Now That You're Here
When and where do I schedule my advising sessions?
All students admitted into the Transition Program are required to meet with a Transition Program Advisor at least once each term. Students will be required to set up their appointments for Term 1 during Orientation week. If you fail to set appointment times, you will be assigned a time to meet with an advisor.
How can I get a University of Saskatchewan student card?
As a University of Saskatchewan student you are eligible for a student card. Your first card is provided at no charge and you may receive up to 5 replacements for cards that are lost or damaged. Legal name changes must first be changed at Human Resources prior to coming to the card office. For the most up to date information about student cards please visit:
When and where do I get my text books?
It is recommended that students wait to meet with their instructors before purchasing their textbooks. Instructors may ‘require’ a textbook(s) and may ‘recommend’ others.
The University Bookstore, located in Marquis Hall, carries a complete stock of all books for all courses, departments, colleges, and programs. Textbook lists for classes can be obtained from the Bookstore website.
Computer lab/printer accounts
The Royal West Computer lab is located on the North wing of the school. There are 12 University of Saskatchewan networked computers available in the middle section of the room. Students are required to log in using their NSID and password. Students who wish to print must purchase a printing account through the Arts & Science Royal West Main Office.
Do I need to choose a major right away? When do I have to choose a major?
A ‘major’ is the discipline or field in which a student specializes. During your first year in the Arts & Science Transition Program you will take a variety of courses, which may be applied to the degree you choose to pursue later. Students are not required to choose a major right away.
In February, an email is sent out by the College of Arts & Science regarding information about declaring your major and the steps you need to take. Students are not required to declare a major at that time unless they have made that decision. Students may declare a major and/or change their major decision at any time and may do so by visiting the Arts & Science Tab in their PAWS account. Students are encouraged to have a major declared after second year.
How many hours per weeks will I have to study?
While you were in high school, most of course time was spent in the classroom with your teacher. In University, most of your learning occurs out of class time. The responsibility for learning now falls on you. University classes meet an average of 3 hours per week. Courses offered in the Transition Program meet an additional 1 ½ hours per week per course for tutorial time. A side from class time, students can expect to spend at least 3 to 7 hours per week for each class on reading, preparation, review, research, studying, etc. In addition, Arts & Science Transition students have a weekly 1 ½ hour ULife 101 course (Sept to Nov, Jan. to mid-March). In other words, you should consider your 13.5 hours class hours per week to be roughly equivalent to a 30 to 35 hour work week.
I need to work part time during the school year. How many hours will I be able to manage?
Many factors should be considered when taking on a part-time job while attending University full time in the fall. It is very important not to underestimate the amount of time needed to work on your courses. Some courses will have a heavier workload than others. For example, if English 110 requires a heavy reading load and you are a slow reader it will require more of your time.
Also consider a flexible work schedule – where you do not miss class time or if you require extra time off to devote to your studies (major assignments or exam periods). Students who work more than 8 to 10 hours a week, often see a negative impact on their studies.
In high school, I was diagnosed with a learning disability or I suspect that I might have a learning disability. What kinds of supports are available through the Transition Program and the University of Saskatchewan?
If you have a learning disability or any other disability, you can register with the University of Saskatchewan Disabilities Student Services (DSS). Staff from DSS will help you to put appropriate supports and accommodations in place to aid in your success. Instructors should be notified as early as possible in the year, so that they can give you appropriate support. Even if you are not formally diagnosed but suspect you may have a learning disability, DSS can aid you in getting support.
Smoking is not permitted within the school. Students are asked to smoke outside of school property at the south end of the school. A bench has been place there for comfort. Please use the garbage receptacle for cigarette butts.
Students are asked to turn their cell phones off during class time. Cell phone ringing during class time can be very disruptive.
Money & Valuables
There were occasions last year when students would leave their backpacks in the classroom and upon returning found valuables missing. Students are asked not to leave money and valuables at school.
Students at Royal West who are parents may be eligible for child care through the child care center located on site. For more information about this service, speak with the Arts & Science Transition Coordinator.
Arts & Science Students Union (ASSU) is a volunteer organization which represents the needs of the students in Arts and Science. The ASSU Executive and Council are elected students who represent the membership on a range of topics, from academic and social issues. As an Arts & Science student (in the Arts & Science Transition Program) you are automatically a member of the ASSU.
Campus clubs provide a unique assortment or academic and social interactions for students. Last year there were over 75 ratified clubs on campus, making it easier to find one that would suit your interests. Contact the USSU to find out more about which clubs are on campus and if you are interested in forming your own club.
University of Saskatchewan Students Union (USSU) is a representative body for all University of Saskatchewan undergraduate students. The USSU represents student concerns to the University, community and provincial and federal governments. The USSU offers many services and invite students to attend the weekly University Students’ Council meetings.