About Orientation

We strive for Orientation to be a fun, welcoming, and inclusive experience for all new students.

The first week, the first month, and the first year represent the beginning of new friendships, the opportunity to evaluate and re-imagine one's identity, and a chance to take on greater independence and responsibility. Orientation is meant to introduce new students to all this and more.

The Orientation schedule is set up to keep students busy (but not too busy), to provide them with opportunities to socialize on their own terms, and to connect them with the people and information that will help to make their first year at Mount Allison (and beyond) a success.

Types of orientation for new students

Fall Orientation

All new students who start at Mount Allison in September are invited to arrive early (normally at the end of August) for Fall Orientation.

On-campus students move into residence in advance of upper year/returning students and enjoy 4-5 days of Orientation programming and activities before classes begin on the Tuesday after Labour Day.

Orientation is for off-campus students, too! All Orientation events and activities are fully open to all new students.

There is something for everyone!

Winter Orientation

All new students who start at Mount Allison in January are invited to take part in a 1-2 day Winter Orientation immediately prior to the start of classes.

Winter Orientation represents a condensed version of Fall Orientation.

Students will will meet and engage with other new students through welcome events, information sessions, and student and staff-led workshops.

International Orientation

All new international students and Canadians living abroad are invited to take part in International Orientation (IO).

Pre-Orientation for Meighen Centre students

All new students registered with the Meighen Centre are invited to take part in the Meighen Centre Pre-Orientation.

Orientation leaders and volunteers

The Orientation Chair and a team of more than 100 student volunteers (Orientation Committee + Orientation Crew) are committed to making the transition to life at Mount Allison as smooth and well-supported as possible.

Orientation Chair

Each year Mount Allison Student Life, along with the Mount Allison Students' Union (MASU), hire a student over the summer months to facilitate and organize Orientation activities for all incoming students.

This individual works closely with Student Life and other departments within our University to ensure an informative, safe, and fun first week for all students.

Interested in becoming the next Orientation Chair?

Term: March-Sept.

Do you think you've got what it takes to co-ordinate multiple large-scale events for over 600 new students during Orientation Week? Do you have strong communication and organization skills? Are you able to work well under pressure? If you are up for this rewarding and challenging position, please consider applying!

This is a paid position which is overseen jointly by Mount Allison's Student Life Office and the Mount Allison Students’ Union (MASU).

To Apply: submit a cover letter and resume in Experience MtA no later than 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 3, 2024

Position Description:

The Chair works with the Director of Student Experience, the MASU President, and the MASU General Manager to plan and coordinate the details of University Orientation at the start of the fall and winter terms.

  • In March and April, the Chair coordinates the selection process of Orientation facilitators (e.g. Committee & Crew).
  • From May to September, the Chair is responsible for the planning coordination, and delivery of University Orientation in September. ​​​​​​

Duties:

  • Coordinate the selection process for Orientation Committee members (March)
  • Coordinate the selection process for the Orientation Crew by (March-April)
  • Work together with staff from the MASU, Student Affairs, the International Orientation Chair, and the Meighen Centre Orientation Chair to plan, promote, coordinate, and lead a full schedule of virtual and in-person orientation activities for all new students.
  • In the event, that students are required to self-isolate at the beginning of the fall term, work as part of a wider team to develop and lead self-isolation programming for new students.
  • Work across departments and with internal and external stakeholders to bring in a cohesive approach to all Orientation-related preparations (e.g. First-Year Banquet, Academic Orientation, Town of Sackville Corn Boil, Clubs & Societies Fair, Shine Day, etc.)
  • Communicate directly with new students about orientation plans (April-August)
  • Work with the MASU, Student Life, and the Admissions Office to coordinate communication with new students about orientation (April-August)
  • Prepare, print, and distribute any other orientation-related information to new students.
  • Prepare Orientation Welcome Packs for new students
  • Work with the MASU and Student Life to arrange the logistics of all Orientation events (e.g. room bookings, audio-visual needs, internal/external contractors & service providers, etc)
  • Work with the MASU General Manager to prepare a detailed Orientation budget
  • maintain regular office hours from May to August
  • Submit a Final Orientation Report to the MASU and Student Life by October 31. 
International Orientation and Digital Engagement Coordinator

Each year Mount Allison Student Life, along with the Mount Allison Students' Union (MASU), hire a student over the summer months to facilitate and organize Orientation activities for all incoming students.

This individual works closely with Student Life and other departments within our University to ensure an informative, safe, and fun first week for all students.

Interested in becoming the next International Orientation and Digital Engagement Coordinator?

The International Orientation and Digital Engagement Coordinator is a paid position overseen by staff in Mount Allison’s International Centre.

The position will work alongside International Centre staff to plan and coordinate online digital programming over the summer months, as well as the International Orientation program for Fall 2024.

Full-time responsibilities will begin in early-May with some advance work in March/April.

To Apply: submit a cover letter and resume in Experience MtA no later than 11:50 pm, Sunday, March 3, 2024

Orientation Committee

For University Orientation to be successful, the O-Chair relies upon Orientation Committee members to take on leadership and responsibility for different aspects of the Orientation schedule.

As such, Orientation Committee members are divided into the following five teams:

  • Entertainment
  • Spirit
  • Health & Wellness
  • Education & Awareness
  • Logistics & Programming

Orientation Committee members keep in touch with the O-Chair over the summer months and return early to get a head-start on planning in their areas.

Ideally, Orientation Committee members are people with past Orientation experience who have the time, energy, and team-first mentality to complement the planning and work of the O-Chair.

Please note that you must be in Good Academic Standing to be considered for an Orientation Committee member position.

Applications are now Open!

Orientation Crew

Orientation Crew members are integral to the success of Orientation. They arrive on campus after the committee members but before new students.

Where the O-Chair sets the course for Orientation and the committee members help with the planning/execution, the Crew members are the front-line/hands-on help.

They welcome new students and their families on Move-In Day, they help to prep, run, and clean up events, and they play a key role in pairing up to lead Orientation groups.

For new students, some of the first friendships made are with Orientation Crew members.

NOTE: Little in the way of advance prep over the summer is required. The only requirement is that you're fully available for the week of Orientation.

Please note that you must be in Good Academic Standing to be considered for an Orientation Crew member position.

Applications are now Open!