Orientation & Transition

There are many different opportunities for orientation here at the University of Toronto. Most of these are a blend of social and academic programming, but the entire week is meant to help students with their transition to the University of Toronto.

Woodsworth Orientation Week 

Woodsworth College’s Orientation Week happens the week before the start of the academic year at the University of Toronto. This week is your first step into University life, socially, academically, and culturally! Orientation Week is where you will meet your new best friend, your commuting buddies, and/or your roommates to be! The week will be packed with fun activities and events that will prepare you for University, and ensure that you get the most out of your University experience! Most importantly, Orientation Week will warmly welcome you into your new home, your one love Woodsworth. Orientation Week will be taking place from Sunday September 3-Wednesday September 6, with the Boat Cruise occurring Saturday September 9th. Our office will also be offering programming throughout the month of September, to further support incoming students with navigating their first-year and beyond.

Website: www.woodsworthorientation.com

Woodsworth Life After First Week (WOLF)

SONY DSCOur WOLF Coordinators have been working hard to ease your academic transition into UofT! They’ve developed a workshops series throughout our Orientation Week and beyond that will teach you crucial skills like how to write an A+ paper, effective study styles to succeed in University, a campus tour that will show you where your classes are, etc. WOLF has also created a First-Year Experience Guide, which will be available online and in-print by mid-August. In addition, don’t forget to check-out the WOLF Opportunities Fair on Labour Day, available to participants of Woodsworth’s Orientation Week. 

To join our WOLF Listserv to receive workshop updates and details, please e-mail Christina Alcena, Student Life Coordinator, christina.alcena@utoronto.ca.

Workshop Series Details

WOLF Programming is commuter student friendly, open to all incoming Woodsworth Students including mature, transfer and part-time students. All sessions are facilitated by Upper Year First-Year Experience Mentors and Woodsworth College Student Life Staff.  All sessions are drop-in format, no RSVP required. Students who attend 4/6 workshops will be eligible for Co-Curricular Record Notation.

During the six week program, all incoming students are eligible to receive one-on-one support from First-Year Experience Mentors in addition to participating in social and academic WOLF sessions throughout the academic year.

Note: If you are unable to participate in the WOLF session due to your academic schedule and/or other commitments, please e-mail us directly to arrange for a one-on-one appointment and workshop information.

Workshop Series Learning Outcomes

WOLF Programming aims to support incoming Woodsworth students with feeling connected, confident and prepared heading into your first-year studies. This includes:

  • Understanding the values of Woodsworth College and developing a sense of community within the college.
  • Creating meaningful friendships and connections with peers and upper-year mentors.
  • Understanding the importance of resources available to support incoming students with academic and personal questions and/or concerns.
  • Connecting to extracurricular opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Navigating the University of Toronto campus.

6-Week Workshop Series Schedule

  • University Life 101 – Making the Most Out of Your First Six Weeks & Transition Pods (Commuter Students, International Students, Transfer, Mature and Part-Time Students) *Optional Tour Included: September 8, 1-3pm, Waters Lounge (Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor Street W.)
  • Writing A+ Papers & Navigating the Classroom (Study Strategies and Time Management): September 15, 1-3pm, Waters Lounge (Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor Street W.)
  • Healthy Habits: Better Health, Better GPA: September 22, 1-3pm, Waters Lounge (Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor Street W.)
  • Budgeting 101 and Building Your Future with the Career Centre: September 29, 1-3pm, Waters Lounge (Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor Street W.)
  • Getting Involved at Woodsworth and Beyond (Mini-Opportunities Fair): October 6, 1-3pm, Waters Lounge (Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor Street W.)
  • University Life 101 Revisited – Making the Most Out of Your First-Year Experience: October 13, 1-3pm, Waters Lounge (Woodsworth Residence, 321 Bloor Street W.)
For questions or concerns regarding WOLF Programming, please e-mail Christina Alcena, Student Life Coordinator, christina.alcena@utoronto.ca.

Campus Orientations


Part-time and Mature Students

Are you a part-time student? Are you a mature student coming to university? Join the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students as we present an orientation for part-time and mature students across the University of Toronto. Featuring skills workshops, a networking fair of campus groups, free food and socials, this orientation will help you learn how to succeed as a student, and meet your peers from across the university.

Muslim Students Association Orientation

MSA Frosh Week was created to address a need of the U of T Muslim student community: a safe space during orientation week, with events that Muslim students feel comfortable partaking in. As such, here is MSA Frosh, a week of social, informative, and spiritual programming aimed at introducing new students to the community at U of T! MSA frosh is open to students of all years, and through this week hope to provide a wide variety of diverse events that appeal to all.

International Student Orientation

CIE Orientation include a multitude of events aimed at helping you transition to U of T, including informative and engaging workshops, campus & neighbourhood tours, day trips, and the CIE Welcome Reception. Simply come by and participate in any of the workshops relevant to you. All events will take place at the CIE unless otherwise noted.

Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities

The Family Care Office welcomes new student parents to Orientation 2016! Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive, prepared and successfully navigate your degree while caring for others. Meet other student parents and University staff, learn about the services and resources available to student parents on campus, get advice from student mentors on how to adjust to the University life and discover family friendly spaces on campus.


Kickstart has been developed for students who are looking for an alternative to their college or faculty orientation, are unable to attend their full orientation, or would just like to explore more of what is available to them at the University of Toronto. Check out the offerings and register online for whatever interests you.

Queer Orientation

Queer Orientation is tri-campus, week-long series of events that provides opportunities for new and returning students, staff and faculty to make connections and engage in activities and discussions related to LGBTQ+ communities.

First Nations House Orientation for New Students

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