out process, and the deadline to opt-out, please visit Student Care.
  • International students: Check your Sheridan email for your ID Card. For more information, please visit

To find out more, attend a Wellness and Health Insurance Session:

Get SLATE Ready

All courses at Sheridan use SLATE, Sheridan’s online learning system.  Spend some time getting familiar with how SLATE works before logging in on the first day of class with your Sheridan username and password.

To find out more, attend a Sheridan Online Session:

Familiarize Yourself with Sheridan Services Available to You

Many support services exist to help you succeed while studying at Sheridan, including Student Advisement, Counselling Services, Health Services, Library Services, Tutoring, Career Services, Accessible Learning and much more!

You can also attend an Accessing Supports Session:

Get Ready to Work in Canada - International Students

For those of you who wish to gain Canadian work experience and have work authorization indicated on your Study Permit, you may be eligible for a SIN — please visit your nearest Service Canada Centre with your immigration documents.

For those of you who don’t plan to obtain a driver’s license in Canada at this time and don’t wish to carry your passport with you as your sole means of identification, you may apply for the Ontario Photo Card . Please visit your nearest Service Ontario Centre with your original identity documents to prove your legal name, date of birth and signature.

To find out more, attend a Study Permit Session:

Or contact The International Centre:

Have Questions? Contact the Centre for Student Success

If you have any questions about getting started at Sheridan or need advice on anything related to your educational experience, connect with us at The Centre for Student Success!

We can discuss your academic goals, academic requirements, campus supports you should take advantage of, and much more! Just email

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