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Long before Canada was formed, the Stó:lō (people of the river) occupied the land on which the University of the Fraser Valley is currently located. We express our deep gratitude and respect to have the honour of living and learning on this land. We recognize and honour the contributions Indigenous peoples have made, and continue to make, in our community.

Learn about one of the many ways UFV supports Indigenous learners and seeks to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing.

Start your Fall semester with confidence

Whether you are new to UFV or simply continuing your studies, orientation is a sure way to get ready for the start of the semester. 

Join us for a mix of on-campus activities and online sessions starting this summer: 

  • Celebrate the start of your academic term

  • Plan for the year ahead

  • Experience campus life

  • Meet your professors

  • Learn from other students





Learn everything you need to succeed at UFV, including tips and strategies to boost your academic skills.



Meet staff and faculty who are here to teach you. Get first-hand advice from current students.



Explore campus life, academic and support services, student clubs and associations, and more.


Have fun

Attend on-campus events and make friends before classes start. Create life-long memories!

Ease into life at UFV

Fall orientation

Day ONE: welcome to campus

September 5, 2023

Join us on the first day of the semester at the Abbotsford campus. This is your chance to meet other students, ask staff and faculty questions, connect with support services, and experience life at UFV before classes even starts. We can't wait to meet you!

Smiling student sitting at a desk and looking at a computer screen.

Smart Start: online orientation

Coming soon: keep an eye on your UFV inbox

Smart Start is an optional, non-credit online orientation course that covers everything you need to know about UFV. Learn how to understand your course requirements and expectations, and how student services can help you throughout your studies at UFV.

Abbotsford & Chilliwack campus wayfinding tours


Worried about finding your way around campus? Want a refresher on the best spots to study or hang out? Sign up for a guided tour of the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus, and check out a few other resources to help you get familiar with UFV campuses.

International student orientation

In addition to our main orientation activities, we have created a special program to celebrate the start of your journey and make your transition to UFV smoother. You'll get to connect with friendly staff and students who will guide you through the support and services available for international students, even before you arrive.

Student Orientation Logo

The Halq’améylem word given to us for UFV Student Orientation is Tl’etl’axel, meaning "to invite people to gather in one community." 

Chantelle Trainor-Matties, Indigenous graphic designer and UFV alum, designed the frog logo you see here. She believes that the Oregon Spotted Frog design captures the significance of Tl’etl’axel. This frog makes its home in the unique wetland areas of the Fraser Valley, and in Pacific Northwest Coast culture the frog symbolizes the sharing of knowledge and power — much like new students seeking knowledge and wisdom.

We invite you, as the newest members of our UFV community, to gather with us.

Discover Chantelle Trainor-Matties' work


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Questions about the student orientation programs and services?

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Visit an Ask-me station

During the first week of classes, Ask-me stations will be set up in various locations on UFV campuses. Stop by and ask for directions, or talk to a student Orientation Ambassador about any of your UFV-related questions.


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Get involved


Departments, clubs and associations

Faculty and staff play an important role in welcoming students to campus. Learn more about the orientation program and how to get involved.

Current students

Gain volunteer experience while making a difference on campus. Make new friends, learn new skills, and give back by supporting new students as they begin their studies at UFV.

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