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What is Orientation Week (O-Week)?
O-Week focuses on introducing you to Laurier and allowing you to experience first-hand the culture that makes our university so special. O-week events will help you learn how to balance elements of student life while achieving academic success, enjoy life in the cities of Waterloo and Brantford, and meet your peers! This jam-packed week is a can’t miss for any new Golden Hawks looking to start their Laurier journey on the right foot! 

When is Orientation Week happening?
Orientation Week officially runs from Monday, September 5 - Saturday, September 10 with passive programming taking place during your Move-In Days. Each day will have a schedule of events curated by your fellow Golden Hawks to give you the best experience possible. 

Why should I participate in O-Week? 
O-Week will be the best and first opportunity for you to become familiar with not only the campus and city but Laurier life in general. We will not only show you around campus but you will have a chance to meet other students in your program, on your Residence floor or Off-Campus Community through a number of social opportunities that have been planned by our campus experts….Students! Through this whole week, you will have a personalized group of Laurier experts - we call them Ice Breakers - who will be your guides and supports throughout the whole program. These passionate students have been in your shoes and have learned all the tips and tricks to finding your way around campus, who to talk to about what, and finding the best food on and around campus! 

What type of events are there during Orientation Week? 
O-Week offers events for everyone. Whether you are a traditional first-year student, an international student, or a mature/transfer student we have programs for all. There are programs geared towards your academic success, social belonging, and learning what it means to be a Laurier Golden Hawk. Some examples of programming include Student Success Sessions, Trivia Nights, Headphone Disco, Carnivals, and more! Check out our schedules below - they are best viewed in mobile, plus make sure to click on the event to see full details including location, description, and who is hosting! Learn more about the features of our schedule here.


Is O-Week Mandatory? 
The O-Week program is not mandatory. You are welcome to attend as much or as little as you see fit. With that being said though, we do strongly recommend you attend as much as possible as the events will give you the best opportunity to meet others, connect with campus and learn what it means to be a Laurier Golden Hawk. 

How much does O-Week cost? 
O-Week in Brantford is completely free to participate in. In Waterloo, there is a Welcome Back Concert on Thursday, September 8 that will require a purchased ticket to attend - grab your ticket soon as it's guaranteed to sell out!

What Social Media Accounts can I follow to stay up to date on all things O-Week? 

Waterloo: @campuslifewaterloo & @yourstudentsunion
Brantford: @campuslifebrantford & @yourstudentsunion

make sure to check your @mylaurier emails as we are sending information from Laurier Students' Union.
Please also check your junk folder as well (and then add us to your address book!)

Who are the student leaders behind O-Week and how do I connect with them?
Each year the Orientation Week program is put together by a group of dedicated students known as the O-Team. The O-Team are upper-year students who have been in your shoes before and are eager to make your transition to life at Laurier the best it can possibly be! 

If I have more questions, who can I contact? 
If you have any additional questions not covered in our FAQ, please send an email to and our team will get back to you as soon as we can! 

Do you have other questions about what the Fall semester might look like for you?
Check out Laurier’s FAQ for future students here.

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