Pep Rally

Imagine UBC

On Tuesday, September 8, start imagining the possibilities!

On the first day of classes, campus is transformed and the entire UBC community comes together to welcome you to your new academic community and celebrate the start of the school year.

About Imagine UBC

Orientation group led by Orientation Leader at 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?

You will receive an email in late August with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule.

Here’s a glimpse of what your day at Imagine UBC will look like:

Morning Meeting Gather with your Orientation Leader a small group of fellow first-year students from your Faculty. 
Lunch Grab your free lunch and take a break.
Meet a Prof This is your chance to meet a professor from your Faculty, before classes have even begun!
Pep Rally Join the entire class of 2024 at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena for the Pep Rally where you’ll enjoy musical performances, hear from President Santa Ono, and have a chance to show your UBC school spirit!  
Main Event Walk through campus and learn about the hundreds of clubs, resources, and involvement opportunities that are available to you!

The energy at Imagine UBC is always incredible – whether it be in the sun or rain. No matter who you are and what you are interested in, there is something for you at Imagine UBC.

Indra Hayre, Arts Student

Important things to remember

Here’s a few pro-tips that will make your day at Imagine UBC even more enjoyable!

  • Imagine UBC happens rain or shine - dress for the weather!
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be doing a lot of walking
  • Pack a water bottle and some snacks
  • Free lunch will be provided

Information for transfer students

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

By exploring campus with your orientation group, meeting your Faculty Deans, and 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 late August. 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 across the university.

Faculty-based orientation events

Your Faculty or Undergraduate Society will be hosting events in the first weeks of September. Check out their offerings:

Aboriginal students

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

AMS Firstweek

AMS Firstweek is a 2-week orientation arranged by your Alma Mater Society (AMS). It offers opportunities to meet other students and to participate in exciting activities like paint party and music festival. Find out more.


UBC Homecoming is the University’s premier celebration of school spirit for students, alumni, and the neighbouring community. It is a time to welcome students to campus, welcome back alumni, reconnect with friends and classmates, start some new traditions, and really show school spirit. The exciting day will be filled with events, attractions, and the Homecoming football game. Learn more.

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


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.