A crowd at the Football Stadium holding a large Gryphon Flag.

Making the Transition

Welcome to the family! From the moment you are accepted, you will be surrounded by the people and programs who have made us a leader in helping new students transition to university life!

Orientation Week

O-Week is the best way for Gryphons to learn what they need to know to succeed on campus. Your first week will be a memorable, action-packed experience devoted to making friends and learning about all of U of G's resources. The Pep-Rally is just one of the many activities that will take place.

Video By: Emil Smolders, University of Guelph Alumni

Everything you need to know about O-Week can be found at the Student Transition Office, Student Experience


Log into STARTonline, UofG’s virtual summer orientation for all incoming Gryphons. Here you will find important information to prepare for UofG and connect with current and incoming students.

Start International

START International is a three-day orientation program that helps international students transition to their new home in Canada and make meaningful connections. You'll learn about academic life, available resources, meet International advisors and other students. 

START Aboriginal

START Aboriginal is a two-day orientation program designed to help new First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and their families learn more about life at Guelph, and all of the supports available.

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