New Student Welcome

First-year students attending the welcome ceremony for new UVic undergraduates

September 6, 2022*

New Student Welcome is UVic's official orientation program for all new undergraduate first-year, transfer, and exchange students. The program will introduce you to campus, your faculty, academic expectations, support services and your fellow students. 

    • Meet other new students and begin developing friendships
    • Get tips for success inside and outside the classroom
    • Explore campus and begin learning your way around
    • Learn about campus resources and supports
    • Become a part of Vikes Nation

*Due to a scheduling change, New Student Welcome will take place on Tuesday, September 6 only. No programming will take place on Monday, September 5, as previously indicated. 


New Student Welcome will take place in-person in fall 2022. Programming will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. For students who are unable to attend in-person, some programming will be available virtually.  

Find your New Student Welcome Schedule

Event Description
Campus Tour Learn how to navigate campus and about the supports and resources available to you. Campus tours will be led by your orientation leaders, so you'll also learn some inside tricks for navigating life on campus. 
Kick-Off on the Quad Join the entire incoming class on the quad (the large grassy space in the middle of campus) to celebrate this major milestone-you're now a UVic student! You'll learn about the UVic community, participate in UVic traditions, meet Thunder, and leave feeling like you're a part of Vikes Nation.
Lunch Fuel up for the rest of the day and spend some time hanging out with your orientation group. Vegan and gluten-friendly options will be available for those who select them when registering. 
Welcome to your faculty Get ready to attend your first class by attending your faculty's academic session. You'll learn a bit about what you can expect academically, what is expected of you, and have a chance to meet some of the professors you may be seeing at the front of the classroom. 
Library & Learning Commons Tour The library and learning commons can support you with a place to study, librarians to help you navigate research, workshops to enhance your academic skills and lots more. This quick tour will give you an introduction to how valuable the library can be to your studies. 
Campus Challenge Compete against your peers in small teams as you solve clues, complete small challenges and learn unique facts about campus. Prizes are available to be won!
Information Fair Learn about the opportunities, supports and resources available on campus by visiting a number of interactive booths on the quad. Bring your questions!

Virtual Orientation

For students who are unable to make it to campus for New Student Welcome, some virtual programming will be available on Tuesday, September 6. 

View the virtual orientation schedule and materials


New Student Welcome is for all new undergraduate first-year, transfer and exchange students. Continuing Studies students should attend the orientation program run by their program.

Online registration is now closed. Late registration will be available beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday in front of McPherson Library.

UVic Orientation and the Office of Student Life are committed to making our events as accessible and barrier-free as possible. Visit our accessibility page for more information on our accessibility practices and considerations. If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate in our events, please provide details when you register and/or contact us at

Other orientation programs

While New Student Welcome is our main orientation program, we also offer a number of programs targeted to specific populations. You are encouraged to register for and attend any additional programs that may be applicable to you. 

Residence Orientation

Three women rolling suitcases towards residence

September 4 & 5, 2022

For students living in residence, Residence Orientation will help you get to know your neighbours, introduce you to your residence community and help you learn your way around your new home. 

Learn more

International Student Welcome

September 1, 2022

Our International Student Welcome program introduces you to UVic staff, faculty and current students who will provide advice on living and learning in Canada. 

Learn more

Three students walking on campus

Indigenous Student Orientation

Participants entering the Ceremonial Hall for an Indigenous ceremony

September 1 or 2, 2022

Self-identified Indigenous students are encouraged to come learn more about tailored campus supports, meet other Indigenous students and get answers to your questions about Indigenous programs and services. 

Learn more

Indigenous Welcome to Campus

September 7, 2022

This September, start the school year off in a good way at the Indigenous welcome to campus. Join students, staff, faculty and local Indigenous community members as we collectively celebrate a new school year.

Learn more

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