Resources for Parents and Guardians of Students
At Queen's, our welcoming living and learning environments offer students the programs and services needed to be successful. Of course, students still look to their parents or guardians for guidance.
This page is designed to provide you, Queen's parents and guardians, with information and resources to empower your student to succeed, both academically and personally, at Queen's.
For parents of first-year students:
You are invited to attend one of our Parent Information Nights to learn about supporting your student's transition to life at Queen's.
- October 18: Calgary
- October 19: Vancouver
- October 26: Greater Toronto Area
- October 3: Winter term residence fees posted to SOLUS
- October 10: Thanksgiving Day (university is closed)
- October 15: Last date to apply in SOLUS to graduate for Fall 2016. For more, please see: Applying for Graduation
- October 16: University Day (Queen's 175th anniversary!)
- October 30: Deadline for reserving Convocation guest seating. See faculty-specific dates.
- October 31: Deadline to apply for a General Bursary
- November 4: Last date to drop classes for partial refund
- November 5 & 19: Fall Preview – applicants and families are invited to come and learn about Queen's!
- November 7: Last day to report an exam conflict
- November 7: Last day to register for special exam arrangements
- November 15: Last day to apply for admission to the Upper-Year Program at the Bader International Study Centre for Winter Term
- November 15-17: Fall Convocation
- When making travel plans, be sure to check the sessional dates specific to your student's faculty/school.
- Academic calendars provide additional information on regulations, policies, programs, courses and degree requirements; or visit your student's faculty site for more details.
Fees and deadlines:
- Detailed information can be found in the 2016-2017 Guide to Registration and Fees.
You Might be Thinking About...
- Residence living Sign up for Campus Connection, a monthly newsletter for parents on what's happening at Queen’s Residences.
- Off-campus housing Learn how the Student Community Relations Office can support students. Queen's Community Housing manages university-owned rental properties and operates a service where landlords can list available student accommodations. See the City of Kingston website for information on garbage, recycling, parking and property-related services and rules.
- Food options on campus Learn all about our meal plans and dining on campus.
- Supports for students with severe allergies What you need to know about dining on campus and how to identify allergy-related needs when applying to residence.
- Your student traveling to and from Kingston Learn more about the Tricolour Express.
- Student health Learn about the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Visit the Student Health Services website and subscribe to a monthly health-related web magazine for parents of university students.
- Health insurance Students who do not have valid Canadian provincial/territorial insurance must enrol in UHIP. Supplemental coverage is also provided through the AMS Health and Dental Plan.
- Student safety See all Student Safety resources and our Safety and Security page for Emergency Service Listings.
- Student employment Search for Jobs in Res and Career Services.
- Undergraduate Admissions: Webinars for incoming students (running June through August)
- Residence Application
- Meal Plans
- First-Year Student Resources from Student Affairs
- Orientation Week (or "Frosh Week")
- Registrar Office: FAQs for Parents
- Getting around Kingston
- Traveling to and from Queen's on the Tricolour Express
- Queen's University International Centre (QUIC): Information on arriving in Canada, living in Kingston, Canadian taxes, health insurance, English language support and more
- Ways to Study at Queen's, including Exchange Opportunities and Queen's School of English
- Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux
- NEWTS Orientation for incoming exchange, international, castle and transfer students
- Acculturation and Transition to Life and Academic Success (ATLAS): Orientation sessions for first year international undergraduate students to help ease the transition to Canada and Kingston
- Financial Assistance for International and U.S. Students and other Funding Resources to study at Queen's or abroad
- Required Documents (for Undergraduate Admission)
- Writing Centre for International Students
- Undergraduate Admission: Information on applying and transferring to Queen's
- Office of the University Registrar: Information for Parents and Guardians, including fees, schedules, sessional dates and Parent FAQs
- Next Steps: A website for incoming undergraduate students
- Academic Calendars: Course descriptions, regulations and key dates
- Financial assistance/student awards
- Income tax forms
- Health and dental insurance
- Submit your Family Contact Form
- Subscribe to Campus Connection – a newsletter for parents by Queen's Residences, and visit the Parents section of their website
- About meal plans: For students living both on and off campus
- Queen's Community Housing manages university-owned off-campus student rental properties and operates a service where local landlords list available student rental units.
- Student-Community Relations (formerly "Town Gown"): Bringing students and community together, providing guidance and fostering a spirit of community
- City of Kingston: Information for residents including garbage, recycling, parking and property-related services and rules
- Students in Crisis Service Listing
- Queen's Emergency Service Listing
- The Student Affairs website has information on Student Safety and Sexual Assault Resources
- Health Services: A division of Student Wellness Services
- Counselling Services provides Information for Parents and Transition Support
- Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) offers a number of supports for students with disabilities
- Student Health 101: The "Parent Perspective" - a monthly publication from Student Wellness Services
- Student Academic Success Services: Academic support and skills development
- Q Success: A transition program for students entering first year
- Bounce Back for first-year undergraduate students in need of academic support
- Queen's Learning Commons: Support services and meeting place located within Stauffer Library
- Adaptive Technology Centre
- Accessibility Hub
- How Can I Help My Student? – Information on student development for parents and guardians
- Academic Integrity: Policies and information related to Academic Integrity at Queen's
- See also: The Parent's Guide to Queen's Engineering
(available from the Engineering and Applied Science Prospective Student site)