Much of the information that you’ll need to know about your classes is at your fingertips with these online tools.
Set up your Concordia email, Moodle and related student accounts. Navigate to My CU Account, select the Personal information & accounts tab and select View computer accounts & passwords.
Every student has access to a Concordia email address, and although using one is not mandatory, it's highly recommended. A big benefit: free access to Microsoft Office 365, a super useful suite of tools that you might otherwise have to pay for. You can activate your email account as of the first day of class.
Students entering the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science have access to a faculty-specific email address. Once classes have started, you may request a faculty address by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and attaching a photo of any valid government-issued ID.
Moodle is where your professors share their course outlines, along with other class materials. You'll use the Moodle platform to submit assignments, participate in classroom discussion forums and more. Once the term begins, be sure that all the classes you're taking show up in your Moodle account. You may not see your courses in Moodle until the first day of each of your classes.
Downloading key apps onto your phone can help you stay connected. The Concordia app is an easy way to view your courses, check your grades and consult the shuttle bus schedule. The Guardian app helps keep Concordians safe and inform students of any system outages. Keep track of your health insurance with the Omni app and access your Moodle courses on your phone with the Moodle app.
Once the term begins, monitor your waitlisted courses and swaps carefully. Make sure you know and understand the DNE and DISC deadlines.
You may have joined the waitlist for a class. As other students adjust their schedules at the beginning of term, you may automatically be enrolled in the waitlisted course. If you had set up the swap function, you'll also automatically drop another course. Review the swaps you set up to make sure they still fit with your plans.
Withdrawing from a course
The DNE deadline (which stands for Did Not Enter) is the date by which you can officially withdraw from a course without having to pay for it. If you drop a course before this deadline it won’t appear on either your student record or official transcript. Note: If you DNE all of your courses, your offer of admission becomes invalid.
Discontinuing a course
If you want to drop a course after the DNE deadline, you can, as long as it's before the DISC deadline (short for Discontinued). While it won't affect your GPA (grade point average), discontinuing a course will result in a DISC notation on your student record and official transcript. You will also need to pay the tuition fee for the discontinued course.
Deciding to stop attending a course is not the same as dropping a course. If you do not drop a course, and simply stop doing the coursework and participating, you will receive a failing grade.
International students and those receiving government financial aid must be enrolled as full-time students.
Pay your tuition fees on time to avoid late fees and library or registration holds.
Payment methods and deadlines
Fall tuition is due September 1 and the final payment deadline is September 30. Winter tuition is due January 1 and the final payment deadline is January 31. You can pay your tuition feesby online banking, pre-authorized debit, credit card or using CIBC International Student Pay.
Tuition fees breakdown
You can see the breakdown of your tuition fees in your Student Centre. You're automatically enrolled in Concordia student health insurance, which is included in your fees. Your tuition payment also includes a series of "fee levies," which are student organizations and initiatives at Concordia that have been selected by a referendum process to receive funding through student fees.
Understanding your financial aid
Every government financial aid program has its own procedures for disbursing funds. Your program may require you to pick up or drop off documents, or get your loan documents certified. Find out more in the Finances section of your Student Centre.
For questions about how the university bills and collects tuition fees, email Student Accounts for support.
Having your Student ID card and textbooks in place at the beginning of term is essential to a smooth start.
Student ID card
Your student ID card lets you board the campus shuttle, get a student-rate OPUS card to take public transit and access certain campus buildings.
You can find out which books are required for your courses by reading the course outline in Moodle or by consulting your personalized student book list. You can also confirm with your professor once classes have started.
Many professors put the required readings on course reserve at the libraries, meaning you can borrow them for short periods during which you can scan and email assigned pages to yourself. Professors will let you know in your course outline if readings are on reserve at the libraries.
Orientation, Frosh and Homeroom are great opportunities to get to know new people. You can even join sports teams, fitness classes and social activities for Concordia students.
Orientation and student-led welcome events are an excellent way to meet other new students from your faculty and across the university. You will discover all of the amazing student groups and learn about ways to get involved. Whatever your interests, there's something for you.
Homeroom, run by the Dean of Students Office, provides a space to meet and bond with other new Concordians. In weekly meetings led by upper-year students, you’ll discuss a wide array of must-know topics that will help ease the transition to Concordia. Homeroom takes place weekly on Zoom.
Concordia has over 200 intramural sports teams to choose from; you can also join an intramural e-Sports teamto meet new people. Stay active with online group fitness classes offered by Recreation and Athletics, which are free for Concordia students.
If you have any documents left to submit, now is the time to do it.
If your offer letter included a request for an official transcript from your final term, send it to the Concordia admissions office as soon as possible. CEGEP students do not have to submit anything unless specifically notified. We receive official final transcripts electronically from your CEGEP.
If you're an international student, be sure you've uploaded your immigration documents (CAQ, Study Permit, passport) to your Student Centre as soon as they are available.
Feeling overwhelmed, confused or simply in need of some practical advice? Peer and professional staff in advising, academic support and physical and mental health are here for you.
Connect with our student mentors from the Welcome Crew. They are knowledgeable current students who are happy to share their experience and help you find the information you are looking for. You can also request to be paired with a staff Navigator for help identifying and accessing the services and support you need.
Academic advisors can lend assistance with course planning and your program and degree requirements. For questions about your coursework, you can always contact your professors and teaching assistants (TAs) by email. Professors also host virtual office hours, which are a chance to discuss your assignments and learn more about their expectations of you in the class.