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University Toronto; Taking 5 credits?

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Hey,

I am attending Rotman this September. I wanted to take 5 credits just so that I could graduate within 4 years (I don't want to take summerschool, at all). I wanted to ask if it was doable to put concentrate on 5 courses and actually accumulate a rather high GPA? Is it possible? Is it going to be too stressful? Should I just take 4? I really want to take 5, but I am concerned.

Have any of you taken 5 courses during a term? If so, how was it, ya'll?

Thanks a lot guys.
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I've never been to Rotman, but I've done as high as 6 courses a Term, and I have gotten A's in all. I'm your standtard university engineering student....study, party, sleep, repeat.
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To get moderately good grades, it's typically one hour of studying everyday for every course you are in. It has to be consistant however- you must do it everyday. Studying for exams, tests, and large projects requires additional time on top.

You'll lose more of your free time, but if you are able to maintain commitment, then you should be fine.

Now Rotman is tough and you want top standing, so let's make that 1.5 hours for every class; = 7.5 hours everyday.

Besides, at Sauder (UBC), to be eligible for the Dean's List, you have to take 5 courses in at least one of your semesters from September-April AND maintain at least a 85% average, and there are certainly people who manage. Ide assume Rotman has a similar system...
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I'm in Life Sciences at UTSG, but have done 5 courses for two semesters now, and it is definitely possible. As others have pointed out, your program may be more intensive, and since it's UofT anyway, you're going to have to be very committed. As much free time as you'll lose, you'll have 4 months of summer to make up for it. It'll be worth it.
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Just finished my first year. I took 5.5 credits Fall term, 5 in Winter. I had to attend classes, tutorials and labs usually 8 hours a day, except a few lucky days where its only 6 hours. It was hectic and quite hard to keep up with, I lost a TON of sleep, but I crammed and worked hard and did fine. Starting next year I am required to take a full load of 6 courses. haha, so excited.

I don't know how difficult Rotman is, but I am pretty sure the workload is comparable to my program. Definitely take 5 credits, if you really cant handle it you can drop 1 before the last drop date. It might be hard to juggle things at first, but you just needa time manage.

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@aimango wrote
Just finished my first year. I took 5.5 credits Fall term, 5 in Winter. I had to attend classes, tutorials and labs usually 8 hours a day, except a few lucky days where its only 6 hours. It was hectic and quite hard to keep up with, I lost a TON of sleep, but I crammed and worked hard and did fine. Starting next year I am required to take a full load of 6 courses. haha, so excited.


Why are you doing this to yourself?
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@littleroom wrote

@aimango wrote
Just finished my first year. I took 5.5 credits Fall term, 5 in Winter. I had to attend classes, tutorials and labs usually 8 hours a day, except a few lucky days where its only 6 hours. It was hectic and quite hard to keep up with, I lost a TON of sleep, but I crammed and worked hard and did fine. Starting next year I am required to take a full load of 6 courses. haha, so excited.


Why are you doing this to yourself?




Because aimango is a software engineer. They are the most hardcore people at UW.
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Actually earlier this year I was considering dropping down to CS, because it's really easy to do that for us. I did a lot of comparison - pros and cons & whatnot. Decided to stay because my program has higher prestige, a better "community" feeling since we take all the same classes, and I just feel like the hard work will be worth it. I guess the only thing I really missed out on this year was having a better social life, but it's not hard to change that around for next year ^^
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@aimango wrote
Actually earlier this year I was considering dropping down to CS, because it's really easy to do that for us. I did a lot of comparison - pros and cons & whatnot. Decided to stay because my program has higher prestige, a better "community" feeling since we take all the same classes, and I just feel like the hard work will be worth it. I guess the only thing I really missed out on this year was having a better social life, but it's not hard to change that around for next year ^^



You get what you go for right? Prestige comes at a price; but being able to talk about being in an awesome program is totally worth it. I think it gets easier to manage things as you progress because you get a good feel for what you need to do to do well with as little effort as possible.
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@SUMmer123456 wrote

@aimango wrote
Actually earlier this year I was considering dropping down to CS, because it's really easy to do that for us. I did a lot of comparison - pros and cons & whatnot. Decided to stay because my program has higher prestige, a better "community" feeling since we take all the same classes, and I just feel like the hard work will be worth it. I guess the only thing I really missed out on this year was having a better social life, but it's not hard to change that around for next year ^^



You get what you go for right? Prestige comes at a price; but being able to talk about being in an awesome program is totally worth it. I think it gets easier to manage things as you progress because you get a good feel for what you need to do to do well with as little effort as possible.


Definitely ^^
Oh yeah and I'd like to mention that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Prior to accepting, I had no idea that engineers had such hectic schedules compared to everyone else. Haha.
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It is actually pretty hard to deal with 5 credits, and im in humanities (i dont know why architecture would be considered humanities but...). i had to drop half a credit to keep up just because i was not taking school seriously the first semester. even the second semester was hard to keep up with 5 :s.

however if you are willing to read everyday like your suppose to and not leave it till the last week then you should be fine. i have a bunch of friends in rotman this yr and they were all struggling with a lot of courses (oh how they loved rsm and eco...)

If this helps you Rotman has 40% drop-out rate which means even if you are in the pre-rotman program first yr it does not mean you will get to go on to the second yr :(

if im not wrong they require you to pass calculus and have a min mark of 65 (or maybe 67) in econ and rsm...which...trust me...is not easy at rotman but definitely manageable if you don't slack off too much

definitely take 5 to begin with! or maybe even 6, and then as you feel the pressure and workload going up, too fast for you to keep up with, then drop one (or even 2). because its better to take more at first and have a choice of what to drop rather than not taking enough and having to stick with those courses the whole year :)

GOOD LUCK!
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