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. That’s where our first-year experience team comes in. We want to make sure every first-year student feels connected and supported.

Note: We’ll be updating this page before September, so check back soon!

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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Welcome Week

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Staying on top of your first-year workload 

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Mac101: Introduction to University Life

Mac101: Introduction to University Life Event

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