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Welcome to Georgian College Orientation is Tuesday, Sept. 8. Classes commence on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Check your campus tab for details.

Top reasons to attend orientation

  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 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 invite you to join our college-wide orientation 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?

Welcome message from your college President

Get Connected: pre-orientation

Welcome

Get Connected is your chance to visit Georgian and connect with us before the September rush. We’ll help you with your transition to college life! Here are some of the things you can do to get connected:

  • Purchase your parking pass
  • Get a personalized tour of your classrooms
  • Learn about Banner and Blackboard
  • Purchase your fitness centre membership
  • Visit the Registrar’s Office for help with fees, OSAP, add/drop, get assistance with new queuing system, Qnomy.
  • Get your student card (bring photo ID)
  • Opt-out/find out more about student insurance
  • Attend a learning strategies session, and more!

Learn about Get Connected (pre-orientation) events by clicking on your campus’ tabs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Orientation

As part of our Spring Open House we have our Family Orientation Room hosted by your Orientation and Transition team.  The Family Orientation room will make sure that your support team (family) is as connected to the college as you are.   Encourage your family to drop by for a coffee, tea and something to eat, and find out what they need to know about you coming to Georgian.  We will have family information available about ; financial aid, library and academic success center supports, orientation and transition activities, first year experience and first generation support, privacy and much more.

Get Connected: Pre-orientation

Your Get Connected events will happen the week of Aug. 17 to 21, and on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Get Connected is your chance to visit Georgian and connect with us before the January rush. We’ll help you with your transition to college life! Here are some of the things you can do to get connected:

  • Purchase your parking pass
  • Get a personalized tour of your classrooms
  • Learn about Banner and Blackboard
  • Purchase your fitness centre membership
  • Visit the Registrar’s Office for help with fees, OSAP, add/drop, get assistance with new queuing system, Qnomy.
  • Get your student card (bring photo ID)
  • Opt-out/find out more about student insurance
  • Attend a learning strategies session, and more!

Each session will start in Alumni Hall (Room K229)

 

Fall Orientation

Tuesday, Sept. 8                               

Your orientation day will include:

  • Welcome session with free swag and giveaways
  • Academic breakout session
  • Frosh carnival
  • Free pizza lunch
  • Outdoor fun festival
  • Tug of War challenge by academic schools
Get Connected Alumni Hall pic

Ask Me: Stay Connected

First Two weeks of Classes

We can help you Stay Connected and provide ongoing transition support with our Ask Me booth. Find us  across from the Subway restaurant during the first weeks of school.

Late Connection

 

Did you miss Orientation day? Still need some help transitioning? Connect with us at Late Connection Orientation.

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Orientation schedule from January 2015

  • 9 a.m.
    • Morning snacks
    • Official welcome rally in the shop
    • Campus introductions, overview of policies and campus services
  • 9:30 a.m.
    • Program breakout sessions
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Parking
    • Select a locker
    • Pick up textbooks (if preordered online)
    • Student ID picture taken

Orientation schedule from January 2015

10 a.m. to noon.

Programs: Personal Support Worker and Office Administration

  • Welcome reception in Room 113 with coffee, pastries and welcome bags
  • Campus welcome
  • Info session – campus and general info – including distribution of program outlines
  • Students’ Administrative Council (SAC)
  • Mask fit testing (Room 115)
  • Technology session – how to log into and use banner
  • Pictures for student cards
  • Purchase locks/locker rentals/pick up books
  • Regular scheduled postsecondary classes resume at noon

Orientation schedule from January 2015

  • 8:15 to 9 a.m.: Coffee and danish/muffin
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m.: Welcome address (includes staff/faculty introduction, student success and SAC presentations, and passport info – fill your passport and be eligible for a prize!)
  • 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.: Faculty-led, fun-filled activities
  • 11:15 a.m. to noon: Academic breakout sessions and pizza lunch

Orientation schedule from January 2015

8 a.m. to noon (classes are cancelled for all students during this time)

  • 8 to 8:30 a.m.: Free breakfast for all students and all staff in The Den
  • 8:30 to 9 a.m.: Welcome, Theatre (Room C112)
  • 9 to 9:30 a.m.: SAC orientation presentation, Theatre (Room C112)
  • 9:30 to 11 a.m.: Academic breakout sessions
    • Community and Justice Services (Room C109)
    • Child and Youth Worker (Room B112)
    • Early Childhood Education (Room C110)
    • Police Foundations (Room D102)
    • Social Service Worker (Room D105)
    • Veterinary Assistant (Room D106)
  •  11 a.m. to noon: Lunch (Room B111)
    • Vendor fair (wax hand, maple taffy, human gyroscope and henna)

Orientation schedule from January 2015

  • 8 to 9 a.m.: Welcome breakfast (cafeteria)
  • 9 to 9:30 a.m.: Welcome rally (cafeteria)
  • 9:30 to 11 a.m.: Program breakout sessions
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Activities and lunch

Orientation schedule from January 2015

9 to 9:15 a.m.

  • Coffee and muffins
  • Welcome
  • Agenda

9:15 to 10:30 a.m., Room 212

  • Review of policies binder
  • Checklist
  • Student Handbook/SAC
  • Credit Transfer Centre
  • Important dates
  • Weather
  • Lockdown/fire plan
  • Academic policies
  • Student email
  • Logging onto network
  • Print credits
  • Banner
  • Textbooks
  • KPI student surveys
  • Lockers and parking
  • Student insurance/board
  • Testing services

Student Services

  • Learning Strategist
  • First Generation Mentor
  • Disability Specialist

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Program breakout sessions

  • Gas Technician/Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Room 212
  • Office Administration General/Medical, Room 120
  • College and Career Preparation, Room 210

Mature Student Drive In Conference

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Georgian College – Barrie Campus

 

 

Conference objective

The purpose of this conference is to obtain a greater knowledge of the unique challenges faced by mature students in accessing, attending and persisting through postsecondary education in Ontario, and how within our various roles we can assist their transition, success and mental health.

Target audience

  • Orientation professionals
  • First Year Experience mentors
  • Transition and engagement advisors
  • First Generation / Crown Ward mentors
  • Counselling staff
  • Co-op and career staff
  • Academic advisors
  • Student administrative councils
  • Student Life department members
  • Aboriginal support Centres

Approach

One full-day drive in conference (depending on interest and presentation, could expand to 1.5 days), held at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College.  We are a central Ontario location, allowing for easy access from across the province.

To develop a community/network of mature student supporters, moving toward an association.

Contribute to North American research on mature student experience.

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