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Current first-year students

Your first year at Waterloo is an exciting time, there's a lot to do and a lot of new people to meet. We want to make sure your transition from high school to university is as easy as possible. We offer a variety of programs (even something for mom and dad) to help you have a successful first year at Waterloo.

Your first year experience
Timing Programs, events and information Description

June to August

(currently for September intake only)

Student Life 101 Join us for Student Life 101 in the summer before fall term with your parent(s) or supporting family member(s). It's an opportunity to come to campus early and get a head start on your first year.
July to August New student live chats A series of online live chats hosted by upper-year students that explores everything from residence life and off-campus housing to Orientation.
The week before your classes start Orientation This week of activities runs three times throughout the year to welcome new students. This is your opportunity to learn more about the services offered on campus and meet new friends.
Before you arrive on campus and throughout your first year. Welcome to uWaterloo

Join the online community for first-year students within LEARN. Connect with other first year students, as well as upper year mentors.

Before you arrive on campus and throughout your first year. First-year Student Bloggers Follow first-year students as they blog, share and tweet about their first year at Waterloo.

Not sure where to start? Make an appointment: Success Coaching

"Tutor Connect. Create your tutor profile or find a tutor."

Volunteer this spring or fall with International Student Experience

Goose Watch '14.  Report a nest or find a route on campus