Orientation and Transition programs
Our Orientation and Transition programming is aimed to successfully transition and prepare you for your college experience.
We know the fall semester is not starting off as we expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re busy planning a fun, engaging, and informative virtual orientation schedule for you to participate in!
Our programming will be delivered online in three stages, outlined below.
Step 1: Online Orientation page
We have created an online Orientation page on our student portal that includes information about supports and services, Head Start and Orientation Day schedules, student life activities and virtual events being hosted this semester. There is also a section dedicated to our international students about topics such as immigration, housing, insurance and cultural adjustment.
*Note: You will need your student login to participate. By default, your ID is your email@example.com and password is your six-digit date of birth YYMMDD. If you experience issues, contact ITsupport@georgiancollege.ca.
Step 2: Head Start, your first step to success
Head Start is our pre-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 Orientation Day!
Note: All sessions, events and activities will be hosted virtually this fall.
At Head Start, you will:
- 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)
- engage with our student leaders in our Ask a Peer session
- explore international supports and services
- find out how Georgian supports your mental health and well-being
- learn about our counselling and accessibility supports
- meet our co-op team
- find out more about changemaking at Georgian
- and so much more!
Parents and supporters
We have a session for you as well! Join our parent and supporter Q&A session, offered at two different times:
These sessions are an opportunity for parents and supporters to ask questions about the upcoming fall semester, hear updates from our panel of experts, and feel comfortable with the plan Georgian has in place to keep students safe.
Step 3: Orientation Day
Welcome to Georgian! We’re very happy to have you join the Georgian family and begin your studies this fall. Whether you’re studying remotely or a combination of in-person and remotely, it’s going to be a great year! Our faculty and staff can’t wait to connect with you.
Orientation Day will be hosted online on Monday, Sept. 14.
Regular class schedules will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 15 for all new students.
Orientation day is your opportunity to meet some great people including your college president and CEO, your program coordinator, as well as some new friends! This is the day where you get to learn about your new academic environment, along with all the incredible support and services offered, in addition to all the awesome ways to get involved on campus.
Peer Mentors: What we do!
Our Peer Mentors are upper year Georgian College 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.
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
- resourceful and provide referrals for students
- promote leadership and professional development opportunities
Want a Peer Mentor? Apply as a mentee! (first-year/new students)
As a mentee, 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 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.
Common questions (FAQs)
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!
Yes! On the first day of school, you will have the opportunity to meet your program coordinator, 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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.