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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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Storify: #NewMarauder Orientation in photos

The rain didn’t stop over 1 300 first year students and 1 700 family members and supporters from arriving on campus to participate in a one-day program focused on preparing students for academic success. Students toured campus, connected with peers, received information on campus services and resources and attended information sessions to help ease the transition to university life.

Here are some of the highlights from New Marauder Orientation as covered on social media.

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.

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.