Queen's University

Summer Orientation eases the transition to university


A new one-day summer program will help incoming first-year students prepare for their post-secondary experience and connect with Queen’s before they arrive on campus in September.

“Heading off to university is an exciting time for students and their families,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “The goal of summer orientation is to provide our incoming class and their parents with information about the transition to university study and the full range of services and programs available to support student success and engagement at Queen’s.”

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR), which takes place over two weeks in July, includes presentations from residence staff, professors, academic advisors, and upper-year students. Part of the day is tailored to specific programs and there is also general information that applies to all students about registration, the university’s academic expectations, financial assistance, and the many resources available on campus. Family members can attend special sessions to learn how they can best support their sons and daughters.

“Reflecting on my first-year experience, I believe that one of the best ways to ease the transition is to provide reassurance to incoming students and their families that Queen’s is a supportive community dedicated to providing students with the best possible undergraduate experience,” says Megan Stanley, Artsci’12. “Gaining a general understanding of the academic, wellness and community resources available at Queen’s through SOAR will help first-year students to feel more confident in making the transition to university life.”

Students and their families also have the opportunity to stay in a residence room the night before their SOAR day to get a feel for living on campus.

Visit the SOAR website for complete details and registration information. Most of the content from the day will be posted online for students and their families who are unable to attend SOAR.

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