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About Orientation Week

Submitted by dbmelchi on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:54am

September 6 - 9 2016 is Orientation Week. A University of Calgary tradition now 20 years strong, this event officially welcomes you to the university, and is jam-packed full of fun events and activities.

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A tradition and rite of passage for every new undergraduate student, Orientation Week is designed to help you make the most of your university experience. You will meet fellow students and members of the campus community and become familiar with your faculty. You will also learn how you can get involved, what clubs there are, and where to go to meet the different needs you might have as a student. Sounds official, but the reality is that Orientation Week is a fun intro to life at the university.

Reasons why you should attend Orientation Week

  • Get all of your pressing questions answered before classes start
  • Look good in your free t-shirt
  • Meet people from your faculty
  • Get first-hand advice from experienced Orientation Leaders
  • Attend KICKOFF with your friends
  • Learn how to make the most of your first year

Please feel free to contact the Orientation team at 403-210-9269 or email if you have questions.

Let us hear you roar! Embrace your inner Dino

Each year, Orientation Week is given a theme that relates to the wider University campus. This year’s orientation theme is “50 Years of Dinos Pride”. Being a Dino means becoming an active participant in your university experience by connecting to campus, exploring your interests, and discovering the importance of personal and global leadership. As we celebrate the University of Calgary’s 50th anniversary, this year’s theme reminds us that we are all connected in our University of Calgary community. Overall, Orientation Week will encourage you to “find your fit” on campus and connect to the resources that are here to help you reach your potential. There is a place for everyone on the UCalgary campus.

Meet Kelly McGonigal

Induction is a book-end to convocation, where students are welcomed to the University through a pep-rally and ceremony. At Induction, hear from a variety of honoured speakers including Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, the University’s President and this year’s keynote speaker, Stanford University health psychologist Dr. Kelly McGonigal.

Kelly McGonigal is a psychologist who works at the intersection of neuroscience and the latest advances in understanding the mind-body connection. You may recognize her from her TED Talk: How to Make Stress Your Friend. Her specialty is discovering ways to apply new scientific findings to personal health and happiness.

Maps & Directions

Driving or using Calgary Transit are two options to get to campus for Orientation Week. The C-Train line stops at the University of Calgary. Additionally, bus routes 9, 19, 20, 72, 73, and 119 stop at the bus loop adjacent to Murray Fraser Hall and Professional Faculties.

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There are many parking options on campus if you plan to drive to the university during Orientation Week. All lots require payment. More information on parking can be found at the Parking and Transportation Services website.

View our Campus Parking Map

Follow us on Twitter!

Interact with @UCalgaryOWeek on twitter! Live tweet events, tell us how you’re feeling, ask us a question, or share a photo of your experience! Use the hashtags #UCalgaryOWeek and #WeAreAllDinos. You may see your most creative tweets and photos retweeted.

Have a question?

Need a direction? Are unsure about anything Orientation Week related? The Orientation Team is reachable:

  • By email (
  • By phone (403-210-9269)
  • On Twitter (@UCalgaryOWeek)
  • In person (Leadership and Student Engagement Office, MSC 293)

Need help?

The Orientation Team is reachable:

By phone: +1.403.210.9269
By email:
On Twitter: @UCalgaryOWeek
In person: MSC 293

Sponsor Orientation Week

Contribute to the success of our new students through sponsorship of our Orientation program.

Contact us at 403-210-8750 or to be a sponsor.