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Transition and Orientation for Everyone

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Students entering their first year of undergraduate study at York University

Summer Transition Events - We offer a whole host of opportunities for you to learn about York throughout the summer months including Campus Tours, Q&A Sessions, York 101 and 201 Sessions, Parents & Family information and more.

YU Prep - A series of online modules and workshops designed for incoming first year students. 

Ready, Set, YU! - The program supports newly admitted high-school students and their successful transition into the post-secondary study. 

Faculty Orientation Information

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Undergraduate students who have transferred to York from another institution

We are excited to welcome and support you as you find your fit and continue your academic journey at York. We proudly offer multiple pathways to enhance your studies with further university education.

Your story continues with us. There are a number of flexible pathways that lead transfer students to York.

Explore Transfer Student Orientation.

Students who have come to study at York University from a country outside of Canada

Registration is officially open for International Student Summer Orientation 2023! Meet fellow international students, build community, and earn about important resources and services available to you at York University!

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Additional transition and orientation opportunities for mature students

Mature students are:

  • at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University;
  • have have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years; and
  • have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited college or university.

Explore Mature Student Orientation.

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Activities and resources for parents and families

Research proves that parent/family involvement is an important resource that improves a student’s productivity. We believe that parents and family members play a key role in the success of our students.

Browse our dedicated Parents and Family page with activities and resources to help you make the transition to academic life along with your student and get oriented to all that York University has to offer.

You can also see our Summer Transition Events page for parents and family specific programming happening throughout the summer.

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Additional transition and orientation opportunities for Black students

Black Excellence at York University (BE YU) provides Black students with the support they need to transition to university and maximize their student experience on their path to graduation and beyond.

Learn about and register for the York 201: Black Excellence transition event.

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Additional transition and orientation opportunities for Indigenous students

We recognize that our Indigenous students are from all corners of Turtle Island. We strive to create a sense of belonging while supporting the academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of the community.

Additional transition and orientation opportunities for 2SLGBTQIA+ students

At York University we value equity, diversity and inclusion. We are proud to celebrate and support 2SLGBTQIA+ communities in their historic and current struggles for equality.

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The university transition process is a period of adjustment when students move from high school or another institutions to university. It typically involves academic, social, and personal changes as you adapt to new environments, expectations, and increased independence.

Throughout the summer, York provides programming to help make this process as smooth as possible for everyone.

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Orientation at York University is a series of programming that helps new students adjust to campus life by introducing you to academic expectations, campus facilities, support services, and social opportunities.

There are Orientation events for everyone. Explore the various options and find what's right for you.