New Student Orientation

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 Pathways to Graduation. Pathways to Graduation is designed to help guide you along a path to graduation that is right for you with program specific information tailored for your current phase of your studies. This is a great resource for new students and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s).

CU 1001- Your Start to Student Life at Carleton

CU 1001- Your Start to Student Life at Carleton is free online bundled mini-course experience that provides new students with a focused introduction to the Carleton community and prepares you for your journey as a future Raven. As the first step in a student’s transition to Carleton University, we strongly encourage all new incoming students to actively participate.

Recommended:

For all new Carleton students

Dates:

Program launches July 6th, 2020 on cuLearn and will remain open until September.

Cost:

Free


Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation provides incoming students with a week packed full of fun activities, a chance to make new friends, and an opportunity to gain the necessary skills to help transition to university life at Carleton University. Registration for Fall Orientation 2020 will open on July 6. In following Ottawa Public Health social-distancing rules, we will feature mostly virtual programming.  A schedule of events and programs will be posted in July.

Recommended:
For all new Carleton students.

Dates:
Sunday, September 6th to
Friday, September 11th, 2020

Cost:
$49.99 + HST


Academic Orientation Day

Academic Orientation Day (AOD) takes place prior to the start of classes in September.

AOD is designed to welcome and inspire first-year students as they begin their university experience. The day includes a Faculty Orientation session, Department Open Houses, and the opportunity to attend Expo Carleton.

Recommended:
Participation is mandatory for all new undergraduate Carleton students.

Registration:
No registration required
.

Date:
To be announced 

Cost:
Free


I-Start

Attend I-Start, the orientation for all new international students at Carleton University, and receive resources and information that will help you transition successfully to student life in Canada. This orientation has been designed to meet the needs of all international students, including undergraduate, graduate, exchange, and study abroad students. Parents and guardians are also invited to attend.

Recommended:
For all new international students
and their parent(s) and/or guardians(s).

Dates:
Dates throughout May – September. Please visit the I-Start Calendar to see dates available.
* Only need to attend one session.

Cost:
Free


PMC Fall Orientation

The PMC Fall Orientation allows students to learn about the different PMC services; gain insight into how to juggle academics, priorities, and uncertainty, and much more. This orientation is an opportunity for students to begin building their support network and get connected.

Recommended:
For all new Carleton students with disabilities and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s).

Date:
Friday, August 30th, 2019

Cost:
Free


Indigenous Student Orientation

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

Recommended:
For all new Indigenous students at Carleton (undergraduate, graduate, transfer).

Registration:
Registration will open late-summer.

Date:
Friday, August 30th, 2019

Cost:
Free

This orientation program is organized by the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives.