SAIT Start

Welcome to SAIT. Welcome to SAIT Start!

SAIT Start is your one-stop for all the information you need
to start strong, succeed, grow, and thrive!

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance into your program at SAIT!

We are thrilled you are now part of our vibrant student community.

Being a new domestic, international, or apprentice student at SAIT is an exciting and important time. But a new school and a new learning environment also mean a lot of information to process and questions to be answered.

SAIT is committed to making your transition a successful one. Our SAIT Start onboarding experience welcomes you to our SAIT community, offers a blueprint for academic success, and guides you to all the services, resources and campus life activities that are available to support you. 

New to SAIT?

Find all the information you need to prepare for your first day of classes.

New students

What is SAIT Start?

SAIT Start is an online onboarding experience developed specifically for first-year students to prepare them for academic success before beginning classes. The information then remains accessible throughout the semester for quick and easy reference.

SAIT Start is presented as seven modules that are completed in order. It's designed to access information easily from any device, whether at home or on the go. You may pause at any time and resume from where you left off. Working through all sections of SAIT Start should take no more than 45 minutes.

We think you'll enjoy the interactive nature of the SAIT Start platform and strongly encourage you to complete all the modules before your first day of classes. Those who complete SAIT Start will be entered into a draw for one of two $250 Amazon gift cards!*

*See contest rules and regulations 

SAIT Start modules

👋 1. Welcome to SAIT

Read about SAIT’s history, values and the Indigenous land it is on. View welcome videos from SAIT’s President and a SAIT student community member.

📚 2. Academic success

Get tips for academic success. Review SAIT’s academic integrity, attendance, grading, and progression policies. Learn how to calculate your grades and navigate SAIT technology. If you are a domestic or international student, do not forget to complete PREP 100 and ETHI 110! If you are an apprentice, complete PREP 145 and MATH 145!

🤝 3. Support services

Looking for a tutor or an academic coach? Need information about our library or wellness services? Not to worry. This section covers all these services and more! Learn about all the resources SAIT offers in support of your success.

🎉 4. Student life

There is more to your SAIT experience than academics. Connect with your classmates outside the classroom. Join a club. Attend a Saitsa event. Volunteer. There is always something happening in the SAIT community!

💵 5. Paying for SAIT

Attending SAIT is an investment in your future but can be expensive. Learn about the types of financial aid. Use our online tool to calculate the cost of your education. Explore tips on managing your money.

😷 6. Wellness and safety

This section provides information about SAIT’s policies governing behaviour standards to keep you and members of our SAIT community safe. Explore resources for well-being. Take a fitness class through Athletics and Recreation. Be sure to download the SAIT Alert app from Google Play or the Apple store!

⏭ 7. Next steps

You are almost ready to start! Use our handy checklist to track tasks you still may need to complete to be truly ready.

How to register and access SAIT Start

You may access SAIT Start as soon as you have received your SAIT email.

Your SAIT Email account is automatically activated within one day after you satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • you accept your offer of admission to a credit program and pay your non-refundable tuition deposit, or
  • you register for an apprenticeship training program.

You will need your SAIT ID and email address to create an account.

You may complete SAIT Start at any time, but it's recommended you do so prior to the start of class. Future students and student supporters may also access SAIT Start by registering through the guest portal.

Log in to SAIT Start



Program orientation

In addition to SAIT Start, many academic schools provide an online or in-person program-specific orientation.

Program-specific orientation lets you connect with instructors and classmates before your studies begin. Depending on your program, they are usually held the week before classes start or the first day of classes.

Most apprenticeship programs provide an orientation before or on the first day of classes.  These orientations may be online or on campus, depending on how your training period has been set up.  An orientation by Alberta Industry and Training (AIT) is usually scheduled during the first week of classes.  This orientation may also be online or on campus, depending on how your training period has been set up.

The information provided by SAIT Start has been designed to complement this orientation. Watch your email for details.

Get involved

Make the most of your time at SAIT!

Contact us at

Student Engagement Office


Monday - Friday | 8 am - 4:30 pm

a view of the moutains and stream in between

Oki, Âba wathtech, Danit'ada, Tawnshi, Hello.

SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.