Fall Orientation

New Student Orientation Events

From the Welcome Ceremony and Pep Rally, to Faculty Orientation, and the Campus Fair, keep an eye on this page for more information.

Events Overview

This year's New Student Orientation events on Thursday, August 31 & Friday, September 1 are an exciting mix of social opportunities, events, and Choose Your Own Adventure sessions. A senior-level student called an Orientation Leader will lead you and a group of your faculty peers through all events during both days.


Feel ready for Orientation by viewing the Orientation schedule.

Day 1: New Student Welcome/Pep Rally

This is your official welcome from the University of Calgary. Your Orientation Leaders will bring you into the Jack to celebrate with your faculty peers at this beloved tradition and put your faculty chant practice to the test in a friendly competition with other faculties. Don't forget to pick up your t-shirt! Scroll down to view the map.

Day 1: New Student Picnic

Lunch is on us! Immediately following the New Student Welcome/Pep Rally take a break and get to know some of your new classmates. This event takes place by the north doors of the Olympic Oval complex or in the TFDL Quad.

Day 1: Choose Your Own Adventure

Discovering different campus offerings on your own is half the fun of beginning university. The Choose Your Own Adventure Sessions are meant to break that huge list down for you into some of the most popular topics, activities, and programs.

Day 2: Faculty Orientation

Faculty Orientation will introduce you to the student expectations, degree streams, and programs within your faculty and department. You’ll also have the chance to meet advising staff, some of your instructors and meet more of your classmates.

Day 2: Campus Fair

Happening in the TFDL Quad from 1–3 p.m., the Campus Fair is your first opportunity to engage with UCalgary as you learn about key campus services and resources, and how to get involved on campus! Learn more.

Day 2: Kickoff

Kick-Off is the longstanding book-end to New Student Orientation and an exciting way to close out the week. Tailgate activities, a free BBQ and the annual first football game of the season at McMahon Stadium are not to be missed. Wear red, show some team spirit and have fun!


Check-in and t-shirt pick up

Pick up your orientation t-shirts between 9–10:15 a.m. at the locations shown on the map. After you have picked up your shirts, meet your Orientation Leader and group members to practice your Faculty Chant! 

Check the map or link below for the exact t-shirt pick up locations.


Faculty orientation

Start day 2 by meeting your faculty groups at the appropriate location and time as shown below.

Faculty Start time Location
Arts 10:00 a.m. Kinesiology B (KNB) Jack Simpson Gymnasium
Bachelor of Health Sciences 9:00 a.m. Hippocrates Mall (Foothills Campus)
Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies 10:00 a.m. Education Classrooms (EDC) 386
Haskayne School of Business 9:30 a.m. Mathison Hall (MTH)
Kinesiology 11:30 a.m. Kinesiology B (KNB) 132
Nursing 10:00 a.m. Education Classrooms (EDC) 179
Open Studies 10:00 a.m. Hunter Student Commons (HNSC) 122
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) 10:00 a.m. Professional Faculties (PF) 4170
Schulich School of Engineering 9:00 a.m. Tolkien Plaza (In front of Engineering Building G)
Science 11:30 a.m. MacEwan Student Centre (MSC) A/B
Werklund School of Education 10:00 a.m. MacEwan Student Centre (MSC) Ballroom

Use the map below to find your faculty orientation location

Faculty orientation map

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