New Student Orientation

You've applied. You've been accepted. Now what? Join us for New Student Orientation and get connected with RDC and other new students, where we'll share all the in’s and out’s of the College and campus life.

New Student Orientation is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Here is the schedule for the day and room locations for your program specific orientations.





Can't make it to campus? Register for our online New Student Orientation here

Why you should come to New Student Orientation?

We've heard from students who come to RDC's New Student Orientation that they succeed more in their classes, and in all aspects of their College experience. Everyone likes to see someone they recognize! By making introductions with new classmates at New Student Orientation, and getting to know some of our instructors and staff, we hope it'll help you overcome any jitters as you start your post-secondary experience at Red Deer College. You can also take time to familarize yourself with where your classes and various services are located, so you can walk our halls with confidence.

In addition, New Student Orientation will:

  • Welcome you to RDC
  • Connect you with new and continuing students, creating a network of new friends 
  • 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 about College services and resources, where to find them and how they can help you
  • Encourage student experiences and student life outside of the classroom

Your success is our success, so we want to prepare you as much as possible as you begin your academic journey at RDC. We look forward to seeing you! 

Students taking classes in RDC's Donald School of Business?

We invite you to head to our downtown campus at New Student Orientation during the afternoon. This is where RDC's Donald School of Business is housed, in the heart of central Alberta's business community. You'll be welcomed by the Dean and Associate Dean (as well as our other friendly faculty and staff), take a tour of our downtown campus and enjoy program-specific orientations.

A bus will take students from the main entrance at RDC's main campus to the Donald School of Business after lunch. The bus will also bring you back to main campus at the end of the day. Alternatively, you can find information on parking at the Donald School of Business here.

In addition to New Student Orientation, we also have a number of special events to welcome you to RDC. Sign up for any of the Welcome events listed below 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.

Get Connected With RDC's Student Services

As you begin your time as a student at RDC, we'd like to share information with you about RDC's many services. Below are a couple of items we thought might be most valuable to you as a starting point:

Buying Textbooks, Course Materials & Additional Supplies
The Campus Store and The Pulse are where you can purchase your textbooks, other course materials and supplies. You can visit the stores in person on main campus (inside the main entrance and turn left). Or you can avoid line-ups and order your course materials online. You can have online purchases delivered to your home or ready for you to pick up in one package at the Campus Store.

The Campus Store (for all RDC students) and The Pulse (for students in RDC's School of Trades and Technologies) hours are as follows:

  • August 27 - 31 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm | Monday - Friday
  • Closed Monday, September 3 (Labour Day)
  • September 4 - 14 | 8:30 am - 7:00 pm | Monday - Friday
  • Open Saturdays, September 1, 8 & 15 | 10am - 2pm
  • Closed Sundays, September 2, 9 and 16 
  • Regular hours resume starting Monday, September 17 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm | Monday - Friday

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, and purchased on a first-come first-served basis. 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.

Other RDC Student Services

RDC has a wide variety student services and friendly staff who look forward to connecting with you before you begin your classes, and to assist you throughout your entire time as a student at the College. Get Connected to RDC's Student Services to learn more about the many services that are available to you. 

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).

Watch the video below to get a taste from last year's event of what you can expect during your New Student Orientation.