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Welcome to SAIT!

Fall orientation will be held Aug. 27 - 31, 2018

Orientation is your opportunity to explore our campus and to connect before your studies begin. You'll learn important information about the program, meet your instructors and classmates, learn to find your way around SAIT and get organized. Orientation is the kickoff for First8, a series of events during your first eight weeks at SAIT to help you succeed.

Looking for info about textbooks, lockers, id card, UPass, laptops, parking and more? Find all the next steps you can do before your first day of class.

ORNT 118: Orientation

Your ORNT 118: Orientation course is on one day during orientation week, Aug. 28 – 31. Find the specific date, time and location of your ORNT 118 on your schedule, by logging in through mySAIT or on the Ellucian GO app

SAIT Orientation Schedule 2018

Program orientation

Check your schedule through mySAIT or on the Ellucian GO app to find the start time and location for your day at orientation. Meet your instructors, connect with fellow students, get information about your program, see your space and more.

Program-specific orientation requirements

Some programs have program orientation requirements — check to see if your program requires any additional pre-orientation tasks prior to your first day:

Free BBQ lunch 

Take a break and grab a free hot dog and beverage for lunch, available from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm outside of the south entrance to Heritage Hall.

Campus tours

Aug. 28 - 31, noon - 4 pm (drop-in)
Macdonald Hall, Heritage Hall

Join us for a tour of your new campus — tours will be starting regularly throughout the afternoon. Discover the best places to eat, study, socialize and find support at SAIT. Your tour guide will point out key spots on campus, including the Lamb Learner Success Centre, the SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) main office, the computer commons and more.

Mix and mingles

Get involved

Aug. 28 - 31, noon - 3 pm
Odyssey Coffeehouse, Campus Centre

Get involved at SAIT outside the classroom — meet new people and add skills to your resumé — plus we have coffee! Check out our 60+ student clubs, join the Peer Mentorship Program, meet the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, find out how to add to your Co-Curricular Record and explore on-campus volunteer opportunities.

Indigenous students

Aug. 28 - 31, 1 - 2 pm
Chinook Lodge Resource Centre, Senator Burns building

Stop by Chinook Lodge to connect with SAIT's Indigenous community.  This is your chance to meet Chinook Lodge staff and find out about supports unique to Indigenous students. Grab a snack, meet fellow students, and learn more about clubs and other Lodge activities.


Aug. 28 - 31, 2 - 3 pm
Heritage Café, Heritage Hall

Pop into the Heritage Café for the LGBTQ mix and mingle. This is your chance to connect with members of SAIT’s LGBTQ community. Grab a snack and find out more about supports for LGBTQ students on campus, sign up to march with SAIT in the annual Calgary Pride Parade and play some rainbow games — all students welcome!

Drop-in session: Technical Support

Get help to log in and get started online while you're at SAIT.

The following topics will be covered:

  • where to get technical support on campus (service desk locations)
  • how to connect your SAIT/personal device to WiFi
  • how to download Office 365
  • how to add your SAIT email to your personal device
  • how to print on campus
  • how to log in to Brightspace

When and where

Aug. 28 - 31
1:30 - 3 pm
MC319, Stan Grad Centre

ORNT 118 at Art Smith Aero Centre

An orientation specific to the Avionics Technology, Aircraft Structures Technician and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology will be held at our Art Smith Aero Centre campus. You'll learn more about your program, purchase your tools, and meet your instructors and classmates. After lunch, you're welcome to go to the main campus for a tour, attend a mix and mingle, or play some games on the field.

Indigenous student orientation

Oki, Amba'wastitch, Danit'ada, Tân'si, Hello and welcome to SAIT! In addition to ORNT 118: Orientation, all Indigenous students are invited to attend Indigenous student orientation on Monday, Aug. 27 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the Chinook Lodge Resource Centre.

Chinook Lodge is a place for Indigenous students at SAIT to gather, connect with peers, access advising on a variety of topics, speak with Elders, participate in events and more.

Join us for orientation and make yourself at home in the Lodge — meet the people behind some of the great student services on campus, get tips and advice, ask questions and share stories. Breakfast and lunch included.

International student orientation

In addition to ORNT 118: Orientation, international students are required to attend the International student orientation on Monday, Aug. 27 in Macdonald Hall. This is your opportunity to connect with our staff from the International Centre and fellow international students, learn about key resources on campus that are available to support you throughout your studies and to get information specific to your status as an international student at SAIT. Watch your inbox for more details.

Getting to our main campus

Fall parking passes will go on sale in August and the UPass is valid from Sept. 1. Our main campus is in the inner city, so the CTrain stops right on campus (SAIT/ACAD/Jubilee Station) with many bus routes providing direct service to SAIT. Learn more about your transit and parking options.

First8 contest

Do it for the 'gram for a chance to win with #SAIT! The grand prize is one $800 credit for tuition or travel — you choose.

To enter:

  • Follow @SAIT on Instagram.
  • Take a photo and post it with #SAIT.

To increase your odds of winning, enter once per week during First8.

This contest is open from Monday, Aug. 27 at 8 am until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11:59 pm.

See full contest rules and regulations.


If you've got questions about orientation, please email orientation@sait.ca.

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