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Your success is at the core of the services and programs offered by the Student Success Centre at McMaster University. Our long-standing commitment will support you from the time you accept your offer of admission up to five years after graduation in the areas of student orientation, academic skills, leadership, service-learning, volunteerism, educational planning, employment and career transition.

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Summer Orientation for Academic Readiness (SOAR)

Prepare for university life and the skills needed to be successful. SOAR includes video, interviews, and live chats, as well as blog posts written by faculty members, campus leaders and McMaster students. The SOAR program is available to all students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the world. Topics discussed in SOAR will change weekly. The online program runs from Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 28. Begin your academic journey with SOAR.

Newest Marauders will be welcomed to campus at NMO on August 14

NMO is a one-day program focused on preparing students for academic success in first year. New Marauder Orientation will be taking place on August 14. Establish academic expectations, tour campus, connect with incoming students, receive information on campus services and resources and ease the transition to university life. Register today for NMO. Families are welcome to attend.

First Year students, confirm your all-access pass to Welcome Week

Be part of the programs, concerts, faculty events, social nights and other orientation activities during Welcome Week 2015 by confirming your MacPass. MacPass confirmation closes on August 23 at 11:59 p.m. MacPasses will be available for pick-up on campus: Saturday August 29, Sunday August 30, and Monday August 31.

Share a common experience!

First year students, register to participate in the Common Reading Program and begin connecting with your future classmates. For Today I Am a Boy, by Kim Fu is a coming-of-age tale that shares an unforgettable struggle: that of a woman in the body of Chinese Canadian man. Participate in online discussions about the book and explore emerging trends related to university life. Register to be part of this common experience.

How are you spending your summer?

Recently we were on the CFMU talking about how to make the most of your summer. If you missed the interview, check out the sound clip or read the summary provided by 93.3 CFMU.