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 to support your transition to LFS and UBC.

Jump Start

What is it, and who is it for?

If you are entering UBC directly from high school, Jump Start provides you with an introduction to the University, LFS and the opportunity to make new friends and be introduced to the resources available to make your transition to UBC as smooth as possible. The program runs the last week of August (so you seamlessly head in to the new school year), whether you will be living in residence or off-campus during your first year.

Through Jump Start, you will have opportunities to:

  • Experience a university learning environment and connect with professors (called Faculty Fellows – meet them below) and upper-year students in LFS who will be some of your peers
  • Meet other new LFS students, just like you
  • Move into residence early to get settled, or get acquainted with your Collegium, and get to know UBC and the Vancouver area better
  • Take care of necessities like tuition, textbooks, phones and banking

When is Jump Start?

  • Living in residence? August 24-30, 2019
  • Living off-campus? August 26-30, 2019

Registration for Jump Start is open! Register by Monday, July 8, 2019. Learn more or register here. If you are unable to attend, don’t worry – look below for information about Imagine Orientation events which kick off the first day of classes for all new-to-UBC students.

Meet your 2019 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 Jump Start?

Don’t worry, that’s okay! There are plenty of other opportunities to get to know your new campus and meet your classmates at Imagine UBC Day on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. See below for details about this unforgettable day, and watch your email in late August from your Orientation Leader who will share your detailed schedule with you.

Imagine UBC

What is it, and who is it for?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 is your first day at UBC, which is celebrated as Imagine Day. There are no classes this day; instead, all new-to-UBC undergraduate students will be matched with an upper-year LFS student (called an Orientation Leader) who will guide you through a full day of programming, which includes:

  • a tour of campus
  • meeting the LFS Dean, LFS faculty members and LFS 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: your LFS Orientation Leaders will continue to stay in contact with you during your first term, and provide you with opportunities to stay connected with LFS after Imagine Day and get involved in the campus community.
  • LFS Firsts: LFS Firsts is a 1-night, 2-day retreat to welcome the first-year LFS students to the Faculty! 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 21-22, 2019 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 (the weekly email newsletter you’ll receive as an LFS student) once you arrive in September.
  • Wednesday Night Dinners (WND) : Your LFS Undergraduate Society, LFS|US, hosts a community dinner in the Agora Space in the basement of the MacMillan building every week. 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 or fun theme nights the team has planned.

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