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.

Get Connected

What’s the next step to becoming a GRIZZLY? Attend our Get Connected pre-orientation event for the chance to visit campus ahead of time and avoid line-ups on the first day of classes. Here’s the essential to-do list:

  • purchase a parking pass
  • pick up your Universal Bus Pass (for full-time Barrie students)
  • activate your fitness centre membership and complete the PAR-Q form
  • get your Georgian College ONEcard (student card)
  • order your books
  • learn about your health insurance
  • connect with your student advisor
  • complete the Mentee application form to be paired with a Peer Mentor (Georgian College student who “knows the ropes”)
  • learn about the student portal, BannerBlackboard and student email
  • meet other students
  • take a campus tour
  • attend an academic writing workshop that will provide you with a FREE Grammarly® Premium login
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Registration is now open for January 2019. Please choose your campus below and RSVP today.


Orientation sets the tone for your college career. Whether you’re a mature student, directly out of high school, transferring, commuting, coming from another country or whatever your situation, orientation is your chance to connect!

Reasons to come to Orientation

Meet the faculty: Introduce yourself and spark new relationships with our President and CEO, professors, deans and program co-ordinators.

Follow the flow: Learn first-hand what your classes will be like and ask questions about textbooks, papers or missed classes.

Free your mind: Students who attend Orientation feel more connected and comfortable on campus.

Get involved: Student clubs, on-campus jobs and volunteer work are waiting for people just like you.

Supercharged services: Find out how to get help with study skills, tutoring and counselling, and learn about our athletic facilities and programs.

Interested in joining the Orientation team?

Start out as one of our SWAT (Student Welcoming and Activities Team) volunteers. Under the guidance of transition leaders, you will assist with such events as: Get Connected, Orientation day, StressFree Day and many more!

You can then progress to a paid position as a transition leader and further develop your leadership skills and campus involvement. For more information, please email

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

Orillia Campus
Email: Mike Zecchino
Location: GCSA Office A111

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

Midland Campus

Muskoka Campus

Orangeville Campus

South Georgian Bay Campus