Bachelor of Science Orientation

Melbourne Orientation Week

Welcome to all our new Bachelor of Science students! Orientation for 2020 consists of a series of BSc orientation activities during Melbourne Orientation Week, Monday 24 – Friday 28 February. Read on to learn more.
We strongly recommend that you attend the Bachelor of Science activities during Melbourne Orientation Week.

Melbourne Orientation Week

All new students are invited to attend Melbourne Orientation Week.

You should choose the events relevant to you during Melbourne Orientation Week, including BSc-specific orientation activities.

Plan your Orientation experience

BSc Orientation: Monday 24 February

Orientation week marks the beginning of BSc journey. Monday 24th is a fun and insightful day that will get you ready for uni life. To make sure you are on the right track, we recommend attending.


BSc Orientation: Crucial information to get you started and understand the BSc. If you attended Science: Day 1 then you do not need to attend this session. Everyone else, register now!

Subject Orientations: Biology, Mathematics and Statistics, Chemistry and Physics Program Coordinators will be running subject specific orientation sessions on this day. These sessions run for 30 minutes and prepare students for starting in their subjects and understanding the assessments:

BSc Academic Skills Session – Getting started in Science: 1-hour lectures run by Academic Skills, supporting students in preparing for tertiary study in the BSc.

BSc Student Life Expo: Open all day, the Science Chill Zone is your place to relax between sessions, meet current students and explore all the opportunities available in the BSc. Expect GIANT lawn games, enjoy FREE icy poles, yummy slushies and other cool giveaways.

25 February

Commencement ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is your official welcome to the University of Melbourne. This event will highlight your incredible achievements and acknowledge the beginning of your BSc journey.

Held at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building and MC’d by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, you will meet academics, hear from the Dean and enjoy a TedX style talk from guest speaker Anthony Boxshall. You can then pick up your FREE science hoodie and lunch at the festival.

Don’t miss out – register today!

Peer Mentoring

We understand that starting university can feel overwhelming. To help you along the way we will be matching you with a peer mentor who will be your friendly guide in Semester 1!

After the Commencement Ceremony festival, you will meet your peer mentor in Carlton Gardens. This will be a chance to chill out and build some social connections while you talk all things BSc.

For more information about Peer Mentoring, click here.

Your first-year subjects

Visit our Getting Started in Science page to find out all the information you will need to start selecting your first-year subjects.

It's also definitely worth having a look at the Handbook for the Bachelor of Science. You can browse all the majors and subjects available for you to choose from.

We strongly encourage you to attend relevant BSc orientation activities during Melbourne Orientation Week.

What to bring

Orientation will include information sessions and social activities, so you’ll need to be prepared for both. We suggest that you bring:

  • A pen and paper to take notes in the information sessions
  • A bag or backpack: you’ll be given a Course Planning and Advice Guide, plus other bits and pieces on the day that you’ll want to hold onto
  • A drink bottle
  • A positive attitude: we know that meeting new people in a new place can be daunting, but come with an open mind, ready to get to know the University and your Bachelor of Science cohort!

What not to bring

  • Mum, Dad, friends etc. The information sessions will fill up, so there’s no room for anyone other than students. Orientation is also designed for new students only, and it’s your chance to meet people and make friends before University really kicks off. Plus, first year uni is all about adjusting to independent learning – that starts today!

Getting to campus

We encourage you to use public transport, walk or ride as first options.

If arriving at Stop 1 - Melbourne University on Swanston Street, staff will be there to guide you.

If you do need to drive to the Parkville campus there are carparks for staff, students and visitors nearby.

Making friends

Starting university can be a daunting experience and many of you will be concerned about making friends and connections in this new environment.

The Bachelor of Science Peer Mentoring program is available to all commencing students and offers the opportunity to meet a mixture of commencing and current Bachelor of Science students in a relaxed environment.

Information for parents and supporters

The Orientation activities are designed for new students to get their first University experience, to meet new people and to understand how uni life differs from secondary school. For these reasons, we encourage parents and supporters to allow the new students to settle in together as a group and therefore ask parents and supporters to not attend the information sessions or subject expos and subject orientations.

The Bachelor of Science cohort is very large, and spaces are limited. Parents and supporters who enter the lecture theatre will be asked to vacate to ensure that all new students have a chance to hear the information being provided and to participate.

Parents and supporters are welcome to drop off and pick up their new student for the day and can either stay on campus, wander through vibrant Lygon Street for a coffee, lunch or shopping, or catch any tram from Tram Stop 1 down to the CBD.

Useful links for parents

Unable to attend Orientation?

We encourage all commencing students to attend Orientation, but we understand that it isn’t always possible. For those unable to attend, we will have online course planning resources available.

Please remember, this does not replace the experience of attending Melbourne Orientation Week. However, these resources will provide the necessary guidance to select subjects and ensure you get a good start to your degree.

Need more help?

Stop 1: Connecting Students and Services

Stop 1 offers a range of services including:

  • Administrative and information services including student ID cards, fees, transcripts, scholarships and graduations
  • Enrolment services such as course planning, enrolment assistance, special consideration and student equity
  • Skills and development services including employability, global experience, academic development, and student development
  • Support services including disability, housing, financial aid and the Safer Community Program.

Contact Stop 1 online, on the phone or in person.

Other useful links