First Year Orientation

First-Year Orientation

Bringing you an unforgettable orientation experience!

Welcoming new Marauder’s is our favourite time of the year. The weather’s warm and student excitement is building. We know that starting university can be just as nerve-wracking as it is exciting, especially if you’re nervous about academic expectations or even just leaving home for the very first time. Don’t worry, though. We’ve got you covered with our McMaster Orientation programs and services.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week takes place August 24, 2019 to August 30, 2019.

Welcome Week offers more than concerts and activities. It is an opportunity for incoming students to make friends, explore campus, get academic and emotional support from our staff and programs, grow as a Mac Marauder, and most importantly, an opportunity to make McMaster a home away from home.

To learn more, visit the Welcome Week website.


SSC Academics: First-Year Orientation

How do I take notes? What’s the best way to manage my time? How is university different from high school? Most students have questions about starting university academics. This academic preparation program is designed to give you the information you need to successfully transition into university studies.

SSC Academics: Online

Do you have questions about starting university? SSC Academics: Online will help prepare you for school by answering your questions and introducing you to the skills you will need to be successful. Join us from home as we discuss university academics through videos, short articles, and personal reflections.

Common Reading Program

Students at the Common Reading Program Open House.

Have a Common Experience

The McMaster Common Reading Program is a valuable opportunity to share a common reading experience with future classmates and friends prior to arriving on-campus in the fall. Students registered in this orientation program will participate in online discussions and reflections about the emerging themes related to university life. This year’s selection is to be confirmed.


Get inspired with IRIS

IRIS (Inspiration, Reflection, Integrity, Success) is a drama program that works through challenges you might experience during your first year. From social pressures to academic challenges and issues of self-confidence, IRIS offers on- and off-campus support through a theatre production written, directed, scored and performed by your peers.