Get connected to the UCalgary campus community by getting involved! University life isn’t just about getting good grades in your classes. Getting involved in your first year can help you with your transition to university life and is a great way to meet new people, find new interests, network with others on campus, and expose you to new communities where you belong.
Now in its sixth year, Camp LEAD is a unique outdoor education experience. The August Camp LEAD session is reserved exclusively for first-year students. Allowing new students to meet others and promote a sense of community before Orientation Week. Regardless of previous leadership experience, all incoming undergraduate students are encouraged to participate. Students must register in advance. All accommodation, transportation, meals, and programming are included in the program fee. A unique experience for first-year students, Camp LEAD provides the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of leadership through interactive sessions and outdoor activities.
Camp LEAD was an experience to meet other students engaged in leadership from other faculties, all of whom are still great friends! Being a part of this experience gave me the confidence to push myself to get involved and find my passion in leadership along with building the skills I developed at Camp LEAD.
The Emerging Leaders Program is an annual cohort of approximately 300 first-year students dedicated to making a smooth transition from high school to university and to exploring their leadership potential. Each participant is mentored by a professional staff, faculty member or senior student and they have access to developmental opportunities such as: one retreat per semester, workshops provided by various departments from the university, keynote speaker events and more. Participants are challenged to take their learning outside of the classroom by choosing one of two program streams.
Having a mentor has been great because it's very reassuring having another contact on campus who I can rely on for advice and support. My mentor is just like a friend, just older and with more experiences to share. We have a lot in common and share many values so I think we were matched well.
September 6-9, 2016
A tradition and rite of passage for every new student, Fall 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; become familiar with your faculty; 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 Fall Orientation is a fun intro to life at the university.
As a new student, Orientation Week was what allowed me to start seeing that yes, I could be successful academically here, yes I would find like-minded friends here, and yes I would have fun here! I got to meet these like-minded friends from every faculty and share our passion and gratitude for the University of Calgary.
Through UCalgaryStrong, an initiative to foster strength, build leadership capacity and resiliency of our students, students are welcomed onto our campus knowing their unique strengths. These attributes will be recognized, celebrated, and fostered throughout their university experience. As part of the first-year experience at the University of Calgary, each student will complete the StrengthsQuest personal assessment prior to Orientation Week to discover their top five Strengths. During Orientation Week, students will have the opportunity to learn more about their Strengths and those of their peers. Through the first year and beyond, students continue to explore how to leverage their personal talents in relationships, co-curricular activities, academics and in career preparation.
Understanding my Strengths has given me insight into what I am best at which allows me the opportunity to develop these skills further and know the ways in which I am best able to contribute in teams. It has also given me the ability to understand areas where I am not as strong so I know where others are able to bring in their strengths to ensure our team is as successful as possible.
The ucalgarycares programs are a series of volunteer service-learning programs that provide students with the opportunity to explore local and international issues from a social justice lens. Our programs range from single day volunteer opportunities within Calgary, to immersion programs in Calgary, the Yukon and abroad in countries like Costa Rica, exploring a wide variety of issues such as homelessness and mental health, leadership for social change, indigenous knowledge and sustainability. These programs are ideal for new students as they provide the opportunity to travel, set personal goals, make friends with students from diverse faculties and backgrounds and learn more about themselves. There is even a ucalgarycares program specifically for first year students!
The ucalgarycares programs provide the chance to meet students from all faculties and experience learning in a way that cannot ever be achieved by sitting in a lecture. Living and being immersed in a culture entirely different than our own provides the opportunity for personal growth and amazing memories.
Level Up is a free, inclusive program that brings co-curricular activities at the University of Calgary into a central easy-to-use calendar. Take part in activities that improve your health and wellness, gain XP (experience points) and reach new levels to win some of these cool prizes. Whether you’re looking to build a strong social foundation, gain an edge in your academics, increase physical activity, plan your career or volunteer on campus or in the community - Level Up has you covered.