Niagara College set to give a warm winter welcome to new students this term

Niagara College is ready to welcome over 2,000 new students to begin their studies at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses this month.

Winter term 2020 will kick off with orientation activities on January 3 for new students, followed by the start of classes on January 6.  A variety of orientation activities will continue into January as part of ‘Frost Week’ designed to introduce students to both the academic and social aspects of college life, organized by the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL), the Niagara College Student Administrative Council (NCSAC), Athletics and Recreation, and the International division.

“We’re ready to extend a warm Niagara College welcome to our new students as they embark on an exciting journey into applied learning,” said President Dan Patterson. “Our students come from all over Canada and abroad to study with us, and we’re proud to show them how the college experience at NC is second to none.”

“Orientation lays the foundation for our students’ success by being a positive start to their Niagara College journey,” said Shari Walsh, associate director of Engagement, Advising & Career Services. “Our programming is designed to help students feel comfortable with their programs, checking important items off their to-do list, and connecting with their professors and other students.

“The goal of Orientation is to provide support and information to our new students without it being completely overwhelming.”

On January 3, new students will take part in a variety of engaging programming for a smooth transition to college life, beginning with a welcome at 9:30 a.m. with hot beverages and fruit at both campuses.

Program information sessions kick off the day, offering students the opportunity to find out more about their academic programs, get a head-start on the curriculum and meet faculty and their fellow peers. Sessions will be held at both campuses from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Co-op information sessions will take place from noon – 12:30 p.m. MyNC help tutorials – to learn how to navigate the college’s portal for grades, fees, admissions and timetables – will be offered at both campuses from noon – 2 p.m.

Students can drop-in to the Checklist fair at the Welland Campus (Learning Commons) and the NOTL Campus (Cafeteria) from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to learn about the many services available to students on- and off-campus. Student card pick-up will also be available on a drop-in basis at the fair between 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Events continue throughout Frost Week with a Paint Party Pub Night (Jan. 7 @ 9 p.m. in NOTL), NC Knights varsity basketball games (Jan. 10 in Welland, men’s @ 6 p.m., women’s @ 8 p.m.), Winter Wonderland with a giant inflatable igloo and glowing swings (Jan. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. in Welland), and the beloved ‘SACafellar Square’ skating rink (Jan. 15 and 16 from 12 to 8 p.m. in NOTL).

In addition to college-wide orientation, the College’s International Division will present International Student Orientation from Jan. 2-4 including, information sessions, fairs and a visit to Niagara Falls.

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