Orientation Day

Orientation Day, Tuesday, September 6

Click here to register!

Parking: Free parking will be available in all BU parking lots on September 6, if you choose to park on the street, be aware of street parking time limits as these will be in effect.
What to wear & bring: You will want to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for outdoor weather. You might want to bring a small bag as you will collect information and free items throughout the day! You may also wish to bring a refillable water bottle as we do have water bottle fill stations all around campus.
Parents or support persons are welcome to attend.

Campus Map

Tentative Schedule

Optional campus tours every hour at noon 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. — please note the afternoon sessions below when planning a tour time to register for so you don’t end up double-booked.

Time Activity Location
9:30 am Doors Open HLC (Healthy Living Centre)
9:30 – 10:15 am Check-in and Info Fair HLC Gymnasium
10:20 – 10:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks HLC Gymnasium

10:30 – 12:00





10:40 – 11:40 am

Playfair Student Activity: PLAYFAIR is the most popular event for New Student Orientation.  It is the quickest way to meet, connect and have great fun with your new colleagues.  There will be music, laughter and up-beat community-building activities.  Leave with new friends, a feeling of belonging and instant school spirit.


Parent/Support Person Session

HLC Gymnasium






Brodie Building, Theatre A (lower level)

12:00 – 2:00 pm Free BBQ Lunch Clark Hall (CHO) Front Lawn (East side of campus)
12:00 – 4:00 pm Campus Tours @ 12, 1, 2 or 3 pm


The courtyard is the area between the Library Building, Clark Hall and the Student Union building (free space between buildings 8, 11 and 12 on the campus map).

1:00 – 4:00 pm Afternoon Sessions Various – see below

Tentative Afternoon Sessions:

Additional Afternoon Sessions may be added before Orientation Day so check back again!

Information Session Description Location Time
BA/BED Integrated Program Info Session
Alysha Farrell and Candy Jones

EB 101

Education Building

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Welcome to Pre-Nursing

Tracey Collyer

Tracey will review university regulations, resources available for students, getting organized and she will answer any questions that you may have before you begin classes.

HSB 143

Health Studies Building

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Welcome to Pre-Psychiatric Nursing
Carrie McCallum

HSB 129

Health Studies Building

1:00 – 2:00 pm


Indigenous Peoples’ Centre Tour & Welcome Session


Michelle Bessette

The Indigenous Peoples’ Centre (IPC) is your home away from home! Stop by for a tour of the IPC, meet staff and find out how the IPC can support your academic journey.

Indigenous Peoples’ Centre (IPC): The IPC is located in the George T. Richardson Building, next to the library


Two sessions available:

1:30 – 2:00 pm


2:00– 2:30 pm


Physical Education Studies Info Session (BPES)

Schad Richea

The session will be a general overview of the BPES program, discussion, and important reminders about the BPES program (unique course rotations, required courses per stream), and a general group discussion regarding future careers or any other questions the students may have.

HLC 002

Health Living Centre

2:00 – 2:30 pm




International Student Welcome

David Rowland and Iris Wang – Office of International Activities (OIA)

Stop by anytime between 1 and 4 pm to the lower level of McMaster Hall to grab your international student welcome package! Please bring your study permit.


McMaster Hall, lower level (G – ground floor)

1:00 – 4:00 pm


Mature Student Meet and Greet  (with optional campus tour)

Doug Pople

Meet other mature students and get information about campus spaces and services.

EB 101

Education Building

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Library, Archives, IT Services Information Session Library, Archives and IT Services is the unit that helps you get the right information, at the right time, to be successful in your learning, in-person or online.We will cover:

  • What you need to get started
  • How to use the Library
  • How to use the Archives
  • How to use the IT HelpDesk
  • Other useful tips!


Library – Convergys Lab

The library is in the George T. Richardson Building

Two sessions available:

2:00 – 2:45 pm


3:00 – 3:45 pm

Library Tours
See all the different types of resources available to borrow and different types of spaces available for students.

John E. Robbins Library

The library is in the George T. Richardson Building

1:00-1:30 pm


2:00-2:30 pm


3:00-3:30 pm

Faculty of Arts Meet and Greet
Join us for snacks, beverages and great conversation in Clark Hall. Join Arts faculty members for an hour-long, come-and-go meet and greet before the start of classes!”

CHO 104

Clark Hall/Original Building main floor

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Department of Francophone Studies and Languages

Drop-in to grab a treat and get some information about the Department of Francophone Studies and Languages as well as some helpful tips for studying French and other languages.


CHO 003

Clark Hall/Original Building lower level

2:15 – 3:00 pm
Business Department

Meet and greet with Ravi Dwivedula , CH 404

Meet and greet with Lindsay Mclachlan, CH 402


Clark Hall/Original Building, 4th floor

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Writing Skills Orientation Sessions

Dr. Joan Garbutt & Karen Skinner; Writing Skills Specialists, Student Services

The Writing Skills Centre is hosting in-person information sessions to familiarize students with the services we offer and how to access them. Sessions are 15-20 minutes long. We look forward to meeting students!

MCK 005

McKenzie Building, lower level

Three sessions available:


1:30 – 1:45 pm


2:30 – 2:45 pm


3:30 – 3:45 pm

BUSU Info Booth and Clubs Day Learn about BUSU advocacy, services and engagement. Stop by anytime from 1 – 4 pm. Tables in the Courtyard
The courtyard is the area between the Library Building, Clark Hall and the Student Union building (free space between buildings 8, 11 and 12 on the campus map).
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Faculty of Arts Photo Booth
A spot to stop and take some pics on your phone with props provided! Outdoors – south side of Clark Hall 1:00 – 4:00 pm
HLC Orientation
Included in your tuition fees, students have access to the Healthy Living Centre (HLC).  Before using the facility, you must complete a HLC orientation.


Healthy Living Centre

Please sign up for your orientation at www.HealthyLivingCentre.ca or call 204.727.9756

HLC Orientation appointments available all afternoon and throughout the week.
Dean of Science

Dr. Bernadette Ardelli

Welcome message; transitioning to in person learning; enter a draw for prizes!

BB Theatre A

Brodie Building, lower level

1:00 – 1:30 pm
ADES (Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies)

Professor Jack Lindsay

Welcome to ADES and enter a draw for prizes!

BB 1-50

Brodie Building, first floor

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Dr. Chris Lemoine

Welcome to Biology; interact with the revolutionary Anatomage Table (only 4 in Canada!); view displays on animals, plants and some intriguing plastic eating worms. Enter a draw for prizes!

BB 3-18

Brodie Building, third floor

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Dr. Vince Chen

Welcome to Chemistry; join the scavenger hunt; enter a draw for prizes!

BB 4-29

Brodie Building, fourth floor

1:30 – 3:30 pm

Dr. Simon Pattison

Welcome to Geology; view rock, mineral and fossil displays; enter a draw to win a polished geode and unpolished samples of petrified wood; enter a draw for prizes!

BB 2-48

Brodie Building, second floor

1:30 – 3:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Tyler Foster

Welcome to Physics & Astronomy; enter a draw for prizes!

BB 2-22

Brodie Building, second floor

1:30 – 4:00 pm
Psychology   BB 1-35 1:30 – 3:30 pm