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Top reasons to attend Orientation at Georgian

  1. Connect with other new students. Whether you’re a mature student, directly out of high school, transferring, commuting, coming from another country, or whatever your situation, this is your chance to connect.
  2. Find out who’s who. Get to know the faces of Georgian College, hear from our President, academic deans, co-ordinators and more!
  3. Meet faculty. Find out what your classes will be like, get to know your teachers and classmates, ask questions about textbooks, papers or missed classes.
  4. Success. People who attend Orientation events feel more connected and comfortable on campus, and get a better start. At Orientation, we’ll guide you to resources that will help contribute to your overall success.
  5. Get involved. Student clubs, on-campus jobs, volunteer work – find out how you can get involved at Georgian.
  6. Services. Find out how to get help with study skills, tutoring, counselling, learn about our athletic facilities and programs – you’ll find everything you need to know about the services available to you at Georgian.
  7. Free stuff. Who doesn’t like FREE stuff?

Are you an international student?

We look forward to welcoming you to Georgian College and we invite you to join our college-wide Oientation events. Please take a look at these pages for event details. In addition, the International Centre offers a mandatory Pre-orientation event to help make your transition as easy as possible. Find out more about pre-orientation for international students.

Why come to Get Connected and Orientation?

President’s message


Get Connected: Pre-orientation

Growler Get Connected

Get Connected is your chance to visit Georgian and connect with us before the start-of-semester rush. Get things done at Get Connected so on your first day, you can avoid the lineups and focus on meeting friends, faculty and staff.

Here are some of the things you can do at Get Connected: 

  • Purchase your parking pass or learn about transit #getaround
  • Learn about fitness options or activate your fitness centre membership #freshman15
  • Get a personalized tour of your classrooms #directionallychallenged
  • Attend an IT session to learn to use Banner and Blackboard #veryimportant
  • Visit the Registrar’s Office for help with fees, OSAP, course registration and student cards #help
  • Opt out of student insurance #onlyifyoualreadyhaveinsurancethough
  • Connect with staff who can offer you academic support #geterdone

Register for Get Connected


Stay tuned for fall semester Orientation day

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Plan to attend, check back here for more details.

Cotton candy
Buff guy
Dance party
Group tug of war shot
Pre health winners

Don’t miss Orientation

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Stay tuned, more details to come!

Don’t miss Orientation


Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016


This event will include:

  • Welcome session with free SWAG and giveaways
  • Academic breakout session
  • Free lunch
  • Information about services available to you
  • Snap Fitness information and membership sign-up
  • Information about Banner, Blackboard, One Drive and student email
  • Information about how you can ensure your academic success
  • Details regarding campus events throughout the year
  • GCSA updates and information

Late Connection

Bracebridge picnic table study

Check back here for more details on the next Late Connection session.

Orientation at the Orangeville Campus


Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016


This event will include:

  • Free coffee and pastries
  • Introductions and welcome address
  • Computer lab and scavenger hunt
  • Academic breakout sessions
  • Free lunch

Don’t miss Orientation at the Orillia Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

8:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Parking/bus passes available in A211
  • OSAP/Photo IDs in A100

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Free pancake breakfast – The Den

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Morning official welcome – Gymnasium, A206 (students will be escorted to their sessions from the gym)

10 to 10:15 a.m.

GCSA presentation/swag giveaway (located in program breakout rooms)

10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Morning program breakout sessions

  • Addictions Treatment and Prevention
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Police Studies Degree
  • Protection Security and Investigation/Community and Justice Services
  • Child and Youth Care
  • CICE (Community Integration through Co-operative Education)

 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Activities
  • Entertainment
  • Pizza lunch – Begins at noon in the cafeteria

1:30 to 2 p.m.

Afternoon official welcome

Gymnasium, A206 (students will be escorted to their session from the gym)

2 to 2:15 p.m.

GCSA presentation/swag giveaway (located in program breakout rooms)

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon program breakout sessions

  • Police Foundations
  • Development Service Worker
  • Social Service Worker
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Veterinary Technician

3:30 to 4 p.m.

Ice cream truck – outside the cafeteria

Don’t miss Orientation at the Owen Sound Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

8:30 a.m. 

Free welcome breakfast (Cafeteria)

  • Continental style breakfast with hot and cold beverages
  • St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs
  • Senior Team, Dean, Campus Principal, Staff, Faculty, SWAT, GCSA, students and student volunteers are invited

9:30 a.m.  

  • Program breakout sessions – various rooms (Group A – TBD)
  • Meet with Co-ordinator, Faculty, Alumni, current students, and new students
  • Welcome rally – Gymnasium (Group B – TBD)
  • SWAG pick up
  • Senior Leadership Team Member, Campus Principal, Student Life Advisor, GCSA, Owen Sound Police and Fire and special guests

10:30 a.m.           

  • Group A travels to gymnasium
  • Group B travels to classrooms

10:40 a.m. 

  • Welcome rally Group A
  • Program breakout session Group B

11:50 a.m.

Pizza lunch (cafeteria)

12:00 p.m.

Activities, carnival and vendor fair (Located inside and outside)

2:45 p.m.

Closing rally (location TBD)

Don’t miss Orientation at the South Georgian Bay Campus


Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Interested in joining the Orientation team?

Submit a volunteer application below.

O-Team application

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