UBC's motto is Tuum Est which translates to It’s Yours. We invite you to take full ownership of your university experience and approach learning with passion and enthusiasm.
As a new student, join in orientation activities to learn about all of the programs and services available to you. As a returning student, stay involved and give back by volunteering to help UBC welcome the incoming class.
New first-year students
Jump Start is an academic orientation designed to introduce you to the university, your professors, and your classmates. You’ll spend time with senior peers and professors in your Faculty, make your first friends, and learn more about the UBC services available to you before classes start. UBC is working closely with public health authorities, but you can expect to participate in Jump Start in person this year.
By taking part in Jump Start, you will be provided opportunities to:
- Make friends: Be ready to hit the ground running on your first day of class. Over the course of the week, you’ll meet other first-year students who are new to UBC just like you.
- Meet profs and peers: Spend time with UBC professors and current students before classes start. They’ll introduce you to their research and the academic community, and give you tips to help you successfully transition from high school student to university scholar.
- Learn about your new home: Find out about all the UBC services available to you, and discover more about the campus community you’ll be joining.
Jump Start (Residence stream) runs from August 27, 2023 to September 1, 2023.
Jump Start (Commuter stream) runs from August 30, 2023 to September 1, 2023.
Be social and have fun
Share your orientation experience with the UBC community by tagging your posts with #IAMUBC and #UBCSauder.
All undergraduate students
Imagine UBC is a UBC-wide orientation event that replaces the first day of classes for most students. This year, Imagine UBC will be held in person on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. At Imagine UBC, you will be officially welcomed to the UBC Sauder School of Business by senior faculty leaders, participate in the UBC pep rally, meet some of your future professors and other students, and learn about clubs, resources, and involvement opportunities available across the university. You’ll receive more information about Imagine UBC later this summer, and no registration is required.
Make friends for life
Orientation is just your first step. Immerse yourself in university life through the many clubs and services offered by the AMS and CUS student societies.
New-to-UBC Sauder students
The Spark welcomes first year and transfer students to the UBC Sauder community and is a key part of the UBC Sauder experience. With a focus on building community within your team, you can expect cheering, dancing and games. Attending The Spark will help you make friends as you start your new journey at UBC Sauder. Every year, the Spark has a fun theme to tie the experience together, so join in the excitement! The Spark 2023 will be held on September 8 and 9.
Expand your scope
There are plenty of opportunities within UBC Sauder to enrich your university experience, but remember that there's a diverse campus out there to explore. Look outside the walls of Henry Angus for ways to connect with students from other programs and faculties, and build your campus community.