Bachelor of Science Orientation

For students starting the Bachelor of Science, Orientation and the Extended Orientation program are important opportunities to learn about everything you need to get started in your course.

Before Orientation – get started

If you haven't yet, make sure that you've accepted your offer and enrolled in your course: Get Started at Melbourne.

After that, explore different subject areas that may interest you and understand all the other great programs that make up your undergraduate experience in the Bachelor of Science Course Guide.

BSc Orientation

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2024
Location: Parkville

At BSc Orientation, you will be able to get familiar with Science at the University of Melbourne, learn how to prepare for your first few weeks of class and how to make the most out of your degree, and find out who your lecturers are.

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Event program
Register below for BSc Orientation.

9am - 9:15amOfficial Welcome from BSc Director, Associate Professor Andrew Drinnan
9:15am - 10:50am'Enriching your BSc' Information Sessions
10:50am - 11:20amStudent Panel with the Science Students' Society
11:35am - 1:55pmSubject Getting Started Sessions
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Earth Sciences
- BioSciences
- Chemistry
- Physics
- Engineering and IT 
11:50am - 2pmFirst Year Expo and Campus Tours

*Additionally, the University will be hosting an Orientation Festival on Tuesday 16 July. Please make sure to attend both your BSc Orientation events as well as the Festival.


Extended Orientation

Dates: Week 1 (22 July) onward
Location: Parkville

Following orientation week, you will continue to be supported in your transition to university and the BSc. The Extended Orientation program will cover different topics under specific themes in your first few weeks of study.

Check back soon for information, resources, and events for each weekly theme of Extended Orientation.

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Frequently asked questions

We have received many questions during previous Orientation Weeks, and have collected some answers and related resources below.

  • How is Science: Day 1 different from Orientation?

    Science: Day 1 is an important pre-Orientation event that acts as your introduction to science at Melbourne. You will learn important information about the various subjects we offer, interact with some of our cool facilities, gain beginner's tips on course planning and make some friends who you can later meet up with at Orientation. At Orientation, you will delve deeper into your course, the subjects you have chosen and the services the University provides.

  • Do I need to attend both Science: Day 1 and Orientation?

    We strongly recommend you attend BOTH Science: Day 1 and Orientation, as each event offers unique information that will ultimately better prepare you for your BSc.

  • How do I register for Science: Day 1?

    If you have received an offer to study Science at UniMelb, you will have received an email with a registration link to sign-up for Science: Day 1.

  • Can I bring along a friend or guardian to Science: Day 1?

    As this a registration-only event specifically for students who have received an offer to study a BSc at the University, we will not be able to accommodate additional guests.

  • What if I can’t make it to Science: Day 1?

    If you cannot make it to Science: Day 1, we will be uploading Course Planning: 101 sessions which you can view live and on demand.

Other orientation activities