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First-Year Orientation

Our first-year orientation will introduce you to the ins and outs of life at Rotman Commerce.

Separate from your College orientation, Rotman Commerce orientation events are specifically geared to our students. You’ll get an introduction to our student organizations and the RC Houses, and gain some tips on how to make the most out of your first year—both in and out of the classroom.

Check out the 2023 Rotman Commerce First-Year Orientation Schedule below. Register for the events on the RC Portal by clicking the “Attend” button on the event page.

RC Connect  

Dates: Monday, August 21, 8-9:30 PM, Wednesday, August 23, 8-9:30 PM & Saturday, August 26, 2-3:30 PM ET

Location: Online

Meet Rotman Commerce students and staff at RC Connect, our online speed networking event. Make new friends in record time! Every few minutes you’ll be paired with another first-year student or upper-year student. Don’t worry if you’re shy — we’ll give you prompts to get the conversation going! Note: This event is hosted through an online platform called Gatheround and you will need a camera and microphone to participate.  

RC Campus Tours 

Dates: August 28 to September 1, Tours depart at 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 2 PM & 3:30 PM 

Location: Tours begins at OISE, 252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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Aug 28th: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 2 PM & 3:30 PM 

Aug 29th: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 2 PM & 3:30 PM 

Aug 30th: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 2 PM & 3:30 PM 

Aug 31st: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 2 PM & 3:30 PM 

Sept 1st: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 2 PM & 3:30 PM 

Excited to come to campus? We have you covered! Join us for a student-led campus tour, where your peers will showcase some of the most important spaces during your time at Rotman Commerce. Your tour will be led by two upper-year Orientation Leaders who will be able to provide insights and advice on how to tackle your first year. Spots are limited so sign up as soon as possible!  

Block Party 

Dates: Monday, September 4, 6-10 PM 

Location: Varsity Field, 299 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2 

Join Rotman Commerce and other U of T Colleges and Faculties for a giant party with plenty of inflatables, fun carnival games, and free stuff from sponsors! Some of the many exciting activities we have for you at the Block Party include: Climbing Walls, Inflatable Black Light Axe Throwing, Sports Games, Tricycle Race, Dunk Tank, and more. Come visit the Rotman Commerce table (look for our banner!) to pick up a treat and free RC swag. We hope to see you there! 

RC Welcome

Date: Tuesday, September 5, 1-3 PM

Location: Desautels Hall, Rotman School of Management, Second Floor (105 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3E6)

We are so excited to have you join us starting this Fall 2023 semester! Come connect with fellow Rotman Commerce first-year students, meet staff and faculty, and kick-start your university adventure with free food, drinks, and desserts. You can also pick up your FREE Rotman Commerce branded backpack at this event. We can’t wait to welcome you! 

RC Black Student Welcome with Black Rotman Commerce (BRC) 

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 3-5 PM 

Location: Community Room, 4th floor, OISE (252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6)

Join us at Black Rotman Commerce (BRC) for an exciting orientation event where BRC takes you through frequently asked questions, their best advice and fun games. This opportunity will give you a chance to ease into community life at Rotman Commerce. Chat with upper-year students and learn about how to navigate through university life and studies. In addition, there will be plenty of activities, pizza, donuts and refreshments. Come enjoy with us! We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the new academic year. 

RC Clubs Fair

Date: Friday, September 8, 12-4 PM 

Location: West & East Lounge – 4th floor, Student Commons (230 College St. Toronto, M5T 1R2)

Our annual RC Clubs Fair will give you your first taste of community life at Rotman Commerce. Join us in-person at the UTSU Student Commons and check out our 30 student groups and communities! This is a great opportunity to see how you can participate in 200+ student-run events held every year at Rotman Commerce. You can also pick up your free Rotman Commerce branded House t-shirt and lanyard here! 

RC Houses Welcome Event: Par-Tee Putt Mini Golf 

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2-4 PM

Location: Par-Tee Putt Toronto, 26 Duncan St, Toronto, ON, M5V 2B8

Join us for an afternoon of super fun mini golf at Par-Tee Putt Toronto with RC Houses! Meet other Rotman Commerce students and your RC House Committee at this social—you can also find out how to apply for the First-Year Lead positions and the many exciting events we have planned for you this year. Tickets are $10 and includes unlimited play of all 27 unique themed holes at Par-Tee Putt Toronto, plus delicious appetizers and a drink ticket (a $45 value!).


Date: Wednesday, September 13, 1-4 PM

Location: Hart House, University of Toronto

Join us at Rotman Commerce’s annual BBQ at Hart House! All students, new and returning, are invited to enjoy burgers, catch up with friends and meet our newest students. In addition, you will have the opportunity to chat with Student Life, Academic Services, Career Services, Centre for Professional Skills, Recruitment & Admissions, and Advancement. Learn about the various resources and supports available to you! There will be plenty of activities, including prizes and dessert! Gluten free, vegetarian/vegan, and halal options are available.

RC 2SLGBTQ+ and Allies Welcome with Rotman Commerce Pride Alliance (RCPA): Pop Culture Trivia Night

Date: Friday, September 15, 5-7:30 PM

Location: East Lounge – 4th floor, Student Commons (230 College St. Toronto, M5T 1R2)

Want to discover the allyship of the 2SLGBTQ+ community at RC and connect with like-minded peers? This year Rotman Commerce is partnering with our student group Rotman Commerce Pride Alliance to welcome you to campus! Join us for a night of fun and laughs with Question Everything Trivia, hosted by comedian Ari Issac, while enjoying delicious food and a chance to win prizes. There will be different categories like movies, music, tv and interactive activities that can include memory games, word puzzles, playdoh, painting and more! Everyone and all skill levels are welcome. Come show off your trivia skills and make some new connections!

RC International Student Welcome: Toronto Boat Tour

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2-4 PM 

Location: Toronto Harbourfront (145 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H4) 

Are you new to Toronto? Whether you are coming from another city, another province, or another county, we invite you to meet other Rotman Commerce first-year students while exploring the city of Toronto via a boat tour. You will see the scenic Toronto skyline, get a close-up look at the beautiful Toronto Islands, and enjoy informative narration live from the captain.

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