First-Year Waterloo Orientation runs August 31 - September 7, 2019. 

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!

line drawing of ticket stubs90+Events to attend

87% of students attend orientation

line art of 3 gender neutral people6300+First-year students

both international and Canadian

line drawing of a megaphone speaker1600+Volunteers

Students, faculty, and staff contribute

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

Learn more about International Orientation

graduate students gathered around a computer

Learn more about Graduate Student Orientation

Students dancing at Orientation

Learn more about Waterloo Orientation



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

WUSA (Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association)

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  1. Aug. 15, 2019Countdown to Campus Volume 10
    C2C Volume 10

    With Orientation just around the corner, we hope you are as excited to get here as we are to meet you!

  2. Aug. 8, 2019Countdown to Campus Volume 9
    Students Moving in With C2C9 Text

    As the start of your journey to UWaterloo gets closer, we are sure you are doing many different things to prepare. From packing your belongings to spending time with loved ones or even eating your favourite meals, we want to see how YOU are getting #UWready

  3. Aug. 1, 2019Countdown to Campus Volume 8
    C2C Volume 8

    Starting university can be a little bit intimidating, especially as you make new friends and familiarize yourself with campus. There are lots of ways you can get involved at UWaterloo and we can't wait to share them with you! Not only will this allow you to be a part of a community, but you will get to meet new people and build lifelong friendships. 

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  1. Aug. 29 to 31, 2019International Orientation
    students participating in International Orientation

    International Orientation is the weekend before First-Year Orientation so that you can attend both.

  2. Aug. 30, 2019Exchange and study abroad Orientation

    Join us for Exchange and Study Abroad Orientation if you are:

    • an exchange student, or
    • a study abroad student, and
    • you are starting your exchange at Waterloo in September 2019.

  3. Aug. 30, 2019International Orientation - Parent and Family
    Mother and daughter speaking with a UWaterloo student volunteer


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