First Year Retreat 2017 FAQ 2017-08-05T17:01:14+00:00

First Year Retreat FAQ

WHAT IS THE FIRST YEAR RETREAT AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM BASECAMP AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA STUDENT UNION ORIENTATION?

The first year retreat is a 3 day long program for new students enrolled specifically in engineering at the University of Alberta. The goal of the retreat is to help you get adjusted to university life, meet your fellow peers, gain insight into the different engineering disciplines, and have the chance to interact with both faculty and upper years that can help you throughout your engineering journey.

Unlike BaseCamp and SU Orientation, the first year retreat is designed specifically for first year engineering students and is geared towards your needs! Basecamp is a great way for new students living in res to meet one another, and SU orientation is a great way to learn about the campus, but the first year retreat is the only orientation program that will give you the inside scoop on all you need to know about the faculty of engineering.

WHO RUNS THE FIRST YEAR RETREAT?

The first year retreat is hosted by the Engineering Students’ Society.

WHAT IS THE ENGINEERING STUDENTS' SOCIETY?

The Engineering Student’s Society of the University of Alberta is a non-profit organization founded in 1919. Consisting of over 120 volunteers, the ESS advocates for the 4400+ engineering students’ interests, offers academic and professional development opportunities, and builds a community among engineering students. To learn more about the ESS and to join the team you can visit our website.

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE FIRST YEAR RETREAT?

The first year retreat will be September 8-10, 2017 45 minutes west of Edmonton in Darrell. We will leave Friday September 8th at approximately 5:00 PM from the university via bus and return Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM.

HOW MUCH DOES THE RETREAT COST?

The cost to cover the retreat is $120 (this covers all expenses including transportation, meals, and accommodations, with the exception of dinner on Friday). Please note that your deposit is nonrefundable.

ARE MEALS PROVIDED?

Meals are included with the cost of the retreat. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. An evening snack will be included on Friday, however dinner is not provided so we will stop to eat on the way to camp.

WHERE WILL I SLEEP?

Accommodations, which are first come first serve, include full service lodges, rustic cabins, and tents. The lodges accommodate 120 students, and the rest will sleep in the cabins and tents.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE RETREAT?

Simply follow the link below to begin the registration process.  The link will redirect you to a website where you will have to fill out a basic information form, a consent form, and a payment form.

Register HERE! 

CAN I DRIVE TO THE FIRST YEAR RETREAT?

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No. All students must take the transportation provided to and from the retreat.

CAN FIRST YEAR STUDENTS FROM OTHER FACULTIES SIGN UP?

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No. This retreat is strictly for first year students entering the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta.