New Student Orientation

You've applied. You've been accepted. Now what? Join us for New Student Orientation and learn all the in’s and out’s of the College and campus life on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Your success is our success, so we want to prepare you as much as possible for your first day. New Student Orientation (and the Get Connected Booklet) will:

  • Welcome you to RDC
  • Connect you to new and continuing students
  • Introduce you to your School, program and faculty
  • Familiarize you with the campus layout, including where you can find your classes
  • Provide you with information regarding college services and resources
  • Encourage student experiences and student life outside of the classroom

Why should you come to New Student Orientation (NSO)?
Students that come to NSO succeed more in the classroom and in all aspects of their college experience. Learn what services are available throughout your educational experience, how to access them and how they relate to you. Making introductions with classmates and familiar faces at the college helps with first-day jitters. Everyone likes to see someone they recognize. Don’t forget your classroom numbers so you can find them.

In addition to New Student Orientation, we also have a number of special events to welcome you to RDC. Sign up for these Welcome events through your New Student Orientation registration or use the links below to sign up for just the Welcome event of your choice.

Connecting For Success: Mature Student Welcome

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm | Register here

This is an opportunity to connect with other mature students. You will learn how to maintain well-being and flourish as an RDC student. You will also learn about RDC resources that are available to support your success.

Family Welcome 
Thursday, August 30, 2018 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Register here

This is an event to welcome the families and loved ones of new RDC students. You and your family will be introduced to the supports and services available at RDC.

Indigenous Welcome
Friday, September 21, 2018 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm | Register here

This is an opportunity to meet and network with other Indigenous students studying at RDC. This event will help you become more comfortable with the RDC campus, and to gain a better understanding of the services and supports available to you at the College and in the community.

International Welcome 
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm | Register here

This is an opportunity to connect with other international students studying at RDC. You will be introduced to the supports and services available at RDC and within the Red Deer community.

Enrolled at the Donald School of Business?
Head downtown to the Donald School of Business for a welcome from the Deans, a tour of the campus as well as program-specific orientations. There will be a bus to take students from the main RDC entrance to Donald School of Business after lunch, and will bring you back to main campus. Alternatively, you can find information on parking at the Donald School of Business here.

Course Materials & Additional Supplies
Avoid the line-ups and order your course materials early. Did you know you can order your textbooks and other materials online and have them delivered to your home, or ready for you to pick up in one package at the Campus Store? 

Summer Hours:
July 3 - August 10 | 9am to 3pm | Mon-Fri (closed August 6)
August 13 - 31 | 8:30am - 4:30pm | Mon-Fri
September 4 - 14 | 8:30am - 7:00pm | Mon-Fri
Also open Saturday, September 8 & 15 | 10am - 2pm 

Visit the Campus Store and The Pulse in person on RDC's main campus or online to order your textbooks and other supplies.

Parking at RDC is limited. Purchase your parking for your school term today! No need to wait - apply online now.

On September 4, parking for NSO will be free in designated, marked areas.

Questions about New Student Orientation? Call us at 403.342.3400 or toll-free at 1.888.732.4630, or orientation [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email).