The Engineering Students’ Society (ESS) at the University of Alberta is all about helping engineering students and it is our goal to help smooth out your transfer process from a student life perspective. This page will tell you about some events that you can participate in at the U of A while you are still at your transfer school and maybe give you a couple pointers about helping you connect before and after you transfer to the U of A.
First off, please note that the ESS cannot help you with anything relating to academics. If you want help with your courses and how to apply for your transfer, please refer to the UAlberta engineering website, contact one of the U of A advisors or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a transfer student and you have any questions for the ESS after reading this page, please contact the Transfer Student Coordinator listed on the “Our Team” page.
The Engineering Students’ Society (ESS) of the University of Alberta represents all undergraduate engineering students at the U of A. We work hard to provide students with a great university experience. The ESS advocates for student interests at the faculty and university levels, offers academic and professional development opportunities, and builds community among engineering students. Through collaboration with APEGA, the faculty, engineering discipline clubs, and other student groups, we provide services, raise money for charities, and host events. You can learn more about us and what we do on our website or you can come by our front desk (beside the Tim Hortons in ETLC) when you get here and we would love to talk to you!
It is never too early to start thinking about what discipline you want to go into in second year, so if you are able you should come to the Engineering Expo! It is typically held at the end of September. You can go on a tour, check out all the different discipline booths and talk to profs so that you can start choosing the right discipline for you! You can also check out this online viewbook for a brief overview of the disciplines.
U of A First Year Nights are also a great way to decide which discipline is right for you! These nights are typically held in March and give you a chance to interact with students, faculty and industry from a specific discipline. It’s a great chance to learn more about any of the disciplines if you are able to make it. Typically each night includes a presentation, snacks or a light supper, and time to mingle with students and faculty.
Please check the department website for information about a particular discipline First Year Night. Dates are typically advertised starting in February.
Each department website has an events heading, and under that you should be able to find the specific first year night and the details. If you have any questions regarding a specific night, please contact that department.
If you haven’t already, join APEGA! You have the opportunity to sign up as an engineering student with APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), and you would get to be a part of the APEGA Student Advantage Program (ASAP). This is a great way to get connected in the engineering world. You can learn more or sign up on the APEGA website, and also like them on Facebook to get updates about contests and events.
The ESS has opened applications for all Associate Vice-President and Coordinator positions to transfer students. These roles are vital to the success of the ESS. Applications are typically opened in March. Please check the ESS website around that time for more information. Also, for those interested, note that a wealth of information that details how the ESS works can be found in our policy manual.
You can also volunteer with the ESS on a more general basis when you become a U of A student. If you want to sign up, simply scroll to the bottom of the ESS website home page and submit your name and email.
Tips For When You Get to the U of A
Be sure to sign up for orientation! You should get something in the mail about it, but in case you don’t, here’s what’s up. They will have actual engineering students to guide you around campus and make sure that all of your questions are answered. It’s a good time to scope out where all of your classes are. It’s very fun and you can learn more about it here:
Be sure to check your UAlberta email regularly and READ ENGGLINK! EnggLink is the ESS weekly newsletter that informs you about upcoming events, scholarship opportunities and just general interesting and fun things happening around campus. You can also pick up an Engineering Handbook at the ESS front desk which is full of information and other helpful things.
The beginning of the year will be packed full of events! There are things like:
Week of Welcome – Lots of fun events during the first week of school such as live music, beer gardens, pancake breakfasts and much more. The event is mostly held in the main quad.
Engineering Carnival – Usually the second week of school, learn about the ESS, discipline clubs, project groups, and more!
Country Crusade – Every October and January the Engineering Students’ Society busses out a few hundred engineering students to a mystery small town in Alberta to let loose and party with the locals!
Join a club! There are many discipline clubs and student projects that you can join. it’s a great place to make friends and have tons of fun. You can also put these on your resume or scholarship application if you end up volunteering for them. Look at the following website for more info, and check out the booths at the Engineering Carnival!
Be aware that getting into BearTracks may take longer for you than students that were already at the U of A. This is because it takes the Registrar’s Office longer to go through all of our extra paperwork. Just be ready to sign up for classes as soon as you get access to BearTracks as they will already be filling up. You can use the following links to look at your course list and to search for each of the classes and see how full they are and when they are offered. BearTracks does have a schedule builder function, but you can only use this once you have access.
If you want a locker, it’s best to go before the first day of classes to scope out the best spots near all of your classes. Just put your lock on and then register it with the club that rents out the lockers for that building. The club that rents the locker is usually in the same building. Be sure to look for signs that may say to pay for your locker before putting a lock on, as some areas may have different rules.
Help for Transferring
If you need help sorting out the academic side of transferring, please contact the first year advisor. The advisor will be very busy later in the summer, so if you already have questions ask them as soon as possible. You can also check out the transfer pages on the Ualberta Engineering website.