Each year in September, OCAD University welcomes over 1,000 first-year undergraduate students to the community with orientation.

Fall 2017 Dates:
August 28 to September 8 with BIG-O-Day! on Tuesday, September 5.

Frosh? Puh-lease. OCAD U‬ does not do "frosh." We do O-DAYS! 

While O-DAYS! programming is informative — providing details about key resources on campus and helping you prepare academically — activities are also designed to be fun and inviting, helping build community and connection.

O-DAYS! highlights include:

  • Annual face2face: postcard project
  • Informative welcome presentations
  • OCAD U Service Expo
  • Ceremonial greetings from Indigenous Visual Culture Program (INVC)
  • Words of wisdom from Dr. Sara Diamond, President/Vice Chancellor
  • Introductions to your faculties from OCAD University Deans
  • Special remarks from OCAD Student Union (OCADSU)
  • Annual Above Ground Art Materials Fair (AMF)
  • Annual Community Fair
  • Annual Butterfield Park BBQ*
    (beef, veggie and Halal hotdogs; unlimited popcorn!)
  • Music, entertainment and more!

Coordinated by Campus Life and your OCAD Student Union, O-DAYS! takes place at the main campus building (100 McCaul St.) and in our green space, Butterfield Park. See you there!

Find out more!

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Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us prior to August 2016 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Lunch and snacks will be provided at O-DAYS!
It is your responsibility to email us and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please do so at your earliest convenience, and no later than August 2016.

OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the university for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event. You’re also welcome to contact OCAD U’s Campus Life office.

Are you a graduate student?

While graduate students are welcome to attend O-DAYS! activities, events specific to grad students are planned by the Graduate Studies office.