York University offers a wide variety of Orientation programming for all new and incoming students. It is a great way to meet new people, discover campus resources, and learn all about your degree while providing you with a smooth transition into university.


Winter Academic Orientation

Winter Academic Orientation is for all new incoming students, including transfer and mature students, and will take place the day before the first day of classes on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

The winter landscape of York University's Keele Campus


Students will receive an email inviting them to register for Winter Orientation via their College. A student's College is like their home away from home and serves to provide students with academic and social support throughout their time at York. Students who are unsure what College they are affiliated with can use our College Finder tool.

Schedule of Activities


The morning portion of the schedule will be hosted by each respective College. Here, students will learn more about their program of study, specific academic services, social activities, recreational activities and facilities. Additionally, students will meet important members of their College such as the faculty, staff and College Master. A light lunch will be provided.


After lunch students will be escorted to the Campus Services Fair taking place in Vari Hall from 1 - 3pm (building 30 on the campus map). Here, students will have a chance to connect directly to key campus partners who provide centralized services such as financial information, learning resources, security, transportation agencies, athletics, health and wellness resources etc. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to take optional campus tours to help them find their classes and become familiar with key areas that will be critical to their success in that first week. Tours will be leaving from Vari Hall every 30 minutes. The tour times will be at 2pm, 2:30pm and 3pm. Tours will be conducted by RED Zone student ambassadors who are year-round mentors for new and transitioning students.

Your College will email you more details closer to the event date and this site will be updated as further details become available.

Watch the 2016/2017 Orientation video here: