Online and in-person programming

First-Year Foundation

First-Year Foundation

Congratulations on becoming a Queen’s student! We’re excited to welcome you to the Queen’s community and want to provide you with opportunities to start your experience early. Join us for exclusive First-Year Foundation programming that starts this summer and gives you online and in-person opportunities to build your community, support your transition, and find your path to success.


Explore the programs below to learn more about how to make your transition to Queen’s a successful one.

Next Steps

From setting up your Queen’s email to managing your finances in SOLUS, check out the Next Steps website to ensure you are prepared for your first year.

Check out the Next Steps website


Want to connect with your peers, learn about upcoming events, and get answers to your questions? Join us on Raftr – your new digital community platform exclusively for first-year students!

Learn more about Raftr


Join us from June–August as we provide you with critical information on course selection, living on and off campus, university life, and more!

View the webinar schedule

FYF 100 onQ Course

This preparation course is a self-directed set of modules to assist in your transition to Queen’s. The course includes critical information to ease your transition and give you a head start as a Gael!

Check out FYF 100


Register for Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR)! This on-campus, one-day summer orientation program is for incoming first-year students and their parents and supporters.

Learn more about SOAR


Register and self-match with a QSuccess mentor who can help you with the transition from high school to university and provide helpful advice.

Learn more about QSuccess

Off-Campus (First-Year OCC)

Are you living off-campus this year? Join the First-Year Off-Campus Community (First-year OCC) program to help ease your transition into the Queen’s community and meet other first-year students living off-campus. 

Check out First-Year OCC

University Orientation

University Orientation is open for all incoming students and free to participate. Join us for your first few days on campus for a campus tour and first official welcome as a Queen’s student!  

Learn more about Fall Orientation

Parents and Supporters

Are you a parent or supporter of a first-year student? Check out the Parents and Supporters page to find our how you can support your student this summer.

View resources for parents/supporters