President Santa Ono's performance at Imagine UBC 2016

Imagine UBC

On Tuesday, September 5, start imagining the possibilities!

On the first day of classes, campus is transformed and over 9000 new-to-UBC students and over 1000 faculty, student, and staff volunteers come together to welcome you to your new academic community and celebrate the start of the school year.

About Imagine UBC

On Tuesday, September 5, you will come together with the entire Class of 2021 for the first and only time while you’re at UBC to be formally welcomed to the University and celebrate the start of your UBC journey.

And what a celebration it will be. Campus will be transformed on this one day to provide you with the chance to meet some great people, including your Dean, some of your future professors, and other students taking similar courses to you. This will be your opportunity to learn about your new academic environment and specific expectations of your Faculty, as well as meet people and make friends, before classes start the next day.

At the Pep Rally, you will be treated to a number of performances from various members of the UBC community. Afterwards, attend the Main Event, where you can see and sample the many opportunities and experiences available to you during your time at the University, and start thinking about how you want to make the most of your UBC experience.

Class replacement
In 2008 Senate approved ALL undergraduate classes on the first day of Winter Term 1 be replaced by Imagine UBC (with the exception of those classes that begin at, or after 5pm and meet only once per week). 

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.

What the day will look like

In August, you will receive an email with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule. The core components of your schedule include:


Morning meeting Get introduced to your Orientation Leader and the group that you will be spending Imagine UBC with.
Lunch Grab your free lunch and take a break from the day's excitement.
Meet a Prof This is your chance to meet a professor from your faculty, before classes have even begun!
Pep Rally Come together with the class of 2021 and celebrate your faculty pride.
Main Event Explore opportunities to get involved on campus.

Wear your faculty colours

Show your faculty spirit! We invite you to wear clothing in your faculty or school colours. Find yours below!

faculty colours

Other orientation events

Your orientation doesn't end at Imagine UBC. You are invited to participate in a number of exciting events being hosted from across the university, each designed to welcome you to your new home, help you learn about your new academic setting, find your communities on campus and make friends. A great way to help you get oriented to life in your Faculty is by attending an Undergraduate Society event.

Events in your faculty

Your Undergraduate Society is the student government located in your faculty. Events they host vary between faculties, but they are all designed to help you have fun, meet people and find your place in your Faculty community. Learn more about your faculty/school’s specific programming:

Aboriginal students

The First Nations House of Learning offers additional orientations opportunities for Aboriginal Students.

Other events happening on campus

See a comprehensive listing of events happening on campus. 

If you're moving into UBC Residences

See what's planned during your first week to help you settle in to your new home. 

If you're commuting to campus

Find out more about the UBC Collegia program