”“Orientation Week is a great way to discover the exciting opportunities that await in university life at New College and the University of Toronto! Through various activities, you will be able to develop meaningful friendships and build school spirit. Our vibrant and welcoming community is here to support you as you transition through your First Year Experience!”Emily Yu & Laura GalloNew College Orientation Coordinators 2020
Transitioning to university can be both exciting and intimidating. New Roots: New College Orientation helps make your transition a little easier and a lot more fun. Our program is designed to help you make the best possible start to university life by offering you events and opportunities to develop academic skills. Orientation is also an opportunity for you to build social networks and academic connections in your new community. It is an excellent way to discover what student life will look and feel like as a first-year student.
Orientation introduces you to New College, the University of Toronto and life in Toronto. Student Peer Leaders, who a year or two ago were in your shoes, will guide you through the new and exciting things U of T has to offer while also helping you to navigate situations that may seem more challenging. Orientation includes a campus tour, which will help you locate your classes; introductions to student clubs; explanations about how university exams and papers differ from those written in high school; and other important answers to the many questions new students are bound to have.
This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to make Orientation free of charge for all students and host all events online through our engagement platform, Presence.
For two weeks, you will have the opportunity to participate in easy-to-navigate academic programs, fun virtual social excursions, wellness events, and everything a new student needs for the best possible start at U of T. You will also receive a complimentary virtual Orientation Kit and a free in-person Orientation Kit that will be available for pick up from New College at any point throughout the 2020-2021 school year or whenever you are able to return to campus.
In conjunction with New Journeys (International Orientation), we will be hosting drop-in programming from Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28. This programming will be sparse and geared towards students who may be in quarantine due to rent travel, therefore, this offering is not part of our formal program, but everyone is welcome.
July 27, 2020 Update: We are aware of a technical issue on Presence preventing students from registering. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your UTORid and utoronto email if a “User not found” error occurs.
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