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Have a student coming to Waterloo this fall?

Orientation isn't just a vital part of your student's transition to university life - it's also an opportunity for you to learn more about your changing role, and to get the information you need to best support your student during their first year at Waterloo. 

We offer resources and events throughout the summer and into the fall to help students and their families prepare for Orientation.

Faculty 101 Days

Faculty 101 days are free, one-day programs that provide students and their families with the information they need to have a successful first year at Waterloo. Learn more on our events page

Check out the seminars below from our Faculty 101 events to help you prepare for your student's first year at Waterloo. 

Parent Orientation

Looking for useful tips and strategies for supporting your student’s transition into university life? Join one of our Parent Orientation sessions on September 3 or 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) main gym. No registration required!

Family send-off

Celebrate the beginning of your student’s university career! Join us for Family Send-off on September 3 or 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Federation (Fed) Hall. No registration required! 

During the event, you'll:

  • Receive an official welcome from the administration.
  • Meet University of Waterloo faculty and staff.

    Parent and family eNewsletter

    Sign up to receive our parent and family eNewsletter to stay up-to-date with information that can help you support your student before they arrive, as well as throughout their first year.

    For important dates and additional resources, please visit the Student Success Office's website.