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Fall 2021 New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the first day of classes?

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

How do I get involved?

  • Join 1 of our 19 academic societies
  • Work with Student Life, Career & Placement Services, Academic Advising, Library Services, and more
  • Volunteer or work with IGNITE, the student union that represents both UofGH and Humber College
  • Become a University of Guelph Student Senator
  • Search the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) for volunteer opportunities, workshops, intramurals, and other activities offered by departments across UofGH and Humber College

How do I apply for OSAP?

Eligible full-time and part-time students can now apply for OSAP. Read about eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and other OSAP info.

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New Student Orientation

August 30 - September 3, 2021

Orientation Week Schedule

O Week Checklist

O Week Grand Prize

This is your chance to win BIG. If you’ve entered our draw for the Kick-Off, your program session, the Academic Integrity session, the on-campus experience, and your FYE Social, you’ll be entered into our grand prize draw for a chance to win a $500 gift card to the Campus Store!

Program Sessions

We're hosting live Q&A’s with your Program Heads and Assistant Program Heads, who will provide key tips to help you succeed in the first year of your academic program. A current student from your program will also be present to answer your burning questions.

All sessions are 1 hour long and take place on Microsoft Teams. When you tune into the live event or watch the recording within 24 hours, you’ll have the chance to enter a draw for a GH prize pack worth over $75, including a GH hoodie and other branded gear!

August 30

1 pm: Media & Communication Studies 101
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3 pm: Kinesiology 101
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September 1

11 am: Early Childhood Studies 101
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1 pm: Community Social Services 101
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3 pm: Justice Studies 101
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September 2

11 am: Business 101
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1 pm: Psychology 101
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On-Campus Experience

Tuesday, August 31 | Wednesday, September 1 | Thursday, September 2
10 am to 2 pm

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Join current student leaders on campus for fun social activities to meet other new students and participate in GH Orientation traditions like ringing the GH Bell as you enter campus as first-time UofGH students and signing your class banner. You’ll even get to meet Swoop the Great Horned Owl, the official UofGH mascot.

Capture your first time on campus with our professional photobooth, play a round of mini putt, get to know your way around campus with our Swoop Scavenger Hunt using the Campus Compass App (download from the Google Play store or Apple App Store) or join a campus tour.

Outside the UofGH building, we’ll have space for you to relax, grab a snack and play some games.

Bonus: when you visit campus, you can enter a draw for 1 of 3 $50 gift cards of your choice!

Students must register to attend the on-campus Orientation experience.

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O Week Socials

Virtual Events

Speed Friending

Tuesday, August 31
5 pm

Join new and current students on Zoom to talk about your favourites. From sports to travel, hobbies to K-dramas, Harry Potter to MCU, we bet you'll leave with a new friend (and some must-see TV recommendations).

Win 1 of 3 $50 gift cards of your choice!

Link provided upon registration

Pop Culture Trivia

Friday, September 3
12 pm

Bring your music, movie, Olympics, and celebrity knowledge to compete in the ultimate trivia contest!

We have $120 in prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, plus some rapid-fire questions with automatic $10 gift cards.

Link provided upon registration

First Year Experience (FYE) Socials

Join your classmates for a drop-in social with your FYE Leader, a current student in your program. Ask questions, play games, and win $10 gift cards! Check out your FYE group on Microsoft Teams for more details as we finalize the schedule.

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Community Social Services

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Early Childhood Studies

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Justice Studies

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Media & Communication Studies

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Haven’t joined your FYE group yet? Follow these step-by-step instructions to access your FYE Group. Once you log in, you’ll see your FYE Group listed under Teams with the name of your FYE Leader in the title.

Email if you have any trouble accessing your FYE group.

Digital Swag

Download #GHOrientation themed frames, stickers, stories and more. Show off your UofGH pride and celebrate the start of your journey at UofGH!

Follow @UofGHstudents on social and use the hashtag #GHOrientation to connect with students and the Guelph-Humber community.

Are you capturing your Orientation Week experience on Instagram? Use that hashtag (you know the one... #GHOrientation) and tag @UofGHstudents between August 30 and September 3 and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card of your choice!

Show off your UofGH pride!

Swoop Into Success Month

Participate in Swoop Into Success Month activities organized by our support services and student groups. Make the most of your University of Guelph-Humber experience by discovering the services and involvement opportunities available to you.

Swoop Into Success Month will take place from September 7 to October 1, 2021.

Swoop Into Success Now!