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Frequently Asked Questions

Please look through this page to have your questions answered! For inquiries requiring professional staff or questions related to Orientation or Accessibility, contact or: 

Stephan Allen (he/him)
Orientation and Campus Events Facilitator


Question Answer

How do I register for Orientation?

  • Register for orientation, external link once you receive your Ryerson email
  • Be sure to answer “Yes” to the question “Are you a first year student registering for orientation? (By selecting yes you are giving us permission to send you information relevant to orientation).” 
  • Once you do this, we will be able to provide you with all of the information you will need to participate!

Will any events for Orientation Week 2021 be held in person?

At this time we’re following guidance from Ryerson University and the Government of Ontario. All events thus far have been planned to take place online. This may change based on updated health and safety guidelines.

When we are back on campus in-person, will we be able to attend Orientation Week Events?

Student Life and Campus Engagement hosts many events during the school year, some of them the same or similar to those that take place during Orientation Week. While events may not be branded under an “orientation” label, they will take place throughout the school year once we are back on campus in person.

What is Orientation Week – #RoadtoRyerson 2021?

Ryerson’s Orientation Week takes place the week before classes begin and gives you the chance to connect with other new students, get familiar with your academic program, and get to know your way around campus. Our Orientation Week is designed to meet the needs of all new students.

Every year we offer new events and programs, but every Orientation Week at Ryerson features:

  • Academic program and faculty-specific orientations so you can meet students in your program, find out about faculty-specific resources and get to know your professors.
  • Information about how to access on-campus supports and resources so you know how to find what you need after classes start.
  • Tons of engaging performances, social activities, concerts and giveaways!

When is Orientation Week – #RoadtoRyerson 2021?

Orientation Week starts on Monday, August 23rd to Monday, September 6th 2021

Is Orientation Week mandatory?

Although Orientation Week is not mandatory, it’s the best time to connect with new friends, gather important information regarding your program and learn more about Ryerson! 

Note: Some Residence and Academic Orientation Meetings ARE mandatory. Please ensure you check the details of your academic program’s meeting. If you live in Residence, pay attention to the information Residence & Housing Life provide to you.

Where are the Orientation Week events held and how can I get there?

All events listed on our calendar will be marked with a specific online location, specified by a link. While all links may not be available at this time, they will continue to be updated on an on-going basis. 

Download the “Corq by CollegiateLink, external link”, App on your phone to stay connected and receive updates on all events – Available on all apple and android devices.

Do I need to bring anything to participate in Orientation Week events?

For events happening online:

  • Ensure that you have the appropriate account for the platform the event is being hosted on. 
    • For example, most events will be hosted on zoom, and require you to have a zoom account
  • When viewing events on ConnectRU, you have the ability to add events to your google calendar, use that function to ensure you don’t miss any important events. 
  • Have a pen and notepad available to take notes if that is your preferred writing method
  • Know how to screenshot using your computer for important slides or information you may need later

For events happening in Person:

  • Appropriate clothing for the weather and event
  • Sunscreen
  • A water bottle
  • Identification
  • Your health card/health insurance details
  • Any medication you may need
  • Money (Note: Central Orientation is free of cost)
  • Meals or snacks for throughout the day or enough money for meals

When is the first day of classes for the Fall 2021 term?

The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.

Are Orientation Week events open to students under 19 years of age (legal drinking age)?

All events during Central Orientation Week are open to Ryerson students of all ages. There are no age-restrictions.

Is there a registration or sign-up process for attending Central Orientation Week activities and events?

In the coming months ahead we'll be releasing a registration form for you to complete for particiption. Please follow @RUStudentLife on your favourite social media platforms to keep up to date.

Different events may require specific registration due to the limited number of spaces available, please read through the description of each event to see whether a separate sign-up is required.

How can I connect with other incoming students, Orientation Leaders, and staff before Orientation Week?

To connect with other incoming students, Orientation Leaders, and/or staff members, please follow us on and interact with our social media accounts and the TMP Community Portal Discussion Boards.

  • Join us in the TMP Community Portal Discussion Boards! We’ve created groups for each program, specific regions and demographics. There’s definitely a group for you!
  • Follow us @rustudentlife on your favourite social media channels. Use #RoadToRyerson to share your story on twitter and instagram!

Please see our 'Resources' and ‘Connect’ pages for more details.

Can individuals not going to Ryerson attend #RoadtoRyerson Orientation events?

In general, Ryerson’s Central Orientation Week events are for incoming Ryerson students only. Anyone who is not a student at Ryerson will not be admitted into events and activities with limited capacity because our priorities are to serve the needs of our new students first and foremost, and for the new students to connect with people within the Ryerson community. We highly recommend that new students come to Orientation Week with an open mind and we will help you connect with new friends through our activities and events.

Is there a cost associated with participating during #RoadtoRyerson Orientation?

There are no costs associated with participating in Ryerson’s Central Orientation Week events.

Can my parents attend #RoadtoRyerson?

While parents cannot attend the same events that incoming students attend, we have been  running Family, Friends and Supporters Orientation sessions just for parents, which has been taking place over the Summer. For more information about these sessions and to register to attend future sessions please visit this site. If you’ve missed a session a link to the recording will be available there as well.

Where can I find information about fees and course enrolment?

You can find information about fees, course enrolment and all the steps required to get ready for the start of class on the New Students web page through Undergraduate Admissions: Undergraduate Admission Website

I will not be able to pick up my OneCard until after Orientation Week, where can I pick it up?

If for some reason you cannot get your OneCard during Orientation Week, you will need to visit the OneCard office during regular hours of operations starting September 3rd, 2019.

Is Orientation Week the same as the RSU's Week of Welcome?


Though the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) and the Central Orientation Team collaborate on many events during Orientation Week, the RSU Week of Welcome is a totally different thing.

Orientation Week runs from August 23rd - September 6th to welcome Ryerson’s new students to campus and help you connect, adjust, and learn about what it means to be a member of our community. This week is coordinated by the Central Orientation Team (a part of the Office of Student Life and Learning Support), with events run by many departments and student societies on campus just for new students!

The RSU Week of Welcome is planned by the Ryerson Students’ Union and runs during the first week of classes, from Tuesday, September 7th to Friday September 11th. All Ryerson students, no matter what year of study they’re in, can participate in this week of events designed to inform you about the great programs and services provided by the RSU. The Week of Welcome is not meant to act as an Orientation Week, but rather it augments what you will experience during Orientation.

We encourage you to attend both, but don’t miss out on your Orientation!

I am going to be living in Residence. When can I move in?

At this time the dates for residence move-in have not been finalized. 

Are all of the Orientation Week events accessible?

Ryerson University is committed to ensuring that all events are 100% accessible and inclusive.

If you require any special accommodations please contact Stephan Allen (Orientation and Campus Events Facilitator) by email at:

Will alcohol be served at Orientation Week events? Can I bring alcohol to Orientation Week events?

All events run by Ryerson’s Central Orientation Team (except for those run in partnership with the Ryerson Students’ Union) are completely dry events. ALL of our events are open to students of all ages.

You will be refused entry into an event if you appear intoxicated or have alcohol on your person. Please do not bring alcohol to any event during Orientation Week.

Will my photo be taken at Orientation Week?

Image Consent Policy

By participating in and/or attending this event/activity, Ryerson University will assume you have provided consent for your image/voice to be collected, used and reproduced by Ryerson University, its employees, or agents. All audio recordings, video recordings, digital recordings, negatives and/or slides together with any prints shall constitute the property of Ryerson University solely and completely. If you do not wish to be recorded at the event, please let our registration staff know upon your arrival. We will do our best to accommodate your request. If you have any questions about the collection, use or reproduction of these records by Ryerson University, please contact us at

We do our best to post a Facebook album of each day’s best pics during O-Week – check them out on our Facebook, external link!