Orientation and Transition

Students on Bridge

Orientation and Transition Programs at UTM provide programs and services designed to assist students with a successful transition into, through, and out of the university. This website will be your source of information for orientation and transition initiatives across Student Affairs & Services at UTM.

Orientation programs run prior to the start of classes each year. These programs are designed to prepare students during the summer for the upcoming school year. These programs include Residence Orientation, Welcome Day, and Welcome Week for all new students at UTM.

Transition programs support students during the school year at key transition points in their academic career. These include the transition into university for new and first year students. Learn more about our First Year Experience Program (utmFYE).

Here at the University of Toronto Mississauga we want you get a solid start to your university career. Orientation activities are designed to help you connect with the wide range of services, programs and most importantly, the people who will become an important part of your time at UTM. A number of departments, offices, student organizations and other groups come together to bring you a wide range of Orientation activities -- all with the goal of making you feel welcome and at home at the university.

Most of the programs and activities at UTM are free of charge, and some require you to register for them specifically -- but this site will help you to keep it all sorted and ensure that you get connected with the orientation programs that are the best fit for you! We've highlighted orientation events coordinated by Student Affairs on these pages, but check out #NEW2UTM for programs run by other areas of UTM.

Please be sure to scroll through our menu at the top of the page to learn more about our programs for first and upper year students and to take a look at our learning resources.

Available to all UTM Students a free e-book from a former UTM student.  Click on the image below to download the book.

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About the Author Aly Madhavji and why he wrote "Your Guide to Succeed in University"

As the author of the #1 College book on Amazon, Aly continues to energize and develop thousands of current and aspiring University and College students through speaking engagements and mentorship. While in University, he coordinated two successful referendums that annually raise $12,500 and $25,000 to support the campus food bank and to help student refugees in the pursuit of Canadian higher-education respectively. He initiated a campus Books with Wings program with the University of Toronto International Health Program where he raised 312 university textbooks, with an estimated value of $15,000, for students in rural and impoverished areas around the world. He was a Peer Academic Leader for first generation first-year students to ease their transition into university. Aly served as a Governor of the University of Toronto where he was a member of the Executive Committee and Academic Board of the institution. Aly serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Toronto Mississauga Alumni Association and the College of Electors of the University of Toronto. He is also an Advisory Board Member for Advantage Mississauga, an innovative initiative aiming to bridge the gap between higher education and the business sector. He is a Senior Associate in the Assurance group at PwC with clients in private equity, real estate, natural resources, structured finance, insurance, broker dealers and pension plans. Aly has been featured in The Medium and The Varsity newspapers, the Ismaili Magazine, Mississauga Magazine, and University of Toronto Press. Aly loves to spend his free time outdoors, playing sports, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

As I was graduating, I spoke with many alumni and they all wished they knew certain things earlier in their undergraduate time, which would have helped them achieve significantly more academically and overall. Current students kept echoing a similar message, as they wished someone had shared the secrets and tips, which they now have learnt through trial and error, earlier in their university life.

Having a passion for higher education and working with students, I wanted to help resolve this problem & support students to excel in their university career and as young professionals. I had the right support networks and mentors who encouraged me to couple my knowledge and experiences into an easy to read guide for College & University students not only in Canada but also internationally.