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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question (or lots) about Orientation Week? Find the answers here! If you don't find the answer to your question, email Olivia Martin at for more information. You can also follow @AMS_ORT on Twitter to stay up-to-date with Orientation Week news at Queen's.


What is Orientation Week?

Orientation Week, commonly referred to as Frosh Week, is a week long event designed to help you transition to your new social and academic environment at Queen's.

There are two parts to the week:  

  • University Orientation(or First Years Not In Residence Orientation), which acquaints you with campus and your new living environment 

  • Faculty Orientation, which acquaints you with more of your peers and your new academic environment

The week is designed to be fun and welcoming, and get you ready for your time at Queen's!   


What's the difference between Frosh Week and Orientation Week?

Nothing! Orientation for first-year students has traditionally been called "Frosh Week". The term "Orientation Week" is used to better describe what the week is about, as well as incorporate those who do not fall under the traditional definition of "Frosh".


Will there be hazing?

ABSOLUTELY NOT. Hazing activities are expressly forbidden. Orientation Week is designed to be fun, inclusive, and welcoming.


Who is in charge of Orientation?

A long-standing and proud tradition of Queen's University is our entirely student-run Orientation Week. From the Orientation Leaders of your group, to the Orientation Committees that plan and run the week, to the Orientation Roundtable that oversees planning, it is approximately 1100 Queen's students who run Orientation. While students do all the planning and running of the week, Orientation Week policy is set by the University Senate through the Senate Orientation Activities Review Board (SOARB). If you have questions about the spirit of Orientation Activities or want to share your experience contact the SOARB secretary.


Do I have to participate?

No, but we highly recommend that you do. Participation in Orientation is often an incredible experience that many people list as one of their best at Queen's. Orientation is a program designed by students who were recently in your situation - nervous and excited about arriving at Queen's University. It is created with the intention to ease both your academic and social transitions.

Registration is entirely optional and, even after registering, attendance and participation in all events is optional - you will never be forced to do anything. However, b y participating in the week you will meet new people, learn a lot, and have fun!


Do I have to register before I get to Queen's?


Pre-registering helps committees with their planning and will make the first morning of Orientation Week a little quicker and easier, but it is not mandatory. For more specific registration questions, contact the head of your week.

Please note that University Orientation is included as a part of living in residence, so no extra registration is necessary.  If you are not living in residence and would like to participate in First Year Not In Residence Students (FYNIRS) Orientation, you will need to register!  Contact Kim Ervin, the Chair of FYNIRS Orientation at for more information! 


I'm not going into first year, but I'm new to Queen's - can I still participate?

Absolutely! NEWTS (New Exchange Worldly Transfer Students, and Castle Students too!) Orientation is run specifically for undergraduate students new to Queen's who are not in their first year of university. Check out the NEWTS page on this site or email Head Gecko Carolyn Dunk at for more information! 


I'm an international student. Are there extra resources for me?

Of course! The Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) provides a wealth of resources and support for international students. Check out for a taste of what they have to offer. 


What is the policy on alcohol in Orientation Week?

Orientation Week at Queen's is completely alcohol-free - there is no alcohol in any events, and nobody involved in planning or running Orientation consumes alcohol during the week.

Residences are also alcohol-free during Orientation Week (from September 6 until September 13). For more information on this policy, check out the Residence Homepage.


How do I know which week to sign up for?

Visit the Find Your Week page for all the information you need! If you're still unsure, email Olivia Martin at


I don't like yelling and cheering. Will I still have fun?

Absolutely! While spirit and cheering are a big part of Orientation, they are in no way the entire experience. The beauty of Orientation Week is that there's something for everyone - and you can choose what you do and do not want to participate in.


Are there other types of orientation offered?

There most certainly are!

The weeks described on this site are the official Orientations offered by the University, but a number of groups on campus run Orientation activities as well. These will often run after the official "Orientation Week" so that you can participate in both. Keep your eyes and ears peeled on campus in the first week for more information! 


I'm moving up late. Can I still participate?

Of course! The easiest way for a week to accommodate late registration is to know in advance when you'll be coming. Visit the Contact Us page to find the contact information for the head of your week, and get in touch with them for more information.


Who is playing the Orientation Concert this year?

You mean the MYSTERY concert? If we told you, it wouldn't be a mystery, now would it?

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