Fall Orientation Events

Fall Orientation is a two-day series of events where new students learn about the academic, student life and wellness services that can help them to transition into to life at the University of Calgary.

Events Overview

This year's Fall Orientation events are an exciting mix of social opportunities, games, information sessions, question and answer panels. Taking place entirely online, your Orientation Leader, a senior-level student, will lead you and a group of your peers through both days. If you haven't already registered, please sign-up for Fall Orientation!

Please note: All live/synchronous events will take place in Mountain/Standard time.

Welcome messages

This is your first official welcome to the University of Calgary. We’ve prepared a montage of remarks from your Orientation Leaders, special messages from campus leadership, and a keynote address from a special guest.

Faculty information session

Faculty Orientation introduces students to the degree streams, advising staff and some of the instructors that make up their chosen faculty and department. Learn about social clubs, extra-curricular opportunities, and expectations in this exciting event.

Get to know your peers

Introduce yourself to your Orientation Leaders and other students in your faculty through friendly activities and games over Zoom.

Campus Expo

Familiarize yourself with essential campus services at the Campus Expo. Join campus partners to discuss their services, campus resources and assist you with skills needed to succeed during their first year. Elective sessions will be held during the Welcome Back Series.

University introduction

This is your chance to ask us questions! Following a presentation about wellness services, academic success tips and co-curricular and social programming, we open the floor for a Q&A about the kinds of student services available to you.

International Student Orientation

A session specific to international undergraduate degree-seeking, exchange, and visiting students at UCalgary will occur on Tuesday, September 1. For more information about International Student Orientation, please visit the International Student Services website.

If you are an international graduate student, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies orientation webpage, or the International Student Services orientation webpage.

  1. If you are an International Student:

    International Student Orientation events take place September 1.

    International students are encouraged to complete the Fall Orientation registration form and indicate that they are an international student. If you have questions specific to your status as an international student, please contact Kirsty Gruber at kirsty.gruber@ucalgary.ca

  2. If you are an Indigenous Student:

    The Indigenous Orientation takes place on September 1 and 2. The program is mandatory for students in the Indigenous Student Access Program (ISAP), and is optional for first-year Indigenous students. Indigenous students are also encouraged to attend the main Fall Orientation events, and should register using the form on our homepage.

    If you have questions specific to your status as an Indigenous student, please contact Karen MacDonald at karen.macdonald1@ucalgary.ca

  3. If you are a Graduate Student:

    Graduate Student Orientation events take place September 1. Please visit our homepage for a link to the registration form, or visit the Faculty of Graduate studies for information about your event schedule.

    If you have questions specific to your status as a graduate student, please contact Kim Suvan at kim.suvan@ucalgary.ca

  4. If you are a Resident Student:

    Residence Orientation events take place August 25. Residence students are also encouraged to attend the main Fall Orientation events, and should register using the form on our homepage.

    If you have questions specific to your status as a resident student, please contact Laurel Wilkie at laurel.wilkie@ucalgary.ca OR Nicole Dalli at nicole.dalli@ucalgary.ca

  1. How do I access Desire2Learn (D2L)?

    You can access your D2L by using the same log-in credentials used to access your myUofC (see below for further instructions on setting up your IT account). Log-in to D2L using the Central Authentication Service and you will be able to access your account.

    This video is a great resource explaining the ins-and-outs of D2L's use at UCalgary. Many courses will not become available on D2L until closer to or on the first day of classes. As a first-year student, you currently have access to the Online Orientation D2L course. This is a great resource where you can learn about academic expectations, student services and extra-curricular opportunities on campus.

  2. How do I set up an IT Account and UCalgary email address?

    Your IT account gives you access to many important services across campus, including your email, campus WiFi, D2L (Desire2Learn, Brightspace), and myUCalgary.

    You can register your IT account at http://itregport.ucalgary.ca

    If you have already registered your account and have forgotten your username or password, you can recover this information online at http://password.ucalgary.ca 

  1. When will campus tours become available?

    There are currently no plans to hold in-person campus tours prior to classes. Fortunately, there are other great ways to explore campus at this time! The office that hosts campus tours has online resources that allow you to watch pre-recorded campus tours, sign-up for live virtual tours, and explore 360 maps of campus. I would highly recommend checking out the short video clip at the bottom of this page, as it shows some favourite spots on campus (including a few hidden gems).