Carleton University provides a variety of orientation programs to open the door for a paramount university experience.

Whether you are coming to Carleton as a first year student, a mature student, a transfer student or as an international student, there are engaging programs designed to assist you with the transition to life at Carleton.

Summer Orientation

Getting a good start is critical to success in university. Summer Orientation is a one-day program designed to achieve this for new students and their parent(s) or guardian(s).  Each session focuses on promoting student academic success and personal development. Every orientation session consists of: a faculty presentation on academic transition, course registration assistance and review (for proper registration), a campus tour, getting your Campus Card & universal bus pass, dining in The Caf, information on campus services such as student support services, residence life, fall orientation programs and the chance to meet other new students in your academic program and network. This will help every new student enter university informed and confident.

It can be intimidating moving to a new “home”. During the Living in Residence session, you will find out what you should (and shouldn’t) bring with you when you move-in, what to expect in your room, who the members of our Residence Life Staff team are, meal plan information and much more! You will also receive a tour of residence in order to familiarize yourself with your new community.

If you do not plan on living in residence in September, there is an off-campus session in which you will find out how to get involved on campus to meet other Carleton students, how to conduct your off-campus housing search if you are not living at home and information on off-campus meal plans. For more information about summer orientation, please click here.

Fall Orientation

Fall Orientation provides new students with an exciting week designed to get students engaged and involved. A packed schedule of events is planned by the Student Experience Office, Residence Life, and the Carleton University Students Association to encourage students to make new friends and familiarize themselves with their new surroundings.

Registration for Fall Orientation is available on the Fall Orientation website.