First-Year Experience: Orientation & Transition

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


First-Year Experience Programming

Download your copy of the first-year experience guide using the below link!

Woodsworth College First-Year Experience Guide (2017-2018)

The following form will allow incoming students to apply to be a part of Woodsworth College’s First-Year Experience Program that will help you transition to life at the University of Toronto. There are 3 opportunities within the First-Year Experience Program that you may apply to: the WOLF Workshop Series, First-Year Experience Mentorship and the First-Year Listserv for Academic and Social Events. Note: Additional information about the WOLF Workshop Series can be found below the form. All other details are found within the application form below.

For questions and concerns, please contact Christina Alcena, christina.alcena@utoronto.ca

Direct Link: https://goo.gl/forms/kRp9g1VB2ny1mcg92 

WOLF Sessions

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 In addition, don’t forget to check-out the WOLF Opportunities Fair on Labour Day, available to participants of Woodsworth’s Orientation Week. 

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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My First Six Weeks

My First Six Weeks is ran by the Blueprint Program of the Orientation, Transition & Engagement department of Student Life.

Incoming students are assisted with their orientation and transition for the first six weeks of university through a series of workshops, events, and activities they can take part in.


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.

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First Nations House Orientation for New Students2017 Orientation Event: 11am on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.Followed by a First Nations House Open House (12:00-2:00pm)

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