Whether you are starting off your USask experience or starting a new path in a different college or program, taking part in Orientation and our many other welcome activities is a great way to kick things off! Explore and sign up now for the events you wish to participate in. We look forward to welcoming you!

Orientation

September 3, 2019

Orientation on our main campus in Saskatoon takes place on Tuesday, September 3. At Orientation, you will:

  • meet your college and new classmates,
  • learn about student services,
  • explore the campus and USask community and
  • have a chance to win some great prizes!

Colleges participating in Orientation include Agriculture and Bioresources, Arts and Science, Education, Edwards School of Business, Engineering, Kinesiology and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Use your USask-issued NSID (e.g. abc123) as your access code to sign up for Orientation. If you have any problems signing up, email us at orientation@usask.ca. If you don't remember your NSID, contact the ICT Service Desk at 306-966-2222 or toll free in Canada at 1-800-966-4817.

If you are a new student in Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition or Veterinary Medicine, you will receive information from your college about your mandatory orientation activities.

Schedule

8:30 am - Check in with your college
Locations:

9-11:30 am - College welcome, programming and activities

11:30 am-12 pm - Pizza lunch

12:15-12:45 pm - Welcome and induction to USask
Location: Physical Activity Complex (PAC)

1-3 pm - Activities in the Bowl or continued programming with your college 

  • Campus Expo
  • Tours
  • Food trucks
  • Photobooth, games, prizes and free stuff!
Orientation is a public event where we may take photographs for promotional purposes. By attending this event, you understand that you may appear in photographs or other media that could be used in future promotional materials, programs, websites, social media, etc.

Transportation

Planning to take transit, drive or bike to campus? Learn about transportation options for students.

Parking

Did you apply for a student parking permit? Allocated permits are available for pick-up starting on Aug. 26. If you have a student parking permit, you should park in your designated lot.

If you do not have a parking permit or are only planning to drive to campus for the day, visitor and daily parking is available. Parking fees are charged by the hour, though both Stadium Parkade and Lot 4 near the Education Building offer a set daily maximum rate if you plan to park for the day.

Maps

Find printable maps of campus and an online guide to university buildings and popular locations on the Maps page.

Wi-Fi

Connect to free campus Wi-Fi almost anywhere on campus using your NSID and password!

Other campuses' welcome events

Are you starting your studies at the USask Prince Albert campus, at St. Peter's College or a regional college?

Learn more about orientation activities at your location:

USask Prince Albert campus

Student Orientation
Tuesday, September 3, 3:30 pm
Saskatchewan Polytechnic Academic Building, Room 236
No RSVP required

For more information for new students at the USask Prince Albert campus, visit pa.usask.ca.

St. Peter's College

Orientation
Tuesday, September 3, 8:30 am-3 pm
St. Peter's College, Muenster, SK
RSVP online

Head Start programs in biology, chemistry, math, university prep and writing
August 19-30
St. Peter's College, Muenster, SK
Register online

Cumberland College

University Barbeque and Orientation Seminar
Tuesday, September 3, 4 pm
Melfort Campus, 400 Burns Ave East
Students are invited to bring up to 2 guests but are asked to RSVP to the emailed invitation from Cumberland College.

Great Plains College

University Orientation
Friday, August 30, 9:30 am-12 pm
Program information and computer access

Tuesday, September 3, 9:30 am
College and GPC student information, student photos and lunch

For more information, visit GPC's News and Events page.

Northlands College

Orientation
Wednesday, August 28, 1:00 pm

North West College

Orientation
Tuesday, September 10, 11 am

Parkland College

Orientation
Wednesday, August 28, 1:30 pm


For more information about each location's orientation and welcome activities, contact your location's main office or advisor.

New International Student Welcome

August 30, 2019

The International Student and Study Abroad Centre is excited to welcome all new international students to the University of Saskatchewan. Join us on Friday, August 30 to meet and socialize with your new peers.

During the event, you will attend programming and presentations about life at the university, followed by a fun social event with free food, activities and opportunities to learn about student groups on campus. 

Schedule

12:30-1:15 pm Check in outside of Room 241, Arts Building
1:15-4:40 pm Programming
4:45-9 pm Dinner and social at Louis’ in the Memorial Union Building

For information on how to prepare for your arrival to Canada and USask, please visit our International Student Guide

Aboriginal Students' Centre New Student Welcome

August 29-30, 2019

The New Student Welcome on August 29 and 30, 2019 is a great way for new Métis, First Nations and Inuit students get familiar with campus and meet new people before classes start in September. It is a free program hosted by the Aboriginal Students' Centre (ASC).

During the event, new Indigenous students will get familiar with the USask campus and meet new people, including fellow students, academic advisors, instructors and USask leadership.

More welcome activities

Jump Start Your Learning workshops

Get a jump start on your university transition! Sign up for a Jump Start session to learn some valuable strategies and tips for success in university.

Jump Start Your Learning sessions are offered the morning of Tuesday, August 27 or the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28.

St. Thomas More College New Student Orientation

Date: Friday, August 30

St. Thomas More College offers STM students an early opportunity to find your classes, meet some new friends, get some good advice from upper-year students and MORE!

For more information, contact STM Student Services at rmedernach@stmcollege.ca or 306-966-8900.

Take a Tour of the Murray Library

Dates: Weekdays starting Wednesday, September 4 through Friday, September 20

Learn the layout of the library and receive an introduction to the library's website. On your tour, you'll learn:

  • where to find the best spots to study in a group or study quietly
  • how to use the website to find books and journal articles
  • where to go for library help, IT help, writing help, and math and stats help

All tours are free and pre-registration is not required. Just meet the library's friendly tour guides at the check-out desk near the entrance of the Murray Library.

Smart Start workshops

Dates: Throughout September

Smart Start is a series of academic workshops offered every September to help start the year off right. Workshops are available for both undergraduate- and graduate-level students. Learn about effective time management, study strategies, reading and note-taking, research, poster presentations and more!


Volunteer

Current and returning students, university staff and faculty

Be a part of welcoming new students to the USask community by volunteering at Orientation! With activities taking place across campus throughout the day on Tuesday, September 3, there are a variety of roles and time slots where volunteers with all kinds of skills and experience levels are needed.

Campus Expo

Are you part of a student club, university department, student service, non-profit, business or other group interested in showcasing your organization to new students? Book a table at the Campus Expo, taking place outdoors in the Bowl from 1-3 pm.