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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.

Head Start: your first step to success

What’s the next step to becoming a GRIZZLY? Attend our optional pre-orientation event for the chance to connect with us ahead of time, engage with many campus services, ask any questions you have, and complete your to-do list prior to orientation day!

Did you miss our Head Start session for the summer 2020 semester? No problem! Watch the recording here.

  • Learn about Georgian services and supports such as Academic Success, Counselling Services, Accessibility Services, the Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA), Peer Mentoring, and more!
  • Ask questions about navigating the student portal, BannerBlackboard and your student email
  • Meet other students
  • Your chance to ask us your questions!

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 Head Start program, please email

Student at Head Start learning about Georgian Services and meeting new friends!

Orientation Day: welcome to Georgian!

Welcome to Georgian! We know this semester isn’t starting off as we expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re very happy to have you join the Georgian family and begin your studies. Our faculty and staff have been doing a great job of adapting courses and services for online learning and we can’t wait to connect you!

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.

Summer 2020 Orientation

Missed Orientation Day? Watch the recorded sessions here!

Take a look at our online Orientation resources in the student portal.

We have created an online Orientation page on the student portal that includes information on supports and services, Orientation Day schedule, student life activities and virtual events being hosted this semester. There is also a section dedicated to our international students on topics such as immigration, housing and insurance and cultural adjustment. Take a look here in the student portal!

Fall 2020 Orientation schedule coming soon!

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)
  • Try out for a sports team – We have both varsity and intramural team to be apart of!
  • Be a changemaker! – Georgian College’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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Peer Mentors: what we do!

Peer Mentors are Georgian students who:

  • are in their second semester or later.
  • help first year and new students transition to college life and campus community.
  • support the adjustment to life at Georgian.
  • help create a sense of belonging and community engagement (events and activities).
  • promote and support student well-being and the practice of self-care.

Mentees (first year/new students)

As a mentee (someone who is being mentored), you will be provided with a student contact to assist you with navigating the campus and its many services. Your mentor will provide you with tips to help you succeed and feel comfortable in your new learning environment.

I would like to HAVE a Peer Mentor

Mentors (upper-year students)

Do you have an interest to get connected with other students? Are you a natural leader? As a peer mentor, you can make a positive and memorable impact in a new student’s Georgian experience. All mentors will receive further training, resources, and support to help build meaningful connections with mentees.

I would like to BE a Peer Mentor

Common Questions (FAQs)

Does orientation focus on more than academics?

Of course! Many of our campus partners come out to celebrate and welcome you to Georgian! There are planned events and activities, free food, 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?

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 coming soon.  

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

There are many amazing support options Georgian has to offer including various academic resources and social/emotion supports and services. Check out our guide for new students for more details!

What are the expectations of me as a Georgian student?

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?

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 

Interested in joining the Orientation team?

Get involved in our Student Welcoming and Activities Team (SWAT)! We are looking for energetic, inclusive and passionate student volunteers to welcome and embrace our new students! Under the guidance of the Orientation Lead, you will assist with events such as, Head Start, International Orientation, and Orientation Day!

Benefits for you:

  • Develop new skills in leadership, communication, mentoring, professionalism and relationship building
  • Receive a reference letter
  • Learn more about Georgian resources
  • Create new social connections
  • Receive Co-Curricular Record credit
  • Free Orientation t-shirt and pizza lunch
  • Appreciation gift (15 plus hours)

For more information, please email

Please note, all volunteers must be in second semester or more.

Join our Orientation Team

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 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to noon

Midland Campus

Muskoka Campus

Orangeville Campus

Orillia Campus
Email: Mike Zecchino
Location: GCSA Office A111

Owen Sound Campus
Email: Terri Edmonstone
Location: GCSA Office D102

South Georgian Bay Campus