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A message from Campus Life & Engagement, the one office dedicated to new McGill students. 


Hey Campus Life & Engage,


Happy Monday! Orientation Week is a time where we welcome you to the McGill community. Due to public health recommendations, this year’s Orientation Week is going to look different than it has in the past. Rather than a week of events in Montreal, Orientation Week will be virtual and accessible to students across the globe. Although events will be virtual, our team is working hard to provide fun, engaging opportunities so you can get to know your classmates and start navigating McGill. Scroll through this email for important updates and information on Orientation Week and Frosh!



What is Orientation Week?


It’s a week of events that takes place during the days leading up to the beginning of classes. It’s an excellent opportunity for new students to get to know:

  • the University,
  • the city of Montreal,
  • fellow first-year students, and
  • upper-year students.

Orientation kicks off right after Residence Move-In Weekend on August 22nd  and 23rd! Orientation Week will be comprised of housing-based orientation (Welcome Fest for residence students, Off-Campus Connects for commuter students), Discover McGill (Addresses by Key McGill Figures, University-Wide Services Fair, Faculty Orientation), workshops and tailored orientation for these populations:

  • Francophone students
  • First-generation students
  • Mature students
  • Transfer students

We are currently finalizing the schedule and we will be writing to you again in late-July with registration information!


New students studying on the Macdonald Campus (under the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), will be invited to take part in Mac-specific Orientation activities to start their university careers on the right foot!





What is Frosh?


It’s a multi-day event that is a part of Orientation Week at McGill and is mainly comprised of social events. Virtual Frosh will be spread out over four days and consist of pre-recorded events, live-streams, social activities, and challenges to be completed offline, and more!


Frosh is organized by McGill clubs, groups, and faculty/school student associations. The student organizers of Frosh strive to provide McGill's incoming class of students with the safest, most entertaining and most inclusive week possible! Even if you don’t plan on being in Montreal in the Fall, Frosh is a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with the McGill community.


Virtual Frosh will help you connect with first-year students who are undergoing the same experiences as you, especially in the remote learning environment. Making connections online is no easy feat and Frosh provides a wide-reaching platform for incoming students. It’s also a great chance to connect and receive support from upper-year students.


Faculty Frosh vs. Non-Faculty Frosh


Faculty Frosh is organized by different undergraduate Faculty, departmental, or school student associations, while Non-Faculty Frosh is organized by different interest groups.


For the full list of the froshes you can attend, visit the list of Faculty Froshes and non-Faculty Froshes.



Have more O-Week questions? Check out the FAQs on our website!


Please keep an eye out for an email on orientation registration around late-July! If your questions have not been addressed, feel free to reach out to us at for any Orientation Week or student life questions.


See you soon!



Gilbert Lin

New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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