Orientation Week, or Frosh Week as it’s more popularly known, are four fun filled days designed to help you prepare for University life and orient you with the Queen’s campus, Faculty of Arts and Science, the Kingston community, and the people and resources that will make Queen’s feel like home. Queen’s Orientation is organized by faculty and is the only university in Canada that is still entirely student-run! Orientation is a dry week and alcohol free, so everyone can participate. Here at the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society, we have over 2000 incoming students (enrolled in Arts, Science, Fine Art and Music) participate each year in our week. It’s all for you, Class of 2016!
Click here to view our Orientation Mission and Goals.
If you are a first year not in residence, please check out this.
What Happens During the Week?
When you register for ASUS Orientation Week, you will be given an Orientation Kit on the first day and placed into a Frosh Group. Your Frosh Group will include about 15 other first year students in the same projected program as yourself (i.e. politics, biology, environmental studies, etc), which gives you a great opportunity to meet some new friends in your projected academic field!
Your Group will have a specific number (Group 109 for example) and will have three upper year students who will be your leaders for the week, your GAELS! Throughout the week, you and your Frosh Group will be involved in numerous activities that are both academically and socially oriented. From our Cultural Campus Night to Academic Success 101, Tour of the Town to Frosh Olympics, our events are wide-ranging, packed with information, resources and of course some great times! These events and activities are intended to ensure that your transition to university is as exciting and stress-free as possible!
Check out our Events & Schedule page for a day by day look at all of the events we have planned for you!
Note: All event’s during Orientation Week are optional, so if you ever feel like you need a break don’t hesitate to take one.
Who Is Involved?
ASUS Orientation is a student-volunteer run program, and with over 2000 incoming students participating each year, we also have over 450 undergraduate student volunteers – each who have a passion and love for the Week and are dedicated to making your first couple days here as comfortable as possible! Because ASUS is so large, there are a lot of people involved in the week and here is a little breakdown of WHO they are:
(First and foremost, fantastically fresh!)
Otherwise known as first year students (YOU), they are who this entire week is put together for! First year students in ASUS Orientation will don the fluorescent yellow shirts
(Gregariously great and groovy)
They will be your automatic friend, guide and resource throughout the week, have been through it before and cannot wait to meet you and help you through your first couple days here. They have been selected from a group of over 600 applicants, based on their spirit, responsibility and genuine desire to welcome the class of 2015 to Queen’s! So if you have any questions, need some one to talk to or a helping hand, you won’t have to look to far. All Gaels will be wearing bold blue shirts.
(Outstanding and outgoing, perhaps outlandish but always overjoyed)
These 37 students have been hard working since last fall to plan, organize and run the best possible Orientation Week for the Class of 2016! Their love for Orientation week knows no end and during the week, you will see the Orientation Committee everywhere (omnipresent?!), wearing their blue visors. Committee members will be wearing stylish black vests and the Orientation Chairs and Head Gael will be wearing some stand-out, yellow tuxedos!
If you want to learn more about the Orientation Committee, please click here!