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;

  • and to provide a solid foundation for a successful university experience.

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate. If you require financial assistance, you can learn more here.

Where can I find out my Gael Fam?

Good question! You can find out right here!

Register Now!

Registration for Orientation Week will open in the summer of 2017, so stay tuned for updates!


Please direct any questions regarding Orientation Week to the following:

 Conor Gallant, Head Gael 2017, at headgael@asus.queensu.ca