University Student Transition Resources
This list of resources is meant to reinforce learning and the skills needed for academic success in university. The following programs are available to all students attending Ontario universities.
This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, partly because universities regularly make adjustments to services.
Have questions or need more information? Contact the appropriate university directly.
Ontario Tech University
Accessibility Summer Transition Programming
- Program for incoming students with documented disabilities.
- Understand the real differences between high school, college and university.
- Learn about self-advocacy and how to use your strengths.
- Become immersed in the software you will use every day in our technology-enriched learning environment.
- Learn tried-and-true strategies to make the most of your university experience.
- Meet key staff who will provide academic and learning support.
- Become familiar with the campus and the Oshawa area.
- Offered throughout August.
- Registration required.
Faculty Registration Information Sessions
- Registration for our unique programs is not the same for every student; we offer faculty- and program-specific information sessions.
- Designed to give you all the information you need to successfully register for your courses.
- Live sessions are offered throughout the summer and are run by your faculty’s academic advising team.
- Promotes academic and personal success by providing insight about what it will be like to be a student at our university.
- Meet fellow classmates, faculty and staff, learn strategies for attending university lectures and discuss what makes your university experience unique.
- Free, interactive sessions that provide you with a recap of foundational academic concepts for your program.
- Learn about study skills and time management, and develop effective strategies to be successful in university.
- Non-credit; registration required.
- We strongly recommend the sessions and offer specialized programming for all programs.
- Offered in the summer.
- Fosters a culture of inclusivity and support throughout your postsecondary journey and beyond.
- The program ensures you have the opportunity to connect with the mentorship community, receive support and engage with your peers.
- Peer Leader Mentoring program goals include:
- Establishing an inclusive and welcoming community of peers that cultivates a network and culture of mentorship.
- Providing support and guidance through various transitions in your postsecondary journey, from acceptance to post-graduation.
- Engaging you in personal growth, lifelong learning and leadership opportunities through flexible, experiential programming that leverages the development of interpersonal, academic and professional skills.
- Creating a unified mentorship network that fosters respectful, interdisciplinary connections between individual peer programs and provides opportunities for collaborative programming.
- Ontario Tech’s largest transition program, geared toward students who are beginning classes in September.
- Prepare for success in your first year by learning from upper-year students who volunteer their time to welcome you to the university community.
- Ridgeback Orientation will provide you with opportunities to:
- familiarize yourself with the campus.
- learn how to get the most from your university experience.
- meet new friends, faculty and staff.
- participate in engaging activities and traditions, unique to Ontario Tech.
- Offered at the beginning of September.