Student Experience Office

Student Experience Office
Student Experience Office

Overview of a SOAR Day

Our SOAR program is jam-packed with opportunities to learn about university life, academic expectations, and campus resources. We also strive to provide opportunities to meet and interact with other incoming students, upper-year students, and other families. Full SOAR program schedules will be available in June.

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Through interactive sessions, various presenters will talk about academic expectations, life in residence, how to navigate SOLUS and course registration, program requirements, co-curricular opportunities, and more.

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.

Academic Advising

Available for Arts & Science students only, students and guests attend a session with an academic advisor to discuss course registration for their first year. Students are encouraged to come with an idea of what courses they would like to take.

Residence Tours

Tour a residence building, view a residence room, and get an idea where you may be living in the fall. Residence tours are led by upper-year students who have previously lived in residence, so not only can they show you around, but they can tell you what the experience was really like. Due to the use of residence buildings for summer accommodations, we are only able to show one residence room.


Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet, and take in the dining hall experience. Upper-year students and University staff will also be available during the lunch hour to answer questions.

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. This session also provides an opportunity for families to ask the questions their student will groan at!

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, residence life, and other topics.

Program-Specific Meet & Greets

For students entering Concurrent Education, Computing, or Kinesiology, the program-specific meet & greets provide the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from those programs. They will provide an overview of the program and first year course selection, and answer any questions students and families may have.

Faculty-Specific Programming

For Commerce, Engineering, and Nursing program days, a portion of the day is spent directly with the Faculty, learning program-specific information, meeting fellow classmates and professors, and touring the spaces you'll be spending most of your time in. For Arts & Science program days, faculty-specific programming is incorporated throughout the entire day.

Accessibility Advising for Students with Disabilities

Accessibility advisors are available with students with disabilities for brief discussions about your academic accommodation needs, including documentation requirements, how to register with Accessibility Services and advice about completing your accommodation plan after you’ve selected your courses.  

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. Students will receive a take-away document with important information about preparing for arrival in September, and will also be able to book a phone appointment for later in the summer to discuss arrangements for the meal plan. 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 . 

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