UR Beginning for Saskatchewan high school students

By Costa Maragos Posted: May 8, 2015 11:30 a.m.

High School students fill the Riddell Centre at the U of R.
High School students fill the Riddell Centre at the U of R. (Photo - External Relations)

Student Ambassadors
Student Ambassadors helping out at UR Beginning (l to r) Ritva Gahimbare, Stacie Foster and Hanifa Adams.

Today is a new beginning for hundreds of Saskatchewan high school students as the University of Regina holds its annual UR Beginning event.

Grade 12 students, who have already been admitted to the University of Regina and its Federated Colleges, are spending the day getting to know the campus, the people and the programs offered here.

“This is an exciting day for the students and for us here at the University of Regina,” says John Kincaid, Director of Enrolment Services. “We’re here to help the students in any way we can. We register them into courses. We take them on tours of the campus. Students from out of town are staying in residence so they are getting that residence experience.”

Faculty representatives are available to answer questions, as are representatives from the  Federated Colleges; Campion College, First Nations University and Luther College.

Student ambassadors are stationed throughout the campus for tours and advice.

“Students appreciate having someone to talk to and get their questions answered. From a parent perspective it provides a little bit of calm to know we’re here to take care of students,” says Kincaid. “Specifically we have a session on conquering your first semester, which is an important piece for students to learn very early.”

Students can also learn about scholarships at the University and programs unique to the U of R, including the UR Guarantee Program and the Co-op Program, where you can kick-start your career while completing our education.

And for students who can’t be here today, the U of R is holding ‘advising days’ throughout the summer as well as Orientation Day, Sept. 8.

If you want information on registration you are also encouraged to get in touch with Enrolment Services.

Student success is one of the pillars of the University of Regina's Strategic Plan. Co-op students in total earned $10 million in 2014 while gaining practical work experience and in many cases receiving job offers after graduation.