What is Summer Orientation?

Summer Orientation is a one-day program for new students and their parent(s) or guardian(s). 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.

In addition to receiving a welcome from the President of Carleton University, picking up the student Campus Card and UPASS, doing a campus tour, and attending an all-you-can-eat-lunch at the Fresh Food Company, there will be sessions on the following subjects:

  • Academic Expectations (with a guest faculty member)
  • Academic Support Services
  • Residential Life or Off-Campus living
  • Financing an Education
  • Campus Services (Campus Card, Campus Safety, Health Plan, Involvement Opportunities, Dates and Deadlines)
  • Fall Orientation

While students receive a review of their course selection with an academic advisor, parents and guests will have a chance to attend a session for Supporting Your Student Through Transition, Parent Communication, and FIPPA.

See the Summer Orientation Schedule.


2018 Summer Orientation Dates

July 2018 Dates

August 2018 Dates

Friday July 13
* Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Public Affairs Spotlight Session
Friday, August 10
* Open Session to all faculties
Saturday July 14
* Open Session to all faculties
Saturday, August 11
* Faculty of Science Spotlight Session
Friday, July 20
* Faculty of Engineering and Design Spotlight Session
Friday, August 17
* Faculty of Engineering and Design Spotlight Session
Saturday, July 21
* Open Session to all faculties
Saturday, August 18
* Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Public Affairs Spotlight Session
Saturday, July 28
* Open Session to all faculties
Saturday, August 25
* Open Session to all faculties

Faculty Spotlight Sessions:

  • Provide you with tailored information to your particular faculty and give you the opportunity to meet other students in your program. To find out what Faculty you fall under, please find your program in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Open Sessions:

  • Provide you with information targeted at all new Carleton students. If you cannot attend your Faculty Spotlight Session or have not declared a major, these sessions are for you!

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If you have any questions, please contact orientation@carleton.ca.