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First Year Experience

Your Georgian College experience begins here! Whether you’re attending Orientation, preparing for day one, or navigating through your first year, we’re here to provide a warm welcome and transition programming for new all students.

Orientation and transition programs

Welcome to Georgian! We’re very happy to have you join the Georgian family and begin your studies this winter. Whether you’re studying remotely or a combination of in-person and remote learning, it’s going to be a great year! Our Orientation and transition programming aims to help you successfully transition and prepare you for your college experience.

We know the semester will look a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re busy planning a fun, engaging and informative virtual orientation schedule for you to participate in!

four photos merged into one image. All images are photos of staff and students celebrating 2019 fall orientation day.

Online Orientation

We are updating our online Orientation pages on the student portal that includes information about supports and services, outlines our Head Start and Orientation schedule, the New Student Checklist, as well as virtual student life opportunities and activities. There is also a section dedicated to our international students about topics such as immigration, housing, insurance and cultural adjustment.

We are also updating our New Student Orientation Blackboard shell! You will use Blackboard throughout your academic journey and it is important that you become familiar with this online learning system. This orientation module has plenty of great tips, tricks and resources to prepare for your Georgian experience.

Both of these online experiences will go live in August. All new students will receive orientation update emails via their Georgian student email account – stay tuned!

*Note: You will need your student login to participate.

  • Full-time students who have confirmed an offer to a Georgian program: You will have received a confirmation letter or letter of acceptance identifying the login and default password for all student systems.
  • Part-time students who have registered for individual courses through Continuing Education: You will receive this initial password to the preferred email provided after completing Georgian’s student number application.
  • If you have forgotten your login or password, please reset your password using the password management service or contact the IT service desk at or 705.728.1968, ext. 1732.

Head Start

Head Start is our pre-Academic Orientation programming where you can connect and engage with Georgian services, supports and resources to ensure you are successful. You can ask questions you have prior to your first day!

Head Start for the fall 2021 semester will be hosted virtually from Aug. 23 to 27. Check out our full Head Start schedule in the student portal.

Key features

  • Discover Registrar’s Office supports and services
  • Learn about Blackboard, student portal and MyPath systems navigation and supports
  • Meet your Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA)
  • Meet our awesome Peer Mentors!
  • Explore international supports and services
  • Find out how Georgian supports your mental health and well-being
  • Learn about our counselling and accessibility supports
  • Learn about student co-op experiences
  • Find out more about changemaking at Georgian
  • And so much more!

Academic Orientation

Academic Orientation is our opportunity to welcome you to Georgian College and introduce you to your academic program! You will meet your dean, program co-ordinator, faculty, classmates, and learn all about your program and student expectations. Our fall 2021 Academic Orientation schedule is outlined below.

You can access your full fall 2021 Orientation schedule in the student portal.

Tuesday, Aug. 31

Computer Studies programs

Design and Visual Arts programs

Engineering and Environmental Technologies programs

Skilled Trades programs

10 a.m. to noon

Program listGeorgian College Chevron
Program codeProgram name
AADFArt and Design Fundamentals
AIDIArtificial Intelligence – Architecture, Design, and Implementation
ARTCArchitectural Technician
ARTEArchitectural Technology
BAIDHonours Bachelor of Interior Design
BDATBig Data Analytics
CABTCabinetmaking Techniques 
CMPAComputer Programming/Analysis
CMPGComputer Programming
CRNTCarpentry and Renovation Techniques
CSTNComputer Systems Technician
CVETCivil Engineering Technician 
CVTYCivil Engineering Technology
EETNElectrical Engineering Technician
EETYElectrical Engineering Technology
ENTNEnvironmental Technician
ENVREnvironmental Technology
FIARFine Arts 
GASTGas Technician
GRDEGraphic Design
GRDPGraphic Design Production
HRACHeating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
IMDWInteractive Media Design – Web
INDCInterior Decorating
INSSComputer and Network Systems Security 
KBDEKitchen and Bath Design
MDEVMobile Application Development
METRElectromechanical Engineering Technology – Mechatronics
METYMechanical Engineering Technology
MUSMMuseum and Gallery Studies
PRJMProject Management
RAPPResearch Analyst 

Community Safety programs

Human Services programs

1 to 3 p.m.

Program listGeorgian College Chevron
Program codeProgram name
ADTPAddictions: Treatment and Prevention
BAPSHonours Bachelor of Police Studies
CJSRCommunity and Justice Services
CYCAChild and Youth Worker 
DSWRDevelopmental Social Worker

*Orillia Campus only. Owen Sound students: Please refer to the schedule on Thursday, Sept. 2.
ECEDEarly Childhood Education

*Orillia and Orangeville campuses only. Owen Sound students: Please refer to the schedule on Thursday, Sept. 2.
HBCPHonours Bachelor of Counselling Psychology
PFPRPolice Foundations

*Orillia Campus only. Owen Sound students: Please refer to the schedule on Thursday, Sept. 2.
PFPRPolice Foundations – Lead Faculty
PSINProtection, Security and Investigation
SSWKSocial Service Worker
TRECTherapeutic Recreation
VETNVeterinary Technician

Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training (FIRE) students: Please refer to the schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Midland programs

1 to 3 p.m.

Program listGeorgian College Chevron
Program codeProgram name
ELTQElectrical Techniques
MTMEMarine Engine Mechanic
MTSESmall Engine Mechanic
PLTQPlumbing Techniques
WETCWelding Techniques 

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) programs

Business and Management programs

Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation programs

10 a.m. to noon

Program listGeorgian College Chevron
Program codeProgram name
ADMCAdvertising and Marketing Communications
AUBUAutomotive Business
AVIAAviation Management
BAACBusiness Administration – Accounting 
BACNBusiness – Accounting (non-co-op)
BACTBusiness – Accounting 
BADMBusiness Administration 
BAHRBusiness Administration – Human Resources
BAKEBaking and Pastry Arts
BBAAHonours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management)
BBMLHonours Bachelor of Business Administration (Management and Leadership)
BMKNBusiness – Marketing (non-co-op) 
BMKTBusiness – Marketing 
BUSNBusiness (non-co-op) 
CULICulinary Skills
CULNCulinary Management
ENTBBusiness – Entrepreneurship  (non-co-op)
ENTCBusiness – Entrepreneurship
FDNMFood and Nutrition Management
FHPRFitness and Health Promotion
FIREPre-Service Firefighter Education and Training
GBMTGlobal Business Management
GLFOGolf Facility Operation Management
HADMHospitality Administration
HHROHospitality – Hotel and Resort Operations Management
HRMNHuman Resource Management
LCLRLaw Clerk
OFAEOffice Administration – Executive (non-co-op)
OFAGOffice Administration – General
OFAHOffice Administration – Health Services
OFECOffice Administration – Executive
RELSRecreation and Leisure Services
SPRTSport Administration

Thursday, Sept. 2

Health, Wellness and Sciences programs

10 a.m. to noon

Program listGeorgian College Chevron
Program codeProgram name
BIOTBiotechnology – Health
BSCNBachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Collaborative Program
CODACommunicative Disorders Assistant 
DNASDental Assistant 
DNTHDental Hygiene
MASGMassage Therapy
MSCTMedical Skin Care Therapies
OPTAOccupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant
PARMAdvanced Care Paramedic
PHPAPre-health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
PHRMPharmacy Technician
PNRSPractical Nursing
PSWRPersonal Support Worker

Veterinary Technician (VETN) students: Please refer to the schedule on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Owen Sound programs

1 to 3 p.m.

Program listGeorgian College Chevron
Program codeProgram name
DSWRDevelopmental Services Worker
ECEDEarly Childhood Education
ELTQElectrical Techniques
MNAVMarine Navigation
MTCYMarine Engineering Technology
PETYPower Engineering Technology
PFPRPolice Foundations

Peer Mentors: What we do!

Our Peer Mentors are upper-year Georgian students who play a pivotal role in building community, a sense of belonging and connection at Georgian, and empower students to flourish through their first-year experience at college and beyond. Now more than ever, students are connecting with their peers for support, highlighting the incredible importance of building a strong foundation and sense of virtual community among students early in their academic journey.

Peer Mentors are Georgian students who:

  • foster community and a sense of belonging on campus
  • build trusting and supportive relationships
  • facilitate peer-to-peer discussion and connection
  • role model student behaviour and integrity
  • provide referrals and resources for students
  • promote leadership and professional development opportunities
Five Peer Mentors posing for a picture

What our mentors and mentees have to say about the program

Mentor Julie and mentee Andrea talk about why they love the peer mentorship program and how it makes the transition to college life much easier.
First-semester student Andrea Cox describes how having a peer mentor has helped her transition into college life.
Mentor Julie Caterini describes why she decided to become a peer mentor and the leadership skills she has developed since joining the program.

Want a Peer Mentor? Apply as a mentee!

As a mentee (first-year or new student), you will be matched with one of our awesome mentors who will support you through your transition to college, inform you of all the great services and supports Georgian has to offer, and provide opportunities for you to connect with other peers!

Get involved: Maximize your first-year experience

The best way to maximize your first-year experience is to immerse yourself into everything Georgian has to offer! We have a variety of student clubs, volunteer opportunities and workshops available to students. Here are a few ways to get involved:

  • Participate in Head Start and Orientation Day to ensure you start off your experience right!
  • Peer Mentor program – Apply for a Peer Mentor and connect with an upper-year student to support you through your transition to Georgian.
  • Join a club – Check out the variety of clubs offered at Orientation and during Clubs Week.
  • Contribute to your community as a volunteer – Register on Tandempark to see upcoming volunteer opportunities (Barrie Campus only).
  • Be a changemaker! – Georgian’s Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation provides experiential learning opportunities, skill development, teamwork and networking that will inspire you to influence social change in your community.
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Common questions (FAQs)

Does orientation focus on more than academics?Georgian College Chevron

Of course! Many of our campus partners come out to celebrate and welcome you to Georgian! There are planned events and activities, opportunities to win swag and more. We want to ensure you experience everything Georgian has to offer!

Will there be an academic program session for all programs?Georgian College Chevron

Yes! On the first day of school, you will have the opportunity to meet your program co-ordinator, review program and student expectations, as well as ask any questions you have regarding your academic choices. Each program will have an academic program session to participate in. More information will be provided in your campus orientation schedule (released a few weeks before the start of the semester).  

Where can I find supports and services available to me prior to attending orientation?Georgian College Chevron

There are many amazing support options Georgian has to offer including various academic resources and social/emotional supports and services. Check out our Guide for New Students for more details!

What are the expectations of me as a Georgian student?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian values excellence, community engagement, integrity, inclusion and sustainability. As a new student in our community, it is expected that you represent these values in all aspects of your student journey.  

Are orientation events accessible?Georgian College Chevron

Definitely! Georgian College is committed to improving access to all college premises, facilities and services at all campuses. If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility while attending our orientation programming or student events, please email

Contact us

We’re here to help you navigate campus, learn more about student services, find a peer mentor or get involved with events, programming and activities on campus.

Barrie Campus

Email: Orientation
Phone: 705.728.1968 ext. 1920
Location: Room K207
Office hours: Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Midland Campus


Muskoka Campus


Orangeville Campus


Orillia Campus

Email: Gail Hudson
Location: GCSA office, A111

Owen Sound Campus

Email: Terri Edmonstone
Location: GCSA office, D102

South Georgian Bay Campus