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Welcome to UM’s First Year Experience

July 28, 2020 — 

The University of Manitoba is excited to welcome our newest Bisons, the Class of 2024!

In a year unlike any other, UM has created first year programming that will help students to connect with their classmates, prepare for the year ahead, and gain tips and strategies to help them thrive in a remote learning environment.

It is important for the newest members of our campus community to feel connected to their university and to their peers. We will be offering online events and programming all summer long to assist in the transition from high school to life at UM, and to help students feel ready for the fall, regardless of where they may studying – Winnipeg or anywhere in the world.

Throughout the summer students can win prizes by participating in First Year Experience programming and events, and will earn chances to enter draws to win cash prizes towards tuition. Students who complete specific requirements can apply to receive recognition on their co-curricular record.

Here are some of the exciting programs new students can participate in this summer. Students should stay tuned to their emails for the launch of UM Commons. More info will be posted there as event and programming details are added:

UM Commons
Available now

New this year, this online hub connects new students to UM, classmates, and the resources and tools they need to excel throughout their first year. From getting the latest information on what’s happening, registering for events, connecting with staff, services, peer tutor programs or finding a student community, UM Commons will be students’ first stop.

UM Essentials
Available now

This online orientation series will highlight the many supports and services available to support new students in all areas of their lives. Each module is carefully designed to support students, no matter their academic program, to gain key knowledge to help them feel prepared for the year ahead.

Students will learn what it means to join the UM community including the expectations about academic and personal behaviour. Strategies for effective learning will be shared and students will gain comfort in using our online learning platform, UM Learn, to help them prepare for fall course work. Students will also be introduced to opportunities to engage with the campus and to connect with peers and upper level students. UM Essentials will also offer synchronous sessions, so students can connect with campus staff and classmates to do a deeper dive on topics of particular interest.

Math Boot Camp
August 10 – 28

Students can boost their math skills to set themselves up for success before University starts, with this three-week boot camp. This program promises to make math exciting, and give students confidence in their math knowledge.

Prep Week
August 31-September 4

This will be a dynamic, engaging week for new students. Students can sit in on special lectures delivered exclusively to first years, learn strategies for academic writing and taking notes, participate in groups, and prepare for mid-terms and assignments. Professors, staff, and upper level students will provide key tips in succeeding during first year, and information about academic supports, tutors, and accessing help will be shared. Students can explore the many involvement opportunities available at UM, and meet up with other students who share their interests.

Welcome Day
September 8

A day not to be missed! Our new Bisons will be officially welcomed to the UM by university leaders and some of the key people who will walk alongside new students as they start their respective journeys. Welcome Day will be a celebration of the work they have done so far, and offer a preview of the exciting year ahead.

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