What is Head Start?

Head Start is an on-campus summer orientation program for incoming first-year students and their parents and supporters, run by the Student Success & Leadership Centre.

Learn about some of the major differences between high school and university, discover ways to get involved on campus, connect with academic advisors, learn about life as a Lancer, and much more. Plus, incoming undergraduate students who register for and check-in at Head Start will be entered to win a $500 tuition voucher, plus an entry into the Grand Prize draw for a $2000 tuition voucher!*

*Click here to view our full contest rules and regulations.

Head Start 2024 Dates

Head Start is a one-day program, so students should only plan to attend one day. The schedule varies depending on your faculty/program, so please plan to attend on one of your faculty's days!

Not sure? Click here to find out which faculty you are a part of!

  • Friday, July 12th: Faculty of Science, Nursing & Education
  • Friday, July 19th: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences & Education
  • Saturday, July 20th: Odette School of Business & Faculty of Human Kinetics
  • Friday, July 26th: Faculty of Engineering 
  • Saturday, August 10th: General/All Faculties 

Why Attend Head Start?

98% of students said that after attending Head Start, they felt prepared to start classes in September.

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Build Connections

Connect with fellow students and faculty, creating a support network crucial for your university journey.

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Navigate UWindsor's Campus

Familiarize yourself with the campus layout during Head Start, so you can confidently navigate to classes, libraries, and student support services.

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Learn About Academic Expectations

Gain insights into upcoming courses, academic policies, and valuable resources to ensure a smooth and confident start to your university experience.

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Get Answers to All Your Questions

Head Start has both upper-year students and professional staff ready to answer your questions about academics, campus life, and university resources.

Get Your UWinCARD @ Head Start!

You don't have to wait until September to get your UwinCARD. Skip the lines and get your official student card early at Head Start! Once you've registered, submit your UwinCARD photo here by the Tuesday prior to your Head Start date. Cards will be available for pick-up at Head Start lunch hour with a valid photo ID. Please note: The UWinCARD office will not be available for walk-in photos. See a complete schedule below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Each date of Head Start is faculty-specific. We recommend attending your faculty date to ensure you connect with peers, staff members, and professors from your faculty, and get specific information about your program. 

If you are unable to attend your faculty date, you can register to attend our general day on Saturday, August 10th. Students from all faculties will be attending this day!

Yes! We encourage students to bring up to 2 parents/supporters. Head Start programming includes sessions specifically designed for parents, families, and supporters.

For your comfort, please wear comfortable footwear and apply sunscreen, as we'll be spending time outdoors. It's also wise to bring weather-appropriate gear, like an umbrella if rain is forecasted.

If you're looking to pick up your UWinCard, remember to bring along a valid government-issued photo ID. We can't wait to see you at Head Start!

We are committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. There is a question on our form that allows you to specify any accessibility accommodations you may require for the event. We will reach out to you by email if you include an accommodation, so watch our for our email. If you have any questions, you can email eventregistration@uwindsor.ca. Please give us advance notice of any accessibility needs you require so we are able to plan accordingly.

For more information about the accessibility of our campus buildings, please see our Accessibility Page.

We try to make our lunch as inclusive as possible. We have a BBQ lunch and serve both halal chicken and veggie burgers. All toppings are on the side. If you require a gluten free option, please ask catering staff and they will provide you with an alternative option.

We appreciate your interest in Head Start! However, this orientation program is specifically tailored for undergraduate students. Graduate students have alternate orientation opportunities designed to meet their specific needs and interests.

If you are enrolled in a Masters program listed below, check out your academic unit/department's website, as you may have a seperate departmental orientation available to you.

While we are happy to know that you are eager to get connected with campus this summer, the Head Start orientation program is designed for new incoming undergraduate students who reside within Ontario.  

Knowing that our international student population typically has very different questions about their first year on campus around health insurance, transitioning to a new country, etc., our International Student Centre (ISC) has created special orientation programming specifically for our incoming international students. Find more information about International Student Orientation here

If you will be in Ontario already at the time of Head Start, please feel free to register and attend. There will be more in-person orientation events for all students during Welcome Week during the first week of September. See you then!

Mature, part-time and transfer students are welcome to attend their Faculty-specific date if they are available, or our general date on Saturday, August 10. We also recognize that non-traditional students may have different questions than students coming directly from high school, as well as less flexible schedules due to work or family obligations. For this reason, we are also offering an evening Head Start date specifically for you on Wednesday, August 14th. You will see this option in the list of dates as long as you select that you are a mature, transfer, or part-time student on the first page.