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Welcome to Georgian College


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




Get Connected is your chance to visit Georgian and connect with us before the September 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’s what you can do at 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, Qnomy (the new queuing system)
  • Activate your student card
  • Opt-out/find out more about student insurance
  • Attend a learning strategies session, and more!

Check your campus tab for schedules.

Register here for a Get Connected (pre-orientation)  session at your campus.






Late Connection

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

Wednesday, Sept. 23,  9 a.m. to  2 p.m.

The “Ask Me” booth will be set up across from Subway in the C building.  There will be campus tours, support and guidance, plus FREE muffins.

Drop in IT session will happen in K207 supported by the Library team.

Campus services vendor fair will in the K Building foyer outside the library. Check in to connect or reconnect with the great supports we have on our campus.

Get Connected at the Barrie Campus


Tuesday, Jan. 5
9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 6
1 to 3 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m.

Please register at the following link:


Don’t miss Orientation



Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 – 8 a.m. to noon 

More details to come soon!



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Wrecking ball Orillia

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 Subway restaurant during the first weeks of school.

Family Orientation

As part of our Open House, the Georgian Orientation and Transition team hosts a Family Orientation Room. We want to 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 to find out what they need to know about you coming to Georgian. We will have family information available about financial aid, library and academic supports, orientation and transition activities, first year experience and First Generation support, privacy and much more.

Don’t miss Orientation


Tuesday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Orientation will include:

  • Welcome session
  • Free SWAG and giveaways
  • Academic breakout session
  • Free BBQ lunch
  • Services available for getting parking, lockers, textbooks (if you have preordered online)

Get Connected at the Muskoka Campus

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Tuesday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to noon

Don’t miss Orientation


Tuesday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


This event will include:

  • Welcome session with free SWAG and giveaways
  • Academic breakout session
  • Free pizza lunch (All Fired Up)
  • Find out about Student Services
  • Snap Fitness information and challenge
  • Information on Banner, Blackboard, One Drive, and Student E-Mail
  • Learn about materials for Student Success
  • Details regarding campus events throughout the year
  • GCSA updates and information

Late Connection

Bracebridge picnic table study

To be determined by schedule availability

Get Connected at the Orangeville Campus


Thursday, Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


  • Meet your instructors, staff and co-ordinators
  • Attend an information session on self-management
  • Learn how to access Banner, Blackboard and your student email
  • Learn about resources for student success
  • Games, activities and more!

Register for Get Connected

Fall Orientation at the Orangeville Campus


Tuesday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to noon

For more information, please email or call 519-940-0331

Don’t miss Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for first-year students. 

Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Sept. 9: Get your parking card/bus pass in A211 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OSAP/photo ID in A100

Orientation schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 8

9 to 10 a.m.: Free breakfast, The Den

10 to 11:30 a.m.: Georgian College Students’ Association presentation, swag giveaway and morning program breakout sessions

Addictions: Treatment and Prevention, B111
Early Childhood Education, C112/Theatre
Police Studies degree program, C209/C210
Protection Security Investigation, C109
Social Services Worker, A206/Gym
Therapeutic Recreation, D106

11:30 a.m. to noon: Official welcome A206 (Gym)

Noon to 2 p.m. Activities/entertainment/free lunch begins at noon in parking lot 1: Human Zorbs, candy floss, snow cones, selfies with the Shinerama Llama, plus much more!

2 to 3:30 p.m. Georgian College Students’ Association presentation, swag giveaway and afternoon program breakout sessions

Child and Youth Care, C112/Theatre
Community Justice Services, C109
Developmental Service Worker, D106
Police Foundations, A206/Gym
Veterinary Technician, C209/C210

3:30 to 4 p.m.: Official welcome A206 (Gym)

4 to 5 p.m. : Ice cream sundaes,  the Café

8 to 10 p.m.: Boat cruise, Port of Orillia – All participants must be 19 years of age or older.  Tickets are available in Printing Services.  Boarding takes place from 7 to 8 p.m.

There will also be a special move in event for residence students on Sept. 5.

Orientation Cup Hockey Challenge

Georgian vs. Lakehead

Sunday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Rotary Place Arena

Free buses from residence.

Tickets available from Printing Services.

Avoid long lineups!

Consider waiting to pick up your student card.  Unless you are a student in one of the Justice and Public Safety programs, your student card does not need to be obtained immediately.

Purchase your parking card online.

Don’t miss Orientation at the Owen Sound Campus


Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015



  • Meet St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs
  • Meet Georgian staff, faculty, SWAT members, student council members



  •  Business – Room 620
  • ECE – Room 508
  • Marine Navigation – Cafeteria
  • Marine Engineering – Cafeteria
  • Office Admin. – Room 621
  • Police Foundations – Room 511
  • PSW – Room 704
  • Culinary – Room 703

Meet your program co-ordinator, faculty, alumni and other students



  • Business
  • ECE
  • Marine Navigation and Engineering
  • Office Admin. (OFAE & OFAG)
  • Police Foundations
  • PSW
  • Culinary (CULN & CULS)



  • Welding
  • Gas Technician
  • HRAC Technician
  • Carpentry Techniques
  • Electrical Techniques
  • Power Engineering
  • Practical Nursing
  • Pre Health Science
  • BSCN
  • Academic and Career Prep

Pick up some swag, meet Georgian staff members, your student council rep, Owen Sound police and fire special guests



  • Welding Techniques, Gas Technician, HRAC Technician, Carpentry Techniques and Electrical Techniques – Cafeteria
  • Power Engineering – Room 621
  • Practical Nursing – Room 614
  • Pre Health Science – Room 704
  • BSCN – Room 620
  • Academic and Career Prep – Room 617



  • Laser Music Mayhem: Marine Engineering, Marine Navigation, Power Engineering and BSCN
  • Hip! Hop! Ponies Drop!: Practical Nursing, Gas Tech., Pre Health Sciences and HRAC
  • abZorb the FUN!: Culinary, Business, Office Admin., Welding Tech. and Carpentry Tech.
  • Tug-A-Hamster: PSW, Electrical Tech., ECE and Police Foundations

12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: ACTIVITIES, LUNCH AND VENDOR FAIR

2:45 p.m.: CLOSING RALLY


Don’t miss Orientation at the South Georgian Bay Campus


Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015



10 a.m.: Welcome session with free swag and  giveaways – Room 212/213
10:10 to 10:30 a.m.: Campus orientation, find out about services – Room 212/213
10:30 a.m. to noon: Student activities
noon to 12:40 p.m.: Free lunch (Sponsored by Georgian College Student Association)
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Academic breakout sessions

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