Introduction & Overview
The Centre for New Students assists with the transition to studying and living at university, and we pay particular attention to those who may face significant challenges or barriers. Our role is to ensure that a rich variety of programs, services and resources are available to promote student success, support retention and respond to the diverse needs within the new student population.
Support & Advising
Worried about failing courses in your first semester at the University of Guelph? Check out Back on Track- a fall semester support program for students having academic difficulties.
We provide help for first year students with a fall semester average below 60%. This program opens in January and runs through March.
Information and support for new students living off campus in their first year.
Our pilot project involving faculty-student mentoring for those who are first generation university students.
Programs & Events
A game and conversation to help you have less stress, feel better and learn more. In 2012, all students living in the north area residences are required to participate in a session. Each session consists of 20 students and is facilitated by an upper-year student. September through early October.
Students whose parents didn't attend university often find that they have to explain campus life to their families at the same time that they're trying to figure it out for themselves. This one day workshop will give you the chance to preview university life together with your family, and will provide you with information and support specific to your needs that will help ensure your success.
If you're participating in a campus tour in the month of May, this is a unique opportunity to enrich your campus visit.
In partnership with Leaders of the Day, the Centre for New Students offers the Trailhead program in August. Explore beautiful Algonquin Park as part of a 5-day canoe adventure with other new students. You will travel and camp together, have the chance to be a part of some exciting activities, work co-operatively as a team and gain a great new network of friends to return to campus with this fall.
A unique to connect with alumni in your home community who have recently graduated and those who have built a lifetime of success on their U of G experience. It's also a great way to meet other new students in order to start the all important process of forging new friendships. This event is for the whole family!
Our online summer orientation program is designed to help newly admitted students prepare for the year ahead. This is a great way to meet new people, get answers to questions and pick up some survival tips. The program runs in the summertime and will be launched this year in early June.
Beginning on Labour Day weekend, Orientation Week is filled with events and activities designed to introduce new students to the academic, social and cultural community of the University of Guelph. Note that first classes are a part of the week.
Information specifically for the parents and family members of University of Guelph students, including a weekly blog, information about common stressors and tips on how to be helpful.
An overview of the different staff and volunteer positions found in the Centre for New Students.
Background information and dated documents from previous years.
This book includes information about many aspects of the transition to university life, including dealing with roommates, mental health, finances, time management, stress, identity, dealing with parents, sexuality, drugs & alcohol and much more.