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

Don’t miss Orientation at the Barrie Campus

Orientation leaders are ready to welcome you Sept. 6!
Cotton candy
Buff guy

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

We have a full day of Orientation events ready for NEW students.

Use the table below to find which group you are in and then register for Orientation events using the appropriate button below.

Group 1 Start Time is 8:30 am. Register here for orientation events

Group 1
ARTC - Architectural Technician Co-op
ARTE - Architectural Technology Co-op
CABT - Cabinetmaking Techniques
CART - Carpentry Techniques
CVTN - Civil Engineering Technician Construction Co-op
CVTY - Civil Engineering Technology Co-op
EETN - Electrical Engineering Technician Co-op
EETY - Electrical Engineering Technology Co-op
ENTN - Environmental Technician Co-op
ENVR - Environmental Technology Co-op
GAST - Gas Technician
HRAC - Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician Co-op
METY - Mechanical Engineering Tech. previous MTAP & META
MTPS - Mechanical Technician Precision Skills Co-op
INSS - Computer and Network Systems Security
IMDW - Interactive Media Design-Web
COPA - Computer Programmer Analyst Co-op
COPR - Computer Programmer Co-op
CSTN - Computer Systems Technician Networking Co-op
BDAT - Big Data Analytics
RAPP - Research Analyst
LCLR - Law Clerk
OFAE - Office Administration Executive
OFAG - Office Administration General
OFAH - Office Administration Health Services
OFEC - Office Admin - Executive - Co-op
AADF - Art and Design Fundamentals
DVID - Digital Video
DPAI - Digital Photography and Imaging
FIAA - Fine Arts Advanced
FIAR - Fine Arts
GLDS - Goldsmithing and Silversmithing
JMET - Jewellery and Metals
GRDE - Graphic Design
GRDP - Graphic Design Production
INTR - Interior Design
IBRG - Interior Design Degree Bridge - suspended
BAID - Honours Bachelor Interior Design
KBDE - Kitchen and Bath Design
INDC - Interior Decorating

Group 2 Start Time is 10:30 am. Register here for orientation events

Group 2
AVIA - Aviation Management
BBAM - Bachelor of Business Automotive Management
BBAM - Bachelor of Business Automotive Management
AUBU - Automotive Business
AUBU - Automotive Business
ADMC - Advertising and Marketing Communications
BAAC - Business Administration Accounting
BACN - Business Accounting Co-op
BACT - Business Accounting
BMKN - Business Marketing
BMKT - Business Marketing Co-op
BENT - Business Entrepreneurship
BAHR - Business Administration Human Resources
HRMN - Human Resources Management
BUSG - Business General Co-op
BUSN - Business General
BADM - Business Administration Co-op
BINT - International Business Management
BBML - Honours Bachelor Business Admin -ML
GAAS - General Arts and Science
GASC - General Arts and Science 1 year
EAPC - GAS - ENG for academic Purposes
BAGM - Bachelor of Business Golf Management
GLFO - Golf Facilities Operation Management Co-op
CULN - Culinary Management Co-op
CULS - Culinary Skills Chef Training
TMPD - Tourism and Travel Co-op
EVNT - Event Management
FHPR - Fitness and Health Promotion
RELS - Recreation and Leisure Services Co-op
HADM - Hospitality Administration Hotel and Resort Co-op
HHRO - Hospitality-Hotel & Resort Operations Management
SPRT - Sport Administration
SRFN - Snow Resort Fundamentals
SROP - Snow Resort Operations Co-op

Group 3 Start Time is 9:30 am. Register here for orientation events

Group 3
CODA - Communicative Disorders Assistant
FIRE - Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training
MUSM - Museum and Gallery Studies
HAIR - Hairstyling
BSCN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BSCY - BSCN - York intake
ACPT - Acupuncture
DNAS - Dental Assisting
DNTH - Dental Hygiene
ESTH - Esthetician
MASF - Massage Therapy Fast Track
MASG - Massage Therapy
MSCT - Medical Skin Care Therapy
OPTA - Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Asst.
OPTI - Opticianry
PARA - Paramedic
PARM - Advanced Care Paramedic
PHRM - Pharmacy Technician
PNRS - Practical Nursing
PRHS - Pre-Health Sciences
PSWR - Personal Support Worker
ACSD - Aboriginal Community and Social Development Co-op
SHKI - Shki-Miikan Foundations
ANLP - Anishnaabemowin Language Program
CICE - Community Integration Through Co-operative Education
Dance party
Group tug of war shot
Pre health winners

Don’t miss Orientation at the Midland Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016


10 a.m.

All students are invited to gather for a general assembly. Get helpful information, meet campus staff and more! Refreshments and snacks provided.

After the assembly, attend a program breakout session where you can meet your faculty and go for a tour of the campus.

11 a.m.

BBQ lunch

All day services

Parking, pick up textbooks, get your student ID card photo.

Don’t miss Orientation at the Muskoka Campus

Please see our Late Connection section below if you have any textbook or technology-related questions.

Late Connection

Bracebridge picnic table study

Check in at the front desk during office hours if you have questions regarding Blackboard, Banner, the Student Portal, and other items.

Don’t miss Orientation at the Orangeville Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

8:30 a.m. to noon

Orientation events 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
  • Child and Youth Care
  • CICE (Community Integration through Co-operative Education)

 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Activities
  • Entertainment
  • Pizza lunch (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
  • Protection Security and Investigation/Community and Justice Services

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

8:30 a.m. – Join us for refreshments

Group 1: Social Service Worker Program

 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Welcome session with free swag
  • General information
  • Student Success
  • Academic breakout sessions
  • GCSA updates and information
  • Campus health and Safety
  • Banner, Blackboard, student email, student cards information

Group 2: Business Fundamentals, Business, Office Administration – General, Office Administration – Health Services, Personal Support Worker, Pre-Health Sciences

9:30 a.m. – noon

  • Welcome session with free swag
  • General information
  • Student Success
  • Academic breakout sessions
  • GCSA updates and information
  • Campus health and Safety
  • Banner, Blackboard, student email, student cards information

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Please join us for a FREE lunch courtesy of GCSA


Interested in joining the Orientation team?

Submit a volunteer application below.

O-Team application

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