New Students

Welcome, Gryphons! We're excited that you'll be joining the Gryphon Family this fall.  

Visit us on, your new student website.  

Questions? Get in touch at  

What happens in the summer? 
The website for all new students! Our team at Student Experience will welcome you, provide you with important information like what to expect in classes, important summer deadlines, and getting involved in your new community. 

A weekly event in the summer where we cover every topic about beginning at university: academics, course enrolment, wellness, finances, and more! As a new student, the event links are in your email and on  

START Indigenous 
A program designed to help new First Nations, Métis and Inuit undergraduate students and their families learn more about life at Guelph, what kinds of supports are available, and the many people who are here to help you succeed.  

START International 
An orientation program for new international students, new permanent residents to Canada, new exchange students and out-of-country Canadians. The program will introduce you to the campus environment, the resources available to aid in your social and academic transition, and what you can expect from your University of Guelph experience.  

START Together  
A social event held in the fall and winter semesters for BIPOC students. Students can become familiar with resources, services, and identity-based student groups on campus in a cozy setting at the 5th, an on-campus restaurant. Cultural groups have the chance to connect with first-year students to share information about their clubs and any upcoming events.  

Orientation Week 
O-Week programming will not only prepare you to begin your academic journey at the U of G, it will also connect you with new classmates, help you discover campus life and give you the opportunity to start forming the relationships and community you’ll need to thrive here.  

Gryphons Nest, Residence, and Transfer Student Communities 
If you are a new student joining us virtually from off-campus, you will be a part of a virtual community in the fall semester. Led by upper-year students (Online Community Mentors) and professional staff, new students will meet their community during Orientation Week. You’ll receive both one-to-one and group support from your Online Community Mentor on meeting other students, academic success, wellness, and be connected to fun events.   

If you will be living in Residence, you are part of a community in residence. This is led by upper-year students and professional staff (Residence Life Staff) in Student Housing Services. You’ll receive both one-to-one and group support from Residence Life Staff on meeting other students, academic success, wellness, and be connected to fun events.   

If you are a transfer student, you are welcome to join the transfer student community. We host events, workshops, and programs for you specifically as a transfer student that are also a chance to meet fellow transfer students.  

START on Track (Fall Semester) 
A program designed for all new undergraduate students who want to start university off on the right path. New students are encouraged to meet with one of our STARTonTrack Facilitators (upper-year students) to talk about how life at university is going so far, discuss challenges or setbacks, help set goals for the semester and make the most of your Gryphon experience.  

Bounce Back (Winter Semester) 
A winter semester program for first years whose first semester was more challenging than they were expecting. Students get paired with an upper-year student who can help address challenges and find a path towards success.  

If you are a parent, guardian, or supporter of a new Gryphon, let’s talk about how to support your student! 

Check out the Parent and Supporters Guide here.  

Have questions about how to sign up for any of the programs, events, or communities on this page? Email