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Your Guide to Grad Orientation: Fall 2018

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Guest Blogger: Sarah Dolman, Gradlife Program Intern

Are you an incoming graduate student at U of T this fall? Feeling excited, nervous, overwhelmed, or some combination of the three?

I get you – I’ve been there! I was in the exact same boat when I began my grad program (M.Ed. in Higher Education) a year ago. I was thrilled to be starting my program, but the idea of navigating a new school, a new city, and a new community, while adjusting to a whole new level of academic work, was totally nerve-wracking.

One of the biggest things that helped me adjust to grad school was attending several of the many orientation programs offered to U of T grad students! So, to help you out this year, I’ve put together some of the key orientation events that I definitely recommend you check out.


Grad Tours (Drop-In)

  • When: August 27, 29, 31 / Starting at 12pm, 3pm, 5:30pm
  • Where: School of Graduate Studies, 63 St George St.
  • Join Gradlife for a campus tour highlighting all the key campus services and resources for graduate students! Drop-in, no registration necessary.

Tri-Campus TA Day

School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Orientation

UTGSU Orientation: Gradfest 2018

  • When: Wednesday, September 5, 4-8pm
  • Where: 16 Bancroft Ave
  • Get to know your Grad Student Union! Meet other grad students, grab some FREE BBQ and swag bags, and learn about GSU services and resources.

Transitioning to Grad Life

  • When: Monday, September 24, 9am-3pm
  • Where: Multi-Faith Centre, Main Activity Hall
  • Registration:
  • Incoming grad students will learn strategies for academic success and personal wellness, making connections, and navigating campus services. Lunch will be included!

Facebook LIVE: Ten Things U of T Grad Students Should Know

  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 2-3pm
  • Where:
  • Find out what current grad students wish they would have known when starting out and get your questions answered at this LIVE Facebook event!

2018 Queer Orientation


Robarts Library Tours

  • When: Weekdays from Sept 4-28, starting 1:10pm
  • Where: Robarts, First Floor Information Desk
  • More info:
  • Learn how to navigate the vast array of information and resources found at Robarts Library.

Explore Hart House: Welcome BBQ

  • When: Thursday, September 13th, 12-2pm
  • Where: Hart House
  • More info:
  • Explore the variety of programs that Hart House offers across recreation, wellness, creative expression and skills development. Meet new people and enjoy a free BBQ!

Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities

  • When: Saturday, September 15, 10am–2pm
  • Where: OISE – 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5150
  • Registration: 
  • Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive, prepared and successfully navigate your degree while caring for others – child care and lunch provided!

First Nations House Orientation & Open House

  • When: Friday, September 21; Orientation at 11am, Open House from 12-2pm
  • Where: First Nations House, 563 Spadina Cres
  • Registration: RSVP to
  • Facebook Event:
  • Learn about the supports offered to Indigenous students and the FNH programming for the year, meet new people, and find out how to get involved on campus.

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