For context, currently in my 2nd year of undergrad at UofT.
I've read that admissions looks at all factors holistically (i.e. intensity of program, course-load, types of courses etc.) when examining GPA rather than just taking it as a flat number. In my first year, I took a full course-load (5 courses per semester) and did well, and this year I'm currently enrolled in 5, but I'm debating dropping down to 4. I know that dropping to 4 more or less isn't more desirable than doing 5, but I want to know how big is the downside to taking 4 courses? Would I be significantly hurting my chances, or is it not a huge deal. Would 4 in fall and 5 in Winter make any difference? How about 4 in fall and 6 in winter? I'm planning on dropping a full year course that's a pre-req for some third year courses I need to take, so my plan is definitely to make up that course (and the accompanying credit deficit) in the summer session. In my third year, I intend to go back to the standard 5 courses per semester.
Thanks in advance for your help!