Incoming Undergraduate Students

Incoming Students Welcome to Queen's
Incoming Students Welcome to Queen's

The Student Experience Office hosted the July 2020 Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR), a month-long summer orientation program for incoming first year students and their families. SOAR included content designed specifically for parents and supporters to help them support their student’s transition to university. Although SOAR ended on July 31, 2020, all sessions were recorded and are available to view -  please click "Details" for each session to find the links below. 

SOAR Sessions for Parents and Supporters

BISC Supporting Your Student 
Wednesday July 8, 5:00-6:00 pm EST

Learearn from Student Services Staff at Bader International Study Centre about key skills your student should develop in order to make the most of an online fall semester, important discussions to have with your student to help set them up for success in their first year and how the BISC will be supporting student development over the fall term. 

Welcome to Nursing 
Thursday July 16, 2:00-3:00 pm EST

Join the Associate Director, Undergraduate Nursing and enthusiastic nursing students to learn about the nursing program and specifically what to expect in first year.
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BISC Course Selection Advising
Monday July 20th – Friday July 28th and Monday July 27th – Friday, July 31st
9:00 am - 11:00 am EST (15 minute appointments)

China Time Zone Students: Tuesday July 21, 4:00 am – 6:00 am EST  

Every BISC student will have the chance to talk for 15 minutes with an experienced BISC Advisor about their course choices and the program more generally. These advising sessions will be by Zoom , your student will receive an email to their Queen’s email account confirming the date and time of their 15 minute session with an academic advisor. Please ensure your student responds promptly to the email to confirm that they can make the time and date allocated to them.

BHSc Parent/Guardian/Student Supporter Q&A session  
Monday July 20, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

This session will allow parents of incoming BHSc first-year students to connect with upper-year BHSc students and ask them any questions they may have about the program and student life at Queen’s.

Supporting Your Student
Monday July 20, 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST

Wondering how to support your student in their first year at Queen’s?

Hear from students and student affairs staff at Queen’s about critical conversations you should be having with your student. Join Corinna Fitzgerald, Assistant Dean Student Life and Learning to learn about supporting your first year student as they transition to university. This webinar will focus on critical conversations you should be having with your student to help them prepare for university, and feature a student panel – including students who lived at home during their first year of university.

>> View recording here!


QSAS Webinar 
Wednesday July 22, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) is part of Student Wellness Services (SWS) which also includes Student Health, Student Counselling, and Health Promotion. Learn about the services that QSAS provides services for all Queen’s students with disabilities including: academic accommodations, transition supports, adaptive technology, advocacy and referrals.This webinar will also provide you with information about how to register with QSAS, and answer questions about accommodations and online learning.

BHSc Parent/Guardian/Student Supporter Q&A session 
Thursday July 23, 5:00 – 6:00 pm EST

This session will allow parents of incoming BHSc first-year students to connect with upper-year BHSc students and ask them any questions they may have about the program and student life at Queen’s.

BHSc Course Registration  
Thursday July 30, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

If your student unsure of how to enroll in courses or what prerequisites you may need for your degree plan? Join Dr. Nikki Philbrook, BHSc program Instructor and Academic Advisor, and current BHSc second-year students to review the course registration and selection process. 
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Arts and Science Registration Sessions
Arts Registration Session - Tuesday July 21, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST. View recording!
Music Registration Session - Wednesday July 22, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST. View recording!
Con-Ed session - Thursday July 23, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST. View recording!
Computing Registration Session - Monday, July 27th 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST. View recording!
Kinesiology Registration Session - Tuesday July 28, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST. View recording!
Science Registration Session - Wednesday July 29th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST. View recording!
Visual Art Registration Session - Thursday July 30, 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST. Register here!


These sessions are designed for incoming first year students in Arts and Science.  They will walk students through the A&S 101 Handbook, how to build a timetable, and how to add classes in SOLUS (including how to find enrollment appointment and the idea of first year being a time for exploration and keeping Plan options open). AP and IB credits will be covered. They will also provide some information on the academic cycle – what happens in first year and when (December exams, mid-year grades, final grades, Plan selection, other important dates), next steps, future years and where to go for information and advice as a first year student.

Each session will contain tailored, program-specific information.


Learn About SASS - A Guide to Student Academic Success

Meet Susan Korba, the director of the Student Academic Success Services (SASS). In this introductory video, Susan explores some of the many services available to students who come to SASS. These include but are not limited to: academic advising, writing at university, and learning strategy development. To learn more visit the SASS website.


Missed our AMA Webinar for First-Year Families & Supporters?

Tuesday, June 23 - 7:00-8:00 pm EST

  • Get answers to frequently asked questions about the university’s plans for the fall.
  • Hear from Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney and our Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green about the upcoming semester.

View a recording here!

Check this webpage for parents, family members and supporters, with links to lots of information, including Fall 2020 Faculty/School-specific plans and Residences. Many of your questions will be answered at the links provided.