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Smart Start online orientation

To help you get ready for your semester, we've launched Smart Start — an optional, non-credit online orientation course that covers everything you need to know about studying at UFV. Whether you’re totally new to studying at UFV, or a current UFV student who wants an update on what learning at UFV will look like, Smart Start will set you up for success.

How to access Smart Start

For students beginning studies this upcoming semester, all four Smart Start modules will be available online via Blackboard Learn when you log into your myClass portal

Your UFV Orientation team will email you when each module is available, so keep an eye on your UFV inbox!


What will be covered in each Smart Start module?

Learn everything you need to know about studying at UFV — whether you’re on campus, or online — by completing all four Smart Start course modules. Each module focuses on a different theme, with content designed to prepare you for academic, professional, and personal success throughout your studies at UFV.

Take a look at the module map below to learn what will be covered in each Smart Smart module theme.

Culture & conduct
  • Learn what it means to be part of UFV's diverse culture and community​
  • Explore UFV's expectations for student rights, responsibilities, conduct, and academic integrity​
  • Access resources that are available to support you during your educational journey
Wellness & success
  • Find out what to expect for online and on-campus learning at UFV​
  • Get to know your way around the UFV campuses, and explore ways to get to campus​
  • Learn how to navigate course expectations, and prepare for your first week of classes
Get ready for class
  • Find out what learning will look like at UFV — whether online or on campus.
  • Be prepared to navigate the expectations laid out in your classes
  • Start your first week of classes feeling confident by completing the "Get Ready" checklist
Get involved
  • Discover how to make new friends and stay connected at UFV​
  • Explore ways to build your network, wellness, leadership skills, and advocacy​
  • Learn how to use myCampusLife (MCL) to find student-led organizations, events, and opportunities


Student Orientation LogoUFV is located in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples, where Halq’améylem is spoken. The Halq’améylem word given to us for Student Orientation is Tl’etl’axel, which means "to invite people to gather in one community." 

Visit our New Students page to learn more about the meaning behind the the Orienation logo, and Chantelle Trainor-Matties - the Indigenous graphic designer and UFV alum who created it.

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