New Student Checklist

The start of your first semester is a busy and exciting time. Taking care of the items on this checklist will help you make a smooth transition into college life at Seneca. We’ve even suggested some timelines to help you prioritize tasks.

Find Housing


Seneca has residences at our Newnham and King campuses. Find out more:

Activate Your My.Seneca Account


Set up your Seneca email account and learn how to access our online services.

View activation instructions.

Apply for Transfer Credit


Transfer Credits are granted for courses taken at other postsecondary institutions and deemed equivalent to a required course for your Seneca program.


Arrange Educational Accommodations


Academic Accommodations are available for students with a disability. Contact Counselling and Accessibility Services to make an appointment.

Please note: The earlier you make the appointment, the sooner academic accommodations can be put in place.

Book Your Skills Assessment


The Skills Assessment is a tool to determine academic placement for math. To view your program’s requirements, other preparatory resources, and our online booking system visit the Skills Assessment web page.

Prepare to Pay Your Fees


Start thinking about how you will pay for your studies. Full tuition for your first term is due on or before the first day of classes.

Sign Up for a Mentor


SMILE Mentoring offers new students an opportunity to connect with a senior student-mentor in their program area who can support them in their transition to Seneca.


Register for Virtual Orientation


Join us online for Virtual Orientation. Watch on-demand videos, meet your Dean and discover student life. Enjoy online sessions and a chat room that will answer all of your questions. Register now for Virtual Orientation

Select Your Class Schedule & Pay Your Fees


Select your class schedule by logging into your online Student Home. To learn how to select your schedule, review Selecting a Class Schedule tip sheet (pdf). Check your schedule for possible changes the day before classes start.

Prepare to pay your fees. Full tuition for your first term is due on or before the first day of classes. Payment can be made online through Student Home.

Get Your OneCard


Learn more about your Seneca OneCard and how to upload your photo.

Download the Seneca Apps


Seneca has 3 mobile apps designed to help you access the latest updates, find your way around campus and learn about campus safety.


Download Seneca Mobile, Seneca Navigate and Seneca Safe today.

Attend Your Classes


Login to My.Seneca and check your Seneca email account email to find your class details.

Pay Your Tuition


Full tuition for your first term is due today. Please check your student financial account for any outstanding balance. View your payment options.

Purchase/Rent Your Textbooks


Once you have attended your first class and your professor has confirmed the required texts and resources, visit the Bookstore located at most campuses or online to make your purchase.

Participate in Orientation Events


Check out Seneca’s Orientation events calendar to see what online events are happening. 

Get Involved


Be an active member of Seneca’s community. Visit Student Life web page to learn about Athletics & Recreation, clubs, student government and the Seneca Leadership program.

Ask for Help


Visit Student Services at each of our four main campuses. Our door is always open, please drop-by or email us at

Seneca Leadership Program

Are you looking to:

  • Get involved
  • Meet new people
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Build a comprehensive resume?

Then the Seneca Leadership Program is for YOU.

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