New students won’t be the only ones experiencing their first year on campus. This fall marks Jacques Frémont’s first session as president and vice-chancellor. It also marks the start of a journey and an opportunity for students, researchers and University staff to grow and learn together.
“Like many students, I am looking forward to discovering more of what uOttawa has to offer. We have an exciting year ahead of us. My goal is to make every effort to ensure that all students, faculty members, employees and alumni are proud of their university,” says Frémont. “And to those of you who already know and love our campus, welcome back!”
Brand new housing for upper-year students
This fall 385 returning students will be the first to move into an innovative new residence on campus, designed specifically for upper-year students. The new residence, at 45 Mann Avenue, stands apart from any other student housing option in Ottawa, as it offers more than just a place to live. Modern design, study spaces, a yoga room, a fitness centre and other state-of-the-art amenities make this residence a place to thrive both academically and personally.
With 45 Mann, the University’s Housing Service now allows returning students the chance to live independently on campus and still be able to access the University’s support network. Additional spaces allocated to upper-students are also available in the Brooks and Friel residences. With the opening of 45 Mann, Housing Services can now accommodate every student wishing to live in residence, with spaces for approximately 4,400 students.
New courses debuting this year
A slew of new courses will be offered this year:
Students from any faculty can take a closer look at the impact of natural disasters on the earth and humanity by taking Apocalypse Earth: Understanding Natural Disasters as an elective.
The Faculty of Education is taking steps to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s education calls to action by introducing First Nations, Inuit and Métis Education: Historical Experiences and Contemporary Perspectives, a mandatory course in the Teacher Education program.
Read more on new courses offered this year.
Welcome Week: September 1 to 9
A myriad of activities are organized for students to start off the Fall session:
Sunday, September 4, 9 a.m.
Jacques Frémont, president and vice-chancellor, will welcome new students and their parents at the recently opened University Square. Representatives from the faculties and services will be onsite to answer questions from new students.
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 8 p.m.
The second annual uO Show will feature performances by Canadian artists the Arkells and Charlotte Cardin.
See the full list of Welcome Week events.
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