September 2018 Checklist

Set yourself up for a successful transition to university by completing this September Checklist!

Register for Q Success 

The Q Success program matches you with a knowledgeable upper-year mentor to help you connect, learn and have academic success at Queen’s.

Through regular events and 1-on-1 mentoring, Q Success aims to help students develop the skills they need to succeed academically, personally, and socially, and make the most of their university experience.

For more information on the program, please visit the Student Experience Office website.

As soon as possible 

Add or drop a course (if needed)

Students have the opportunity to add or drop courses on SOLUS during the Open Enrollment period. The last day to add or drop a course without financial or academic penalty is Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

We recommend that you add any courses as soon as possible, so as not to fall behind on course content.

Students who have not paid their fall tuition by September 1, or received an APA, will not be able to participate in Open Enrollment.

>> Get help navigating SOLUS

September 19

Pay your fall term fees in full

Your student account will have a balance due by September 30 that includes student activity fees, residence fees (if applicable), and UHIP. If you wish, you may opt out of optional student activity fees.

If you received an APA, the balance of tuition and student assistance levy fees will also be due. Avoid service charges and pay by September 30!

The amount due is shown on your Account Summary in SOLUS.

>> Opt out of optional student activity fees

September 30

Apply for a General Bursary

Consider applying for a Queen’s General Bursary. Please note that the general bursary is given out based on financial need, and funding received from the Queen’s admission bursary will be considered as a resource in your evaluation. Therefore, if you have already received an admission bursary, it is unlikely that you will receive further general bursary assistance in your first year at Queen’s.

>> Apply for a general bursary

October 31

Find a part-time job

If you are looking to make money and build experience, there are many opportunities to work part-time on campus.

>> Learn more about on-campus employment options

>> Apply for a work-study entitlement

September 14 (deadline to apply to Work-Study)

Get involved on campus

Make your Queen’s experience about more than just academics, and consider joining a club, committee, or intramural league.

>> Registration is now open for fall intramural leagues

>> Browse the Queen’s Clubs Directory

>> Get involved with your Faculty Society: Engineering, Nursing, Arts & Science, Commerce, PHE-KIN, ConEd, Computing, etc.

Early September

Check the status of your government student financial assistance

OSAP:

Full-time enrolment is confirmed so the first installment of your OSAP funds can be released.  Beginning 2018-19, all or a portion of your OSAP funding will be redirected to Queen’s to be applied to your tuition and education-related fees. The amount of your OSAP to be remitted to Queen’s will not exceed the value of your term tuition and fees, unless you have a balance outstanding from a previous academic term.  Any remaining OSAP will be deposited to your personal bank account.

Log on to your OSAP account at Ontario.ca/osap and view your Funding Summary for details of what is being remit to Queen’s or you can review your Student Fee Account – Net Cost View.

Other provincial / territorial government assistance:

If you are an out-of-province student, please consult your provincial/territorial financial aid website for details regarding the distribution of your student loans and grants.

>> Learn more for out-of-province loan and grant distribution

Visit the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)

If you are an international student, visit the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to meet staff and students who can help you with adapting to life at Queen’s, in Kingston, and in Canada. You will also receive your proof of coverage in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP), the mandatory health plan for those without Canadian provincial or territorial insurance.

>> Learn more about QUIC

As soon as possible after you arrive on campus

Apply for academic accommodations

If you have a disability (i.e., learning disorder, ADHD, ASD, mental illness, physical disability, etc.) and are able to demonstrate functional limitations that affect your academic functioning, you are eligible to receive accommodations. Once you have documentation and have enrolled in courses, you can register with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS). They will then contact you to book a personal, confidential advising appointment to discuss your needs and develop an accommodation plan.

>> Learn more about the process

>> Learn more about documentation requirements

>> Register with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services

As soon as possible after you arrive on campus

Apply for transfer credit

If you have taken courses during high school that may be eligible for transfer credit, you must apply for credit no later than the end of fall term of your first year. Programs with courses that may be eligible for transfer credit include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, CEGEP, and General Certificate of Education (GCE)/A Levels.

Your transfer credit(s) will be posted on SOLUS approximately 10 business days after we receive your official results.

>> Please contact transfer@queensu.ca for urgent transfer credit questions or concerns

As soon as possible, and before the end of fall term

Take care of your health

Student Wellness Services (SWS) is here for many of your physical, mental, and sexual health needs. You may wish to visit SWS if you think you might need immunizations, or to renew prescriptions.

Students with chronic or complex health needs are encouraged to contact SWS to discuss their health needs, or to be connected with a community specialist in the Kingston area.

For mental health needs, SWS provides medical management and short-term, solution focused counselling for all students.

>> Learn more about Student Wellness Services

Ensure your academic success

Orientation is over. Classes have begun. Time to get serious. Ease the shift by attending a workshop with Student Academic Success Services or booking an individual consultations to help you stay on track.

>> Attend a SASS workshop

>> Book an individual learning strategies consultation

 September

Get IT Support

If you have questions or concerns with any of your technology before or after you arrive, help is available at the IT Support Centre on the main leel of Mackintosh-Corry Hall.

>> Visit the IT Support Centre

Connect with us

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you connect with Queen’s on social media. You will find new students, current students, faculty, staff and alumni all ready to help you find your way at Queen’s!

>> Connect with Queen’s University on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

>> Join the Queen’s University Class of 2022 Facebook group