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


Signed up for Orientation? Your group number and initial information for Orientation Week will can be found right HERE. We can’t wait to meet you, class of 2023!

In-person Registration

You can register in person during Orientation Week at the Orientation Help Centre, located in the Lower Ceilidh of the John Deutsch University Centre, from 8am-10pm or on September 1st from 9am-5pm. We accept cash only for payment - please note there is an ATM located in the JDUC, across from KHAO.

ONLINE Registration

You can register for Orientation Week here. Once you have completed payment, you will be redirected to a registration form to provide some more information. Once this form is filled out, you have successfully completed registration for Orientation Week 2019! Please note that online Orientation registration is now closed. You may register for Orientation in person on September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th at the Orientation Help Centre in the Lower Ceilidh of the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC).


ASUS Orientation ensures that every student who wishes to participate in Orientation Week is able to do so. If you wish to submit an application for financial assistance, please click here to find our application form. Once you hear back about the status of your financial assistance application, you may follow the steps outlined above to complete your registration

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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