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Academic Orientation

As a new student, you probably have many questions about university life, the campus and classes. Get the answers you need by attending Founders College Academic Orientation.

Attending Academic Orientation will help you connect with fellow students and learn about your academic program by meeting with your program's Faculty members and staff. In addition, you will also learn about all of the resources available to you at Founders College and York University to help you succeed!

Founders College Academic Orientation will be held from Monday, August 30 to Thursday, September 2, 2021, and is divided according to your program/major.

In addition to your Academic Orientation, Founders will also be hosting a keynote address by Kelly S. Thompson, York University alumna (BA (Hons.) Professional Writing) and author of Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces, an instant Globe and Mail bestseller on Friday, September 3, 2021, as part of York Orientation Day.

To participate in Founders Academic Orientation, simply find your program (major) on the following table and RSVP. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link for your session.

ProgramDate Time RSVP Links
African Studies,
International Development Studies,
Urban Studies
August 30, 2021
10:30am to 12:15pmRegister
East Asian Studies, History,
Indigenous Studies
August 30, 2021
1:30pm to 3:15pmRegister
Communication & Media Studies Tuesday,
August 31, 2021
10:30am to 12:15pm Register
French Studies,
German Studies,
Italian Studies,
Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies,
Speech & Language Sciences
August 31, 2021
1:30pm to 3:15pm Register
English & Professional Writing,
Professional Writing
September 1, 2021
10:30am to 12:15pmRegister
Equity Studies,
Gender & Women’s Studies,
Health and Society,
Sexuality Studies
September 1, 2021
1:30pm to 3:15pmRegister
Social WorkThursday,
September 2, 2021
10:30am to 12:15pmRegister
Global Geography,
Cities, Regions, Planning,
Environmental Arts and Justice,
Sustainable Environmental Management,
Unnamed EUC Major for BA and BES
September 2, 2021
1:30pm to 3:15pmRegister

As a highschool graduate entering University I was really excited but also really nervous. The York University community and campus is very large and can be daunting. I worried about getting lost and being late for classes. There were so many more academic responsibilities and there were so many new skills to develop! Fortunately, as soon as I entered Founders College to attend the first year academic orientation I found myself in a welcoming community! I connected with so many amazing college members, staff, professors and other incoming first year students who were in the same boat as me! During orientation I was able to voice all of my concerns, was met with answers that reassured me and was connected to resources that strengthened my skills as a student. Ultimately, first year academic orientation at Founders College helped my transition into student life at York University be a lot smoother than it would have been!

— Jodie Chinnery
3rd Year, Human Rights & Equity Studies