Strong Start: New Student Orientation

Strong Start: New Student Orientation

Orientation is one of the best ways to get prepared for the upcoming semester! Strong Start: New Student Orientation will help you hit the ground running in your first semester as a new student at Douglas College. Discover services and supports, how to access online classes, learn about exciting events and activities and how to get involved in the College community. Connect with your instructors and fellow new students, and start making friends and building your network before classes even start. Once you complete all orientation programming, you'll be ready to start this new phase of your educational journey with confidence.

We want everyone to be able to participate in orientation. If you have questions about accessibility or accommodation requests, please email  so we can meet your needs. 

Check out more information below!


Strong Start Here: Welcome to Douglas College is a self-paced, self-enrolled course that lives right in your Blackboard. Learn about Douglas College, how to be a successful student and all the college essentials, such as how to access your online classes and services like peer tutoring, and how to get your student ID. Plus, discover how you can stay healthy with fitness classes and wellness events, and how you can contribute to the College community.  

Online orientation is now available in Blackboard; learn everything you need to know about being a new student.



Online orientations sessions for each of our main faculty areas will be hosted on Zoom for two weeks before classes begin. Faculty specific sessions will feature staff and instructors from your specific faculty area who will be able to give you information about your classes and answer any questions you may have. There will also be Student Life staff in attendance who will talk about life on campus, upcoming events and answer questions about college resources and services.

If you are unable to attend your faculty specific orientations, we are also hosting open sessions with general content about starting at Douglas and staff on hand to answer questions. The open sessions are open to all new students, mature students as well as parents/supporters.

Faculties of Humanities & Social Sciences
[AND] Language, Literature & Performing Arts

Faculty of Science & Technology

Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration

Department of Sport Science (SPSC Programs)

Open Orientation Sessions

*Times are in PST (Vancouver time zone).




Starting classes on campus for the first time in Fall 2021? Register for an in-person guided tour of the New Westminster Campus or the Coquitlam Campus. Tours start July 26 and run throughout the summer and early fall. Familiarize yourself with where your classes are located, where you can find student services and more.

Register now for tours at the New Westminster Campus or the Coquitlam Campus.

Tours will follow the safety guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. For more information, please refer to the COVID-19 and Safe Return to Campus Resources and Information page.


Would you prefer to explore the campus virtually? Join a virtual 360º campus tour; find the details here.



If you have questions about the upcoming Fall Semester, connect with a member of the Student Life Team via Zoom during one of the following drop-in sessions!  

August 10 to September 2

  • Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesdays, 6-8pm
  • Thursdays, 10am-2pm

September 7 to 10

  • Tuesday, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday, 10am-2pm & 6-8pm
  • Thursday, 10am-2pm
  • Friday, 10am-2pm

September 14 to 30

  • Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesdays, 6-8pm
  • Thursdays, 10am-2pm

*All times in PST (Vancouver time zone).



We’ll be hosting workshops designed to set you up for success during your studies at Douglas College. These workshops will be hosted on Zoom and registration is required to attend.  


In order to participate and attend the drop-in sessions and workshops you will need to download and install Zoom on a laptop, smartphone or tablet. It's free and will be used throughout the semester for online programming.
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