School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Newly Admitted Students

Newly Admitted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Queen’s! As a newly admitted student there are a few things you need to do and information you’ll want to know to prepare for your new academic journey. On this page, you can find important information on how to accept your offer, register, pay your tuition, among many other things. Consider visiting our Orientation page to learn about orientation events, including our new video series, and fact sheets – all meant to help you transition to graduate school at Queen’s and welcome you to our graduate community.


Let's Get Started

The Registrar’s Office has compiled a checklist for new graduate students.  Please read the checklist carefully as it provides information on how to accept your offer, create your NetID, your student card, and health insurance for international students (UHIP) and setting up your fee payment.  International students can also visit the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC) website for more specific information.  Some additional information follows:

1. What is your NetID

Your NetID and password give you access to online services and resources offered by Queen’s. Your NetID will never change, but you should change your NetID password often. A strong NetID password ensures that both your personal information and university resources are protected.

>> Learn more about managing your NetID

2. View the New Student Information Technology Services (ITS) Guide

Information technology is an important aspect of graduate student life.  IT Services offers a wide range of services, resources and technology to enrich your experience as a student at Queen's.  View the New Student IT Guide to help get you started

>> Read the New Student IT Guide

3. Using Office 365 and your Queen's Email

As a new Graduate Student you now have access to Office 365 and a full suite of collaboration tools and applications.

Queen's will only communicate with you via your Queen's email account, so be sure to continue checking it regularly!

>> Log on to your Queen's email
>> Set up your Queen's email on your phone

4. Read your Guide to Registration & Fees and Student Card photo email

The Guide is put out by the Office of the University Registrar and contains detailed information on the registration process, a listing of fees and how to make payment, as well as photo submission guidelines for student card production. 

>> Read the Guide to Registration and Fees

5. What are Student Activity Fees and Supplementary Health & Dental Insurance

The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) administers your student activity fees, as well as your supplementary health insurance. Visit the SGPS website to learn more about these fees as well as important information and dates related to your health insurance. 

6. Academic Accommodations

If you have a disability that affects your ability to participate equitably in academic activities, we encourage you to register with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)  now.  This will help QSAS arrange your support plan in time for the start of classes in September. 

>> Learn how to register with QSAS
>> Learn about our disability documentation requirements
>> Contact the Intake Coordinator for more information

7. Summer Transition Programs & Orientation

Join us for a variety of online webinars, information sessions and videos as we lead into Orientation.  And don't forget to have a look at our "How to..." and "Did you know...?" guides, all intended to help you transition to life at Queen's. The Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) also offers a number of social events. Visit their website for more details. 

8. Moving to and Living in Kingston

Moving can be stressful and logistically challenging. Visit the SGS Habitat for information related to housing, managing your finances, transportation, and guidance targeted at international students. For international students (although also relevant sections for domestic students), there is the Queen’s University International Centre's (QUIC) Guidebook

9. Meal Plans, Food Allergies & Dietary Needs

Hospitality Services take allergies and dietary needs very seriously. Students are encouraged to book an appointment with Hospitality Services’ Registered Dietitian before arriving on campus to discuss how your dietary needs can be accommodated if on a meal plan or using Queen's Dining Halls. All students are encouraged to “Ask Before You Eat."

>> Learn more about Hospitality Services and Dietary Accommodations

If you are living off-campus, our off-campus meal plans can be purchased at any time during the academic year. There are multiple meal plan options (including for graduate students) available designed to meet the needs of your on-campus lifestyle.

>> See available meal plans and flex options

10. Academic, Professional, and Personal Well-being

Be sure to visit SGS Habitat and Expanding Horizons, which are devoted to supporting your academic, professional and personal well-being and development to ensure you thrive at Queen’s.

You may also wish to refer to our Graduate Supervision page, which includes resources such as the SGS Graduate Supervision Handbook, an important resources for both students and supervisors.