First Year Experience
The First Year Experience here at St. Mike’s is full of opportunities to build community, try new things, and find your place at UofT.
Starting with Welcome day in June, all the way through to the end of your first year, we have events and programs designed just for you!
Read A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the SMC’s Slang, to get better acquainted with Campus!
Incoming First Year Students:
Orientation is a great opportunity to become familiar with the University of St. Michael’s College campus, before entering first year. By integrating both academic and social programming into Orientation, St. Mike’s strives to provide you with the proper tools needed to feel comfortable and prepared as you begin your undergraduate journey at the University of Toronto. Typically, Orientation (a.k.a. O Week or Frosh Week) runs from the Sunday of the Labour Day weekend until the first day of classes.
Upper Year Returning Students:
Upper Year students wishing to participate in Orientation week are invited to apply for the following positions:
Student Staff who are hired to oversee the planning, execution, and development of Orientation. These positions are posted in December/January of each year, check back here around that time for a link to apply.
OC Applications for 2023 have now closed, thank you for your interest.
Student Staff who are hired to support the OC’s throughout planning, by overseeing specific events, and participating in the portfolios of Sponsorship and Swag, Registration and O-Cup, or Spirit and Social Media. These positions are posted in March of each year, check back here around that time for a link to apply.
Marshal Applications for 2023 will open in February/March 2023, check back here then for links to apply!
Student Volunteers who are hired to support the Marshals during Orientation Week, who oversee specific student groups, and are the first connection for first year students with the campus community. These positions are posted in March/April of each year, check back here around that time for a link to apply.
Leader Applications for 2023 will open in February/March 2023, check back here then for links to apply!
As a first-year student at the University of St. Michael’s College, you have a unique opportunity to be a part of St. Mike’s Mentorship program! The St. Mike’s Mentorship Program is designed to support the transition of first-year students into St. Mike’s and university life. The program provides trained, upper-year students who model positive qualities and foster personalized relationships with each mentee. This year, our team consists of two Coordinators, six Senior Mentors, and 36 mentors. We come from over fifteen countries around the world and can speak more than a dozen different languages! The transition to UofT is not always easy, but we’re dedicated to ensuring a smooth, valuable, and welcoming entrance into your university years! To learn more about the program, check out this video!
For more information on related opportunities at the University of Toronto, visit Mentorship & Peer Programs.
The Commuter Program seeks to support students who live off campus navigate their experience at the University of Toronto, including offering events, resources, and community support.
The Commuter Dons are upper-year student leaders who receive extensive training in leadership, mental health, first aid, and team building. They oversee the care of the Commuter Student Common Room, located in Brennan Hall 115a.
Each year, Commuter Dons host a one-day Commuter Orientation including a campus tour and helpful tips to succeed and make the most of your time while commuting to campus!