Academic Orientation

York Orientation Day is “Day One” of your time at York and includes your Founders College Academic Orientation, a Service Fair and Campus Tours.


Why attend Academic Orientation?

First Year students at Founders College Academic Orientation

York is a big university.  In fact, with approximately 55,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, York is comparable in size to that of a small city.  The good news is that this means that you have lots of choices for disciplines and programs.  Unfortunately, it can also be a little intimidating at first.  Colleges exist to help make a big university feel small.  They are a place to study, hang out, and participate in a smaller, more intimate setting.  They are a place where you can feel at home.

Every undergraduate student is assigned to a college when they enter York based on their Faculty and program of study (major) or the residence that they live in.

Professor Buccheri with first year students at Academic Orientation.

Your college is your home base while at York, a place where you can participate in student government, attend social activities, find academic help, work and volunteer.  Also, the colleges on campus all have areas designated as student space where you can meet with friends or classmates, conduct study groups, finish homework, surf the web or catch some shut-eye before your next lecture starts.

During Orientation, you will be introduced to the tools you need to excel in your studies at York.  Orientation events are designed to help you make a smooth transition to university life.  You will be introduced to the academic services, social and recreational activities and other facilities available to you, both at Founders and throughout the university.  We will help you make connections.

During Founders College Academic Orientation, you will learUpper year students at Founders College Academic Orientation.n about the events and programs we have in place to help you throughout your time at York, including:  Peer Mentoring, College Life Advising, Study Spaces and Resources, Employment and Volunteer Opportunities and much more.   You will also meet professors from your academic program, learn about degree requirements specific to your program, be introduced to the College Head, the Founders' Office team and participate in a campus tour.