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START Programs at the U of G

Posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 12:13

At the U of G, our goal is for you to succeed, and we help you get on the path to success before you even arrive on campus. Our Student Life team has put together many resources, in the form of START programs, to help you transition into the Gryphon community. Today we’re breaking down how these START programs will help ease you into university life.

The online home for all new students!  Our team at Student Life will welcome you, provide you with important information like what to expect in classes, they’ll help connect you with people in your community AND answer any questions you may have. They also have a calendar available to help keep you on the right track this summer and into the semester.  

START at Home

This program gives you the chance to talk to upper year students and start to build connections with other incoming first year students before stepping onto campus. Our Orientation Team will be visiting communities around Ontario this summer to kick off our START at home programs, so check out the START calendar for specific dates and locations!

START International

This is a free, three-day orientation program for new international students, new permanent residents to Canada, new exchange students, and out-of-country Canadians. The program will introduce you to the campus environment and the resources available to aid in your university transition. We HIGHLY recommend registering for START International for access to useful information on topics like cultural adjustment, the Canadian university academic system, dressing for the seasons, health insurance and more.

This year START International will be taking place from Wednesday, August 29 to Friday, August 31, 2018. Airport pick up service from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to the University of Guelph will be provided on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Please visit the University Shuttle Service for more details.

START Aboriginal

Designed specifically for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, this program is here to help you get accustomed to campus before the rush, introduce you to the supports available on campus and meet other Aboriginal students. Register by August 15th.

START Accessible

This is a two day orientation that provides specific sessions on being a student at the University of Guelph while experiencing a disability, and is designed to introduce participants to Student Accessibility Services and other helpful campus resources. This program also allows you to move into residence early, meet individually with an SAS Advisor, learn about adaptive technology, tour the SAS Exam Centre and more! This year Start Accessible will take place from Wednesday, August 29 to Friday, August 31, 2018.

What are you waiting for Gryphons? Visit and get started on your Summer to Do List now!

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