Welcome to George Brown College!
From the day you accept your offer to the day you graduate the Student Life team provides orientation and transition programming to support you on your journey!
Whether you’re studying online or in-person, take these opportunities to meet your faculty, connect with other students, get important information about services and supports at the college to guide your success, and learn about all the awesome ways to get involved to make your experience an enriching one.
The GBC Orientation Experience
There are many parts to orientation and what is relevant to each student and their needs varies. Pay attention to communications sent to you from the college, your academic area, or any specific student group you may be a part of. It's worth paying attention as these will increase your chances of success and offer you additional supports.
We've put together five pages to help you navigate your journey at the college. Each page has content and tasks around that part of your orientation experience and your time as a student.
Select the tab below to find out a bit more.
- 1 BEFORE YOU START
- 2 ACADEMIC PROGRAM ORIENTATIONS
- 3 ORIENTATION EVENTS
- 4 YOUR FIRST 30 DAYS
- 5 TRANSITIONING SEMESTERS
BEFORE YOU START
We've curated a list of key resources and provided a handy checklist of things you should do before you start to make sure you're prepared for your first day at the college.
Get tips on navigating resources, software, and exploring our Online Orientation and Online Learning sites.
ACADEMIC PROGRAM ORIENTATIONS
This is your opportunity to meet with staff and faculty from your specific program. Find out key information, what to expect, and how to connect. Some program orientations are mandatory for certain programs, and you will be notified if this is the case with yours.
Join a workshop, info session, or connect with other students to have some fun. Orientation and transition programming happens before each semester starts, and continues into term to ensure you know what's going on, how you can access services and supports, and to ensure you are in the best position for success, no matter what term you're in.
YOUR FIRST 30 DAYS
As you continue through your program and semesters, your needs will change too. Here you will find supports like workshops and coaching to maximize your efforts and help you fine tune your skill set.
1. Check Your GBC Accounts:
After you've accepted your offer you will receive your invoice where you will find your student ID and temporary password. You will use these credentials to access services, software and supports at George Brown. Log into the college's Identity management system to reset your password to something that you will remember.
2. StuView and Blackboard
StuView is George Brown's student portal. This is where you'll pay your fees, register for your classes, view class cancellations, and more. Blackboard is where you'll find class announcements, content, and links for your virtual classes. Make sure you can access this platform before your orientation and classes begin.
3. Register for your Courses
Web registration dates are posted on StuView, and you can see when you can start to register for your courses for the coming term. This is usually about 4–5 weeks before the term begins.
Once registered, you can view your weekly timetable on StuView, and the GBC app. Courses appear in Blackboard on the first day of class.
4. Set Up your Email
Set up your GBC email as soon as you have access to it. Add in your name, student ID, and program name to your signature! All communications to staff and faculty will be sent through your GBC email, and this helps them identify you easily.
Paying for college: OSAP, Awards, and Scholarships
While your education can be expensive, it shouldn't be a barrier to you achieving your goals and getting a top-quality learning experience. Explore what options are available to you. through OSAP, Awards and Scholarships.
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a financial aid program that offers funding for post-secondary education in two forms, Grants and Loans. Funding is available for both full-time and part-time post-secondary students enrolled in an OSAP-eligible program, and is based on a number of factors.
GBC Awards & Scholarships
Find out about how to apply for the many awards, scholarships, and bursaries that are available for full-time registered students who demonstrate excellence or are in financial need.
All you have to do is apply!
Paying for College Info Session
Wondering how to pay for college?
Sign up for one of these info packed webinars that talk about the costs of learning and the types of financial aid available that you can access.
Useful resources will be shared, and you have an opportunity to ask questions!
Information for parents, friends, and family
Friends and family can play a critical role in the success of a George Brown Student. Navigate through these pages or join us for a scheduled information session that provides an opportunity for those individuals who are important in the lives of our students to learn more about supporting their transition to George Brown College.
- Questions or concerns? Contact the Student Life team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the Student Life Virtual Desk for assistance with lockers, events, and programming, Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm, and from 9am to 3pm on Orientation event days.
- Visit Ask George Brown for frequently asked questions.