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Orientation Week information for new students on Laurier's Waterloo and Brantford campuses
The summer may be drawing to a close, but excitement abounds at Laurier as the university prepares to welcome a new group of first-year students. Hereís what students, parents, faculty and staff can expect during residence move-in days and orientation:
Waterloo campus: residence move-in and orientation
Laurierís Waterloo campus will welcome nearly 3,500 first-year students over the Labour Day weekend. Students will be moving in and meeting their new Residence Life communities on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1. Students can pick up their residence key between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Athletic Complex on both days.
Please note, the University Avenue West exit from Highway 85 will be closed due to road construction. As an alternative, the City of Waterloo is advising vehicles to use the Bridgeport Road East exit. For more details, click here.
Once students have settled into their residences or off-campus homes, they are invited to join Orientation Week, a weeklong program run by the Wilfrid Laurier University Studentsí Union that includes more than 600 senior-student volunteers. Pre-registered students can pick up their Orientation Week kit in the Athletic Complex. Students who have not yet registered for Orientation Week can do so in the Concourse. For more information on Orientation Week, visit laurierorientation.com.
Among the many Orientation-Week activities designed to help integrate new first years into life on campus, student success and academic sessions will provide students with information on how they can successfully transition into university academics and extracurricular activities. For the full Orientation Week schedule, click here.
This year, fall-semester classes will begin on Thursday, Sept. 4. Orientation programming on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5 has been made flexible so students can attend their classes without missing out on Orientation-Week events.
Continuing a tradition of more than 50 years, Orientation Week will culminate with Shine Day on Saturday, Sept. 6, where students will wash cars, shine shoes and run barbecues to raise money for Shinerama, which helps fund cystic fibrosis research and treatment. Started at Laurier in 1961, Shinerama has spread to more than 60 universities and colleges across Canada, involving 35,000 students each year. The initiative has raised nearly $25 million in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada, with more than $2 million coming from Laurier.
Additional orientation programs
Rad Week, put on by the Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG), will run from Sept. 2-5 and is free for all Laurier students. Featuring film screenings, concerts, daily yoga sessions, an afternoon garden party and more, Rad Week complements Orientation-Week events and provides students with opportunities and resources to make a positive impact and engage in social change. Find out more at lspirg.org.
International Orientation Week, for new undergraduate international students, takes place Aug. 25-29 and is free for all incoming international students. For more information, click here. Orientation programming for exchange students who will be studying on Laurierís Waterloo campus this year will be held Sept. 2-3, for more information, click here.
The Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Studentsí Association and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will be hosting the annual Graduate and Professional Studies Symposium (GPSS) for incoming and current graduate students Sept. 2-5. For more information, click here.
Brantford campus: residence move-in and orientation
Laurierís Brantford campus will welcome nearly 800 new first-year students on Monday, Sept. 1. Move-in day will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with designated move-in times for each residence.
Before moving into their residence, students must register in the west lobby of the Research and Academic Centre (RCW), 150 Dalhousie St., where they will also receive their Orientation Week kit. Students living off campus can pick up their Orientation Week kit between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Any students who have not yet registered for Orientation Week can do so at this time. More information on Orientation Week is available at laurierorientation.com.
During Orientation Week, new students will take part in several activities, led by a team of nearly 100 senior-student volunteers, which will help them get to know the Laurier community as well as the city of Brantford. Orientation Week programming has been made flexible towards the end of the week, including tours of campus and downtown Brantford, so students can attend their classes on Thursday Sept. 4 and Friday Sept. 5 without missing any activities. For the full Orientation Week schedule, click here.
On Saturday, Sept. 6, the final day of Orientation Week, students will be washing cars and shining shoes throughout Brantford to raise money for Shinerama.
International Orientation Week, for new undergraduate international students, takes place Aug. 25-29 and is free to all incoming international students. For more information, click here.