Orientation

LFS ORIENTATION & TRANSITION

Wondering what it’s like to be an LFS student? There are lots of ways to find out during our Orientation events starting in August and extending right through your first term here at UBC. Whether you are joining us directly from high school, or transferring from another post-secondary institution, you are invited to attend a variety of LFS Orientation events.

Jump Start

New first-year students

If you are entering UBC directly from high school, Jump Start offers the foundation for a successful transition to university. Jump Start is a week-long immersion program at the end of August designed for new students, whether you are living in residence or off-campus.

Through Jump Start, you will have opportunities to:

  • Experience a university learning environment and connect with professors (called Faculty Fellows) and upper-year students in LFS
  • Meet other new LFS students, just like you
  • Move into residence early to get settled, or practice your commute before the crowds, and get to know UBC and Vancouver area better
  • Take care of necessities like tuition, textbooks, phones and banking

When is Jump Start?

  • Living in residence? August 25-31, 2018
  • Living off-campus? August 27-31, 2018

Registration for Jump Start closed on July 5, but you can learn more here or scroll down below for information about Imagine Orientation events.

Meet your 2018 Jump Start Faculty Fellows

These LFS Faculty Fellows are instructors in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and you will likely have classes with them during your time in LFS!

During Jump Start, you will get to know your Faculty Fellow in your Learning Community, and they will help support your academic transition from high school to university.

Unable to attend?

Don’t worry, that’s okay! There are plenty of other opportunities to get to know your new campus and Faculty and meet your classmates at Imagine UBC on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. See below for details of this unforgettable day, and watch your email in late August for your detailed schedule.

Imagine UBC

All new undergraduate students

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 is your first day at UBC, which is celebrated as Imagine Day. There are no classes this day; instead, an upper-year LFS student (called an Orientation Leader) will guide you through a full day of programming, which includes:

  • a tour of campus
  • meeting the Dean, LFS faculty members and staff
  • learning more about resources, support services, and LFS student groups
  • AND enjoying free food and UBC swag!

One of the highlights of the day is joining over 6,000 new students at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena for the pep rally that will get you excited for the year ahead. Afterwards, you can learn about UBC’s many services, resources, clubs, and programs by strolling through the Main Event along Main Mall (the main pedestrian corridor on campus).

Whether you are a high school student or a transfer student from another institution, Imagine UBC is for you. In late August, keep an eye out for an email from us – you will be sent your schedule for the day and you’ll also receive a welcome email from your Orientation Leader.

On Imagine Day, don’t forget to wear your Faculty colour, black! (That should be easy!)

Learn more about Imagine UBC here!

Beyond Imagine Day

It’s hard to fit all the amazing opportunities UBC has to offer in to just one day! There are plenty of opportunities to learn about UBC and LFS beyond Imagine Day.

  • Transition Program Events: these events are run by your LFS Orientation Leaders, and are aimed at creating opportunities for new LFS students to stay connected after Imagine Day and get involved in the campus community.
    Check your email for The Newslettuce (your Faculty’s weekly e-newsletter for students!) to get updates on when these events are taking place. You won’t want to miss out.
  • LFS Firsts: LFS Firsts is a 1-night, 2-day retreat to welcome the incoming LFS first-years in your transition to university! You can expect to form new connections, spark new friendships, and fully embrace your first moments together as LFS students. The purpose of the camp is to unite first year students coming from various backgrounds and to provide a strong foundation for you to start something new together. It will be happening September 22-23, 2018 so get ready for an amazing trip that will create lasting memories and start off your UBC experience right!
    Mark your calendars now and more information will be available in The Newslettuce once you arrive in September.
  • Wednesday Night Dinners (WND) : Your Undergraduate Society, LFS|US, hosts a weekly community dinner in the Agora Space in the basement of the MacMillan building. The dinners happen every Wednesday, at 5pm and only cost 5$! Bring your own container to skip the line!
    WNDs usually start in mid-September. You can check the WND page for each week’s menu, and any updates about changes in scheduling of dinners.

Curious about what to expect in your first year? We’ve got you covered! ‘Get Started’ here!