A large group of new students and orientation leaders form the word "NEW" with their bodies during New Roots 2019/2020.

August 30–September 10, 2021

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New College Orientation is a great opportunity to explore the numerous resources and communities available at the College and University of Toronto! With fun and informative programming, you will be able to make new friends while acquiring the skills to thrive in this new environment. Alongside experienced student leaders, our diverse and welcoming community is ready to support you as you transition into and through your First Year Experience!

Eric Che & Nathalie SagisiNew College Orientation Coordinators 2021

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 life at new Quercus page.

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 2021-2022 school year or whenever you are able to return to campus.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook (@ncorientation) for all updates! Please contact us at new.studentlife@utoronto.ca with your UTORid or JOINid if you are having any challenges with the life at new Quercus page.

Photo: Rachel Evangeline Chiong