Orientation Programs

Welcome, first-year Marauders!

We believe university is a time to transform your ideas and ignite change in both yourself and your fellow first-year students. We invite you to discover your potential, make connections, explore new ways of learning and start making an impact through our orientation programming. Most programs take place in the summer, with some longer programs continuing throughout the year.

The McMaster Archway program is here to ensure every first-year student feels connected and supported.

Find your path with Archway

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