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Unfortunately, we are unable to offer in person programming for our UM Orientation 2020 Summer events, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll be sure to connect with you via email to let you know how you can find out about registration, the transition to university studies, and all the UM has to offer you as a student. UM Essentials, the UM’s online orientation program will be available for you to explore, after you have accepted your offer of admission.

Volunteer at orientation events

Volunteer applications are now closed.

If you love volunteering, want to help welcome new students, or just want to meet some new people and build some skills, we want to meet you! 

Orientation volunteer position description (PDF)

Apply online

Get started online

Your UM experience begins with an online orientation. It continues all year with a variety of online supports. Take advantage of as many as you find helpful.

Complete UM Essentials 

You’re new, but you don’t have to be unprepared. Complete the UM Essentials online orientation to give yourself a good understanding of university basics, including key resources and strategies for success.

All first year students must complete UM Essentials.

After completing UM Essentials you’ll know more about:

  • Course selection and registration
  • Strategies for success in the classroom
  • Ways to stay active and healthy 
  • Respect and diversity on campus
  • Sexual violence awareness
  • Academic integrity guidelines
  • Support services available to you

To complete UM Essentials, log into UM Learn using your UMnetID (or activate your UMnetID if you haven't done so).

For more information on UM Essentials, please e-mail

Discover your first-year supports 

We don't expect you to figure everything out in your first few days. Explore these resources to help you all year long -- with academics, your career options, campus life, recreation, and more.

Orientation events for all new students

Attend these orientation events and start your university year with confidence.

  • Summer University Advantage (August)

    Enrol in this popular 3 credit hour course to help you transition to your new learning environment. You will learn the principles of learning and memory, critical thinking, and academic writing, all of which are essential to success at university.

  • Orientation events for specific faculties (September)

    Many faculties have their own orientation events for new students. If you are joining a faculty that hosts a separate event, you will receive an email with the details before the school term starts. Please contact your faculty directly if you have questions.

More orientation events

Many other groups host orientation events for students. We invite you to attend as many of these events as you find helpful.