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Student Life

Your experience with us is about more than attending classes. Our Student Life team provides the supports and connections you need to make your student journey right for you.

Here’s a sample of some of the supports available to you at Ontario Tech:

  • Academic support
  • Accessibility
  • Career Readiness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Peer support/community
  • Inclusion and Equity

Video sessions are over now but send us an email at connect@ontariotechu.ca if you still have questions, and stay tuned for more sessions in the future!

Thanks for an amazing Virtual Open House.

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    About us

    About us

    Student Life is the university's student support network outside of the classroom. We're made up of eight teams that provide students with the services and resources they need to succeed academically, personally and socially.

    Our team includes: 

    • Athletics and Recreation
    • Career Centre
    • Indigenous Education and Cultural Services
    • Student Accessibility Services
    • Student Engagement and Equity
    • Student Learning Centre
    • Student Mental Health Services
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    Services

    Services

    We know you're thinking about becoming a student at Ontario Tech; we can't wait to meet you! Here's what we have to offer:

    • Academic support
      • Strengthen your academic skillset and inspire future academic success. 
    • Accessibility
      • Accommodations, financial support and events to build a fully accessible university, and to ensure all students have equal opportunities to succeed. 
    • Career readiness
      • A range of events, internship and co-op opportunities to guide you in your career exploration, and preparation.
    • Community
      • Engage and unite on our campus with a diverse group of students; we encourage community engagement through athletics, Indigenous Education and Cultural Services, international education, peer support, and more. 
    • Equity and Inclusion
      • We aim to have an equitable and inclusive campus. Help us create a more inclusive campus through workshops and a variety of other supports.
    • Health and Wellness
      • We are dedicated to supporting your mental and physical health, and offer a multitude of supports and recreation activities on campus. 

    Learn more on our Student Services web page

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    Parents and Families

    Parents and families

    We welcome the support system of every student. We hope that you continue to be engaged in your student's success and development. 

    Support your student through their:

    • Academics
    • Accessibility needs
    • Career
    • Health and well being
    • Transition

    Learn more about how you can provide support on the Student Life web page

Frequently asked questions

General

  • What is Student Life?

    Student Life is a university department that provides out-of-the-classroom support and services for students. It’s the part of your campus community that is devoted to making sure your university journey is rewarding and successful. You’ll find a supportive, professional team that can help you build new connections with your peers, strengthen your academic and leadership skills, improve your health and well-being, and help you prepare for a great career when you graduate. 

    Our services and programs are available online and in-person. For more information visit ontariotechu.ca/studentlife
  • What supports are available for equity-seeking groups?

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    There are different clubs and student groups that support equity-seeking groups, to educate the campus and allow members to connect. There are committees you can get involved with to advise the university and influence policies and programs, as well as an Equity Advisor employed by the university to provide space for disclosure, support and to connect you to resources.

    Visit ontariotechu.ca/equity to explore more.

  • What supports are available for international students?

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    Student Life offers support to international students in many areas, including orientation and transition support, community support, documentation, and immigration questions.

    Visit ontariotechu.ca/international for more information.

     

  • When should I start preparing for university?
    As soon as you accept your offer of admission to Ontario Tech, you should check your ontariotechu.net email account to learn about your next steps and plan to attend the MyStart orientation programming, starting in July.
  • How do I find out about services for students with disabilities?

    Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works with students with disabilities to arrange academic accommodations to support them in their studies. This may include assistive technologies, access to course material in alternate formats, or one-on-one support.

    Once you have accepted your offer of admission, get in touch with SAS by emailing studentaccessibility@ontariotechu.ca to make an appointment and explore next steps.   

  • What if I’m having difficulty keeping up with everything?

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    If you're having difficulty keeping up, there are many peer supports and programs that Student Life provides to help with academics, social adjustment to university life, community involvement, career planning, and more. 

    Visit ontariotechu.ca/studentlife to learn more.

  • Who can help me adjust to university life?

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    All incoming first-year students are paired up with a peer leader—an upper-year student who can help you navigate your first year at university. They've been through it and are trained on the supports and services available to students, and how best to access them.

  • Why should I attend MyStart Orientation?

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    Every student will have a different experience attending MyStart Orientation, but across the board, students say it helped them make friends and reduced their nervousness about going into the new situation of university life. You can make your experience unique to you and MyStart is a great foundation!

    Visit ontariotechu.ca/orientation for more information.

  • What is my first year going to be like and how will it be different than high school?

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    You'll have a lot more flexibility with your time and work, but that means more responsibility.

    You’ll have to keep on top of your own deadlines and work planning, which means you can find the schedule that works for you and balances your academic, social, family, and professional life.

  • How do I get involved and meet new people?

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    You can meet new people at MyStart orientation, by joining clubs and student groups, writing for the Digital Community, joining a varsity or intramural sports team, or by joining a learning community.

    You’ll be assigned a peer leader who can help you find the involvement opportunity that’s right for you.

Career Centre

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Student Learning Centre