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.


A mosaic of student photos that make up an image of Edwards Arch.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week Event

Let’s start the year together! First of all, congratulations and welcome to our Marauder family! We’re committed to providing you...

Edwards Arch in spring.

MacStart Transition Program

MacStart Transition Program Event

Congratulations on becoming a Marauder! We’re excited to welcome you to our McMaster community MacStart is a free summer program...

McMaster University Hall

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...

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival Event

You really “autumn” know our services! Fall is officially here, and it’s just about the halfway point in the term,...