Welcome To Queen's

Congratulations on your admission to Queen’s! We are so happy to have you joining us in Arts and Science. While preparing for first year may seem like a whirlwind, keep in mind that our team is here to help. 

This Handbook provides first-year students with all the information they will need to have a successful first year at Queen’s, including: available courses, a registration checklist, a timetable template, and frequently asked questions.

First-Year Handbook

First-Year Science Timetables


To learn more about course registration follow these easy steps.

1. Read the First-Year Handbook as that is your best resource to learn what courses you need and how to register.

2. Watch the appropriate registration webinar below

Visit and review our Course Registration page including the course registration timeline..

3. To assist as many students as possible during registration, our regular PASS advising services will not be operating. Instead, we will be available to help students by phone on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call us at our first-year hotline: (613) 533-6708. Our phone lines will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to noon EST; 1:00 to 4:00 pm EST. We will offer extended hours from 4:00 to 7:00 pm EST on August 9 and 10.

We are also offering a first-come, first-served Zoom-Drop In for any quick questions you have (10 minutes or less sessions.) Join us at https://queensu.zoom.us/j/96631528119?pwd=VU5xR1dITzN5My9yamtORTRUVW1hdz09 August 9-20, Monday to Friday from noon to 1:00 pm EST.

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Registration Webinars

Arts Students

Science Students

Everything you need to know


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

Are you a first year BISC student?

Check out the BISC First-Year page to learn more about your next steps.

Are you a Concurrent Education student?

If you are a first-year Concurrent Education (Con-Ed) student then you are part of two faculties, the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Education. You will take most of your classes within Arts and Science and have two extra courses (PROF and PRAC) from the Faculty of Education automatically added to your schedule. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the Arts and Science courses and requirements as well as the Con-Ed ones. You can use the Next Steps website to learn more about your next steps, as well as the Con-Ed website to learn more about the Faculty of Education.


Check out these different resources and ways to connect to ensure your first year is as smooth as possible.

Peer Academic Support Service (PASS)

This service is designed to ease student transition into university and to promote academic success. Peer Advisors address common questions and concerns (scheduling, plan requirements, SOLUS, and selecting courses) during confidential, non-judgmental advising sessions.

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Academic Advising

If you are looking for some guidance regarding academics, connect with one of our Academic Advisors! They are trained staff who can advise you about your options in Arts and Science.

Ask your questions or book an appointment through:

Email: asc.registration@queensu.ca

Phone: 613-533-2470

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Student Ambassador Program

Want to connect with a current student and get all your Queens questions answered? Check out our Student Ambassador program! 

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 Other Resources:

Student Wellness Services

Student Academic Success Services (SASS)

Peer Support Centre

Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) Support

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)

Alma Mater Society (AMS)

Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS)

Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC)

Career Services

Office of the University Registrar

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre


FAStrack is a free, non-credit course to assist our incoming students in their transition to Queen’s.

This course will explore topics that are essential for success at university, including tactics for how to approach your university courses, writing strategies, critical thinking and logical reasoning skills, working in teams, and intercultural competency. 

We are offering the following two sessions over the summer.

FAStrack I: July 12th - 30th  
FAStrack II: August 3rd - 20th 

Visit our FAStrack page to learn more or register here.

Hear what Queen’s student Yuejun Liu has to say about FAStrack:

Hear what Queen’s student Mia Basra has to say about FAStrack:





Environmental Studies

French Studies


Global Development Studies


Kinesiology and Health Studies




How do historians know what happened hundreds of years ago?  What objects or artefacts do they use, and to how much certainty do they have when representing the lives of others?  What about geographers?  How do they use landscape, maps or newspapers to create a portrait of a society?  And what about sociologists?  How do they understand cultural history, changes in migration patterns or the changing shape of cities? 

To find out the answers to these questions and much more, consider registering for BISC 100 Thinking Locally, through Arts and Sciences online.

Get a taste of what you will learn in BISC 100, check out a sample class and listen to the BISC 100 podcast episode The History of Britain in 100 Objects.

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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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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!