First-Year Experience

Welcome to McMaster University! We’re glad you’re here. As a first-year McMaster student, we know that you may feel excited and maybe a little bit nervous, too.

We want to make sure every first-year student feels connected and supported. That’s where our first-year experience teams come in: Archway supports off-campus students and Residence Life supports on-campus students.

Parents and guardians

As your student starts their McMaster journey, they’ll want all the help they can get. The Archway Parent Newsletter will share news, updates and resources that can help you best support your first-year student as they start their university career.

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Peer Leader Program

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Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Event

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Welcome Week

Welcome Week Event

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Mac101: Introduction to University Life

Mac101: Introduction to University Life Event

Get introduced to university life at Mac101 Welcome to McMaster! This summer, join students, staff and faculty for Mac101, a...