U-Start

May 15 - June 11, 2021

Prepare for your university life at USask!

U-Start 2021 college sessions and student services sessions are open for registration!

More student services sessions are scheduled for June. Check our page regularly for updates.

NOTE: U-Start is an event for admitted undergraduate students.

U-Start is a virtual pre-orientation to help you prepare for university as a new USask undergraduate student.

You are invited to join sessions hosted by your college and student services, and sessions specific for international students. 

Don't forget to check the college resources below for lots of useful information to make your transition to university easier!

How to join online sessions

Online sessions are hosted via WebEx, Zoom and Unibuddy. Read more information on how to join below. All session times are in Central Standard Time (Saskatchewan Time)

If prompted for a Meeting ID and/or password when joining a session, you can find this information in the “description” section for each session under the U-Start sessions schedule below.

Students are encouraged to have their NSID and password to log into PAWS for U-Start college sessions.

If this is your first time joining a Webex meeting, you will be prompted to download the Webex software installer file when you join sessions that are hosted by Webex. Downloading the software is not required. You can join any Webex meeting during this event using the web app instead by clicking Join from your browser.

Prior to the event, you can try joining a test meeting to get used to Webex and test your audio connection. More information about how to use WebEx can be found here.

If this is your first time joining a Zoom meeting, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app when you click on a link to join sessions that are hosted on Zoom. You can download the app if you want, but you do not need the app or a Zoom account to join a webinar or meeting. You can join any Zoom meeting during this event from your web browser.

Both the College of Arts and Science and Edwards School of Business are offering sessions through Unibuddy, a platform designed to connect you with current students.  

To connect to these sessions, set up your Unibuddy account and/or download the Unibuddy app to connect comfortably from your mobile device. Unibuddy is available on Google Play and Apple Store.

College online sessions

As a new undergraduate student, join your college's online sessions to learn important information and to connect with your classmates and advisors.

Click to check for dates and register for sessions below. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the session.

If prompted for a Meeting ID and/or password when joining a session, you can find this information in the “description” section for each session below. All session times are in Central Standard Time (Saskatchewan Time).

College Sessions
Date Time Description/password
Information session Wed. May 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST 729717 
Information session Thurs. June 3 8:00 am – 9:00 am CST 730473 
Information session Tue. June 8 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CST 134098 
Learning Communities Sessions Date Time Description/password
How to register in your LC course block Mon. June 7 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST JEfwUCFj476 
How to register in your LC course block Thurs. June 10 12 pm - 1 pm CST aMBTRK3zu93 

Learning Communities Sessions

The Learning Communities sessions will be an opportunity for AgBio, Arts & Science FLEX, and Kin Learning Communities (LC) students to complete your LC course registration in a low-stakes atmosphere with the support of the LC staff. We’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about the Learning Communities programs in those colleges.

College of Arts and Science Sessions

The College of Arts and Science U-Start sessions will each include three components: a welcome to the college, a live Q&A and a group academic advising session. A detailed description of the sessions is at the bottom of the schedule.

Students are welcome to join any of these sessions, but we recommend trying to attend all three components by June 8th to be prepared for class registration when it opens in June.

Learning Communities Sessions

The Learning Communities sessions will be an opportunity for AgBio, Arts & Science FLEX, and Kin Learning Communities (LC) students to complete your LC course registration in a low-stakes atmosphere with the support of the LC staff. We’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about the Learning Communities programs in those colleges.

Learning Communities Sessions Date Time Description/password
ISAP Indigenous Student Class Registration Workshop Wed. May 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

ISAP

NOTE: *this session is open to new and current Indigenous students*

ISAP Indigenous Student Class Registration Workshop Mon. June 7 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm CST

registration

NOTE: *this session is open to new and current students*

How to register in your LC course block Mon. June 7 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST JEfwUCFj476 
How to register in your LC course block Thurs. June 10 12 pm - 1 pm CST aMBTRK3zu93 
College Sessions
Date Time Description/password
Welcome to the College of Arts and Science  Sat. May 15 11:00 am – 11:55 am CST ArtSci 
Live Q&A Sat. May 15 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm CST N/A
Group academic advising session Sat. May 15 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm CST ArtSciAdvising 
Session
Date Time Description/password
Welcome to the College of Arts and Science  Thurs. May 27 7:00 am - 7:55 am CST ArtSci 
Live Q&A Thurs. May 27 8:00 am - 8:30 am CST N/A
Group academic advising session Thurs. May 27 8:45 am - 9:45 am CST ArtSciAdvising 
Session
Date Time Description/password
Welcome to the College of Arts and Science  Wed. June 2 6:00 pm - 6:55 pm CST ArtSci 
Live Q&A Wed. June 2 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST N/A
Group academic advising session Wed. June 2 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm CST ArtSciAdvising 
Session
Date Time Description/password
Welcome to the College of Arts and Science  Tue. June 8 4:00 pm - 4:55 pm CST ArtSci 
Live Q&A Tue. June 8 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm CST N/A
Group academic advising session Tue. June 8 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm CST ArtSciAdvising 

ISAP Indigenous Student Class Registration Workshop

This session is for Indigenous high school and undergraduate students entering the College of Arts and Science. You will learn about how to pick your classes at USask from our Indigenous Student Advisors. Family members of students welcome!

Welcome to the College of Arts and Science

In these sessions, you will learn about the degrees and certificates you can pursue in the College of Arts and Science. We will also cover how to register for classes and access student supports.

Live Q&A sessions

In these live Q&As, you will be able to ask current students and staff anything and everything about the College of Arts and Science. This is your chance to get to know the college, and find out what it's really like to be a university student!

Group academic advising sessions

In these sessions, you will learn about how to choose your first year classes, based on your academic interests and degree requirements for your chosen major. We will also cover how to navigate some of the academic policies that affect first-year students the most.

Session
Date Time Description/password
College of Education Guided PAWS Tour Sat. May 22 11 am - 12 pm CST Education2021! 
College of Education Guided PAWS Tour Tue. May 25 12 pm - 1 pm CST Education2021! 
College of Education Guided PAWS Tour Wed. May 26 4 pm - 5 pm CST Education2021! 
College of Education Guided PAWS Tour Sat. May 29 11 am - 12 pm CST Education2021! 
College of Education Guided PAWS Tour Thurs. June 3 4 pm - 5 pm CST Education2021! 
College of Education Guided PAWS Tour Fri. June 4 12 pm - 1 pm CST Education2021! 
College of Education Guided PAWS Tour Sat. June 5 11 am - 12 pm CST Education2021! 

Edwards School of Business will also be offering you academic advising sessions for registration questions from May 31 to June 4, each day from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Appointmets are only available to new incoming students.

You will have to call the Edwards Student & Faculty Services office at 306-966-4785 to book your appointment. At the time of booking, you can indicate whether you would like to have your appointment over the phone or WebEx and you will be given the necessary information to attend your appointment.

Edwards School of Business will also be verifying your status as an incoming student by checking your name and student number.

Session
Date Time Description/password
Information session Sat. May 29 11 am - 12:30 pm CST N/A
Information session Mon. May 31 7 pm - 8:30 pm CST N/A
Information session Thurs. June 3 6 pm - 7:30 pm CST N/A
Information session Tue. June 8 4 pm - 5:30 pm CST N/A
Session Date Time Description/password
Group Academic Advising Session  Sat. May 29 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST NewToEdwards! 
Session
Date Time Description/password
Academics in RE-ENGINEERED Tue. June 1 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm CST Engineering  
College Life with RE-ENGINEERED Tue. June 8 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm CST Engineering
College Session
Date Time Description/password
Information session Wed. May 26 4 pm -5 pm CST FRkR4bHyG95 
Learning Communities Sessions Date Time Description/password
How to register in your LC course block Mon. June 7 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST JEfwUCFj476 
How to register in your LC course block Thurs. June 10 12 pm - 1 pm CST aMBTRK3zu93 

Learning Communities Sessions

The Learning Communities sessions will be an opportunity for AgBio, Arts & Science FLEX, and Kin Learning Communities (LC) students to complete your LC course registration in a low-stakes atmosphere with the support of the LC staff. We’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about the Learning Communities programs in those colleges.

The Learning Communities sessions will be an opportunity for AgBio, Arts & Science FLEX, and Kin Learning Communities (LC) students to complete your LC course registration in a low-stakes atmosphere with the support of the LC staff. We’ll also be able to answer any questions you may have about the Learning Communities programs in those colleges.

ISAP Indigenous Student Class Registration Workshop

This session is for Indigenous high school and undergraduate students entering the College of Arts and Science. You will learn about how to pick your classes at USask from our Indigenous Student Advisors. Family members of students welcome!

Session Date Time Description
How to register in your LC course block Mon. June 7 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST JEfwUCFj476 
How to register in your LC course block Thurs. June 10 12 pm - 1 pm CST aMBTRK3zu93 
ISAP Indigenous Student Class Registration Workshop Wed. May 26 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

ISAP

NOTE: *this session is open to new and current Indigenous students*

ISAP Indigenous Student Class Registration Workshop Mon. June 7 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST

registration

NOTE: *this session is open to new and current students*

Session Date Time Description/password
Pre-recorded intro session May 2021 N/A Information about the PA campus, what it offers and the classes and programs available.
Live Q&A Thurs. May 27  1 pm - 2 pm CST 3wR54m 

Student services online sessions

More student services sessions dates have been added in June! Check them out!

Join online sessions to connect with USask Student Services. Click on the unit name to learn more about the services they offer. Click on the date to join the live session. You do not have to pre-register for these sessions. All session times are in Central Standard Time (Saskatchewan Time)

Session Date Time Unit Description/password
International Students Live Chat Fri. May 28 7:30 am – 8:30 am CST International Student and Study Abroad Centre ustart 
International Students Live Chat Fri. May 28 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm CST International Student and Study Abroad Centre ustart 
Session Date Time Unit Description/password
Access and Equity Services Information Session   Fri. May 21  9 am - 10 am CST Access and Equity Services  0521 
General Student Services Session Fri. May 21 10 am - 11 am CST Aboriginal Students' Centre, Career Services, Culinary Services, Parking Services, Retail Services, Student Central, Student Learning Services, University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) N/A
Fri. May 21 11 am - 12 pm CST Residence Services residence
Thriving at USask  Fri. May 21 2 pm - 3 pm CST Student Wellness Centre and Student Affairs and Outreach
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USask, Live With Us! Thurs. June 10 1 pm - 2 pm CST Residence Services residence
General Student Services Session Fri. June 11 10 am - 11 am CST Aboriginal Students' Centre, Career Services, Culinary Services, Parking Services, Student Central, Student Wellness and Student Affairs Outreach, Retail Services, USSU, Student Learning Services

College resources

Check out your college's online resources for new students.

Welcome to the College of Agriculture and Bioresources! Whether you're entering your first year or have transferred from another post-secondary institution, our academic advisors offer personalized and confidential guidance to help you succeed. In the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, academic advising is carried out by AgBio Student Services and AgBio faculty advisors. 

Congratulations on starting your academic journey in the College of Arts and Science! We have an incredibly diverse range of academic options for you to explore, and our caring community of faculty and staff are here to ensure you get the absolute most out of your time in our college.

New to Arts and Science page

Welcome to the College of Education! We're excited to help you get ready, explore teaching area options and choose your classes.

Watch our ten video segments on our 'New to Education info' page and also check out the Dean's message, next steps, student responsibilities and more.

Welcome to the Edwards undergraduate business program! As a new Edwards student, you probably have a lot of questions about how to create your schedule, register for classes and pay your tuition and fees. We encourage you to check in to ensure that you are prepared to begin your studies. 

Welcome to the College of Engineering! As a new student and as you work through your degree, make sure to check out the resources on our First-Year students page below and tune into our sessions on June 1st and June 8th 2021.

Academic advisors in the College of Kinesiology are here to help prospective and current Bachelor of Kinesiology students with questions about admission, registration, course selection, program planning, learning communities, degree completion, scholarships and bursaries and more!

We're here to help you determine the best path to degree completion and support you on your journey through the program.

Welcome to St. Thomas More College and the University of Saskatchewan! We hope that your first year will be exciting, challenging and rewarding. There are a few key things that you need to do in order to be successful at university. Check in with us to ensure you have a smooth start to your studies.

If you are planning to take classes outside of Saskatoon-including at our Prince Albert campus, at a regional college, at another off-campus site or through distance education-you will be supported not only by your college, but by local advisors and through distance education supports.

New student resources

Visit our new students webpage for everything you need to know about starting university.

Visit our classes and registration webpage for instructions and video tutorials on how to register for classes. 

Be Well at USask podcast

‘Be Well at USask’ is a podcast for all members of the USask community. Each week, community members will share ideas and provide guidance on how we can be well in all aspects of our lives — mind, body and life. It will also highlight campus initiatives and resources designed to engage and support you.

The podcast can be found at multiple platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube.

Questions

If you have any questions about U-Start, please contact us at ustart@usask.ca.