In light of the COVID-19, Spring Orientation programming will be updated to an online platform. As more information becomes available, we will provide information about what to expect.

If you are arriving for the spring term start, please keep an eye on email for further information.

Visit our Coronavirus Information website for more information.


Orientation is your official welcome to the University of Waterloo. During Orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • connect with your future classmates,
  • get familiar with campus,
  • experience your unique faculty community, and
  • learn about what UWaterloo has to offer.

As a Waterloo Warrior, you’re joining a network of current students, alumni, professors, and staff at Canada’s most innovative university. We have activities planned to help you feel right at home! 

Grad students standing outside and talking in the winter.

Learn more about Graduate Student Orientation

international students playing hand gesture game of rock, paper, scissors

Learn more about Exchange and Transfer Orientation 

Students enjoying Orientation activities

Learn more about Waterloo Orientation


Fall Orientation is a shared partnership between the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), the Student Success Office (SSO), and the six faculties.

WUSA (Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association)

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  1. Mar. 23, 2020Spring 2020 Orientation - now online!

    Spring Orientation will be held online on Sunday, May 3. Online classes begin on Monday, May 11, 2020.

  2. Mar. 5, 2020Spring Orientation is Sunday, May 3 and Friday, May 8.

    Spring Orientation is Sunday, May 3 and Friday, May 8. Classes begin on Monday, May 4, 2020.

  3. Nov. 26, 2019Registration is now open for Winter Orientation 2020

    Winter Orientation takes place on Sunday, January 5 and Friday, January 10, 2020.

    Students beginning their first term at Waterloo are encouraged to participate in Winter Orientation. For more information about Winter Orientation, read through our frequently asked questions and review the schedule for January 2020.

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