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Pre-Orientation: Get Ryerson Ready

In response to COVID-19, all #RoadtoRyerson events will be hosted online via various online platforms. To view all of the events we have planned this year, please visit

There are many supports available for your success before you start your academic journey. Ryerson 101 and Get Ryerson Ready are your first stops to learn everything you need to know for your first few days, weeks, and years at Ryerson. The lessons are available for viewing  on (the same place you'll be finding your course information) and will guide you all the information you need to participate in both Ryerson 101 and Get Ryerson Ready!

Get Ryerson Ready on D2L

Whether you are excited or nervous (or a mix of both!) about your first year at Ryerson, we've got you! We're hosting events, workshops, and other experiences for students and their parents and supporters to help all incoming Ryerson students get ready for their first semester. Our goal with Get Ryerson Ready is to offer enhanced summer transition programming for all incoming students to ensure you are feeling Ryerson ready to be successful as a first-year student. We have created pathways to guide you through writing, math, study skills, and community focused programs to ease your transition into Fall 2020. We will be using tech platforms that you will be using through your studies at Ryerson, giving you the opportunity to get familiar with them! Considering diverse learning styles and preferences, all of our programming will utilize multiple methods of delivery. This will include online instructor-led learning, self directed e-learning, and drop in session whenever possible.

 We Are Ready to Help You With:

A List of Summer Transition Programs

We want to ensure that you have all of the information you need for the programming happening throughout the summer that will support your transition into Ryerson.

Pathways to Guide Your Transition

We've created pathways to guide you through writing, math, study skills, and community-focused programs to ease the transition into your studies in the fall 2020 term. This programming will utilize technology platforms that you will also use throughout your studies at Ryerson, preparing you for life at Ryerson both online and in-person.

Multiple Ways to Experience Our Programming

Considering diverse learning styles and preferences, all of our programming will utilize multiple methods of delivery including online instructor-led learning, self-directed e-learning, and drop-in sessions (if/when it is possible).

Have questions?

Email for more information.

 How It Works

When you sign up, we’ll register you for D2L, the learning management system that Ryerson uses. It’s a great way to get to know how to navigate all your online classes ahead of time! On the Get Ryerson Ready D2L, you’ll have access to all of the learning experiences listed below. Choose your own learning adventure!

Earn While You Learn

On D2L you can earn "badges" and track your learning - badges can earn you entry into draws for prizes including an iPad!

Details for accessing Get Ryerson Ready on D2L

Unless you have already selected your username, first-time users of D2L need to use your Ryerson student number (student ID) to log in to This is the same space where you’ll find and access all your course content throughout your academic year. Get Ryerson Ready is a great chance to get familiar with D2L while learning and connecting with other new students. From there, find the “course shell” on your homepage entitled “Get Ryerson Ready”. That’s us!

You can learn more about using D2L at

 Faculty, Program and Peer Support

Faculty and Program Based Support

We will continue to update this page as more information from individual faculties and programs becomes available.

Are you a new incoming engineering student? Join your First-Year Engineering Office (FYEO) during the months of July and August for one or all of these optional boost courses. Each course will help you to improve and reinforce fundamental topics and concepts you’ll encounter in your first year engineering subjects. 

Mini Math Course

 July 6 to 24
 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Mini Programming Course

 July 6 to 24
 3-5 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Mini Physics Course

 July 27 to August 17
 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (Monday to Thursday)

Want to get a head start on your time at DAS? Check out our workshop fabrication videos, external link and the "Architectural Education | Off the Record, external link" podcast featuring candid interviews and discussions with faculty and students created by associate professor Vincent Hui. You can also see our most recent design-build project, the Camp Winston Nature Pavilion, external link. More information about orientation to follow!

The Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) Ryerson University invites you to attend a free, exclusive Pre-Orientation program (POP 2020) on the week of Monday, August 17, 2020. Incoming students will have an opportunity to learn about all the supports and services available to you as a student and meet other new incoming students.

TRSM Math Kickstarters can be found on the Online Learning Program Schedule.

To receive ongoing updates about POP 2020 and other summer events to welcome you to TRSM, please visit the Academic Success Centre.

Face to Face: Conversations with Classmates

Hey incoming TRSM students! Are you wondering how you’re going to see and meet other incoming TRSM students? Here’s your chance to turn on your camera and chat with each other! We will also have upper-year TRSM students, alumni and staff sharing their stories. Come with any questions you may have - other students are probably wondering the same thing as you! Face to Face: Conversations with Classmates is on Thursday, August 27! Register for either the 10am EST or 4pm EST sessions at

The transition to university is an exciting time, but it can be a challenging time, too. There are a number of things you need to know and are able to do during the summer months. Before classes formally begin in September, the Faculty of Arts is offering free programming specific to Arts students to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Upcoming events: 

Pre-Enrollment Workshops: Program Specific
August 4 to 11
Times vary per program session

Pre-Enrollment Workshops: Faculty Wide
August 4 to 10
2 pm to 3 pm

Register for Pre-Enrollment at:, external link

August 24th to September 4th
Times of opportunities vary per day

SSH102 Learning and Development Strategies: Thriving in Action 
This course is being offered at no cost to all incoming and returning Faculty of Arts undergraduate students registered for the Fall semester. The purpose of this course is to help students transition to remote learning and is available from August 2020 to December 2020. The deadline to register is August 18, 2020.

Cost: This course is being offered for free to all undergraduate Arts students registered for the Fall semester.

Start Date: The course starts on August 19th, at 9:30 a.m.

How to Register: Registration for this course will not be through the RAMSS system. In order to register, you must fill out all fields on this online form:, external link  by August 18, 

To learn more please visit the SSH102 course website

Find more Faculty of Arts Orientation Information at:

In May, we established a Faculty of Arts COVID-19 Planning Committee on Teaching and this group has been developing strategies to support a successful transition to virtual learning in all Arts disciplines. Accessibility, equity, inclusion, and engaged learning have been priorities in this planning process and will remain of crucial importance in its implementation this Fall. For more information about Fall 2020 please visit the FAQ Page. For more information on Steps for New Students, Pre-Enrollment Information, Enrollment Videos, and Orientation please visit the Faculty of Arts New Students website.

RSID Family Pre-Orientation Info Session

Date: July 28, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Virtual
Open To: Incoming first year Interior Design students

Incoming first year Interior Design students and their support system are invited to a pre-orientation info session hosted by Ryerson School of Interior Design for information regarding Fall 2020 term preparations. See the event listing here.

Topics will include:

  • How the School is meeting the challenges of online learning and COVID-19
  • What orientation and enrollment will look like
  • How students can prepare for beginning the program

This is the first of two optional pre-orientation virtual events. In early August, a students-only event focusing on community building will be held. Details, including how to join both events, will be sent to students via email.

For questions, please contact Jeanine Webster.

Connect With Your Crew: Get Matched with a Trimentoring Program Peer Mentor

We're matching every Get Ryerson Ready student with a peer mentor before you even begin classes! Our Ryerson Orientation Crew is ready to welcome you and help you navigate Ryerson when it comes to your studies, getting involved, and accessing all the supports available to you as a student. Welcome to the Ramily! We can't wait to meet you.

With Get Ryerson Ready, you can be matched with an Upper Year student in the same program or faculty that you will be starting your studies in the Fall. Your trained Mentor will be able to answer your initial questions about campus life, your faculty and get you connected to various resources on campus. In order to activate your account as a Peer Mentee follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to, external link.
  2. Using the email attached to your Ryerson application, sign up as a Student.
  3. Update your profile and fill in the remaining information then submit.

 Online Learning Program Schedule

Want to know what we're planning for Get Ryerson Ready? We're adding new things every day. For up-to-date access, make sure you register to join the D2L learning management system and find all our Get Ryerson Ready offerings! Below you can see our schedule as we have planned so far.

For access to the Zoom virtual events, you will need to create a Zoom account (you can use your personal email for this). Links for all of the Zoom sessions below can be found in Get Ryerson Ready on D2L.

Our Community Ready programs are ready to welcome you to the Ramily by connecting you with current and new students in fun ways. We have discussion circles, game nights, and more. Get a feel for the kind of community you're now a part of and join us!

Connect with your Crew: A Friend, A Guide, A Mentor Discussion Boards

 Available beginning July 2020 and throughout your academic year, on, external link with your Tri-Mentoring Program peer mentoring community.

Looking to engage online with other new Ryerson students? We've created discussion boards for you to meet new people, connect with staff and upper year students, and have fun. Feel free to join as many or as few of the boards as you'd like.

Let's Chat: Community Café

 Wednesdays at 4PM July 15, July 29, and August 12

Community Cafe's will be an opportunity for you to join in and discuss things that are important to you. Topics include: 

  • Demystifying the University Experience: Wednesday July 15
  • What does Equity, Diversity and Inclusion look like on campus?: Wednesday July 29
  • Programs and Services: Wednesday August 12

What to Expect: A Student Experience Panel

 Wednesdays at 1PM July 15, July 29, August 12

Gathering students across years and programs, this panel will share their first year experiences and tips and tricks to conquer your first year! The panel lineup is:

  • Leadership and Your Student Journey: Wednesday July 15
  • BIPOC Student Panel: Wednesday July 29
  • Students with Disabilities Panel: Wednesday August 12
  • International Student Panel: Wednesday August 26

Let's Connect: Finding Communities You Connect With

 Bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 1:00PM: July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18

There's a place for you here! Each week we'll explore some of the communities across campus that you can connect with and join. Groups include: 

  • Equity Seeking Groups: Tuesday July 7th
  • Societies, Course Unions and Student Groups: Tuesday July 21st
  • Interest/Hobbies: Tuesday August 4th
  • Political/Religious Organizations: Tuesday August 18th

Let's Create: Tutorial Tuesdays

 Bi-weekly Tuesdays at 1PM: July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25 

Join us weekly for Tutorial Tuesdays where we'll be exploring hobbies, DIYs, and other activities you can do at home. Everything we do will be using stuff you've already got, so there's no need to worry about preparing. We've got you!

Let's See What You've Got: Ryerson's Got Talent!

 Bi-weekly Fridays at 1PM: July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21

We've all got talents! Join us on Instagram and show us your skills. Whether you sing, dance, do comedy, or play an instrument, we want to hear you! No experience required. 

Let's Play: Games Nights

 Fridays at 4PM: July 17 and August 14

We might be physically distancing but that doesn't mean we can't have fun, right?!? Join us for some fun and games, individually or as part of a team. Meet new friends and get free stuff.

#RoadtoRyerson: The Online Commuter Guide

 Wednesday, August 19 at 1PM and Wednesday, August 26 at 1PM

Did you know that most Ryerson students commute, some travelling more than 1.5 hours to get to campus? This resource—featuring panel conversations and a website—will provide you with advice, tips and tricks for how to make the most of your commuting time as well as the time you'll spend on campus!

Connect With Your Crew: A Friend, A Guide, A Mentor

 July 1 2020 - April 2021

Request a peer mentor before you even begin classes! Our Ryerson Orientation Crew is ready to welcome you and help you navigate Ryerson when it comes to your studies, getting involved, and accessing all the supports available to you as a student. Welcome to the Ramily! We can't wait to meet you.

  1. Go to, external link
  2. Using the email attached to your Ryerson application, sign up as a Student.
  3. Update your profile and fill in the remaining information then submit.

Our Math Ready courses are taught by our math program specialists in Learning Support and have been specially redesigned this year to suit students needing to brush up on their math or who want a taste of what a first year math experience might be like. 

Faculty of Science Step-Ahead Online Math Course Part One

 July 13 to Thursday August 6

What do Polynomial and Rational Equations, Exponential and Logarithmic Equations, and Trigonometric Equations have in common? They're three major topics that are key to success in math courses in the Faculty of Science. Take part in online lectures, labs and one-on-one tutoring as we review these topics! 

Self-Directed Learning: Advanced Functions (For Faculty of Engineering and Architecture and the Ted Rogers School of Management)

 July 13 (ongoing)

Take some time to learn or review the Advanced Functions curriculum at your own pace, through instructional videos and interactive practice modules. This does not replace a Grade 12 U Mathematics prerequisite for admission, however it is available for you anytime you need a refresher on high school math topics.

Self-Directed Learning: Math Specific to the Faculty of Arts

 July 13 (ongoing)

This self-directed series of modules will cover four topics that you may find helpful preparation for any Statistics course offered in this faculty: Integers, Equations of Lines, Percents, and Probability.

Ted Rogers School of Management Math Kickstarter

 Monday, August 10 to Sunday, August 23


What do Algebra, Percents, Ratios and Financial Math have in common? They're four major topics that are key to success in math courses for students in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Retail Management, and School of Business Management in the Ted Rogers School of Management. Take part in online lectures, labs and one-on-one tutoring as we review these topics!

Faculty of Science Step-Ahead Online Math Course Part Two

 Monday, August 10 to Thursday, August 20


Here, you will advance to more challenging topics in preparation for your first-year math courses in the Faculty of Science. It is not required that you complete part one in this series, however you may find it beneficial.

University writing doesn't need to be scary! Our writing consultants are ready to help you understand citations, academic writing principles, and get beyond the hamburger essay. With introductory modules you can work through anytime, live Zoom lectures, and virtual office hours, we're ready to help you!

Runway to University Writing

 Available at your own pace on D2L

Wondering what written assignments are like in university? This quick module will give you a sneak peek at the major types of writing assignments encountered by undergraduate students across disciplines. You'll also be introduced to the major steps in the writing process and learn about how this process can work for you.

What's Your Point? Argument and Structure

 Intro Module: Available at your own pace on D2L

 Zoom Lectures: Monday, July 13 11:10am-12:00pm; Thursday, July 16 6:10pm-7:00pm 

 Zoom Office Hours: Thursday, July 23 2:00pm-3:00pm

Intro Module

Whatever happened to the 'hamburger essay'? In this short module students will be introduced to the idea of a thesis statement and learn about the key differences between university and high school writing.

Zoom Lectures

Get into an argument with us! Learn what makes a strong thesis statement and you'll never lose another debate.

Virtual Office Hours

Drop by the (virtual) office to get more insight on this week's topic. Any question about university-level writing is fair game. AMA!

Prove it! Scholarly Research and Writing

 Intro Module: Available at your own pace on D2L

 Zoom Lectures: Monday, July 27 11:10am-12:00pm; Thursday, July 30 6:10pm-7:00pm

 Zoom Office Hours: Thursday, July 30 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Intro Module

The proof is in the pudding...or in this case, the journal articles! In this short e-learning module, you will learn how to make your arguments convincing with the help of scholarly sources.

Zoom Lectures

What’s the difference between description, opinion and analysis in writing? In this live Zoom lecture, you will learn to incorporate your own ideas into existing scholarly literature using critical reading, note taking, and analysis skills.

Virtual Office Hours

Drop by the (virtual) office to get more insight on this week's topic. Any question about university-level writing is fair game. AMA!




Cite it! Ethical Scholarship and the Basics of Referencing

 Intro Module: Available at your own pace on D2L

 Zoom Lectures: Tuesday, August 4 11:10am - 12:00pm; Thursday, August 6 6:10pm - 7:00pm

 Zoom Office Hours: Thursday, August 13 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Intro Session

This is all about the “P” word, AKA...plagiarism! In this short e-learning module you'll learn the importance of giving credit to the scholars whose ideas and research you use in your papers.

Zoom Lectures

Learn how to properly reference your work in university. Formats like APA and MLA provide frameworks that you will use to credit others' academic work and avoid issues with Ryerson's academic integrity policy.

Virtual Office Hours

Drop by the (virtual) office to get more insight on this week's topic. Any question about university-level writing is fair game. AMA!

Review it! Effective Editing and Common Grammar Errors

 Intro Module: Available at your own pace on D2L

 Zoom Lectures: Monday August 17 11:10am - 12:00pm & Thursday, August 20 6:10pm - 7:00pm

 Zoom Office Hours: Thursday, August 20 2:00pm -3:00pm

Intro Session

Let your ideas shine! Learn self-editing strategies that can help you reduce the number of mistakes in your paper and make your ideas more clear.

Zoom Lectures

Let's make grammar errors a thing of the past! Tune in to this live Zoom lecture to learn how to avoid grammar mistakes that will confuse your reader.

Virtual Office Hours

Drop by the (virtual) office to get more insight on this week's topic. Any question about university-level writing is fair game. AMA!

There's so many different ways to learn and study - our learning specialists can help you find what works for you! We can help you understand what to expect in first year, help you practice strategies, build habits for success, and more!

What to Expect: First Year University Academics (An Overview)

 Available at your own pace on D2L

Join us as we introduce you to the nuts and bolts of first-year university academic encounters, from how to read a course syllabus to communicating effectively with your profs!

What to Expect: The University Lecture

 Available at your own pace on D2L

This is everything you need to know about attending lectures in university: taking good notes, strategies for extending your focus, and key content to listen for to improve your performance.

What to Expect: Assignments, Tests and Where to Get Help

 Available at your own pace on D2L beginning Friday, July 24

Assignments look different in university. You need to seize opportunities for evaluation with confidence. Join us to learn more about how tests, exams, and assignments 'work' and where you can go for help in first year. 

What to Expect: Managing your Time and Energy for Academic Success

 Available at your own pace on D2L beginning Friday, July 31

If you're worried about how you are going to balance your academics with volunteer opportunities, work, commuting, or family responsibilities, we're here to support you with some advice, tips, and practical strategies for managing your time and energy effectively. Join us to learn more!

Our Health and Active Well-being programs are offered by our partners in Student Wellbeing and Athletics and Recreation and are designed to help support your health and help you build habits and learn new strategies for taking care and for thriving as a student. These sessions will help you to prepare physically and mentally for the road ahead, including weekly exercises and a showcase of student wellbeing services. 

Let's Move: Virtual Group Fitness

  • Friday, July 3
  • Wednesday, July 8
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Monday, July 20
  • Tuesday, July 28
  • Saturday, August 8
  • Sunday, August 9

Thursday, August 20Come move with Ryerson Recreation as we host weekly virtual Group Fitness classes on our @RURecreation Instagram, external link platform. Group Fitness is a free program offered by Ryerson Recreation available to all students. Visit our website for class descriptions and our virtual Group Fitness schedule.

Let’s Move: Active Fridays

 Fridays from July 10 to August 21

Do you want to end your week on a high note? Join us every Friday where we will post a new fitness activity for you to try out solo or with your friends and family. Don’t forget to check us out on social media @RURecreation, external link for more information and tag us so we see it!

Let’s Play: Bing-GO!

 Monday, July 6, Monday, July 20, and Monday, August 3

Are you looking for new activities to try out this summer? Look no further: our bi-weekly bingo game is chalked full of fun and new activities for you to try! With a mix of active and mindful activities, we’ve got something for everyone! Make sure to follow us on social media @RURecreation, external link so you see when we post them. 

Let’s Cook: Food Tip Tuesday

 Tuesdays at 12PM: July 14, July 28, August 11

Join us bi-weekly for a healthy cooking lesson hosted by a Nutrition and Food student! Together we will spend 30 minutes to one hour cooking a healthy, filling, and inexpensive meal together all while learning about a variety of food tips that are relevant to the week's topic. All cooking abilities are welcome. For more information, including recipe lists please check out our social media @RURecreation.


Let’s Get Ready : SHARPER Student Workshop

 Wednesday, August 26, 2PM

Let’s get you ready for first year. We'll show you what you might expect from being at university and help you build your capacity to recognize when you are struggling, show you how to troubleshoot solutions and get help. This workshop will build your resilience and get you confident to start your university journey.

Let’s Be Well: Taking Care of our Mental and Emotional Well-being

 Wednesday, August 19 at 10AM

What helps us feel well and be well? And how does this help us do well? Learn about how you can best prepare yourself for the journey ahead by strengthening your mental and emotional wellbeing. Come explore supports offered by the Centre of Student Development and Counselling, learn about common challenges to anticipate, and ways to meet these challenges with the best that you’ve got!

Let’s Get Ready: Thriving in Action

 Tuesday, August 29 at 10AM

Learn top ten tips to build motivation, optimism, belonging and resilience, along with learning strategy essentials like mindful time management, chunking, and effective studying.

What To Expect: Ryerson Medical Centre

 Wednesday, August 19 at 11AM

We’ll review what services are provided to students at the Ryerson Medical Centre and how to make an appointment with the doctors. There will be lots of time to ask questions as well.

What to Expect: Supports for Students with Disabilities

 Tuesday, August 25 at 11AM

Are you a student with a disability that impacts your education? Are you looking for information about how your learning needs will be met on campus? Join us to learn about the process of getting registered with Academic Accommodation Support at Ryerson! Let’s get curious about your strengths in a university classroom and discuss strategies for addressing academic challenges.We’ll also share a variety of campus resources to get you set for success.

Curious what a Ryerson lecture will be like? Want to see a Ryerson professor in action? Check out a live mini-lecture where favourite Ryerson professors will introduce you to their subject area and give you a glimpse into the online lecture experience in just thirty minutes. Here is a sample of the mini-lectures, but keep checking back for additions all summer long in D2L.

The Truth About Stories

 Friday, July 10 from 12 - 12:30 p.m.
 Jenny Sampirisi

Do We Know Anything At All? 

 Friday, July 10 from 2 - 2:30 p.m.
 Klaas Kraay

Ryerson Online Math Learning Demo 

 Monday, July 13 from 2 - 2:30 p.m.
 Deidre Lam

Oscillatory Motion 

 Tuesday, July 14 from 2 - 2:30 p.m.
 J.Carl Kumaradas

First-Year Chemistry: Thoughts, Plans, and What You Might Expect 

 Thursday, July 16 from 12 - 12:30 p.m.
 Noel George

What is Research?

 Wednesday, August 12 from 12 - 12:30 p.m.
 Lorena Escandon

 Parents, Friends and Supporters Orientation

You’ve reached this important milestone. Going to university is a passage marked by change, exploration, growth and self-discovery. Both you and your student will be faced with the challenge of “letting go” as they mature, assert their independence, and step out of the final stages of adolescence and into adulthood. At times, you may be the first person to whom they turn with a problem; at others they may fiercely resist your efforts to intervene. Old expectations and patterns of interacting will give way to new roles, understandings, and ways of relating. 

This is where the Family, Friends and Supporters Orientation may be able to help. Throughout July and August we’ll be hosting several sessions where we invite numerous campus partners to speak to the services and resources they provide to students. Each session will begin with a short presentation, after which we will break off into smaller groups where you will have an opportunity to speak to all of the representatives we have available in the form of a Human Library. 

Please fill out the RSVP form to ensure any questions you have or topics/themes you would like discussed are included in all sessions we host.

 More Resources

What are my first steps as a new Ryerson student?

Our partners at WhyRyerson have everything laid out for you when it comes to activating your student identity, getting your OneCard, and more. Visit the Undergraduate New Students page.

More information for fall 2020 new students is also available on the Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates website.

Follow us for updates and opportunities, stories, tips, hacks, info on Orientation 2020 and to connect with other students!