Parent & Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation. Banner. A student and their family outside of Convocation Hall.

Parents and families play a pivotal role in a student's transition to university. We want to help you be the best support for your student!

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Parent & Family Orientation 2021

Parent and Family Registration table

Parent & Family Orientation is a program designed for parents and families of incoming UTM students to learn about life at UTM. 

Get the information you need to be the best support for your student during their transition to university!

Orientation sessions focus on academic expectations and skill development, course registration, student engagement, student wellness, campus resources and other topics related to the university experience. At the Parent & Family Orientation you will be introduced to the UTM community including students, staff and faculty members. This year, Parent and Family Orientation will be held virtually. All parents and family members who sign up for Parent and Family Communication Updates, will receive links to take part in Parent and Family Orientation.  

 Begins August 19th and runs through September 

REGISTER for Parent and Family Orientation by signing up for Parent and Family Communication

Parent & Family Orientation 2021 Schedule

The UTM Parent and Family Orientation is a series of informative sessions designed to orient you to UTM resources, policies, programs and expectations. This year we will be offering a series of pre-recorded online video modules, as well as, live webinar panel discussions. 

Online Video Learning Modules

These learning modules will be available online beginning August 19, 2021. These modules are designed for you to review at a pace comfortable for you, and will remain accessbile through September 2021. The tentative learning modules are as follows:

Learning Module 1: Campus Overview

  • Principal’s Welcome
  • UTM this Fall: What to Expect

Learning Module 2: Courses and Fees

  • Earning a Degree at UTM
  • Financing Your Education

Learning Module 3: Thriving Inside and Outside the Classroom

  • Tips for Academic Success
  • UTM Resources: Know Them, Share Them, Encourage Them
  • Finding Identity and Community at UTM
  • Introduction to the University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union (UTMSU) 

Learning Module 4: Community of Care

  • Parenting a University Student
  • Health and Wellness 

Next Steps

  • Staying Connected

Webinar Panel Discussions

The panel discussions provide you an opportunity to connect with a specific community at UTM. These live, online webinars will allow you the opportunity to gain more information on a specific topic of interest to your family. You will also have the opportunity, if you desire, to ask questions to a team of panelists comprised of students, staff, and faculty.

Webinar Panel Discussion topics include (all times offered in Eastern Daylight Time):

  • Commuter and First-Generation Family Discussion 
    Thursday, September 2, 2021; 6:00PM - 7:00PM EDT
  • International Family Discussion
    Wednesday, September 1, 2021; 8:00AM - 9:00AM EDT
  • Residence Family Discussion 
    Monday, August 30, 2021; 8:00AM - 9:00AM EDT

Information will be available for families interested in learning about LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) campus resources.  

For families who are not located in the Eastern Daylight timezone, please feel free to utilize this time zone converter tool.


For all questions and feedback regarding Parent & Family Orientation, please contact:

Jackie Goodman

Manager, Orientation, Transition & Engagement