Welcome to Fall 2021 Virtual Orientation

Fall 2021 Virtual Orientation

We look forward to welcoming all students starting a program at Seneca in September. Keep an eye on your emails or visit this page regularly for more details about upcoming orientation events, important information and resources to help you through your academic journey at Seneca.

Upcoming events

For all students

Dates vary by program.

Cashless Seneca

Effective September 2021, all of Seneca’s services will move to cashless payments — debit card, credit card or OneCard. 


We’re here to help you have the best start at Seneca. HeadStart offers a range of resources to support you as you begin your academic studies. From providing guidance on Seneca processes to improving your learning skills in communications, math and science or helping you to develop effective study habits for online and in-class learning, we’ve got you covered.

Check out the HeadStart tutorial, which will guide you through the many resources available to help you this term. You can access HeadStart resources at any point during your Seneca journey.

Upcoming Sessions

HeadStart: Learning Skills

Friday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT

Join the Learning Skills HeadStart Spotlight drop-in session to learn about the academic skills that will prepare you for online success in the Fall Semester.

Student Mentoring in Life and Education (SMILE)

Would you like a peer mentor to help guide you through your first few months at Seneca? A SMILE mentor will help you navigate your transition to the postsecondary environment. They can share tips on how to make the most of your student experience and connect you to valuable resources.

Your Seneca match can be made based on academic program, academic school or identity. Once matched, your mentor will be available to help answer your questions through email, text and/or virtual meetings.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

The deadline to apply is 11:59 EDT on Friday, Sept. 17.


Additional Sessions to Help you Prepare

Introduction to Seneca’s Learning Platforms

Familiarize yourself with the different technologies used at Seneca. Your professors will be using one of four online learning platforms to deliver classes and to connect with you: BigBlueButton, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Hosted by Seneca’s Information Technology Services team, these introductory sessions will show you how to access each platform, key features and resources. 

Cisco Webex: Thursday, Sept. 2

Microsoft Teams: Friday, Sept. 3

COM 101 vs. COM 111 workshops

Do you have questions about the communications course COM? Join this session, hosted by the School of English & Liberal Studies, to understand the difference between the COM courses and how your placement is determined.

Workshops will be delivered at various dates and times from Monday, Aug. 30 to Thursday, Sept. 2. Visit the Student Life calendar for more details and instructions on how to join.


Spotlight Sessions

From Sept. 7 to Sept. 17, we will introduce you to the services and supports you can access as a Seneca student. Each of these live sessions will feature a specific service area or department. Visit the Student Life calendar to learn more about upcoming events.


Virtual Instagram Live and Drop-in Sessions

We will host daily Instagram Live sessions or virtual drop-in sessions from Sept. 7 to Sept. 30. Visit the Student Life calendar to learn more about upcoming events.


Follow us

Make sure you follow us on social media – it’s a great way to learn more about the range of services and supports available to you.



If you have any questions, contact us by email. For questions about international study permits and travel restrictions, please visit the FAQ site for more information.