What is Orientation Week?

The short answer: Funny hats, Gaelic chants, and lots of paint.

Orientation Week is hosted by Queen's students to make you feel at home. At ASUS, we are committed to creating a positive, open and comfortable O-Week wherein each first year student can feel welcome in the Queen’s community.

Through participating in Queen’s traditions and the creation of spirit and pride initiatives, we introduce first year students to the Queen’s community and to the great City of Kingston. We aim to instill a sense of respect for that community, inspiring them to be proud and contributing members of our campus and our community.

We are dedicated to making each first year student aware of the resources and opportunities available to them both on and off campus to prepare students for the challenges they will face. Most importantly, these events are intended to give students smiles on their faces, loads of fun, and an unforgettable experience.

All faculty Orientation Weeks at Queen’s are committed to and strive to promote these five Orientation goals:

  • To make all students feel welcome

  • To facilitate a smooth transition to university

  • To build a strong and inclusive community of students

  • To make new students comfortable in their academic, social, cultural, and environmental contexts

  • To provide a solid foundation for a successful university experience

In-person Registration

You can register in person at the Orientation Help Centre, located in the Lower Ceilidh of the John Deutsch University Centre, from 8am-10pm during Orientation Week. We accept cash only for payment - please note there is an ATM located in the JDUC, across from KHAO. You will also be able to register here during Orientation Week!

Orientation Group Number & Frosh Parade

Signed up for Orientation? Click here to find your Orientation group number!

If you live on West Campus, in Harkness Hall, or in Waldron Tower, please wait outside your Residence building by 7:30am. An Orientation Executive (wearing a vest and visor) will come and pick you up to walk to Grant Hall.

If you are not living in Residence or live in the JDUC, please meet your Gaels outside of Grant Hall at 7:45am, they will be lined up along University Ave.

If you live in Gordon-Brockington House, please meet the Parade in front of Brant House at 7:45am.

If you live in any other residences on Campus, please wait outside your Res at 7:45am for the Frosh Parade to come pick you up and join in when you see your number!

Got other questions about Orientation? Check out the Orientation Handbook below!


Please direct any questions regarding Orientation Week to the following:

 Noam Epstein Roth, Head Gael 2019, at headgael@asus.queensu.ca


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