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Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR)

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) is a one-day summer orientation program for incoming First Year students and their families, run by the Student Experience Office. The program offers structured information sessions, as well as opportunities to connect with upper-year students, faculty, and staff. SOAR aims to help prepare students for new academic expectations, address questions or concerns about life at the BISC, and introduce resources and support services at the BISC, as well as on main campus.


  • Prepare effectively for new academic expectations
  • Understand how to make the most of resources and services to support your success at the BISC and Queen’s
  • Meet peers and develop a campus support network before the academic year begins
  • Anticipate important academic dates and deadlines
  • Become familiar with course registration and financial accounts process
  • Start to get to know Kingston
  • Get tips for staying healthy and getting involved at the BISC
  • Get answers to all of your questions from current students, faculty, and staff!

All first-year BISC students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the full day sessions. BISC SOAR sessions will be held at the Biosciences Complex on the Queen's University campus from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Additional information about the structure and content of the sessions can be found on the session schedule (TBC).

Online Registration

Registration for BISC SOAR is currently closed.

If you are unable to attend BISC SOAR, please check out the Schedule & Presentation Recordings page at the end of July, once BISC SOAR is over. You can also check out the Resources page, which will provide you with information from campus partners who were present at SOAR on adjusting to university life and new academic challenges, and links to information on course selection and the registration process.

Still stuck? Email your questions or concerns about SOAR to or give us a call at 613-533-2539.

Tools for Course Registration

At SOAR you will find out how to register for courses online. You may also find it helpful to visit the websites listed below to learn more about the many academic programs offered in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's.

Full-time Arts and Science students at Queen's normally take five full courses (30.0 units), or the equivalent, in their first year of university study. Many courses available to first-year students at the BISC are full courses (6.0 units) which run from September through April. There are also 3.0 unit courses offered at the BISC which only run for one term (Fall or Winter).

A list of first-year courses offered at the BISC can be found on the BISC website and in the First-Year Program Course Registration Instruction Manual. While selecting the courses that interest you, refer to the Arts and Science Academic Calendar and department websites for detailed information on program requirements and necessary prerequisites for second-year courses. If you have any questions about program requirements and first-year course selection, make sure that you ask them when you talk with an academic advisor.

All students in the first-year program at the BISC have been admitted into the Bachelor of Arts program at the BISC. Your first year of study should be about exploring the various disciplines that are available to you at the BISC. While you are not required to select your subject of concentration or Plan until after first year, it is still important to consider the academic direction that you might be heading towards in order to select appropriate first-year courses to satisfy prerequisites for the Plan of interest. By selecting a wide variety of courses, you will have a good foundation of Plan options for moving forward.

Please note that not all disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and Science can be offered at the BISC. If you are interested in pursuing a Plan that does not have a first-year course at the BISC, ask your academic advisor about your options.

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