Brandon University Welcomes New and Returning Students

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BRANDON, MB – The academic year begins next week with over 500 new students and 2,500 returning students embarking on a new fall term at Brandon University (BU). The first day of class is Wednesday, September 9th, but students will begin getting orientated Tuesday, September 8th.

PUMP (People up Meeting People) is a high-energy group-building icebreaker event.
PUMP (People up Meeting People), a high-energy group-building icebreaker event, is always a big with all that attend.

“Orientation focuses on helping the students’ transition from their lives before university to their new ones within the university. We focus on the whole student and understand this includes their families and lives outside of the classroom,” says Jillian Vanderheiden, Orientation Coordinator with Student Services. “We try to give students information on what services are available to help them succeed as well as provide them with great social and fun events to help them get acquainted with the University.”

Orientation starts with students, family members and BU staff congregating in the Healthy Living Centre for a launch ceremony before the day and all its excitement begins. While most students will remain in the gym for a high-energy group building and icebreaker event, family members and mature/transfer students will each go to orientation sessions designed specifically for them.

Through the first two weeks of classes, students will enjoy an opportunity to have free food almost every day, Colour Me Quidditch, Battle on the Border, a Movie Marathon, Crash the Courtyard, workshops, information sessions and much more. The full schedule is available at

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

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