Incoming Undergraduate Students

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

Running July 12th - July 23rd, 2021, Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) is a summer orientation program for incoming first year students and their parents and supporters, run by the Student Experience Office. The program features a combination of modules and online events, including opportunities to connect with upper-year students, faculty, and staff. SOAR will be viewed through onQ, where many students will take future courses, and aims to help prepare students for new academic expectations, address questions or concerns about university life, and introduce resources and support services for all incoming students.

SOAR will help you: 

  • Prepare effectively for new academic expectations 
  • Prepare for potential personal stresses and academic pressure points during first year 
  • Make the most of services and resources to support student learning and academic success 
  • Anticipate important academic dates and deadlines 
  • Navigate administrative processes, including academic registration and financial accounts 
  • Get tips for a smooth transition and supports at the BISC 
  • Connect with and get answers to all of your questions from current students, faculty, and staff! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SOAR?  
SOAR is our annual Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources. This year, SOAR is online and includes live and recorded events, as well as activities you can do at your own pace. There is core content for all first-year students, and faculty/school-specific content. SOAR will run on OnQ – the platform that many students at Queen’s use for their academic courses. Through SOAR, you will learn about all of the services and resources available at Queen’s, meet your peers, and prepare for a successful transition to your first year of university. 

When is SOAR? 
SOAR will launch on July 12th and run until July 23rd, but you can access the content all summer and into the fall. 

How do I attend SOAR? 
You will be automatically enrolled in your faculty/school’s SOAR “course” in OnQ. You will have access to all SOAR modules beginning July 12th, and we encourage you to sign up for online events, including webinars and sessions where you can meet your classmates and upper-year students.  

How do I access and navigate OnQ?
Visit and sign in with your NetID and password. Watch the How to Navigate SOAR on onQ video to learn how to log in and navigate onQ.

Is SOAR mandatory?  
We strongly recommend that you attend live events and work through the modules at your own pace. The goal of SOAR programming is to ease both your academic and social transitions to Queen’s and set you up for success!  

Do I have to register or pay for SOAR?  
SOAR is free! You will be automatically registered in your faculty/school’s SOAR OnQ course, however you may be required to register for some of the online live events. 

Will I be able to meet other incoming students and people in my program?  
Yes! There will be a variety of online student sessions where you can meet and connect with other incoming students in your program, incoming students in other programs, and upper year students who can serve as your mentors throughout your time at Queen’s.   

I haven’t accessed my Queen’s email yet. How do I get access to SOAR? 
To access SOAR on OnQ, you have to activate your Queen’s email. If you have not already done so, check Step #2 on the Home page to find out how. 

I logged in to OnQ, but I can’t see my SOAR course 
If you log in to OnQ after July 12 but are unable to see your SOAR course, please email with your NetID and faculty/school and we will make sure you are enrolled. 

I am a parent/supporter of an incoming student. Are there resources available for me? 
Yes! We have designed content specifically for parents/supporters to help them support their student’s transition to university. Check back in May to view the Parents and Supporters tab for information about upcoming sessions.