Welcome to Fall 2020 at York!

Welcome to Fall 2020 at York!

I am writing to welcome you to York University for this unique Fall 2020 term. I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well during these unsettling times. While most of us will not be on campus, I want to share with you that teams of students, staff and faculty have been working all summer to ensure that we provide you with a supportive University experience so that you can succeed in these times of constant change.


Student Community & Leadership Development (SC&LD) has a wide variety of online Orientation programming available for all new and continuing students on the York Orientation website. While we all will miss seeing you in person at York Lions Stadium on Orientation Day, SC&LD has made Orientation 2020 an interactive and exciting online experience.

York 101

These sessions are for our new students and are run by upper-year students. They are designed to help answer your questions about online/remote learning, student finances, student services, getting involved in the York community and more.

You can log into York 101 sessions through YU START: click on Orientation in the University 101 section.

International Student Virtual Orientation

Our team at York International is holding a series of virtual orientation events designed specifically for our international students. Visit their International Student Virtual Orientation page for the complete list of dates, details and to register.

Navigating the start of a new academic year

Our Navigate Fall 2020 website is your first touchpoint for information about getting settled into your academic year. You’ll find resources for academic success, financial support, student life and community, mental health & wellbeing and career education & development to guide you through your first weeks and beyond. There are also events to help you explore, engage and become part of the York community.

If you are a first-year student, you will have a dedicated upper-year peer mentor from your Faculty or College to provide support throughout your year. You will either be contacted directly by your peer mentor or connected to your peer mentor by your Faculty.

Prioritizing the health and safety of our community members 

During this time while much of our campus activities are delivered through remote/online formats, except for a limited number of in-person classes, we are very much here to support you and provide services through online, telephone, video and email channels.

We will continue to communicate with you regularly. Our goal remains to provide a high-quality learning experience for advancing your educational objectives.

Your learning experience and safety guides our decisions.

Welcome to York University.

Lucy Fromowitz
Vice Provost, Students