Orientation Frequently Asked Questions
Are there different orientation weeks?
Yes. There are five main orientation weeks around Ryerson:
Central Orientation – any first year Ryerson student can attend.
Rez Orientation – for all students living in residence.
Engineering Frosh – for all Engineering students.
Ryerson Commerce Frosh – for students enrolled in the Ted Rogers School of Management (Anyone in Business Management, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology Management, Retail Management and Accounting and Finance).
International Students Orientation – for any student coming to Ryerson from outside of Canada.
These FAQs cover Central Orientation (also known as O-Week), which is open to all Ryerson students, regardless of what program you’re in. For more information on any other orientation week at Ryerson, visit our main orientation page here: http://studentlife.ryerson.ca/orientation/.
How long is orientation?
Central Orientation runs from August 26th – 30th.
Do I have to register for orientation?
Yes. An online pre-registration will open two weeks before orientation so look out for that! You will also be able to register in person during the week, on the first day you arrive. You only need to register once for the whole week!
Do I have to pay for orientation?
O-Week is completely free!
Do I have to come every day?
Nope! While you’ll get the best experience from coming all five days, don’t worry if you have to be somewhere else, just come down for the days and events you can!
What can I expect during the week?
O-Week is all about you meeting new friends and getting comfortable around Ryerson. On Monday, you will be put in a group with other first year students who will be your team for the week. You and your team will compete in a bunch of fun competitions including an Amazing Race, Cheer-Off and Cup Competition. We also have events that give you a chance to let loose and meet other people including the annual O’Fest, a Blacklight Party and the Battle of the Bands.
Do I have to party?
While we offer parties during the evening of O-Week, there will always be alternative programming for those who are looking to chill out! For example, on the Wednesday night there is a Blacklight Party, but we will also be showing a movie in the quad.
What should I bring?
Every day you should wear comfortable clothing and shoes and it’s always good to bring a bag to stuff with all the free swag you can get.
Wednesday is our official Blue and Gold day when you’ll be attending a Rams hockey game so show your sprit and wear the school colours! If you’re attending the Blacklight party, remember to bring something white to change into.
Thursday is our gala so you want to be looking your best. We’ll be doing activities during the day so wear comfy clothes then, but bring a change of your best semi-formal clothes to impress your classmates!
Friday is the Shinarama car wash so wear something you don’t mind getting wet or bring a towel. There will also be a paint party later that day so bring something that you’re ok getting colourful in!
Remember, the Ryerson Athletic Centre (RAC – located in the quad) will have changing rooms and free lockers available for you to store your belongings in all week, all you need to do is bring a lock!
Can I bring my friends?
Orientation is about you making new friends, so don’t bring friends who aren’t coming to Ryerson in the fall.
What’s the difference between Orientation Week and Week of Welcome?
Orientation Week takes place the week before classes start – August 26-30 – and is organized by the O-Team. The Ryerson Students’ Union organizes the Week of Welcome, which runs during the first week of classes – September 3-6.
Is my Academic Orientation mandatory?
This varies by program. To find out if your Academic Orientation is mandatory, have a look at our calendar here http://studentlife.ryerson.ca/orientation/. These orientations are a great way to learn more about what you’ll be doing for the next few years of your life and often come with a chance to meet your professors and classmates! If you can’t make your mandatory Academic Orientation, contact your Program Department.
If my Academic Orientation doesn’t happen until later in the week, can I still participate in O-Week activities?
Yes, come out to any events you can during the week! If you have any downtime, check out the Ignite 2013 schedule and see what’s happening, each day is jam packed with fun events!
Where does orientation week take place?
O-Week takes place all around Ryerson, but mostly on Gould Street and in the quad (which you get to from Gould). There will be Ryerson Orientation Crew members (ROCs) around campus all week, so they’ll be able to point you to where you need to go.
When can I change around my schedule or add drop, and switch classes?
This depends on what year you are going into.
First Year: August 13th, 8 a.m.
Second Year: August 21st, 8 a.m.
Third Year: August 19th, 8 a.m.
Fourth Year: August 15th, 8 a.m.
Open enrollment for all years is from August 26th-September 13th
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