New Student Handbook

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Coming to UVic means entering a dynamic, world-class institution that is constantly tackling the essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet. It also means joining a community that respects ideas, values diversity of thought and will inspire you to bold action and new ways of thinking. 

To help you make the transition to UVic and achieve the high expectations you have set for yourself, we have prepared an overview of our support services and programs. We have also included information about the many opportunities to get involved and make a difference inside and outside the classroom and some tips and tricks for how to truly thrive in university. 

Making the most of your time as a member of our extraordinary community starts here. 

Academic success

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  • Setting new expectations
  • Tips for academic success
  • Academic integrity

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Academic support

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  • Academic advising
  • Centre for Accessible Learning
  • Co-op & Career
  • Libraries
  • Office of the Ombudsperson

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Health & wellness

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  • Student Wellness Centre
  • Health insurance
  • Athletics & Recreation
  • Mental health 

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Safe campus

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  • Preventing sexualized violence
  • Campus Security
  • Healthy alcohol use

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Campus life

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  • Orientation
  • University of Victoria Students' Society
  • Office of Student Life
  • Indigenous student support
  • International student support

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  • Residence
  • Food Services
  • Living off-campus
  • Transportation

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