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Welcome Day: Friday, July 25, 2014

Welcome Day 2014 has now concluded. Thank you to all the students, parents and our campus partners for your participation this year. Explore information sessions that were recorded.

Wondering what Welcome Day is all about? Check out our 2014 Welcome Day video.

New information about our summer Orientation programs for 2015 will be coming soon. Check back with us in January for updated information.

Welcome Day 2014

  • Schedule and
    Session Descriptions
  • Information
  • Tours
  • McMaster Events App
  • Sponsors


Download Welcome Day 2014 Schedule (PDF)

Session Descriptions

Welcome Ceremonies

Welcome to McMaster University and to the city of Hamilton! We are delighted you are joining us on campus today. Join us over the lunch hour for a warm welcome from Bob Bratina, mayor of the City of Hamilton; Jacob Brodka, vice-president administration of the McMaster Students Union; and Sean Van Koughnett, associate vice-president of students and learning and dean of students. Learn about life at McMaster, why Hamilton is a great place is live and how to make the most of your Welcome Day.

Event stage, centre of campus in front of John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE) 1 - 1:20 p.m.

De-Bunking the Myths

Let our panel of experienced student leaders ease any anxieties first-year students may have about transitioning to life at McMaster. Do you have questions about university or what it's like at Mac? Bring them with you and don't be afraid to ask!

John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE) 376
9 - 9:50 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Finances Matter! Financial Aid, Tuition Fees and Managing Your Student Account

Finances matter! Discover how to effectively pre-plan, manage and find the resources you need to pay for University.  Specific topics include bursaries, work programs and budgeting. Student Accounts will review details relating to tuition fees, making payments, different types of funding, tips to cost effectiveness and the importance of managing student accounts.

Chester New Hall (CNH) 104
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

From High School Student to Scholar

What does it mean to be a scholar? You must be academically sound, have social attributes and look after personal health and wellness. This interactive session covers a breadth of topics to give students a better understanding of how to transition from being a high school student to scholar. Dr. Geraldine Voros and upper-year student Jacob Brodka will cover academic expectations, available resources and how to balance social aspects of university life.

John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE) 376
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. and 3 - 3:50 p.m.

Off-Campus and Commuter Students

Wondering what it will be like living off campus in your first year? Not sure how to get connected and meet people? This session examines what it’s like living at home, in a student rental or an hour away, and provides tips on how to connect with other students and get involved. Come with your parents or on your own; bring your questions and concerns!

Burke Science Building (BSB) B135
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Reboot Your Work Flow: Time Management

A photographic memory or organization skills: which is the more important skill to have when starting university? Most students overlook the critical role organization plays in being a successful student. Life as a university student means managing competing demands for limited time, attention and resources. With classes, assignments, email, meetings and social life, there’s a lot to balance. Dr. Joseph A. Kim will explore practical solutions that work to reduce cognitive load and will leave you with an effective plan for rebooting your daily work flow.

Burke Science Building (BSB) 147
9 - 9:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Taking Effective Study Notes

Matt Pachai, from the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, argues that you’ve already taken the most important step: thinking ahead. Drawing on his expertise in cognitive science, he will describe the importance of contextualizing the knowledge you receive in the classroom with examples to demonstrate the power of thoughtful reading, note taking and studying. During the mock lecture, students will also have the opportunity to learn some practical note-taking skills and try them out firsthand.

Chester New Hall (CNH) 104
9 - 9:50 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., and 3 - 3:50 p.m.

The Role of Your Academic Advisor

Do you know who your academic advisor is? Many students don’t. From course selection, letters of permission and referral to on-campus resources, academic advisors play an important role in a student’s academic success. This session will discuss the role of academic advisors and the various ways they can assist you during your time at McMaster.

Burke Science Building (BSB) B135
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. and 3 – 3:50 p.m.

Transition for Parents: Health, Safety and Security

The transition to university is difficult for parents as well. This interactive session creates open dialogue between parents and university personnel as we discuss such topics as campus safety, new experiences parents can expect, changing family dynamics when students come home, warning signs parents can look for and managing parent/student expectations.  Burke Science Building (BSB) B136
9 - 9:50 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Your Home Away from Home: The Residence Hall Experience

Students will be introduced to various aspects of university life, including a description of the student leadership system, and will receive helpful tips for living on campus.

Burke Science Building (BSB) 147
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Information Fair

Information Fair Participants

While you’re on campus, don’t forget to visit the Information Fair in the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn about University services, resources and opportunities for involvement.

Check out the “Hello Hamilton” tables to learn about the city you are going to be living in for the next few years. Also known as the Steel City, Hamilton has been coined the City of Waterfalls because it boasts more than 100. Stop by, speak to the “Hello Hamilton” representatives and learn more about what you can see, do, and learn in this great city.


Alumni Prize Cab

Keep your eyes peeled for the McMaster Alumni Prize Cab zipping around campus today! Hail our giant golf cart and it will take you wherever you want to go on campus. Answer some Mac trivia during the ride to win prizes such as gift cards and swag!

Hello Hamilton!

Known as the Ambitious City, the City of Waterfalls and the Steel City, Hamilton is all of these and so much more. Visit representatives of Hamilton's community and learn about the new Hamilton that will be your home for the next four years. Welcome – we're so glad you're here!

Residence Hall Tours

- meet in the lobby of each residence hall

Join us for a tour of your residence conducted by student leaders, including Community Advisors and Residence Orientation Reps.  You'll be shown a typical room with all the amenities available to you as an on-campus resident.

David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC) Tours

Guided tour of our world class athletic facility and the Ron Joyce Stadium. Learn about opportunities to participate in sports, recreation and fitness activities.

Library Tours

- meet in the lobby of the library

Mills Memorial Library houses the Humanities and Social Sciences collections and offers a wide range of print and digital resources.
Innis Library is located in Kenneth Taylor Hall, room 108 and supports the academic and research interests of the DeGroote Schoolf of Business.
Thode Library contains the collections for the disciplines of science and engineering.
Health Sciences Library consists of key resources online and in print for students, staff, faculty and researchers are houses the Health Sciences collection.

McMaster Museum of Art Tours

meet in the lobby of the Art Museum

The McMaster Museum of Art serves as a cultural hub for the university campus and the region through dynamic and multi-disciplinary exhibitions and programs, scholarly interpretation and preservation of collections and innovative practices in museology. The McMaster Museum of Art officially opened to the public in 1994 and houses McMaster University's permanent collection of close to 6,000 works representing the history of art in a diversity of media from ancient times to the present.

Campus Walking Tours

Visit campus "hot spots" on this 45-minute guided tour. Current Mac students are your tour guides and they are eager to show you around and take you to some of the most visited places by students on campus! Get the inside scoop on some of the best study spots, common meeting places and where to go to catch Hamilton and GO Transit.

'Pop the Bubble' City Tour

We invite you to hop on a specially chartered HSR bus for guided tours of Hamilton's transit system. Various routes will highlight some of Hamilton's entertainment, arts and culture and shopping hot spots. Sports and recreation opportunities in Hamilton will also be showcased, as will transportation links connecting Hamilton to Stoney Creek, the Hamilton Mountain, Niagara and Toronto.

McMaster Events App

The McMaster Events App makes getting around on Welcome Day a breeze. In addition to up-to-the-minute schedule information, there a GPS tab that allows you to get around campus and find events easily. There’s also a Twitter feed to stay connected and a link to YouTube where you can view footage of last year’s Welcome Day. Be sure to download the App as it will come in handy again during Welcome Week.


Interested in supporting an event that attracts up to 5,000 students and parents? Welcome Day is an excellent opportunity to welcome incoming students to the community and advertise your business or organization. Whether you would like to host a booth at our information fair, sponsor a Welcome Day activity or join us as a partner, there are numerous ways to get involved and benefit from a partnership.

Download the Sponsorship Package (PDF) to learn more.