Centre for New Students

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Centre for New Students

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Centre for New Students

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Campus Community

Event planners play a central role in Orientation Week and we want to help you achieve your goals. We organize the proposal process, which helps to promote collaboration, appropriate risk management and events that are both fun and meaningful for new students.

In the winter semester we will be providing training sessions for students who are thinking about running events. All student event planners must complete this training program....

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Summer Programs

Once you have an offer of admission, CNS offers opportunities throughout the summer for you to prepare for first year.

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Our online summer orientation program is designed to help newly admitted students prepare...
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If you're participating in a campus tour in May or June, this is a unique opportuinty to...
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Each summer we host START for First Timers in mid-August - an on-campus event designed...
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Alumni Affairs & Development has partnered with the Centre for New Students to bring...
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Building a foundation for success as a university student on a 5-day canoe adventure!...
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Mentoring Programs

One-on-one support with trained upper year students to help ensure you're successful in first year.

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OCC Facilitators are upper-year students who call first year students living off-campus...
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The Pursuit Project is an exciting program that is designed to engage, motivate, and...
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In the fall semester we offer a program to assist with the transition to university life...
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Did first semester get you down?  Get some support this winter! Bounce Back is a support...
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Parents & Families

A major life event for any family member is sure to affect everyone. Find out more about the transition and university life.

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This handbook is updated each year and mailed directly to new students.  We strongly...
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Orientation Week

Eight days of events to introduce you to opportunities, resources, the community and expectations.

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On Labour Day Weekend, Orientation Week begins with residence move-in and the Off Campus...
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Event planners play a central role in Orientation Week and we want to help you achieve...
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Apply to be an Orientation Volunteer for Orientation Week 2014, Celebrate 50: I'm a...
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Orientation Week at the University of Guelph has a lot of history. This section of our...
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Ongoing Initiatives

Special events in the fall and winter help round out the transition experience. CNS also makes historical info available.

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The purpose of this initiative is to engage new first year students in a discussion about...
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OUTline is the University of Guelph's resource and support service specializing in...
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From time to time, we release reports or other documents for consideration by the...