Orientation for new students

To help you get ready for university life, we are offering you two orientation opportunities this summer. Spend the day on campus during Summer Orientation or enjoy a visit near you from your regional mentors.

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

From the end of July to mid-August, our regional mentors visit many Canadian cities to meet you and help you prepare to arrive on campus. Your mentor can give you a student’s perspective on moving to campus, items to bring to live in residence, Welcome Week and 101 Week activities and the many services for first-year students to help you succeed. He or she will be happy to answer any questions you may have during this visit!

What to look forward to?

  • A chance to talk with a university student from your area who understands what you’re going through
  • Tips and tricks to succeed
  • An overview of your first year
  • Information on campus services
  • Information on meal plans and housing
  • Instructions on getting your student card and bus pass
  • A chance to register for a personalized campus tour when you get to uOttawa
  • A look at activities happening on campus

Notice of collection of personal information

In accordance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and University of Ottawa Policy 90, your personal information is collected under the authority of the University of Ottawa Act, 1965. 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 summer orientation program, your registration in a summer orientation day and institutional planning and statistics. If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information, please contact the Summer Orientation Team at 613-562-5800 (ext. 2828) or orientation@uOttawa.ca.

Photographs, videos and audio recordings of events may be produced and may include your recognizable image. By participating in an event, you therefore consent to being photographed, video-taped and audio-taped 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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