Orientation & Transition 101

On January 30, 31 & February 1, when you go to vote, you’ll see This question on the ballot:

“Do you support the implementation of a Orientation & Transition fee of $101.00 covering all transition programming including Orientation Week and
 Headstart. This fee is paid only by incoming undergraduate first year students on Laurier campuses for a 3-year pilot period, expiring in 2021.
This fee would replace current Orientation Week and Headstart fees.”

Vote yes.

This fee is for incoming First Year students only and will act as a “Laurier 101” to prepare incoming students over the summer prior to their arrival to Laurier and during their Orientation Week.  This provides the framework for a successful introduction to Laurier and ensures students are given the best possible tools to succeed at Laurier.

What’s Included:

Headstart: Laurier Summer Orientation (early June)                     


      Online Registration Webinars: (Early June)

  • gives students an overview of the registration process
  • gives students chances to ask questions from Faculty Advisors & provides a live demonstration of LORIS and the Visual Schedule Builder

      On-Campus Headstart (Summer months)

  • provides students with a chance to connect with other students, staff, faculty & campus resources
  • teach incoming students about what to expect and how to prepare
  • review financial aid opportunities
  • confirm course registration

    Examples of past sessions include:
    – welcome to campus!
    – succeeding in University
    – the First Year Experience – getting involved and what you need to know
    – financial aid & OSAP
    – session for parents & guardians – Laurier logistics and how to support students in first year
    – campus resource fair
    – individual academic advising – confirm you are registered in the correct classes & support for those needing to make changes
    – off-campus living & LOCUS overview
    – campus & residence tours

    Online Summer Orientation (mid July)

    Students will have a number of interactive modules to work through that will provide additional information on:

  • advising
  • student success strategies
  • financial aid
  • preparing for First Year
  • cohort specific information for international students, transfer students, mature students, indigneous students, etc.
  • faculty specific modules also available

Orientation Week (First week in September)

2017 O-Week Opening Ceremonies Welcome Speech
Welcome to Orientation 2017 – Waterloo
Welcome to Orientation 2017 – Brantford

Orientation Week Waterloo Package includes:

– Headphone Disco
– Carnival Night
– Outdoor Movie Night
– Get Involved Fair
– Mentalist Show
– Mental Health Programming
– Student Success Session
– Academic Success Session
– Shinerama
– Click here for more Orientation Week Waterloo info!

Orientation Week Brantford Package includes:

Concert Night
– Information Fairs
– Social networking opportunities for First Year students
– Five meals included in the week
– Upper-year mentorship opportunities
– Opportunities to connect with professors
– Glow Party
– Taste of Downtown
– Athletics Showcase
– Student Success Session
– Academic Success Session
– Click here for more 2017 Orientation Week Brantford info!

For all questions on Orientation & Transition 101 and the VoteYes101 campaign, please email Referenda Chair, Kanwar Brar at supresident@wlu.ca

Vote YES.