Imagine UBC

On Tuesday, September 8, start imagining the possibilities! This year, you will be able to enjoy Imagine UBC virtually, wherever you are in the world.

About Imagine UBC

For most students, Imagine UBC replaces the first day of classes. You will have the chance to meet some great people including your Dean, some of your future professors, and other students. It will be an opportunity to learn about your new academic environment and the specific expectations of your Faculty.

What will your day look like?

In early September, you will receive an email with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule. Here's a sneak peek.

Group Meet Up Gather virtually with your Orientation Leader and a small group of fellow new students from your faculty.
Faculty Welcome This is your chance to meet a professor and the dean of your faculty, before classes have even begun!
Pep Rally Join the entire UBC student community for the virtual Pep Rally where you’ll enjoy musical performances, hear from President Santa Ono, and have a chance to celebrate your UBC school spirit!  
Main Event

Join hundreds of clubs and organizations online through the Canvas course to explore what is available for UBC students.

Explore the Main Event now

No matter who you are and what you are interested in, there is something for you at Imagine UBC.

Indra Hayre, Arts Student

Information for returning students

Imagine UBC is an event that most UBC students don’t forget. All students are invited to participate in the day's activities. If you've never had a chance to go to Imagine UBC or you just wish you could do it all over again—this year is your chance!

UBC is working hard to ensure that your student experience this year is excellent. During Imagine UBC, you’ll be able to reconnect with the community, show your school spirit, and find opportunities to get involved. Participate by attending virtual events, including the Pep Rally and departmental orientation events. You can also visit over 350+ club booths at the Main Event, which will also be held online this year.

Details about how you can participate in Imagine UBC will be emailed to you in early September. You can also visit the orientations website for more information.Make sure your email address is up to date in your Student Service Centre (SSC), so you can participate in this unforgettable experience!

Information for transfer students

If you are coming to UBC from another university or college, Imagine UBC is also for you!

By participating in Imagine UBC with your orientation group, meeting your Faculty Deans, and virtually visiting some of the over 350+ club booths at the Main Event, you’ll be able to make little connections all day long that will help kick start your UBC experience.

Your customized schedule will be emailed to you in early September. You can also visit the orientations website for more information. Make the most of this day and find out what awaits you at UBC!

Imagine UBC is a great start for transfer students who are looking to make friends, and get involved at UBC. Even if you don’t meet your new UBC best friend, or find a group you’d like to get involved with, it is an easy way to meet some friendly faces, and get more familiar with the campus.

Caelan Huesing, Transfer Student

Continue your orientation after Imagine UBC

Your orientation doesn't end at Imagine UBC. You are invited to participate in a number of exciting events being hosted virtually.

Faculty-based orientation events

Your faculty or undergraduate society may be hosting events in the first weeks of September. Check out their offerings:

Indigenous students

The First Nations House of Learning offers additional orientations opportunities for Indigenous students. Information to come soon.


UBC Homecoming is the University’s premier celebration of school spirit for students, alumni, and the neighbouring community.

More information will be shared soon, so stay tuned!

Continued connections

If you're a first year student looking for continued connections with an upper-year leader and a group of other new students, register for Virtual Collegia.

Visit the New to UBC guide

Find resources and tips to help you get started, stay connected, and navigate online academics during your first year at UBC.

Go to the guide

Notice about accessibility

If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in orientations, please contact as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made to ensure full participation.