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Carleton offers first year students a variety of orientation programs to help ensure a successful transition into university. Below is a brief overview of which programs are available.

We encourage you to also visit CU Start, Carleton University’s online transition guide, which is a great resource for new students and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s).

Summer Orientation

Summer Orientation is a one-day program for new students and their parent(s) or guardian(s), transfer students, and mature students. Each session focuses on promoting student academic success and personal development. As the first step in a student’s transition to Carleton University, we strongly encourage all new incoming students and their parent(s) or guardian(s) to actively participate.

people-2-512Recommended for all new Carleton students and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s)

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calendar_iconVarious days in July and August. One day sessions; some are faculty specific

Dollar_sign_in_circle.svg$30 + HST per person


Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation provides new incoming students with a week jam-packed full of fun activities, a chance to make lots of new friends, and opportunities to gain the necessary skills to help transition to new life here.

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Recommended for all new undergraduate Carleton students, including international students and transfer students

schedule_318-23400In order to participate, registration is required. Space is limited. Please click here to register.

calendar_iconFall Orientation typically begins at the end of August/early September, and is a week-long program

Dollar_sign_in_circle.svg$125 + HST per student


Academic Orientation Day

Academic Orientation Day (AOD) takes place the day before classes start in September.

It is designed to welcome and inspire first-year students as they begin their university experience.  The day includes a Faculty Orientation session and Departmental Open Houses, which are great opportunities for students to meet faculty and to familiarize themselves with their programs. Students will also receive a lunch, faculty t-shirt and have the opportunity to attend Expo Carleton.

people-2-512Participation is mandatory for all new undergraduate Carleton students

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calendar_iconAcademic Orientation Day will be held on Tuesday September 6th, 2016. 

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International Student Orientation

Run by the International Student Services Office, this is a full day event for all first-year international students, including Canadians returning to Canada for university. The focus of this program is to welcome you to Carleton University and introduce you to university life in Canada.

people-2-512For all new international students and their parent(s) and/or guardians(s)

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calendar_iconInternational Student Orientation typically takes place at the end of August

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Exchange Student Orientation

Run by the International Student Services Office, the Exchange and Study Abroad Student Orientation focuses on supporting your academic and social transition to student life at Carleton. In recognizing the specific needs of students here for a semester or two,  you will be introduced to Carleton’s campus life and Canada’s academic culture. You will also have the opportunity to meet other exchange and Canadian students, as well as faculty and support staff that will be available to support you throughout your studies at Carleton.

people-2-512Participation is mandatory for all exchange students that will be studying at Carleton for a semester or a year

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calendar_iconExchange Student Orientation typically takes place at the end of August. If your first semester is in the winter (studies beginning in January) please see the ISSO’s Winter Orientation program.

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PMC Fall Orientation

people-2-512Recommended for all new Carleton students with disabilities and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s)

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calendar_iconPMC Orientation typically takes place on one day at the end of August

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Get the FACTS

people-2-512Recommended for all new Carleton students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s)

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calendar_iconGet the FACTS usually takes place on one day close to the end of August

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The Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) offers these two fall orientation events to give you a head start at Carleton.


Aboriginal Student Orientation

Hosted by the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education, this is a full day event for all new students (undergraduate, graduate, transfer) students beginning their studies at Carleton. The focus of the orientation program is to welcome you to the university, and introduce you to the support services offered by the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education, Carleton’s student services, and Ottawa’s Aboriginal community centres.

people-2-512For all new Aboriginal students at Carleton (undergraduate, graduate, trasnfer).

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calendar_iconAboriginal Student Orientation typically takes place at the end of August

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This orientation program is organized by the Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education (CACE).