New College Orientation 2016

What is Orientation?

Hello and welcome!

The New College Orientation Team is excited to present Newvengers, the 2016 New College Orientation program!

Our Orientation is a four-day program from September 6th-9th dedicated to welcoming incoming students to New College and helping these students transition both academically and socially to different aspects of university life. New College prides itself on putting together programming to make this transition as smooth (and as fun!) as possible.
By participating in Orientation, you get to:

  • Meet, befriend and learn insider tips from upper-year student leaders
  • Choose from a number of academic and skill-based workshops aimed at giving you the best preparation possible for your upcoming year
  • Join the New College community as it celebrates its college pride at Bed Races and the University of Toronto Student Union parade
  • Attend a semi-formal event at one of Toronto’s most well-known and iconic landmarks, the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Go sightseeing on double-decker buses around the City of Toronto
  • Meet other incoming students who live both on- and off-campus!

If you want to know more, check out the information below and don’t hesitate to contact us at!
We look forward to seeing you in September!

Madeline and Nadine
2016 New College Orientation Coordinators

  • Social

    An opportunity to meet other incoming students and connect with upper-year students!

  • Academics

    Get a head start with engaging panels and interactive workshops designed to prepare you for the year ahead!

  • Experience

    Join New College traditions, like our semi-formal, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

    Say "Hello" to your home away from home!

    First opened in 1962, New College is one of the youngest colleges at the University of Toronto, St George campus. With over 5,000 students, New is host to a large number of unique programs that celebrate our diverse student population and provide meaningful opportunities for leadership.

    Orientation is a great way to get acquainted with all that New College has to offer and find opportunities that excite you!


    Sept 6th
    Sept 7th
    Sept 8th
    Sept 9th
    9:00 Registration Commuter Breakfast Commuter Breakfast Commuter Breakfast
    9:30 How to Get an A S.H.I.E.L.D Briefing:
    the Year in Review
    Coffee with Profs
    10:30 Superhero Induction
    and Keynote
    11:00 Group time Brunch
    11:30 News Choose


    12:30 Lunch (Grab'n'go) Parade Pump-up


    Pre-UofT UTSU
    2:00 Mock Lecture


    3:30 Mythbusters
    4:00 Pump-up/Group time UTSU Carnival



    Bed Races

    Explore TO


    6:30 Games Night
    Dress up

    UTSU Mixer
    7:30 S(Quad) Party Superhero Semi Formal
    at the ROM



    Bed Races
    Quad Party
    New Goes to TIFF
    UTSU parade
    How to get an A
    Opening Ceremony
    Campus Tour
    Group Time
    Health and Wellness
    New College Programs


    Newvengers Adventure Starts In









    Frequently Asked Questions

    You are more than welcome to pack snacks but lunch and dinner will be provided on most days with the exception of dinner on Friday. Meals will mostly be provided out of the New College Caf, which caters to students with any dietary restrictions!

    No, New College will not be providing any accommodations on residence to commuter students during Orientation Week. Orientation participants are more than welcome to stay with friends who live off-campus and on-residence. Sleeping bags will be provided if needed. New College Orientation however is looking into providing free transportation to New College commuters from different locations during the mornings of Orientation week. More information will be posted shortly.

    No worries, although it is preferred that you show up on time so that you don’t miss out on quality programming, you will not be penalized in any way.

    You are encouraged to participate in as many programs as you can! Our programs are well balanced both academically and socially, so there will always be something new to learn and new friends to make.

    Yes, you will! There will be both academic and social events that take place with the entirety of the St. George Campus. Such events include the bed races, the parade, Pre-Uoft and the University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU) Orientation events on Friday!

    For the safety of our students and to accommodate the diverse backgrounds of students partaking in New College Orientation, Newvengers will be a dry event.

    Registration is currently open and live at
    You have until September 1st to register online, after which you can register and buy your Orientation kit in person during New College Orientation.

    YES! There will be many phone charging stations throughout New College facilities to keep your mind at ease! Please note that New College is not responsible for items left at charging stations, so we advise you keep watch over any items that belong to you as they are charging.

    You will be provided with one Newvengers shirt as part of your Orientation kit. While we encourage you to wear it, your wristband provides you entry to the majority of Orientation events.

    Ignite is a free, compact and academic-focused orientation whereas Newvengers will include both academic- and social-based activities. Ignite is limited to the first 100 students who sign up and will take place between Monday September 5th and Tuesday September 6th, whereas Newvengers takes place from the 6th of September to the 9th of September. On the Tuesday Ignite will have joint programming with regular Orientation until the evening. Students can register for both programs if they so wish.

    New College prides itself on its inclusive and accessible events. For this reason, rather than a club night we’ll be holding a semi formal at the Royal Ontario Museum. Should students wish to go clubbing they will have the opportunity to do so Friday night as part of the University of Toronto Student Union Orientation that is open and free to all UofT students.

    Access to Newvengers events is restricted to only those who have purchased an Orientation Kit; however, non-New College students may purchase an Orientation Kit.

    Orientation Team

    The team that created newvengers

    Aalia Sharafally, 3rd Year

    Pharmacology and Human Biology
    Marketing & Promotions

    Orientation is your first look into the amazing city of Toronto and UofT - so make the most of it - I know I did! I'm so excited to meet all of you and help you get the most out of this amazing life experience!

    Anusheh Khan, 3rd Year

    Biology and Global Health
    Marketing & Promotions

    New College Orientation was an experience of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to make it as memorable and exciting for you as it was for me. My team and I are super excited to meet you all!

    Arman Sadrzadeh, 3rd Year

    Neuroscience and Molecular Biology
    Sponsorship & Philanthropy

    In all honesty, New College's Orientation is where I met most of my friends and New College itself has really become my second home (as a commuter). So come and have a super-fun 4 days, make some friends, and make yourself at home!

    Candice Tay, 4th Year

    Neuroscience and Psychology
    Marketing & Promotions

    Welcome to your home away from home! U of T may seem daunting at first, but you'll soon discover that your "limit does not exist". (Guess which movie was filmed here!) I can't wait to meet everyone at Orientation, and don't be afraid to say hi!

    Dominick Han, 3rd Year

    Computer Science
    Webdesign & Photographer

    Welcome to New College!


    Madeline Peters, 4th Year

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
    Jewish Studies
    Orientation Coordinator

    The best part about the New College is that everyone belongs - individuality is celebrated but the sense of community is strong. I am so excited to share this community with you and show you all of the amazing friendships and opportunities New College has to offer.

    Nadine Abdel-Ghafar,
    5th Year

    Global Health and Nutrition
    Orientation Coordinator

    I’m honoured to be working alongside a passionate team of Executives, Leaders and Marshals to ensure you are best prepared for your transition to the University of Toronto. Through our Orientation programming, we hope to make New College your home away from home.

    Peter Zhang, 4th Year

    Immunology and Health & Disease
    Planning Executive

    I am so excited to meet everyone! I just want to say that it's been a really fulfilling experience getting involved with Orientation in all my years and I hope to make your week in September just as rewarding!

    Sharon Li, 3rd Year

    Psychology and Employment Relations
    Sponsorship & Philanthropy

    I hope that Orientation marks the beginning of a wonderful 4 years for you at the University of Toronto. It’s a week meant for settling in, making new friends and having a good time overall. Enjoy it and welcome to New College!

    Timur Gomellya, 5th Year

    Neuroscience and Molecular Biology
    Planning Executive

    Yo yo yo, welcome to New College fam! Orientation is going to be awesome, and you being there is going to make it that much better. It’s definitely a life-changing experience.
    And remember “If life gives you lemonade- make lemons and life will be all like "whaaaaat?”
    ― Phil Dunphy

    Tony Xie, 2nd Year

    Rotman Commerce
    Finance & Budgeting

    Orientation Week is here to make sure you have a great transition into university life, and we’re honoured to help you make that transition. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you in September.

    Zaid Al-Azzawi, 3rd Year

    Biochemistry and the Pathobiology
    Sponsorship & Philanthropy

    Personally, New College quickly became my second family because I have the opportunity to achieve what I want knowing I will always have people to support me throughout my journeys here at the University of Toronto.

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