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 (August 29, 2021 – September 3, 2021) is a five-day 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 to determine what a safe return to campus will look like in the fall. This year, you’ll be able to participate in Jump Start either virtually or through a mix of in-person and online activities.
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.
Register for Jump Start at jumpstart.ubc.ca by July 12.
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 both hybrid and online formats on Tuesday, September 7. At Imagine UBC, you will be officially welcomed to the UBC Sauder School of Business by Dean Robert Helsley, participate in the virtual 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 campus UBC Sauder students
The Spark is your welcome to the UBC Sauder community and a key part of the Sauder experience. This year we are planning to deliver a fun and safe in-person experience for students. Saturday, September 11 will be for all students new to campus entering Year 2 or higher (students admitted to Year 1, 2, or 3 in 2020 and students admitted to Year 2 or 3 in 2021), and Sunday, September 12 will be for all new students entering Year 1 (students admitted to Year 1 in 2021). Programming will be hosted in small groups and safety measures will follow the Provincial Health Guidelines but you can still expect the classic cheering, dancing, and games Spark experience to help you make friends and feel part of the UBC Sauder community.
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.