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First-year students

Fall Orientation is Sunday, September 3 to Saturday, September 9 with classes starting September 7. 

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Join us for first-year Orientation if you are:

  • A Canadian first-year student
  • An international first-year student
  • A Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) student
  • An English Language for Academic Studies (ELAS) student

To register, log into Portal with your WatIAm login information (the username and password that you use to log into Quest). Portal is a web tool and app with all the information you need to succeed during your time at Waterloo – everything from your class schedule to the campus map.

Once you’ve logged in:

  1. Click on Widgets (top menu item)
  2. Search for and select Orientation
  3. Enter your information on all pages and submit


Check out our frequently asked questions, or email We look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall!

You can also learn more about the programs and resources available to support you during your time at Waterloo on the Student Success Office website.