Fall Orientation

​​​​​​Queen's Orientation for undergraduate students is made up of two parts – University Orientation programming and Faculty Orientation programming. Both aspects of Queen’s Orientation are designed to support your transition to University and get you prepared for the school year ahead!

Fall Orientation 2022 will be September 3 - 11; below, you can see what programming will happen on each day.
This week includes Residence Move-in, University Orientation, Faculty Orientation, and your first week of class. You won't want to miss it!

Sept 3 Sept 4 Sept 5 Sept 6 Sept 7 Sept 8 Sept 9 Sept 10 Sept 11

Residence Move in 

First-Year OCC Welcome

University Orientation - Welcome Home Night

University Orientation - Tricolour Parade 

Faculty Orientation Starts!

Faculty Orientation Day!

First Day of Classes!

Evening activities with University Orientation


Evening activities with University Orientation


Tricolour Open House


ORT Mystery Concert

Faculty Orientation Day!

Faculty Orientation Day!


Residence Building Meetings

Not sure which Orientation activities are free and what you need to register for? Not to worry, take our simple Orientation Program quiz!

Program Quiz
You can view an accessible version here: Accessible Flowchart


What to Expect:

We can't wait to welcome you to Queen's University during Fall Orientation 2022! 

University Orientation is a free program run by the Student Experience Office. It is part of First Year Foundations and, in collaboration with Faculty Orientation, makes up Queen's Fall Orientation! It is open to all incoming students and is free!

This will build on the information provided to you during the Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR). Virtual content will be added to your FYF 100 course, and in-person activities will occur on September 3 & 4, 2022. Check your schedule on Raftr, with your Residence Don, or Off-Campus Leader!

You Will:

  • Learn about the resources and clubs available at Queen's and how to access them;
  • Engage with interactive content that will help you feel a sense of belonging and school spirit;
  • Participate in class-wide events, such as a special Welcome Address from our Principal;
  • And so much more!


Saturday, Sept 3 at 7:00 - 10:30 pm: Welcome Home Night at Nixon Field, Kingston Hall & AB Field 
There is a little something for everyone at Welcome Home Night, like tricolour crafts, movie night, snacks and sports!
Come out and meet upper-year leaders from around campus and even get an evening campus tour!
You can pre-register for your campus tour: Register here!

Sunday, Sept 4 at 10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Tricolour Parade and Welcome, meet at Tindall Parking Lot (or Jean Royce Hall if living there)
The incoming class will parade to the official welcome and kick-off of Fall Orientation in Richardson Stadium.
Learn the Oil Thigh, hear from student leaders, and enjoy a picnic lunch!

Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept 6 & 7 at 5:30- 7:30 pm: 

  • Campus Highlight Tours meet at AB Field 
    Join a campus tour to hear from upper-year guides about the "need to know" locations for your first month on campus. These short evening tours will introduce you to the essential locations for snacks, studying and staying fit. Register here!
  • Meet & Mingles at locations below  
    Two evenings of drop-in activities for Equity-deserving students to meet the students and staff and find community on campus. Visit the groups below to build friendships with your peers and connections with upper years.
    September 6 September 7
    Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre
    (Indigenous Students only)
    Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)
    Yellow House   Faith and Spiritual Life

Thursday, Sept 8 at 5:00 - 8:00 pm: Tricolour Open House at Athletics and Recreation Centre (open to all students) 
In partnership with the AMS Clubs Office and Athletics & Recreation, the Tricolour Open House is an opportunity for new and returning students to learn about the diverse selection of clubs and campus resources at Queen’s. More information here!

Thursday, Sept 15 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Doors Open (open to all years) at University & Union 
All equity-deserving students are invited to take part in Doors Open, an opportunity to learn about resources and supports that exist for you across campus. Drop in at participating offices to meet the staff and learn more about how they can support you throughout your academic year. Visit the Doors Open booth at University & Union (in front of Douglas Library) on the 15th to learn more, receive a virtual resource booklet, a map of how to get to each participating office, and a treat (while they last)! More information here!

Have questions? Reach out to our Orientation Team at fall.orientation@queensu.ca

Faculty of Arts and Science

Arts & Science Orientation

Smith School of Business

Commerce Orientation

School of Computing

Computing Orientation

Faculty of Engineering

Engineering Orientation

Faculty of Health Sciences

Health Sciences Orientation

School of Kinesiology

Kinesiology Orientation

New, Exchange, Worldly & Transfer Students

NEWTS Orientation

School of Nursing

Nursing Orientation

Living Off-Campus?

The First-Year Off-Campus Community (First-Year OCC) is a group of first-year students living off-campus, upper-year student leaders known as "Off-Campus Leaders" (OCLs), and an executive team of upper-year students. Working together, the First-Year OCC aims to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for first-year students that live in Kingston and the surrounding areas, but do not live in residence.


First-Year OCC Orientation

How do I attend Orientation? 
You will be automatically enrolled in University Orientation for all incoming students. There is no cost and no need to register for this program. You will have access to all university-wide Orientation content in August, and the schedule for University Orientation events will be shared in late August.

For faculty-specific events, students will be required to register should they choose to participate in the activities planned by upper-year students. To find out more information about registering for your respective Faculty Orientation, you can visit the faculty pages below, and use the flowchart above to find out which faculty is for you! 

Is Orientation mandatory?  
Participation in Orientation is optional. However, we do strongly recommend that you attend live events and work through the asynchronous content at your own pace. The goal of Orientation programming is to ease both your academic and social transitions to Queen’s and set you up for success! 

Will I be able to meet people in my program?  
Yes! Before Orientation, the Student Experience Office will offer a ton of programming for you to attend and meet your peers. During Orientation, your respective Faculty Orientation executives will be hard at work leading activities and events to give you the opportunity to meet other incoming students in your program, as well as upper-year students that can serve as your mentors throughout your time at Queen’s.