First year planning
Welcome to the U of M! You may have a clear vision of your academic path or maybe you’re here to explore, learn and settle in to student life.
The resources on this page will help you transition to undergraduate studies, plan your first year and find additional support when you need it.
First Year Planning Guide
Planning your first year takes a little prep.
This comprehensive and interactive guide and short video series breaks your first year planning into simple steps: exploring your options, selecting courses and creating your timetable.
First year student advising First Year Centre at the U of M
The First Year Centre is your go-to resource for everything you need to know about being a first year student at the University of Manitoba. Academic and registration advisors for first year students are also available here.
The First Year Centre can:
- Answer questions about program and degree requirements
- Advise on university policies and procedures
- Review your progress and evaluate your academic plans
- Connect you to other campus resources
- Provide or connect you to support during challenging times
- Discuss the impacts of decisions before you take action
If you have been admitted directly to a faculty, school or college, you can speak to an advisor in your faculty, school or college.
First 6 weeks
We want to make your university transition smooth. We designed the First 6 Weeks program to help you make the most of this crucial time.
Each week you’ll receive tips, resources and current opportunities for first year students. Here’s what to expect week-by-week:
Week 1: Know your university
Your first week is the time to get to know the basics, including the U of M’s online systems, library navigation, and key dates on the Academic Calendar. We also suggest checking the Academic Integrity website for information and resources related to completing work that meets the U of M’s expectations for academic integrity.
Week 2: Plan your time
University is a big step up from high school. Proper time planning will help you stay on top of your academic commitments.
Use our weekly planner (PDF) and timetable planner (PDF) to help plan your schedule. Week two is also a good time to familiarize yourself with on-campus study spaces and to plan where you intend to work.
Week 3: Engage with your studies
Now is the time to dive into your studies. Talk to your professors (make use of their office hours to really get to know them), plan for mid-term exams and take advantage of the full range of resources to make the most of your time.
Week 4: Connect to your community
University isn’t all about work. It’s also a place to meet lifelong friends and discover new interests and hobbies. With over 150 student groups on campus and the province’s largest students’ association, the opportunities to get involved and connected with others who share your interests and values are endless.
Week 5: Focus on balance
Week 6: Refine your strategies
You’re already halfway through your first term. Now is the time to hone your approach to study and work-life balance and start thinking about the right academic path for your career. Consider talking to academic or career advisors to plan ahead.
Not sure what career path to take? Career Services can help you explore your options and identify a starting point for understanding if you are on the right career track.
University 1 First Year Centre
205 Tier Building
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada