Follow this step by step guide to prepare for your first year as a science student.

After You Apply

1: Activate your CCID and sign up for your UAlberta email account

The University of Alberta uses email as an official means of communication with students. For this reason, it is important that you regularly check your UAlberta email account. To set up your email and other university computer accounts, you need to first activate your CCID (this is your Campus ID). Your CCID was sent to the email address you provided when you first applied to UAlberta. Click here to activate your CCID.

2: Get to know BearTracks

BearTracks is UAlberta's online, automated student record system. Access BearTracks with your activated CCID.

BearTracks allows you to:
  • Monitor the status of your application
  • Register for your courses
  • Check your fees' account balance
  • Update your contact information
  • Apply for scholarships/awards

3: Find your enrollment date

This is the actual date you can begin your course registration. You can locate your enrollment date on your BearTracks landing page under the Academics tab. We recommend you choose your courses as close to the registration date as possible because some classes fill up quickly.

4: Accept your offer 

New to U of A students: In order for you to finalize your admission and course registration you will need to Accept your Offer on BearTracks and pay a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit. 

Instructions- How to Accept your offer and Pay the Tuition Deposit

Current U of A students:

In Bear Tracks, you must accept your offer of admission to your new program and you must transfer your course registration. Your registration can be transferred one of two ways. If your current registration includes courses added by a department your registration may be lost if you choose option two.

1. Contact the Faculty of Science Student Services Office
780.492.4758 or 1.800.358.8314 or stop by our office, 1-001 CCIS. 
2. BearTracks
In the left column under Enroll click on Change Program and follow the instructions. 

*Make sure to review the status of your application on your BearTracks account regularly and submit any required documentation by the documentation deadline.

5: Transfer Credit
Upon admission, courses from other post-secondary institutions as well as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) are evaluated for credit toward your program in the Faculty of Science.
  • Students may be awarded a maximum of *60 transfer credits including no more than *42 junior (100-Level) courses.
  • Credit must also fit within the program to which you are being admitted otherwise it is not granted as transfer credit.
When transfer credit has been granted, a View Transfer Credit Report button appears on the Application Status tab in the left menu within your Bear Tracks account. There are three options from the View Transfer Credit Report page: 
1. View transfer credit report information
2. Print the view page using the print function from the browser
3. Select the Open PDF button (located at the top and bottom of the page) to open up the Transfer Credit Report in PDF.
Students who have received transfer credit must pay particular attention to any course notes and restrictions listed on their transfer credit report. These notes commonly state “may not also receive credit in course X at the U of A”. This means you are not permitted to take the course that has been listed in the comment.
You may also find that transfer credit has been granted as [subject] 2XX (ie. BIOL 2XX). Occasionally courses are reviewed that are similar to, but not exactly the same as courses offered at the U of A. The material covered in these courses offer sufficient knowledge to qualify for credit, however due to slight differences, direct credit to a U of A course cannot be assigned. In the case of BIOL 2XX, credit is being granted for a 200 level Biology course.


6: Apply for housing/study permit & plan your financials

Housing: Planning to live on campus? Apply online or contact *Students who apply for residence before April 30, 2016 will be guaranteed a residence offer.

Study Permit: (must be obtained by students who are non Canadian or Permanent Residents): As an International student you will need to apply for a Study Permit in order to begin your studies at UAlberta. For more information visit International Student Services.

Financials: Visit Student Connect for help you with all of your student finances, from student loans and bursaries to financial planning.

Have a question about housing, study permits or financials?  Ask Student Connect

Budget for your first-year using our online cost calculator

7: Identify your program requirements

Before you begin making your individualized timetable, it is important that you familiarize yourself with your degree program and know what course that you are required to take in your first year as a Science student.

8:  Register for your courses by following our Registration Guide.