Brandon University welcomes future students to pre-orientation

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As one academic year concludes, Brandon University is already preparing for the start of another. Just days after the 2018 Convocation, the university is welcoming about 100 future students, as well as many parents and support people, to campus for a special pre-orientation event.

The students and their parents or support teams are welcome to attend afternoon sessions either Wednesday, June 6 or Thursday, June 7. Both days will offer the same programming.

“We’re excited about trying this out, it’s the first time we’ve held this style of pre-orientation event, which helps students get acquainted with the campus and all the supports and services we offer,” said Student Engagement Officer Michelle Bessette. “September can be a real whirlwind and there are lots of things on the student checklist that we can help them accomplish right now so they’re ready to go when the fall term starts.”

Admitted students from any faculty or program are welcome to attend pre-orientation. Registrations were requested, but a small number of drop-ins can be accommodated, so long as they are people to intend to come to BU this fall. Generally, these are first-time first-year undergraduate students, although anyone coming to campus for the first time is welcome, including transfer students and graduate students.

Both afternoons will feature the same programming, running from 1–4 p.m. Check in will be at the main entrance to the John E. Robbins Library, then attendees can select from workshops to help them, make the smoothest transition to university life. An information fair will be held in the library Gathering Space throughout the afternoon to meet members of the BU community and to pair faces with the supports available. These will include scholarships and bursaries, co-op and the students’ union, as well as other popular services. There are also brief campus tours and residence tours bring offered.

Academic advising and course selection is not a part of pre-orientation, but attendees will learn how they can make an appointment at a convenient time to speak one-on-one with an advisor.

Pre-orientation is come-and-go, with students invited to attend the sessions that are most relevant to them. There is no fee. A full orientation is planned for fall.

“We can’t wait to meet our future first-years,” Bessette said, “and we can wait for them to meet each other!”

Schedule of Events:

Time Workshop Location
1:00pm – 1:40pm Life Goals:
Connecting School To Your Career 
Computer Lab
1:30pm – 1:50pm Parents & Family:
Advice on Supporting A University Student 
206 Clark Hall
2:00pm-2:30pm Student Life Real Talk:
Learn from Current Student Leaders!  (Includes Q&A)
212  Clark Hall
2pm-2:30pm Mature Learners: Get Ready!
Learn from Current Mature Learners!  (Includes Q&A)
“Mature” Learners are students who self-identify with one or more of the following terms:  Transfer, Part-time, Non-sequential, Non-traditional, Parent, Career Change, Older than Average, etc. 
206 Clark Hall

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3:00pm – 3:40pm Life Goals:
Connecting School To Your Career  
Computer Lab
3:00pm – 3:20pm

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Bookstore – Douglas Knowles Building
3:30pm – 3:50pm Parents & Family:
Advice on Supporting A University Student
206 Clark Hall


All-Day Check-in: 1pm-4pm

Check in when you arrive at the entrance of the John E. Robbins Library. Student Leaders will be on hand to guide you to the information fair, to workshops, and tours.

Information Fair: 1pm-4pm (Come & Go)

Chat with service providers and book follow-up appointments as needed. Location: Main Floor Gathering Space of the John E. Robbins library

  • Scholarships & Bursaries
  • Career Planning & Placement Office
  • Co-Op Program
  • BUSU (Brandon University Students Union)
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Finance & Registration Services (Tuition Questions)
  • Academic Skills (Learning, Writing & Math Skills)
  • Residence Office
  • PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition)
  • Technology (Help with BU Webmail, MS Programs, Claim ID, Passwords, etc.)
  • Office of International Activities (Thursday Only)
  • Personal Counselling

Indigenous Peoples’ Centre (IPC) Drop-In: 1pm -4pm

Meet IPC staff and find out about programing and campus supports for First Nation, Metis & Inuit Students

Mini Campus Tours: 1pm, 2pm or 3pm

Hit up the top 5 spots to know on campus within 20 minutes! Start your tour at the check-in table.

Residence Tours: 1:30pm, 2:30pm or 3:30pm

Check out the best of what Res Life has to offer! Meet at the check-in table and plan for 15-30 minutes.

Academic Advising/Course Selection

Students will not receive Academic Advising or complete Course Registration during Pre-Orientation. Courtney Adams, can provide next steps information on how to book an appointment. Stop by the Information Booth in the Library to speak with Courtney!


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