Orientation & Campus Supports

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Attending Orientation

UTM Orientation Logo. An O composed of bands of various official UTM colours, situated above waves of UTM colours with the text Register Now!Prepare yourself for your university journey by attending Orientation programs at UTM! 

A wide variety of orientation and transition initiatives are offered at UTM between June and September, including O-Week, your one-stop-shop for everything transition related: resources, academic skills, community building, and FUN! Research shows that students who participate in orientation are more academically successful and more likely to persist to graduation.

The events are organized by date: Summer, O-Week, or Fall.  Scroll down to see what you can take part in this year!

Through Orientation, you will...

  • Receive important academic and financial information
  • Learn strategies for balancing your academics and wellbeing
  • Develop academic skills
  • Get acquainted with professors and faculty
  • Understand how academic expectations change in university
  • Discover the resources available to you as a student
  • Explore opportunities to get involved on campus
  • Meet like-minded individuals and build friendships
  • Connect with the UTM campus and the community
  • Make memories that last a lifetime

Read below for event listings! Click here to view the August and September Orientation Calendar!

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Course Selection Workshops & Online Chats

When? - June and July

Who should attend? - All new students

Key features - Course selection, how to use ACORN, understandng the timetable and Academic Calendar, program planning

Registration - Visit the New Student Advising and Course Selection Workshops

Not sure what courses to take?  Need help understanding all the tools and resources? We’re here to help! New UTM students are encouraged to participate in our on-campus hands-on Course Selection Workshops, as well as our Online Chats. Held by the Office of the Registrar Student Success team, we’ll make sure you’re ready to enrol in courses for your first year at UTM! 

New Student Advising and Course Selection Workshops

 "Orientation introduced me to the academic resources and extracurricular opportunities on campus, which eased my transition to university." -Hiba, UTM student

Summer Academic Skills Institute (S.A.S.I.)

When? - Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Who should attend? - Students with disabilities

Key features - Academic accommodations, building a study plan, meeting faculty and participating in a lecture, course-related skill development and campus resources

Registration - Visit the UTM Orientation Registration Page

The Summer Academic Skills Institute is a comprehensive learning skills program for all UTM students with disabilities. This free program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the requisite skills and knowledge for their upcoming courses. 

Summer Academic Skills Institute (S.A.S.I.)‚Äč Program Website

Head Start

When? - Late August

Who should attend? - All new students

Key features - Academic skills and expectations, faculty and librarians, mock lecture

Registration - Visit the UTM Orientation Registration Page

UTM Head Start is a series of FREE interactive sessions featuring student panels, course instructors, librarians, and simulated classroom experiences designed to introduce you to the first-year experience at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Our goals are to help you understand the keys to success, make a smooth transition into university, and develop the skills you need to enhance your academic performance.

Head Start Orientation Website


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When? - August 28 - August 30

Who should attend? - All new students

Key features - Campus tours and resources, school spirit, health and wellbeing, academic skills and departments, community 

Registration - Visit the UTM Orientation Registration Page

Welcome to UTM! As the official welcome to the University of Toronto Mississauga, O-Week provides new students with an introduction to life at UTM, academic preparation, and all the campus resources available to make transition into university a successful one. Throughout this programming, you will have the opportunity to learn more about your academic program, discover the UTM campus, become better prepared for your first week of classes, meet your new UTM family, and make some new friends before classes begin! O-Week offers programming that all students can participate in!

O-Week Website

Art and Art History & Theatre and Drama Studies Orientation Event [UTM/Sheridan]

When? - Tuesday, August 29 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Who should attend? - New students enrolled in Art and Art History & Theatre and Drama Studies

Key features - Meet your faculty, interact with students in your program, pick up your Onecard, tour studios

Registration - Visit the UTM Orientation Registration Page

After meeting your UTM faculty on Monday, you’re invited to join us at Sheridan’s Oakville campus to meet your Sheridan faculty & tour our facilities. A shuttle bus will meet you at UTM at 9 a.m. and will return you to campus at 1 p.m. Studying at two schools simultaneously is VERY unique – don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about your journey ahead! We look forward to meeting you on the 29th!     

Residence Orientation

When? - August 26 to September 3

Who should attend? - All residence students are welcome

Key features - Residence life, community building, Centre Island, Colman Cup, resources 

Registration Not required to register

Residence Orientation is your chance to get to know your new home, neighbours and residence community, including Residence Student Staff who are here to support you throughout the year! 

Residence Orientation Website

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International perspective icon International Education Centre September Orientation

When? - Various dates in September

Who should attend? - All new students, especially international students

Key features - Study Abroad, visas, immigration, UHIP, studying in Canada, UTM Abroad, UTM Across Canada

Registration - Visit the UTM Orientation Registration Page

Orientation continues through the month of September for all students who are interested in international events and activities. Join us for a Blue Jays game, a trip to Niagara Falls, and some free ice cream. We can check your study permit, help you get your UHIP card and SIN card, tell you everything you need to know about immigration matters into Canada, and discuss Study Abroad and learning-outside-the-classroom options in Canada and Abroad.

Orientation and the IEC Website

Queer Orientation

When? - September 25 – 30

Who should attend? - New and returning students, staff and faculty

Registration - Events are drop-in. No sign-up necessary

Queer Orientation (QO) is an annual week of LGBTQ-focused programming across all three campuses of U of T during the month of September. Queer Orientation is an opportunity for new and returning students, staff and faculty to make connections, engage in activities and have discussions related to LGBTQ+ communities.

Queer Orientation Website

Orientation for Parents & Families

Parent & Family Orientation

When? - Saturday August 26th, 2017

Who should attend? - Parents and families of new students

Key features - Deans and administration, supporting your student, resources and opportunities, finances, self-guided tours

Your university student is about to begin a transformative adventure, and while this is a new experience for your student, it may also be a new experience for you. There will be enhanced programming for parents and families of UTM students, and we want you to be a part of it.

Parent & Family Orientation Website

Additional parent & family resources are available at the Office of Student Transition website.

Campus Tours & Navigation

 "The combination of modern architecture surrounded by nature makes this one of the most beautiful campuses." -Hildegard, UTM Student

Campus Tours

Join a Student Ambassador for a guided walking tour of our beautiful campus! U of T Mississauga offers campus tours Monday to Friday on most mornings and afternoons all year. In addition, we offer Sheridan College tours, and tours in languages other than English. Click here for more information and to sign-up for a tour.

Campus Maps

Summer Social Media Communities

Join the UTM 2T1 page on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

The UTM 2T1 Facebook group is one of the best places for connecting with your fellow incoming students, and @UTMFuture on Twitter will provide you with key info and deadlines throughout the summer.

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Student Support and Campus Involvement

Involvement on campus is an important part of personal, academic, and professional development. The research around success in post-secondary education indicates that students who are more involved have better grades and are more likely to succeed (up to a point, of course. Everything in moderation!). UTM has a number of offices and departments in place to not only help you get invovled, but support you holistically.

Want to learn more about the your campus supports and getting involved? Visit the Current Students website to read more.

Get Help

For all of your questions about orientation and transition support, the Office of Student Transition is here to help. Send us an email or visit us in the Davis Building!

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