Student Life

Explore your interests at university – both inside and outside of the classroom.

You will have the opportunity to attend social events or join a student club, perhaps play extracurricular sports (varsity or recreational) or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community.

See more of what student life is like at our university.

Orientation Programs

Orientation and transition programs are available throughout the year, providing all incoming students and their families with the information and resources necessary to have a successful first-year experience.

Specialized programs are also offered through our various Student Life departments to meet the needs of our diverse student population.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

All official clubs and societies on campus are created by students for students, with the support of the Student Union. Our Campus Clubs and Student Societies office gives you the tools you need to get involved and offers rewarding social, cultural and educational opportunities for our members.

Student Union

Our Student Union exists to enhance the student experience. We are an advanced-learning organization that encourages equality and equity, while providing you with essential services. Our Student Union is based upon 3 principles:

  • Build a sustainable organization that will continuously advocate and support student needs.
  • Empower our student body to take positive action for the betterment of our community.
  • Uphold and enrich our core values of diversity, integrity, innovation and accountability.

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Varsity Athletics – Ontario Tech Ridgebacks

We deliver first-class intercollegiate programs that create a sense of pride and community on campus. Ontario Tech Ridgebacks’ teams compete at institutional, provincial, national and international levels, and offer a variety of ways to get involved in team sports and recreation. We offer sports at the varsity level in:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Curling
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Women’s field lacrosse

Read more about Ontario Tech’s varsity athletics.

Recreational Intramurals and Extramurals

We offer recreational sports and leagues you can participate in regardless of your skill level. They are a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.

Intramurals are organized, student-based sporting leagues offered in a variety of sports and activities. Many of these leagues offer a recreational or competitive division of play.

Extramurals provide you with the opportunity to be a part of a competitive team, travel to compete against other postsecondary institutions and further develop sport-specific skills through participation in a higher level of sport.

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Student Services

Career Readiness

Career Readiness provides year-round services to students, recent graduates, employers, faculty and staff. We assist our students and graduates with job search and career exploration, and provide employers with a variety of recruitment services.

Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion aims to create an equitable and inclusive campus that supports students through their transition to university. The Equity and Inclusion office offers resources, workshops, a variety of supports and opportunities to engage students on campus.

Involvement and Leadership

There are many opportunities for students to get involved and build a community on campus, including the Ambassador Program and the Peer Leader Program. These programs help students develop their leadership skills, meet new people and get involved on campus.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Student Accessibility Services works with students with disabilities to ensure they have equal opportunities for academic success. We operate under the Ontario Human Rights Code and will help you arrange academic accommodations to support your studies.

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The Office of Campus Safety is committed to protecting the rights of everyone on campus while providing a professional, respectful and safe campus environment. Working with our community partners, we provide services that endeavour to prevent crime and solve problems that affect our community.

We promote the value of respect for others and believe that safety and security are the responsibility of everyone on campus.

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