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Welcome to McMaster

Let’s start the year together!

We invite you to discover your potential, make connections, explore new ways of learning and have an impact. We believe university is a time to transform your ideas and ignite change in both yourself and your fellow students.

This year Welcome Week will run from August 24 until August 30. Welcome Week offers a wide variety of programs and events related to academic preparedness, faculty connection, community building, wellness, safety and entertainment. Programming features important strategic priorities including mental health and wellness, preventing and responding to sexual violence, responsible substance use, and inclusivity.

Check out the Welcome Week schedule for the week’s events in advance to see what you would like to attend. You will be provided with a MacPass to ensure access to all of these events as a first-year student. In addition, Faculty t-shirts will be available for pick up during MacPass pick up commencing on August 24.

First-Year Orientation Fee

In 2012, students approved a mandatory First-Year Orientation Fee dedicated to fund Welcome Week programming. On January 17, 2019, the provincial government announced the Student Choice Initiative (SCI), whereby only fees related to “essential services” determined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities can be considered mandatory. Most of Welcome Week’s programming is considered essential under the SCI’s definitions, with a mandatory First-Year Orientation fee of $104.12, payable by level I students.

However, entertainment, clothing and community events within Welcome Week are not subsidized by the Orientation fee, pursuant to SCI. These initiatives, such as concerts, Air Bands, Faculty t-shirts and Monday Night Lights, are provided by the McMaster Students Union, in partnership with the Student Success Centre. This cost is reflected by a “non-essential services” First-Year Orientation Fee of $19.54 plus HST for a total of $22.08, as highlighted on your MOSAIC account.

Upcoming Events Happening this Summer

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SSC Academic Skills Orientation: Online

Questions about what it means to be a university learner? SSC Academic Skills Orientation: Online is a seven-week online program that supports you before your arrival for Welcome Week. Get tips and advice from fellow students to help you navigate a new academic environment. Starting Tuesday, July 2, this program will feature regular content. Participate and win weekly prizes!

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Exclusively for off-campus students, Mac/One is designed to help with the social and academic transition to university. By joining Mac/One, you’ll connect to fellow students with similar passions and interests through our Living Learning Community events, have a home base on-campus to relax and study with access to a designated residence building, and get extra support through your designated Off-Campus Community Assistant.

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SAS Transition Program

Join our student/parent orientation sessions to learn about our supports, the accommodation process, and how to successfully transition into university. Times and locations to be determined. Individual and Skype sessions are available upon request. Summer workshops include: Notetaking Upper-Year, Student Panel, Q&A, plus more.

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A big thank you to our partners:

McMaster Student Success Centre, McMaster Residence Life, McMaster Off-Campus Resource Centre, McMaster Equity and Inclusion Office, McMaster Student Wellness Centre, McMaster Indigenous Student Services, McMaster Athletics & Recreation, and Office of Alumni Advancement, and the McMaster Students Union (MSU), including the McMaster Science Society, McMaster Social Sciences Society, McMaster Humanities Society, McMaster Engineering Society, DeGroote Commerce Society, Society of Arts & Science Students, McMaster Kinesiology Society, McMaster University Nursing Students Society, Bachelor of Health Sciences Society, Society of Off-Campus Students