Click on the following document which will help you get ready for the Spring/Summer 2021 semester!

Your roadmap to student success.

Welcome to Bow Valley College. New Student Orientation is important for all students joining the Bow Valley College community for the first time. Attend this 2-day virtual Spring/Summer 2021 New Student Orientation on May 3 & 4, 2021 to:

  • Get the right tools to succeed in your academic courses and be comfortable with BVC before classes begin
  • Meet fellow students, alumni, your instructors and program chairs
  • Learn about the many free resources and student services available at BVC
Some programs may have extra activities during the first week of classes, but this orientation is required for all new Bow Valley College students. For international students, there is an International Student session on New Student Orientation Day 1 (May 3, 2021).
There are two parts of New Student Orientation (NSO):

1. Join a virtual live NSO event on May 3 & 4, 2021
2. Visit My Success Hub (MSH101) on D2L Brightspace and check out New Student Orientation Module

New students will receive an invitation to the NSO event in April 2021.

Online Student Orientation Videos

Getting started

Use this checklist to make sure you are ready for your first day at Bow Valley College.

  • Learn how to use technology for your online studies at BVC.
  • Set up your account.
  • Access your timetable and courses through under "Registration" and then "Schedule" (this applies to most programs).
  • Check your mybvc email weekly to make sure you are getting important news and messages from the College.
  • Apply for a student loan and scholarships/awards to access financial assistance.
  • If you're a student with a disability, apply for support services and academic accommodations before you start classes. Download the Accessibility Services Overview, call 403-410-1440, or email 
  • If you are in the courses that require you to be on-campus and if you need to create a student ID, fill out this form (MyBVC log-in required). During this process you will be asked to upload a picture of your government-issued photo identification.
  • Pay tuition and fees before deadlines. Click here to learn how to pay.
  • Buy your textbooks online at the Bookstore. Check with your program chair or instructor before you buy them to make sure you have the right edition.
  • Be sure to add important dates and deadlines to your calendar at the beginning of the year.

International students

  • Email a copy or photo of your valid study permit to the international student advisor at
  • Apply for basic health insurance coverage through Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan if you are eligible.
  • Apply for your co-op work permit before you start the clinical, practicum, or work portions of your certificate or diploma program.
  • Make sure your contact information is up to date on your account.
  • Check the International Students Orientation page here

Helpful information


For more information about orientation and student life in general, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Related events

Be proactive in planning for your success! Meet with a Learner Success Advisor through RISE (Reaching for Individual Success Everyday) to get connected to college and community resources.

Visit My Success Hub (MSH101) to access free resources and supports available 24/7 and connect with your peers.

Need some extra preparation before starting school? Visit Academic Success 101 (AC101) to learn the skills and strategies you'll need to confidently start your first day of class.

Sign up for Learning Navigator and have a BVC staff/ faculty member mentor you through your first semester of studies.


  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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