First-year transition programs
The first year is often a time of transition for incoming students. UOIT offers a number of programs to help support students through these changes, providing students with opportunities to learn more about what the institution has to offer, meet fellow students, staff and faculty, and become better prepared for university life.
Before classes start in September, students and their families are invited to iBegin, the first part of their orientation to UOIT. At iBegin, students can:
- Discuss what might make the university experience unique for them
- Learn strategies for attending university lectures
- Meet their classmates, faculty and staff
Recognizing that parents and family members are key partners in supporting student success, the iBegin program also includes a session that gives parents and family members an opportunity to learn about the student experience at UOIT and how to best offer support. Following these sessions, students and their guests are invited to take a tour of the campus guided by current UOIT students. They can also meet with service providers and learn more about programs offered at the institution.
September Orientation provides incoming students with the opportunity to learn about how to get the most from their university experience. Students are prepared for success in their first year by learning from upper-year students who volunteer their time to welcome incoming students to the UOIT community. Activities such as the popular Wild Goose Chase tradition help students become oriented to their campus environment. These events take place on the Tuesday and Wednesday before classes start. By participating in September Orientation, students will have the opportunity to meet new friends, faculty and staff and become familiarized with all the campus has to offer. Encourage students to register for September Orientation!
The ONE program supports students' transition to undergraduate studies, allowing them to cultivate a successful and diverse experience throughout their first year of studies. This program promotes a balanced approach to post-secondary education, focusing on academic success, personal development and community engagement. Students enrolled in the ONE Program have the opportunity to receive recognition for completing sessions from each stream while learning about the services and programs available to further their academic, social and personal success.