First-Year Students

Congratulations on your admission to Queen’s! We are so excited to welcome you to the family. The next few months are going to be a whirlwind but keep in mind that our team is here to help you. If you feel lost or you're not sure what your next move is, simply give us a call on our dedicated first-year registration hotline at 613-533-6708 or chat with us via live chat on our website. We will be offering extended Live Chat hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm EST during the registration period.

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR)

The SOAR program aims to help ease the transition of our incoming first-year students and their families. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about academic expectations, resources, learning strategies, and common student transition issues.

This is a unique opportunity for students and family members to:

  • Meet with an advisor to assist you in choosing your courses
  • Meet upper year students in your program and the professors and advisors who are committed to your success
  • Learn about the specific health and wellness supports on campus including counselling and accessibility services
  • Meet with a counsellor, residence staff, or dining hall staff to discuss any academic of living accommodation needs you may have


SOAR for Arts and Science students includes Kinesiology, Computing, Fine Art, Music and Concurrent Education students.

Webinars for 1st Year Course Registration

Webinars are a great way to gather information and ask questions about course registration. All webinars are open to Arts, Science, Computing, Fine Art, Kinesiology and Music students.

Course Registration Webinars for the 2018 - 19 year are now complete. If you didn't have the chance to attend one, you can view the most recent Course Registration Webinar recording below:


Steps to Course Registration

Choosing your courses may seem a bit scary but don’t worry.  If you follow our easy steps to help you register, you'll find that registering in your classes isn’t as scary as you think.

  1. Read the Arts and Science 101: Handbook.  This handy and essential Handbook will explain everything you need to know about Arts and Science; your degree program; your degree plan and course registration.   The Handbook will answer questions such as:  How many courses do I take each year? What courses should I take? When do I enrol in courses?  Everything you need to know is in the Handbook.

  2. Attend SOAR (see above), webinars (see above) and / OR complete the online quiz to see if you understand what you need to do.

  3. So, you have read the Handbook and still have questions but you don’t know who to call? Call our first year hotline at (613) 533-6708 and speak with one of our friendly and helpful Registration Assistants.

  4. Visit the Queen’s University Class of 2022 Facebook page to “meet” your peers and get advice from upper-year students.

  5. Access SOLUS to view the course timetable.  The course timetable lists all of the courses that will be offered in Fall and Winter.  This is your first opportunity to start planning your timetable using our timetable tool. Science students should use the timetables found here.

  6. Access SOLUS on July 9 to start filling your “shopping cart” with the classes you want to take.  Remember to click the “Validate” button to check for timetable conflicts.  This is also a good time to view and take note of your enrolment appointment time.  Your enrolment appointment time is your designated start time for enrolling in your classes.

  7. Finish enrolling in your classes when your enrolment appointment time begins. 
  • First-year BSCH and BCMPH enrolment appointment times will be on July 16;
  • First-year BAH, BFAH and BMUS enrolment appointment times will be on July 17.

Check, change and print your schedule. All changes must be made by August 3.

Registration Tips:

    • July 23 at noon:  To ensure that first year students are able to access the courses they need for their degree program, we put “reserves” on some of our first year classes.  If you try to add a class and get a “reserved” error message, don’t fret!  Restrictions on first year classes will be lifted as of noon (EST) on July 23.  If you can’t get into a class because of a reserve, try again then.  NOTE:  this only applies to First-Year Students enrolling in First-Year courses.  It does not apply to upper year students.

    • August 3:  Registration closes on August 3 so make sure you are enrolled in all of your classes by this date.

    • August 21:  Open Enrolment begins on August 21nd. At this time you can make changes to your classes if you need to.  Be sure to pay attention to the deadline dates for adding and dropping classes. See our important dates calendar.

    • September 1:  View your SOLUS account for tuition and other fees owing. Payment for fall term is due September 1st.

    For more helpful information on course registration click here.

    First-Year Science Timetables

    Timetable A

    Timetable B

    Timetable C


    Orientation Week will introduce you to the many academic and social opportunities at Queen's and will immerse you in the full university experience. Take advantage of the opportunities to speak with professors, advisors and students about your academic choices, as well as your strengths, needs and interests. And while you are busy broadening your horizons and getting to know your university, don't forget to have fun. Cha Gheill!

    Orientation Groups

    Arts and Science (ASUS)

    Arts and Science (A&S) students who sign-up for the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) Orientation Program will be placed in a Gael Group. Each orientation group is led by 3 or more upper-year student leaders, with up to 15 first-year students. Gael Groups are made up of students in similar disciplines (e.g. Biology, English, Geography, etc). Learn more or register, click here.


    Students who sign-up for the Computing (COMP) Orientation Program will be placed in a Tech Group. Each orientation group is led by 3 or more upper-year student leaders, with up to 15 first-year students. Email COMPSA for more info about Frosh week


    Students who sign-up for the Kinesiology Orientation Program will be placed in a Coach Group. Each orientation group is led by 3 or more upper-year student leaders, with up to 15 first-year students.
    Check out the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies website for further information.

    Concurrent Education (CON ED)

    Students who sign-up for the Concurrent Education (CON ED) Orientation Program will be placed in a Teach Group. Each orientation group is led by 3 or more upper-year student leaders, with up to 15 first-year students. Check out the CESA (Concurrent Education Student Association) website for further information.


    If you are unsure of your Group or an event your group is scheduled to attend just call or visit:

    • ASUS Nerve Center located in the Lower Ceilidh of the John Deutsch University Centre 613-533-6254
    • AMS Orientation Hotline located in the Lower Ceilidh of the John Deutsch University Centre 613-533-6293

    First-Year at the Castle

    1. Review the BISC First-Year Course Registration Manual.

    2. Attend SOAR (see below), webinars (see above)  and / OR complete the online quiz to see if you understand what you need to do.

    3. Pencil out courses of interest using the BISC Course Registration Preparation Sheet in the registration manual (pg. 25).

    4. Optional - So, you have read the manual and still have questions but you don't know who to call? Call our first-year hotline (613-533-6708) or visit our website to chat with us. You will speak with one of our friendly and helpful Registration Assistants.

    5. View your course enrolment appointment time in SOLUS and fill your shopping cart (July 9). Spoiler alert - the enrolment appointments for BISC students begin on July 13.

    6. Enrol in courses once your enrolment appointment time begins on July 13. All BISC students start their enrolment times on July 13. Since you do not need to be concerned about the timetable (the BISC will do this for you), you should be able to enrol in all of your desired courses for your degree program (Arts or Science). No first come, first served for you - everyone will be able to enrol in the courses that they are eligible for.

    7. Ensure that you have registered for courses by August 3. 

    8. View your SOLUS account for tuition and other fees owing. Payment for fall term is due September 1.

    9. Read and review the BISC checklists on the Undergraduate Admission website. Make sure that you have submitted all the necessary documentation for your arrival in the UK. Start packing for the adventure of a lifetime!

    Plan Selection

    At the end of your first year in May, you will declare your Plan (in other words, your major, medial, minor or specialization depending on what you choose). See the Plan Selection page of our website to find out everything you need to know about Plan Selection.

    Cha Gheill & the Oil Thigh

    The Oil Thigh

    This combined song and dance is a distinctive Queen's tradition, performed at sporting events and most university occasions less formal than convocations (although spontaneous Oil Thighs have also been known to occur). It consists of the old song "Queen's College Colours," sung to the accompaniment of a low-kicking sort of can-can dance.

    The name "Oil Thigh" comes from the chorus of the song, which begins with the Gaelic words "Oil thigh na Banrighinn a'Banrighinn gu brath" ("The college of the wife of the King forever"). At football games, it is a tradition that students perform an Oil Thigh after every touchdown.

    The song "Queen's College Colours" was written in 1898 by student Alfred Lavell to inspire Queen's football team to victory after a disappointing loss to the University of Toronto. Its staying power is somewhat surprising: it was just one of countless university songs penned at a time when songwriting was a booming pastime among students, and even Lavell later described its verses as "sophomoric."

    Its survival is due partly to its rousing Gaelic chorus, which was actually written separately as a university cheer in 1891, and its popular tune, stolen from the American "Battle Hymn of the Republic." But it has also prospered because most of its rivals suffered even more noticeably from over-sentimentality and clumsy rhyme.

    The song's original line "So, boys, go in and win!" was changed to "So, Gaels, go in and win!" in 1985 to include Queen's women athletes.

    The modern version of the Oil Thigh:

    Queen's College colours we are wearing once again,
    Soiled as they are by the battle and the rain,
    Yet another victory to wipe away the stain!
    So, Gaels, go in and win!


    Oil thigh na Banrighinn a'Banrighinn gu brath!
    Oil thigh na Banrighinn a'Banrighinn gu brath!
    Oil thigh na Banrighinn a'Banrighinn gu brath!
    Cha-gheill! Cha-gheill! Cha-gheill!

    Varsity's not invincible, they tremble at the news
    Of Queen's College Colours and are shaking in their shoes.
    Yet another victory, the chance we dare not lose.
    So, Gaels, go in and win!

    Chorus: Oil thigh, na Banrighinn...

    McGill has met defeat before, they've heard the same old tale
    Of Queen's College colours, boys, the ones that seldom fail,
    Remember Captain Curtis and the conquerors of Yale,
    So, Gaels, go in and win!

    Chorus: Oil thigh, na Banrighinn...

    Western’s White and Purple have come down to Queen’s to score,
    We sent them back to London as they’d ne’er been sent before.
    And Queen’s again were victors as they were in days of yore,
    So, Gaels, go in and win!

    There may be other colours to the breezes oft unfurled,
    And many another college yell by student voices hurled;
    Queen's College colours are the dearest in the world,
    So, Gaels, go in and win!

    Cha Gheill

    This Gaelic war cry, correctly pronounced "kay yi-al" and usually translated as "no surrender," is the rousing conclusion of Queen's traditional cheer (see below). The cheer is now used almost exclusively in the chorus of "Queen's College Colours," popularly known as the Oil Thigh song, but actually predates the song.

    The cheer was composed in 1891 by three Gaelic-speaking students: Donald Cameron, F.A. McRae, and another called MacLean, whose first name is not known. It was incorporated into "Queen's College Colours" when the song was written in 1897.

    The term "Cha Gheill" is sometimes used separately, especially between older alumni at university occasions, as a jocular equivalent of "Cheers!" or as a salutation at the end of letters.

    The original cheer was:

    Dearg! Gor'mus! Buidthe!
    Oil Thigh na Banrighinn gu Brath!
    Cha Gheill! Cha Gheill! Cha Gheill!

    This translates as:

    Red! Blue! Yellow!
    Queen's forever!
    No surrender!

    It is pronounced:

    Jarg! Gormoos! Boo-ee-ee-ee!
    Oil Thigh na Banree gu Braw!
    Kay Yi-al!

    Month-by-Month Reminders for Incoming Students

    The Next Steps website is a resource for all incoming first year students.  In a month-by-month format, Next Steps will walk you through the items that you need to complete from May to September to ensure you are prepared for your first year at Queen’s. Wondering when you should register in courses? Or when fall tuition is due? How about when to attend Orientation Week?  Learn all this and much more, at Queen’s Next Steps. We look forward to seeing you in September!

    All students that have successfully completed 24 units or more must declare a Plan from May 13 - 24, 2019. See what steps you need to take in order to choose your Plan.