Orientation for new students

Are you a new Gee-Gee arriving this fall with a bunch of questions? To prepare you well for university life, we’re offering you two activities this summer. Spend the day on campus during Summer Orientation or enjoy a visit near you from your regional mentors. Find out about the steps to get your student card or bus pass and get to know our campus services.


Registration for summer 2019 orientation activities will open in late spring.

Summer orientation (on campus)


Registration for summer 2019 orientation activities will open in late spring.

Date: August to September 2019, exact dates to be determined

Location: Main campus (Ottawa, Ontario)

Sign up for a free orientation day offered by the Student Academic Success Service (SASS), in partnership with your faculty, to discover the resources and services available at the University of Ottawa. Get to know your campus along with your fellow students! Your friends and family are also welcome.

Why attend

  • Meet student guides from your faculty to learn valuable tips on how to succeed at university.
  • Get to know your faculty and discover the many student services available on campus.
  • Participate in activities with other first-year students and chat with our ambassadors.
  • Check out the 24/7 Dining Hall and find out more about our meal plans.
  • Take a tour of your new campus and the student residences.
  • Pick up your uOttawa student card (optional). Avoid the lineups by ordering your student card online before your visit. To do so, bring two valid pieces of ID.

What to look forward to?

Here is an example of what your Summer Orientation day could look like.

Time Activity

9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

Arrival and registration
uOttawa student card pick-up (optional)

9:40 a.m. to 10 a.m.


10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Faculty presentation

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Student services presentation and workshop

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Free time for lunch

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Guided tour of student residences (optional)

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Guided tour of campus

Regional mentor visits (off campus)


Registration for summer 2019 orientation activities will open in late spring.

Date: Summer 2019 (exact dates to be determined)

Location: Many cities in Canada

Between late July and mid-August, your regional mentors will be visiting a city near you. Offering our own student perspective, we will cover important topics such as moving into residence, 101 Week  and a variety of useful tips and tricks for your first year. Our regional visits are your chance to speak with a university student, get answers to your questions and start the year off on the right foot. We can’t wait to see you there!

What we offer

  • Information on University services — there are lots of them.
  • Help with course enrolment — we want you to get the best schedule possible.
  • Personalized campus visits — we all get lost from time to time, but you don’t have to.
  • Activities with people from your region — a great way to make friends.
  • Coffee Fund — for when you just need to chat.

Notice of collection of personal information

Your personal information is collected under the authority of the University of Ottawa Act, 1965, in accordance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and University of Ottawa Policy 90. Your personal information collected on this form will be used by the University of Ottawa for the purposes of and those consistent with the administration of the orientation program, your registration in a orientation day and institutional planning and statistics. If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information, please contact the Orientation Team at 613-562-5800 ext. 2828 or orientation@uOttawa.ca.

Photographs, videos and audio recordings of events might be produced and might include your recognizable image. By participating in an event, you consent to being photographed, videotaped and audiotaped, and you authorize the University to use any of these recordings for its activities and events, as well as for its print and electronic promotional material, including on the internet via the University website or other social media websites. Personal information obtained at the event is collected in accordance with the University of Ottawa Act, S.O. 1965, C.137.

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