Kelowna student with a backpack walks outside the Trades building on campus

Orientation 2020

Welcome to the Kelowna campus!

Although this year may look a little different than most, we can't wait to welcome you to the Kelowna campus for the 2020-21 academic year! Take a look at the warm welcome from regional dean, Philip Ashman, and then browse through this page for information about the campus, a virtual swag bag, and events we have planned for you this fall.

We respectfully acknowledge that our campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people. 

Get involved with fall campus events

Register below for events happening this Fall at the Kelowna campus. Any current OC student who registers and attends one of the events below is eligible to win a free  beverage fridge stocked with goodies from the Alumni Association!

And make sure to follow us on the new student Kelowna campus Facebook page. If you're not a member yet, be sure to request to join at this link.

Photo of alumni fridge giveaway

Welcome bag pick up

Register for a time slot below and then come down to campus on September 8 for your welcome bag, full of goodies from the College and our community partners! Make sure you bring a mask with you when you visit us at your designated time. Social distancing protocols will be in place.

Goodies inside the bag will include: a box of Kraft Dinner, sunglasses, bookmarks, SunRype juice and more! We will be drawing randomly for prizes so you never know - you might end up being one of the lucky few to go home with a little extra.

Please note, we will be set up outside of the Trades building and you can choose to drive through by coming into the College at the main entrance and turning left, or walk through by entering off of KLO Road just outside the building.

Q&A with OC staff

Do you have a burning question you want answered before the semester begins? Join us between 11 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, August 26 and hop into our Facebook room on the Okanagan College Kelowna Campus – New Student page to chat with staff from OC. Not a member yet? Send us a request and you’ll be added!

Virtual escape room

We're setting up a virtual escape room for you on Friday, Sept. 4 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.  Register in advance and we'll put you in a team to work on puzzles using clues you're given. The team that escapes the fastest in the allotted time will win a prize!

Trivia night

Register for our trivia night, taking place on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 7 - 9 p.m., then grab a drink and meet some of your classmates virtually! Teams will be divided up so you have a chance to meet other students in your program area. After meeting in the main meeting room, teams will have an opportunity to meet and socialize before starting the virtual trivia game. Prizes will be mailed out to winners!

Virtual student cafe

We’re holding a virtual coffee café on Friday, Sept. 11 from 9 - 11 a.m. Register in advance and receive an agenda with various rooms you can pop in and out of. Want to know about how something at the Kelowna campus is running this fall? Visit that department’s room. Feeling a bit anxious about your first semester? Take a peek inside the pet therapy Zoom room and visit with puppies.

Movie morning

Join us for a free OC private movie screening of Wonder Woman on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Grand 10 theatre. Register in advance to reserve your seat and free drink and popcorn! Seats are limited so register early.

Virtual services fair

Check into the virtual Services Fair on either September 22 or 24 between 9 and 11 a.m. Departments from around the College will be available for your questions. Now that the semester is well underway we’re sure you’ll have questions!

Agenda for Sept. 22:

Financial Aid & Awards:

Counselling Services:

Aboriginal Services:

International team:

Okanagan College Students' Union:

Business Advisors:

Athletics and Recreation team:

Student Governance Opportunities:

Library team:


Kelowna campus events

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Event registration form

By checking this box, I understand and agree that I am only permitted on campus:
  • if I have not travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days;
  • if I am not currently ill or suffering from any COVID-19 like symptoms that include a cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing. Please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control website for a full listing of COVID-19 like symptoms; and
  • if I have not been in close contact with someone who has been suffering from any of the above symptoms or someone who has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.
If I start experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms while on campus, I agree to immediately leave campus and not attend face-to-face classes until I have met the College’s requirements to return. Students who are unsure about symptoms should self-isolate and use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, call 8-1-1 or the local public health unit to seek further input, and contact a family physician or nurse practitioner to be assessed for COVID-19 and other infectious respiratory diseases.

By checking this box, I acknowledge that I understand and will abide by the COVID-19 Exposure Control responsibilities and expectations.
The information collected through this form will be used by Okanagan College only for the purposes of addressing infection risk in the workplace and in the learning environment. All personal information will be received in confidence and is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the College and Institutes Act, and the Workers Compensation Act and related regulations.

Virtual orientation

Be sure to take the OC Student Orientation 2020 virtual session on Moodle. Meet Giovan and Dinushi, who will walk you through an overview of the College and services available before sending you on to your program-specific orientation. Students are asked to complete this virtual orientation before your first day of classes! Login now.

Smart Start

Success sessions for new students!

Don't miss out on Smart Start, an opportunity to get a jump start on the semester. This is your chance to get ahead of the crowd and learn about services on campus, transitioning from high school to college, financial aid, time management skills and so much more!

Virtual Swag Bag

The Kelowna Regional Transit Systems serves the communities of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Westbank First Nation and Peachland with connections to Vernon and Penticton! is your link to everything you need to know to get on board and start riding!

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Questions about Orientation or Smart Start? Contact Carlyn at