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About Orientation

Orientation is a shared partnership between the student governments (Federation of Students and Graduate Student Association), College Pathways, Waterloo International, the Student Success Office (SSO) and the faculties.

Federation of Students University of Waterloo

Our mission

We believe that Orientation is an opportunity for new students to experience a balanced introduction to the academic, social and community aspects of university life with the guidance and support of upper-year students.

Orientation is an opportunity for us to officially welcome new students and showcase our faculties, residences, affiliated institutions, support services and people.

Orientation fosters pride and connection to the University of Waterloo.

Orientation supports upper-year students in developing their interpersonal and leadership skills.

Our principles 

Orientation is based upon the following six principles. These principles are intended to guide program development as well as interactions between all members of our community.

  • Communication
  • Acceptance
  • Balance and moderation
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Respect