New students

What you do here, counts out there

Your choice to come to Conestoga is your first step toward a successful career in your chosen field. The knowledge and experiences you gain here will prepare you for the many exciting opportunities and challenges that await you in the workplace, in your community and in your life.

As a new student, you may have questions about the various aspects of student life. This web page is designed to help answer these questions and introduce you to the many services Conestoga offers.

Next steps checklist

As a new student at Conestoga you will want to make sure you have checked the following:

  • If, after accepting an Offer of Admission, you change your mind or receive another offer, you may accept the new offer as long as you update your online confirmation at www.ontariocolleges.ca before the deadline stated by Conestoga.
  • You may accept a Wait-List Offer to one or more programs in addition to confirming an Offer of Admission to one other program.
  • Send or bring proof of completion of academic conditions, if still outstanding, to the Admission Office, Welcome Centre, Kitchener - Doon campus.

For answers to your questions, contact 519-748-5220, ext. 3656.

  • Student Financial Services provides financial support, information, and advice to help students achieve their post-secondary goals. We assist with the OSAP process and offer hundreds of awards, scholarships, academic grants, bursaries and emergency aid. Student Financial Services also administers the Conestoga Work Study program.
  • The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a combination of federal and provincial loans and grants that can assist students in financial need by helping them meet the costs associated with post-secondary education. For more information, visit our OSAP web page
  • For more information on awards, scholarships, and bursaries, please visit Student Awards.

For answers to your questions, contact financialaid@conestogac.on.ca.

Important: please see Student Fees for fee due dates.

  • Student Fee Invoices are posted on the Student Portal (INVOICES ARE NOT MAILED).
  • You must log on to the Student Portal to access your fee invoice. Please read it carefully and ensure that you are aware of your invoice due date and payment options. Approved payment options include:
    • Debit/credit card
    • Certified cheque (certified by a financial institution) or money order. Non-certified cheques will not be accepted.
    • Web banking
  • Information regarding fee invoicing and payment options may be found on our Fees web page.

For answers to your questions about fee invoicing, contact studentfees@conestogac.on.ca.

  • Your timetable will be available on the Student Portal three to five weeks prior to the start of classes if fees have been paid by the due date on the fees invoice.
  • Learn more about registration.
  • If you have previous post-secondary education, you may be eligible for credit transfer. You must submit a Credit Transfer Request through the Student Portal. Please note: the Registrar's Office is unable to provide transcripts from a student's admission file.
  • See Credit Transfer for more information.

For answers to your questions about credit transfer, contact CreditTransfer@conestogac.on.ca.

  • If you require accommodations for a documented disability, please register with Accessible Learning as soon as you accept an Offer of Admission. For information on documentation guidelines, visit our website.
  • With appropriate documentation, counsellors in Accessible Learning will determine academic accommodations and share information about the full range of supports and services. Call us early at 519-748-5220, ext. 3232.

  • Watch for the Orientation schedule:
    • Important information on parking, textbooks, and various Conestoga services will be included.
  • Orientation information will be mailed out to you prior to the start of the semester.
  • Begin the exciting path toward your career by attending your Orientation day.

Academic dates


Don't miss any important academic dates this term. Academic dates run from September 1 to August 31.

Frequently asked questions

Student Financial Services provides financial support, information, advice and services to help achieve your post-secondary goals.

There are a number of options for you to consider when deciding how to finance your post-secondary education. The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) promotes equal access to post-secondary studies by providing loans and grants to assist with direct educational costs and living expenses. For more information, please visit OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program.

Conestoga College offers $500 to $1,000 entrance scholarships for full-time, domestic students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.

Conestoga College offers bursaries to help with financial emergencies or ongoing financial need, as well as awards and scholarships that recognize excellence.

Under current provincial law, a student's records are considered confidential and will be released to a third party only upon the written authorization of the student or by exception as noted under the Release of Information section of the Student Guide. Information collected in student records will be used to administer the programs and activities of the college. While student records are the property of the college, students have the right to view their own records upon request. Student records may include personal, academic and non-academic information (for example, identification photographs). For more information, please visit Student Records or Student Rights and Responsibilities.

For information about parking applications, regulations, procedures and fees, visit Parking Services.

A virtual library containing many resources is available to all students and can be accessed by using your LRC PIN. Kitchener - Doon and Cambridge campuses have a physical library on site. For more information, visit Library Services.

There are a large number of services available to you as a Conestoga student. Please view the links below to find more information on location, hours and services offered by each area.

Vist the Bookstore online to order textbooks. There is free shipping on all orders.


Visit Conestoga Students Inc. Benefit Plan for opt out information and deadlines.

Many international student questions can be answered on the International site. For further assistance, you can contact the appropriate International office employee.

Full-time registered students within Waterloo Region have the opportunity to purchase a GRT Term Pass (4-months) at a discounted rate of $300. For details, see How do I get my GRT Term Bus Pass?

Your Conestoga ONE Card identifies you as a member of the Conestoga community. The card is designed to keep your life simple by offering an all-in-one solution for identity validation during exam writing, purchasing and discounts off campus (no cash needed!), accessing eligible on-campus services (e.g. library resources), and purchasing a Grand River Transit Term Pass. This is a lifetime card with no expiry date. Your ONE Card is available to you in both digital and physical form. Visit ONE Card for more information about the digital format of your card.

New full-time students registered in the fall 2020 term, will have their ONE Card mailed to them. This includes international students and Brantford campus students who receive a Laurier ONE Card. To receive your ONE Card in the mail, you must complete the steps outlined on Get your card, including correctly uploading your ONE Card photo and confirming the mailing address where your ONE Card will be sent.

Starting September 7, 2020 we will be mailing ONE Cards internationally. This allows students the opportunity to arrive in Canada and provide up-to-date address changes. In the meantime, you will have access to the new digital ONE Card.

There are many options for students living away from home. The first option is Conestoga’s Residence which is located near the Kitchener - Doon and Cambridge campuses. Off-campus housing can be found through Places4Students.com. International students have the option of Homestay, allowing them to stay with a Canadian family while attending school.

Conestoga College is proud to offer students a wide range of opportunities and experiences to get involved on campus through our Co-Curricular Portal (CCP). The CCP allows students to search for meaningful on-campus co-curricular experiences and provides them with an official document recognizing their involvement and contributions.

There are a number of part-time positions available to students on campus. Current available on-campus jobs can be found on the MyCareer site.