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.

Residence Overnight Orientation

If you plan on living in Residence, consider attending our Residence Overnight Orientation, which will be held Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st!  This program is a community learning experience that allows incoming students to participate in social activities with peers and see what living in Residence is like.  The registration fee will be $45 and will include two meals in The Caf, our Residence Dining Hall; an overnight stay in a double-room in residence; and evening programming.

Below is the tentative schedule for our Residence Overnight Orientation.  Registration is now open and will close when we have reached our program maximum of 50 students.  We apologize if you registered on May 15th and received a payment error – our ITS department has corrected the web form and you should now be able to successfully register and pay for the program.  If you have any issues or concerns, please contact Sara Wills.

Please note that you must register in advance through our website with payment and receive confirmation; we will not be able to manually register students the day of the event.

July 20th  3pm-5PM Registration & Check In
                  5PM-5:30pm Welcome Activities
                  5:30PM-6:30PM Community Dinner
                  6:30PM-7:30PM Community Meeting
                  7:30PM-10:00PM Evening Activities
July 21st  7:45AM Community Breakfast
                  8:30AM Checkout

After check out, students who are attending the July 21st Summer Orientation day will be walked to the Richcraft Hall Building Lobby to check-in.

Please note: You have the option to attend Summer Orientation the day of Residence Overnight Orientation or the day after, however you must register for both programs separately.  See below for Summer Orientation Registration.

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). The Summer Orientation sessions begin early in July and run until mid-August. 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.

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 will be available on the Fall Orientation website.