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Ring Out a Cheer: UAlberta in September

When the prairie green turns to harvest gold, there’s a special feeling of excitement, of expectancy, at the University of Alberta. Great things are about to happen for the nearly 38,000 students who will converge on the University of Alberta’s five campuses, many arriving for the first time. It's a feeling shared by our faculty, staff and alumni the world over. Here's some of what September has to offer.


Orientation (Aug. 27-31)

A variety of programs welcome new undergraduate, graduate, international and Indigenous students to the U of A, along with first-year students moving into residence.

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Week of Welcome (Sept. 2-8)

There's awesomeness in every direction during UAlberta's Week of Welcome in September.

From the pancake breakfast to the hypnotist show, barbecue and music on the mainstage, the Students' Union's Week of Welcome has something for everyone to start the year off right.

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Golden Bears Football Home Opener (Sept. 9)

Watch the Golden Bears battle their longtime rivals, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, at Foote Field. Admission is free to all U of A students with a valid ONEcard.

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Rainbow Welcome (Sept. 16-26)

Join our 10-day celebration of diversity and inclusiveness with a series of LGBTQ-focused events hosted by The Landing, OUTreach and iSMSS.

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Oilers Rookies vs. Golden Bears (Sept. 21)

Clare Drake Arena is the place to be as the 15-time CIS champion Golden Bears look to avenge last year's loss to the Edmonton Oilers rookie squad.

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Celebrate! Teaching. Learning. Research. (Sept. 21)

Join us as we honour faculty, students and staff who have distinguished themselves with outstanding academic achievements, research and support work.

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Green and Gold Day (Sept. 23)

Gear up in your finest Green and Gold, join the parade, then come to Quad by noon to show your U of A spirit. There's music, free food and prizes!

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Alumni Weekend (Sept. 22-25)

Come back to campus, reconnect with friends and be a part of the great things happening at the U of A.

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United Way Campaign (Sept. 26-Oct. 13)

Did you know the U of A has supported the United Way for more than 30 years? Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference in the life of someone in our community.

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State of the University (Sept. 27)

Find out what the future holds for the U of A as President David Turpin highlights the university's new strategic plan, "For the Public Good."