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Your First Year of Study

Student Transition

To assist you in making the most of your learning experience we encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the Faculty and the University. The first of these opportunities is Orientation, which we strongly encourage you to attend.


Orientation is more than just a single day or week of activities. It’s about our commitment to help you, as a new student, explore opportunities for involvement on campus and successfully connect to your new community. You’ll want help not only when you start school in September, but also throughout the year, as your experiences and needs evolve. Our Orientation activities will help you with this transition and we’ll be offering events and activities throughout your first year.

Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentoring program is designed to assist first-year students in making a successful transition to university life. All incoming first-year science students are matched with a peer mentor before September classes start. The mentors are successful upper-year students who are trained as peer mentors. These mentors are in the same program as the incoming student, and are available to answer questions, give advice, and help incoming students adapt to university life.

Bethune College

Bethune College is the “home” for science and engineering students at York. Students in the Faculty of Science and Lassonde School of Engineering are automatically members of the college and have free access to a variety of academic services, such as:

  • Peer-Assisted Study Sessions
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Professional School Seminars and Workshops
  • Class Representatives
  • Bethune Writing Centre
  • Math Help


YUConnect gives you a way to find clubs and to match opportunities to your interests. You'll also create a record of your on-campus work and volunteer activity throughout your degree.

Policies and Regulations – It’s the Law

Universities run on rules and regulations. Students who are not aware of these ‘laws’ usually find out in some unpleasant way. Moreover, trying to repair matters once you have run afoul of the system is often a lengthy and complicated process. Rules and procedures for the Faculty of Science and Engineering students can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar. Before classes begin, review your calendar to familiarize yourself with the policies and rules for your program.