Information to Help You Register for Summer Orientation
- 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. Every orientation session consists of: a faculty presentation on the university, course registration assistance and review (for proper registration), campus tour, dining in the residence hall, information on campus services (including getting your campus card and universal bus pass) and academic support services, fall orientation programs information and the chance to meet other new students in your academic program and network.
- What does Summer Orientation cost?
$30 per person.
Registration for Summer Orientation is $30 +HST for students and $30 +HST for each guest (parent, family member, other). This includes all programming, all-you-can-eat lunch and a parking permit for the program date.
- What is the difference between Faculty Spotlight Sessions and Open Sessions?
The Faculty Spotlight Sessions will contain more targeted information for students studying in a specific discipline. Additionally, professional staff and faculty for Faculty Spotlight Sessions will gear the information to a single academic faculty. Students in attendance of these sessions are more likely to meet other students within their program/major.
- Is Summer Orientation mandatory?
No – however it is strongly encouraged.
- How many sessions should I attend?
Each participant is advised to attend only one session as the information is identical in each session.
- How do I request special accommodations?
If you or your guests require any special dietary accommodations or accessibility requests, please advise us on the registration form. We will be happy to provide you with any support needed to aid your orientation experience at Carleton.
If you would like to update the information provided on the registration form, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Ready to Attend Summer Orientation
- How do I set-up my Carleton email account?
To get your new Carleton email, you will need to activate your MyCarletonOne account through Carleton Central. Your email address is email@example.com but you can simply use the short-form: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once activated, you can access Carleton Email through the MyCarleton Portal or from your smartphone. As a student, this is your official Carleton email address that the university uses to communicate important information to you.
For more information about your Carleton Email, please visit the Information and Technology Services website.
- Should I register for courses before I attend Summer Orientation?
Although we will be providing assistance with your course registration, it is important that you register as soon as your time ticket date arrives. This will ensure that the courses you need to take still have availability. Courses can fill up quickly so please visit the Registrar’s Office’s New Undergraduate Student Info website and make sure you register as soon as possible to get your top choices.
Additionally an academic advisor will review every student’s course registration to verify complete and accurate registration during each Summer Orientation session.
- Do I need to book a tour in advance?
No – a campus tour is part of each orientation session for both students and their guests.
- What should I bring with me?
In order to participate fully in all Summer Orientation programming, please be sure to bring:
Government issued identification for the processing of your Campus Card and universal bus pass (U-Pass)
Your student number
Your parking permit (sent to your e-mail after registration). We will have extra parking passes at Summer Orientation in the event that you were unable to print the one sent to your e-mail.
You may want to bring the following items with you:
Pen and paper,
A list of any questions/concerns you might have about your transition to university,
A raincoat or umbrella,
Comfortable clothing and shoes (we will be doing a lot of walking, so make sure that you are comfortable).
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Accommodations On Campus
Want a taste of what to expect in residence? You can stay on campus and book a residence room through Conference Services any night this summer. You’ll get a chance to experience residence first hand along with complimentary all you care to eat breakfast at the Fresh Food Company!
Accommodations Off Campus
Hotel Options (Carleton Preferred Rate):
If you need a place to stay, the Student Experience Office invites you to make a reservation at either The Best Western Plus Victoria Park Suites or The Albert at Bay Suite Hotel. For a special discounted rate, call the reservation lines (listed below) and provide the promo codes below.
Book your stay at the Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown and ask for the Carleton Corporate Rate for a special discounted price of only $125 plus applicable taxes per night and based on single or double occupancy.
Book online using the Corporate ID Code: 01543360
Book your stay at the Albert at Bay Suite Hotel and ask for the Carleton Corporate Rate for a special discounted price of only $135 plus applicable taxes per night and based on single or double occupancy. Rate applies to newly renovated full one bedroom suites with either one or two queen size beds, full living room and full kitchen. Rate includes wireless internet and free local calls.
Book online using the Corporate ID Code: CAR
Arriving at Summer Orientation
- Where does Summer Orientation take place? When does it begin and end?
Summer Orientation check-in occurs in the Richcraft Hall lobby from 8:30-8:55am. Please look for RB on the campus map.
The program runs from 9:00am-4:00pm. It is advised that guests remain for the entire program if possible. You can view the Summer Orientation Schedule for an overview of each session.
- Where do I park?
Parking Lot 9 (next to Robertson Hall) will be the primary parking location for Summer Orientation.
Please look for P9 on the campus map. Please also note that your parking permit should be included in your confirmation email. If you did not receive this correspondence upon registration please email email@example.com.
- Can I get my Campus Card at Summer Orientation?
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for your Campus Card ahead of time! Visit the Campus Card website for more information on applying for your Campus Card – please note you will still need government issued identification to pick up your card.
Campus Cards are printed and issued at the end of each Summer Orientation session. Be sure to smile – the picture on your card will remain throughout your academic career. In order to process your Campus Card students must bring a piece of government issued identification (health card, driver’s license etc.) to verify their identity.
Information Related to Other Offices
- How do I receive verification of RESP forms?
Verifying student status for RESP purposes:
- A Verification of Student Status (VOSS) request can be made through Carleton Central.
- Under the “Student Online Applications” tab on the main menu, click on ‘Request a Transcript/Certificate of Enrolment/Verification of Student Status.’
- On the next page, click on “Verification of Student Status Request.”
- You then have the option of having the document delivered to your Carleton email account on the next business day (if submitted before 9:00pm) OR you may have it printed and sealed at the Registrar’s Office on campus and pick it up in person with Photo ID.
- Once received, the document should be delivered directly to your RESP provider.
- Please note that all VOSS requests are done electronically and are no longer done in person at the Registrar’s Office.
- VOSS is an official document and it is accepted by all RESP providers and most other institutions.
- The document provides details of the student’s program, year in program, enrolment status, and current academic session dates.
- To ensure that your VOSS letter accurately reflects your current student status, you should request the letter once your final grades have been received and your registration for the upcoming term(s) is complete.
For more information, you can visit the Registrar’s website for the verification of student status.
- How Do I Register for Overnight Orientation?
Residence Overnight Orientation is an orientation session on July 14th for incoming students who will be living in Residence. This program is offered by the Department of Housing. This overnight program is open to new students who will be living in Residence in 2017/2018. Registration for this program will open in mid-May on the Housing website.
If you have further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.