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Top five reasons to attend New Student Orientation

Annual event eases new students into life on campus

August 13, 2018 — 

It’s the start of a new academic year and for incoming undergraduate students, the first big event is New Student Orientation. The event, designed to welcome new students to campus and prepare them for the next step in their academic careers, takes place on Sept. 4 on the Fort Garry campus. New Student Orientation is open to all new students starting at the U of M this fall.

“We really want students to feel like they belong here, that this isn’t just where they go to class, but that this is their campus now and they are an important part of what goes on here,” said Ali Wood-Warren, First Year Centre Coordinator.

If you’re a new student, here are the top five reasons you should register to attend New Student Orientation:

  1. Get the information you need to succeed academically

New Student Orientation offers lots of information to help you get your bearings. From faculty sessions to learning about what it means to be a student at the U of M and all the opportunities available to you, all the important topics are covered. And if you have more questions, see reason #2!

  1. Connect with faculty and fellow students

If you have questions about university life, this is a great time to ask them. Faculty and current students will be on hand to provide answers and tips. It’s also an opportunity to meet other new students who are sharing the same experience.

  1. Get familiar with campus

The U of M’s Fort Garry campus is big and can be overwhelming. At New Student Orientation you’ll visit some of the spaces on campus. You’ll have the chance to explore your new home away from home.

  1. Learn how to access services, supports and opportunities

As part of the day, you’ll visit the All About U Expo to learn about opportunities to get involved in Community Service-Learning programs, mentoring programs, student volunteering programs and many others.

  1. New Student Orientation is fun

It’s one of the most exciting times of year on campus! You’ll have a chance to hear great speakers, take part in games and activities and check out everything that our campus has to offer. Don’t miss this chance to see all that’s ahead of you at the U of M.

“We are really excited to welcome all our new students to the University of Manitoba community,” said Wood-Warren. “It is such an exciting time of year and the energy on campus is incredible. Attending Orientation is the best way for students to start their academic careers on the right foot, have some fun and make some new friends.”

Note: Some faculties and departments have their own independent orientation events on Sept. 4, these include Family Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Health Program, School of Art, Asper School of Business, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering. For additional information on faculty orientations, please contact your faculty directly.

Register for New Student Orientation

If you haven’t registered for New Student Orientation, be sure to check the New Student Orientation web page for more information and how to register. Registration closes Aug. 27.

Items to complete before Orientation

There are also a number of things that you can do before attending Orientation to get ready for the year ahead. You can activate your U of M email account, get your U of M photo I.D. card and pay your tuition (due by Oct. 3, 2018) all before classes begin. You can also attend a University Prep workshop offered by the Academic Learning Centre. If you’re uncertain of what to do now, visit the Student Guide or New Student Orientation web page for details.

New this year, a series of online orientation videos will also be available to watch covering subjects like student experience, academic responsibilities, and important policy information.

For more information visit umanitoba.ca/orientation. Information about events specifically for students at Bannatyne campus, in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and more can be found on our website.

Be sure to join the conversation on our student social media channels: @umstudent, @um_student and facebook.com/UM.Student. You can also use our hashtags, #umorientation and #umanitoba2022.

Be sure to check out our Facebook Live event on Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

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