We are committed to providing new students with a seamless, safe and fun orientation experience. This year, orientation will happen virtually. We are working closely with faculty, staff and students to plan and develop virtual orientation activities.
The Official McGill Orientation 2021 schedule will be released in early summer. Move-In weekend is August 21st/22nd. Orientation activities will start August 23rd. There will be a variety of events over the course of the Please check back later for more details. More information on our annual events and a Frosh FAQ can be found below.
- Off-Campus Connects (OCX)
- Welcome Fest
- Discover McGill University-Wide Orientation
- Session d'accueil pour étudiants francophones
- Departmental Orientation
- First-Year Success Workshops
- Mature, Transfer and Re-Entry Student Orientation
- First-Generation Welcome Reception and Orientation
Off-Campus Connects welcomes all off-campus first-year students for an introduction to Montreal, McGill, and the week ahead! Come and join us for a day of fun, informative activities like our virtual Amazing Race. This is your chance to meet other McGill students who will be living off-campus and ask your group leaders questions about McGill and off-campus life. Learn more here.
Welcome Fest is an exciting celebration of the McGill Residence spirit, hosted by the RLO (Residence Life Office). As a kickoff to your year in residence, students from all the buildings will gather virtually to demonstrate their hall spirit by competing in a residence cheer off! Plenty of activities designed to help students meet and compete will follow. Have fun!
This event is brought to you by: Residence Life (Student Housing and Hospitality Services)
This year, Discover McGill will be split into two days! On Tuesday, it begins with a welcome address from the Principal. This is followed by an interactive Virtual Services Fair. Some faculties will also be hosting their Faculty Orientation after the Virtual Services Fair.
On Wednesday, most faculties will be hosting the ever-important Faculty Orientation, where you will learn all you need to know to successfully navigate your way through your first-year academics at McGill! Your attendance is crucial as this is McGill’s ONLY University-wide orientation event, and lots of important information will be conveyed over the two days – take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about how McGill can help you succeed!
Pendant la session d'acceuil pour étudiants francophones, l'Adjointe aux étudiants francophones vous souhaitera elle-même la bienvenue et vous communiquera des informations essentielles pour réussir à McGill. Cette session de bienvenue sera aussi l'occasion de rencontrer d'autres étudiants francophones.
Manon Lemelin, First-Year Assistant for Francophone Students An orientation/information session for Francophone students who will be studying in English for the first time.
Are you starting off as a U1 student? You may want to attend your department's orientation to learn about what courses to take and ask questions about specific classes! Visit your department's website to find out when they will be hosting their session! Please note that departmental orientations happen throughout Orientation Week!
Do you have concerns about your study skills or what a university workload will entail? Perhaps you will be studying in English for the first time. If so, register for the workshops offered over the course of two days before classes start to get a head start on your university career! Some topics include time management, accessing library services, learning with Zoom, strategies for remote learning success and academic culture for international students!
This information session, specifically planned for mature, re-entry and transfer students, is intended to help you have a strong start to your McGill career by informing you of the various resource services available on campus. There will also be opportunities to connect with your peers!
This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other incoming first-generation students, upper-year first-generation students, alumni and staff. Students will also learn about resources and support available to them. Learn more here.
*A first-generation student is one who is the first in their family to attend university.
As part of Orientation Week, Frosh is a series of events organized by Faculty Student Associations, groups, and clubs. Frosh is an open invitation to all incoming students and involves welcoming you to both the University and to Montreal through community-building and social activities. Frosh 2020 will also include an academic aspect which will allow you the chance to get to know more about your faculty and the services offered to you as a student at McGill.
Will Frosh be online?
Due to the ongoing and evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, McGill has not yet reached a decision for Orientation 2021. While being mindful of current government regulations prevents us from hosting in-person events for the time being, we remain hopeful that gatherings may occur in a safe and inclusive manner during the summer. Please check back in early summer (end of May-beginning of June) for more information.
What is the difference between Orientation and Frosh?
Orientation Week is a multi-day period encompassing all the different events for incoming students hosted by a number of groups, which includes Frosh. It is organized by various offices and members of the administration at McGill, such as academic advisors, Faculty advisors and Campus Life & Engagement. Frosh is student-run, coordinated by either a club, group or Faculty/School student association and is primarily made up of social activities.
Why should I participate in Frosh?
Frosh is one of the first opportunities to connect with others who are also experiencing life as new students at McGill. It is also a chance to meet upper-year students that can act as mentors and resources during and after Frosh. Finally, Frosh is an excellent introduction to the McGill community at large, and can help you identify extra-curricular activities that are of interest to you, resources that you can benefit from over the course of your time at McGill, and of course, introduce you to your fellow students’ favourite parts of Montreal!
Why is Virtual Frosh important?
During such uncertain times, we are in need of community and connection now more than ever. With McGill’s decision to move learning opportunities for the Fall semester of 2020 to a virtual format, incoming students will be faced with the task of meeting classmates and making friends in an online world, which is no easy feat. Virtual Frosh will help you to get acquainted with students who are going through the same experiences as you and help you to feel connected to our community of support and hope for all members of the McGill community.
Do I have to attend every Frosh event?
Attendance is not mandatory for any Frosh event, however, we do encourage you to make the most of what Frosh has to offer. It is important to remain mindful of your needs and the ways in which you can practice self-care. You are welcome to join those events which you feel best reflect your best personal interest(s) and are invited to view event recordings at a more convenient time for you, should this be applicable. If you are going to miss an event during Frosh, please inform your leaders.
What is the cost of Frosh?
The cost of Frosh typically varies across faculties, groups and clubs. As more details about the programming of Frosh get released, Coordinators will begin releasing information about the cost of their Frosh and what is included with each ticket.
Will I be encouraged to consume alcohol during Frosh?
While Frosh is mainly made up of social events, please keep in mind that it does not entail the consumption of alcohol or other substances. We strongly urge you to be aware of the fact that it is difficult for us to effectively reduce harm or provide you with any necessary assistance that comes as a result of consumption in a virtual world. We do not encourage the consumption of alcohol or other substances during Frosh events. Should you make the choice to do so, please be informed of all regional laws and regulations in regard to substance use as well as safe consumption practices, such as knowing your limits and making sure that you are not alone when you engage in such activities.
What is the role of Frosh Coordinators?
Coordinators are upper-year students who are tasked with organizing events for the incoming class that will welcome students to McGill in a fun, safe, accessible, and inclusive way. They also oversee the Frosh leaders, who will be directly interacting with the students the most. Coordinators work hard during the months leading up to Frosh to plan it and continue to work behind the scenes throughout Frosh to ensure that things are running properly. Among many others, their responsibilities during Frosh include being a resource for incoming students and Frosh leaders during any situation they may encounter.
What are Frosh Leaders?
Frosh leaders are upper-year students who have been selected to accompany incoming students as they enter McGill. This includes guiding you during events, being available to answer any questions you may have, facilitating group interactions with other participants, and creating a safe space at all times. Having been incoming students in the past themselves, they are a valuable resource for sharing experiences and knowledge.
What qualifications do Frosh event Organizers have?
Frosh Coordinators, Leaders and Orientation staff are extensively trained by the University on topics such as consent and responding to disclosures, safety, equity and diversity, accessibility, community-building, communications and conflict management, harm reduction and self-care. Additionally, individuals selected to be part of the Frosh team offer fantastic insight into student life at McGill and are extremely well equipped to help you navigate your first year with us, and beyond!
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