First-Year Foundation

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) starting July

Summer Orientation (SOAR)

Part of First-Year Foundation, Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) is an on-campus summer orientation program for incoming first-year students and their parents and supporters, run by the Student Experience Office. SOAR 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.

During this one-day program, you will explore campus, talk to staff and faculty as you learn about support resources, get answers to your questions, and make connections with staff, faculty, and upper-year students and your peers! All incoming first-year students and their parents, families, and supporters are welcome.



We're glad to see you're interested in attending SOAR! Please note that registration is on a first-come first-serve basis, and the more popular days may reach maximum capacity. We encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your preferred date.   

For more information or assistance with registration, please contact the Student Experience Office at or call at 613-533-6000 ext. 79109  

Program Dates

SOAR programming varies depending on your faculty/program, so please plan to attend on one of your faculty's days. SOAR is a one-day program and students should only attend one day.

Please note that Arts and Science also includes students in Concurrent Education, Computing, Fine Arts, Music, and Kinesiology. Students heading to Bader College in the fall should register for one of the Bader College days, and not for Arts and Science or Health Sciences.

  • July 7, 8, 9, 10: Faculty of Arts and Science
  • July 8, 9: Bader College
  • July 15: Faculty of Health Sciences, and School of Nursing
  • July 15, 16: Smith School of Business (Commerce), and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Please note: SOAR is a one-day program, with some faculties offering it over multiple days. Students should only attend one day.

Program Cost

Registration fees for SOAR 2022 are $45 +HST for student tickets and $35 +HST for guest tickets. There is a maximum of 2 guest tickets per student. The fee includes all programming, light refreshments upon your arrival in the morning, an all-you-care-to-eat lunch, and a parking permit for your program day.

Both SOAR student and guest fees for students in the Smith School of Business (Commerce) program are paid by the Smith School of Business. There will be no payment required during the registration process. 

SOAR student fees for students in the Faculty of Health Sciences are paid by the Faculty of Health Sciences. Guest tickets are $35+ HST.

SOAR Registration

Register for SOAR 2022!


Spend the day at SOAR, and spend the night in residence! Relax in comfortable and affordable rooms located within easy walking distance to Kingston’s waterfront, local attractions, boutique stores in our historic downtown, and most importantly, all of the SOAR programming.

Please note: All accommodation reservations must be booked by calling the David C. Smith House 24-hour front desk at: 613-533-3183 .

Mention you are booking as part of attending SOAR to receive a discounted rate. SOAR attendees will have the option to book a 1-night stay if desired.

For more information, check out Summer Accommodations.


Our SOAR program is jam-packed with opportunities to learn about university life, academic expectations, and campus resources. We also strive to provide opportunities for you to meet and interact with other incoming students, upper-year students, and other families. Detailed schedules will be emailed to all registrants before their selected SOAR Day. 

  • Presentations: Through interactive sessions, various professors, staff, and upper-year students at Queen’s will talk about academic expectations, resources and supports, and what to expect as you transition from high school to university.   
  • Faculty-Specific Programming: A portion of the day is spent directly with your Faculty, learning program-specific information, meeting fellow classmates and professors, and for some faculties, touring the spaces you'll be spending most of your time in.  
  • Guest-Specific Session: Families and supports sometimes have different questions and concerns than their students. This session will directly address families, covering topics such as helping your student through the transition, ongoing communication, and mental health and wellness.  
  • Resource Fair: Do you have very specific questions, and would like to talk to a staff member in person? Then the Resource Fair is for you! Representatives from a wide variety of campus services, supports, and departments will be available to answer your questions and help you understand the wealth of resources at Queen's. 
  • Residence Tours: Tour a residence building, view a residence room, and get an idea where you may be living in the fall. Due to the use of residence buildings for summer accommodations, we are only able to show one residence room.  
  • Lunch: Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet and sample smaller portions from a variety of stations to get a feel for the types of food that the dining halls provide. Upper-year students and University staff will also be available during the lunch hour to answer questions. 
  • Customized Support for Students with Severe Allergies or Food Intolerances: Students with severe allergies or food intolerances have the opportunity to become acquainted with the many supports available through Hospitality Services through a 1-on-1 consultation with a representative from our hospitality team. Our goal is to work with students to determine the best way to accommodate dietary requirements and to accomplish this we need detailed information, medical notes and any other relevant material.  
  • Upper-Year Student Panel: The Upper-Year Student Panel provides students with an opportunity to hear about the University experience directly from students who have been there just a year or two before. Incoming students will be encouraged to ask any lingering questions they may have about student life, living in residence, and other topics. 

Not able to attend SOAR? Be sure to check out our webinars and onQ courses to ensure you are up to date with important academic dates, deadlines, and processes.