Current Students

Orientation FAQ

What is Orientation?

The mission of the Orientation Program is to create a positive educational and personal experience for new University of Alberta students. Ultimately, the program will successfully aid in the transition of new students into university life and integrate them into the University of Alberta campus.

How does Orientation work?

When you get to campus on Monday morning, head to the room indicated in your reminder email, which will be sent to you in the days leading up to Orientation. Then, over the course of the day you and the other 20 new students in your team will experience the biggest and best Orientation yet. With a fantastic presentation, a campus tour, the chance to pick up your student ONEcard, and the loudest wrap-up ceremony in history, there is no better way to kick off your University career.

I’m looking to get a head start on university life, is there anything for me? 

Yes! T2U: Transition to University is an online workshop designed to start your transition before you even get here! 

Learn more about T2U: Transition to University!

Why isn’t my faculty listed on the registration page?

The faculties of Law, Medicine and Dentistry, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Graduate Studies run their own student orientation programs and therefore students entering these programs do not attend new student Orientation. Augustana Faculty runs a New Student Conference at Augustana Campus in Camrose. 

Is attendance mandatory?

All new students are expected to attend. Orientation is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and learn some of the 'ins and outs' of campus life.

The tour and presentations are fun, energetic and well worth the time investment. No need to worry about boredom; our program works on a rotating schedule, and you have an opportunity to customize your experience by selecting conference sessions.

If I’m a Mature or Transfer Student, what’s in it for me?

Your prior life experience is important to us. You will be paired with other students of similar experience and with volunteers who are akin to your experience so you can spend the day getting to know campus in the way you want.

What do I have to bring?

Please bring your class timetable, and a piece of government-issued photo ID in order to pickup your ONEcard. 

It is also advisable to pack a lunch if possible (there are over 50 food outlets on campus, but there will be 6,000 other people in line), dress for the weather and bring a backpack or bag to carry your SU handbook and other swag in.

What if I have more questions?

If you have any more questions please feel free to contact us.