Participating in Student Orientation events and activities are a great way to get prepared for your first semester at UFV. Whether you're coming right from high school, transferring from another post-secondary institution, or returning to school after taking some time off, UFV's orientation events will set you up for success!
Campus tours | August 12 - Sept 4 2021
Worried about finding your way around campus? Sign up for a guided wayfinding tour of the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus, led by a current UFV student or staff member. This opportunity is available for new students, as well as students who started their studies at UFV in the 2020-21 academic year. Tour bookings open in mid-July.
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Smart Start online orientation | Late August 2021
This online orientation course covers everything you need to know about studying at UFV. Learn how to understand your course requirements and expectations, and how UFV's supportive student services can help you throughout your studies at UFV. Modules will be released before the start of classes.
Access Smart Start online
Online Invocation ceremony | September 8, 2021
This online ceremony welcomes new students to our UFV community, and kicks off our Welcome Weeks celebrations for 2021! Meet our UFV President Dr. Joanne MacLean, the Dean from your faculty of study, your Student Union Society president, and the the incredible students and support staff who are here to help you every step of the way throughout your educational journey at UFV. Find out how your next year and beyond at UFV will be transformative and exciting every step of the way. New and continuing UFV students, as well as UFV staff and faculty, are all welcome to attend!
Missed the live watch party? Click the link below to watch the recorded event now!
Watch the video now
"How to University" student panel | September 9, 2021
Hey new students, do you want to ask questions and hear from current students about their experience at UFV? This online panel will feature students from various programs and years – all with unique experiences, perspectives and advice to share. This virtual event takes place on Thursday, September 9th. Stay tuned for details on how to register via zoom.
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Please note: after clicking the link above, you may be asked to enter your UFV student number and password to access join information for this event on mycampuslife.
Welcome Weeks | September 8- October 6, 2021
This is your first official UFV welcome as you you prepare for and begin your classes at UFV! Welcome weeks are full of fun and interactive online activities that give you a chance to meet other new and current UFV students, connect with UFV departments and services, and develop new skills and strengths as you set yourself up for personal success in your first year at UFV.
View the event schedule
Psst! Current students! Are you looking to gain volunteer experience while making a difference on campus? Join the Orientation Ambassador program! Make new friends, learn new skills, and give back by supporting new students in their transition to UFV.
To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Orientation Ambassadors Website
UFV is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples, where Halq’améylem is spoken. The Halq’améylem word given to us for New Student Orientation (NSO) is Tl’etl’axel, which means "to invite people to gather in one community."
Visit our New Students page to learn more about the meaning behind the NSO logo, and Chantelle Trainor-Matties, the Indigenous graphic designer and UFV alum who created it.