Incoming Undergraduate Students


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August 2019 Checklist

If you will be attending the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) this fall, please refer to the Castle Checklist instead of the list below.

Your Checklist


Submit your Final Transcript

This is the deadline for those not in an Ontario school.

August 1

View your Financial Aid Account

Have you viewed your Financial Aid account in SOLUS? We will have posted all your Queen’s awards to your account by mid- August.

>> Learn more about navigating SOLUS


Make an Alternative Payment Arrangement (APA) request

The Alternative Payment Arrangement Program (APA) assists students who cannot meet their tuition and student assistance levy (SAL) fee payment deadlines, but have a proven source of funding. The APA allows students, upon approval, to defer payment of their tuition and SAL without penalty until the end of September for fall term fees and the end of January for winter term fees. If you need an APA for both terms, you can submit your APA request for both terms at the same time in August.

>> Determine if you're eligible for an APA

>> Submit an APA request

August 15 for fall term and December 15 for winter term 

Pay your Fall Tuition and Student Assistance Levy

Your fall tuition and the Student Assistance Levy, as shown on your Account Summary in SOLUS, will need to be paid before September 1. The balance of fall fees (student activity fees, fall residence fees, UHIP) is due on September 30.

>> Make your tuition payment

September 1

First-year families in Calgary and Vancouver

Get Ready for Queen’s! Join our faculty and staff reps as we welcome you to Queen’s and give you some tips for being successful!

>> Register now!  

August 19th in Vancouver

August 20th in Calgary 

Join us for our Summer Webinar Series

Over the summer, we will be hosting a series of webinars to help support your transition to Queen's. Webinars will cover a different topic every week including course registration, living in residence, orientation week, academics, student life, study permits, and more.

>> View the full webinar schedule and register here 

Check out the schedule for more info! 

Check out your residence room assignment

Your room assignment details will be sent to your Queen's email address near the end of August. Find out where you'll be living for the next 8 months, and learn more about your building. 

>> Learn about your new home

End of August

Begin packing for your move to Queen's

Have you done all your packing? September 1 is Move-In Day!

>> View our packing suggestions

Last week of August

Focus on your health when packing

Packing? Be sure you have your original health card, a copy of your immunization record, and any relevant insurance documents in a safe place to bring to Queen’s. This is a good time to visit your health care professional and review your immunizations.

Students are encouraged to bring sufficient prescription medication to last at least 30 days into the school year. Student Wellness Services (SWS) family doctors can renew prescriptions as the year goes on, but you should book an appointment at least two weeks ahead of your last dose.

Last week of August

Move in to your new home

If you're living in residence, August 31 is Move-In Day! To make your move as smooth as possible, be sure to read through the Move-In Day details and plan accordingly.

>> Learn more about the move-in process (info will be updated later in the summer)

If you will be living off-campus, we strongly recommend that you move in prior to September 1st if possible, so that you can have your home all set up before orientation starts. Support is available through Student Community Relations if you have questions about your lease, landlord, roommates, etc. 

>> Connect with Student Community Relations

August 31

Connect with Hospitality Services

If you have any food allergies or dietary concerns, visit the Hospitality Services website to setup a meeting with our Campus Executive Chef and Registered Dietitian. They will help make sure that your campus dining experience is both safe and enjoyable. Call or email their office if you have any questions.

>> Learn more about how Queen’s supports students with allergies

As soon as possible

Get ready to succeed in your courses

Although most students enter Queen’s with exceptional high school grades, start preparing for the rigours of university-level study now. University requires new approaches to thinking, writing and studying—even for the most qualified entrants. You’ll learn complex material at a rapid pace even as you take responsibility for your own learning and life decisions. In order to make the most of your education, you’ll need to develop new skills and manage that independence. The best time to start preparing is now by reading Student Academic Success Services’ guide to university academics, Academics 101.

As soon as possible

Apply for academic accommodations

If you have a disability (i.e., learning disorder, ADHD, ASD, mental illness, physical disability, etc.) and are able to demonstrate functional limitations that affect your academic functioning, you are eligible to receive accommodations. Once you have documentation and have enrolled in courses, you can register with Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS). They will then contact you to book a personal, confidential advising appointment to discuss your needs and develop an accommodation plan.

>> Learn more about the process

>> Learn more about documentation requirements

>> Register with Queen's Student Accessibility Services

As soon as possible, and definitely before you get here.

Update your banking information on SOLUS

Do we have your banking information? You can update your information in the Finances section of SOLUS. Your banking information permits Queen’s to process refunds directly into your bank account. Please note that Queen’s will not deduct payments directly from your bank account, and any awards will be deposited to your student account, not your bank account.

For those who are coming to Canada for the first time, you will have the opportunity to open a Canadian bank account and update your information upon arrival in Canada. 

>> Update your banking information

>> Open a Canadian bank account

As soon as possible

Apply for transfer credit

If you have taken courses during high school that may be eligible for transfer credit, you must apply for credit no later than the end of fall term of your first year. Programs with courses that may be eligible for transfer credit include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, CEGEP, and General Certificate of Education (GCE)/A Levels.

Your transfer credit(s) will be posted on SOLUS approximately 10 business days after we receive your official results.

>> Please contact for urgent transfer credit questions or concerns

As soon as possible, and before the end of fall term

Ensure you have valid Canadian provincial/territorial health insurance

International Students: All international students will be automatically charged for single coverage in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP), a mandatory health plan. Students will receive a message in their Queen’s e-mail accounts between August 10th and 17th which will give immediate and direct access to the UHIP portal. Through this portal, proof of coverage can be obtained and printed, dependents can be added, and opt-outs can be initiated (where eligible, and within the first 45 days only).

Returning Canadians: Canadian citizens that have not been living in Canada must register in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) until their Canadian provincial/territorial health insurance comes into effect. This must be done within your first 30 days in Canada. UHIP is a primary insurance plan that provides basic medical coverage for most doctor and hospital services in Ontario.

>> Learn more about UHIP

International students will be automatically billed


Returning Canadians should register in their first few days at Queen's

Avoid malicious emails

As a Queen’s student, you may receive malicious emails in your Queen’s inbox. Learn how to identify these types of emails and what to do if you receive one.

>> Identify malicious emails


Connect with us

If you haven't done so already, make sure you connect with Queen's on social media. You will find new students, current students, faculty, staff and alumni all ready to help you find your way at Queen's!

>> Connect with Queen's University on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

>> Join the Queen's University Class of 2023 Facebook group

As soon as possible 

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