Welcome To Queen's

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, please connect with us via LiveChat in the bottom right corner of this page or email us at asc.academic@queensu.ca.

Start preparing for your first year by checking out our Next Steps website. The website will be updated throughout the summer, so make sure to check back often!

Information for parents, friends, and supports is available on the Student Affairs website: queensu.ca/studentaffairs/parents

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Find out more about our summer orientation program (SOAR) from Haley:

 

Sessions

Everything you Need to Know in 1st YearJuly 20, 11:00AM 
Arts Registration SessionJuly 21, 7:00PM
Bachelor of Music RegistrationJuly 22, 7:00PM
Science Registration SessionJuly 23, 7:00PM
Computing Registration SessionJuly 27, 7:00PM
Kinesiology Registration SessionJuly 28, 7:00PM
FAS Student PanelJuly 30, 1:00PM
Bachelor of Fine Art Registration Session July 30, 7:00PM
FAS Get Ready for RegistrationJuly 31, 11:00AM

**All times are EDT

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Meet Haley from our Student Services Office:

Our academic advisors are available online and ready to take your questions. Please email us at asc.registration@queensu.ca and we will get right back to you.

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ASCX101: Learning & Working in a Digital Age

We designed our new, free, non-credit course “Learning and Working in a Digital Age” to assist our incoming students in their transition to Queen’s.

It is an opportunity to learn through Arts and Science Online this summer and to experience remote learning at Queen’s, which we have been doing for over 130 years (since 1889)!

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We will be continuing to add new course videos throughout the month of July, so please check back often!

Chemistry

 

Classics

 

Computing

 

Environmental Studies

 

Geology

 

Global Development Studies

 

History

 

 

 

Kinesiology & Health Studies

 

 

Math

 

Psychology

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From the Gold Rush through two world wars to the dawn of the internet age up until now, Queen’s University has been delivering exceptional distance learning programs.  

This fall, you’ll be doing something you’ve probably never done – an entire semester remotely. It’s okay to be concerned. It’s always reasonable to be concerned in the face of change and new challenges.

Perhaps you chose Queen’s for its reputation of high-quality education, and now you wonder whether you’ll get that. Perhaps you chose Queen’s for its history, community, and culture, and you wonder how that’s going to look when you’re at home behind a laptop screen.

Fortunately, Queen’s has more than 130 years of experience answering questions just like this. Stories in the Queen’s Alumni Review document how Queen’s has helped shape distance learning in North America since the 1800s, all while maintaining its educational quality, culture, and community.

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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!

Chorus:

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!

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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.

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