We hope you are excited for Engineering Frosh Week! We have addressed common questions and misconceptions to help you go into your orientation week with a sense of enthusiasm and anticipation.

What is Frosh Week?

"Frosh Week" is another name for Orientation Week. 

Engineering Frosh Week involves many events that combine teamwork with friendly competition and a liberal dose of goofiness. The week culminates on Saturday morning with the greasepole. In this event, the collective group of Frosh must figure out how to work together to recover a Queen’s tam nailed to the top of a lanolin-covered wooden pole.

Frosh Week Group of Students

Is Frosh Week optional?

Frosh Week activities are completely optional. If a student wishes to participate, they sign up early in the week and pay a small fee. However, signing up does not oblige a student to participate in all, or even any, events. If a student decides that they just want to watch an event rather than participate, or drop out entirely, this is possible at any time.

What are "Frecs"?

Frosh Week is designed to encourage new students to work together in a group and to form strong bonds with students in their year. Groups of about 25 “Frosh” (new engineering students) are led by four “Frecs” – two female and two male second-year students—who are the purple, kilt-wearing, crazy-hair sporting students who usually end up on the front page of the newspaper. And although the initial “Frec encounter” involves a great deal of shouting and silliness, the Frecs quickly become leaders, friends, and mentors to the students in their Frosh group.

Frecs undergo a rigorous screening and training process. They are interviewed for the positions by the Engineering Society and are carefully chosen. They are required to arrive at Queen’s the week before Frosh Week and are put through a rigorous training process that involves leadership, safety, and sensitivity training. They are also taught how to recognize and counsel students who might appear to be uncomfortable with their experience.

What safety measures are in place?

Frosh Week events are closely monitored and supervised, emphasizing safety, security, and sensitivity. All events must be approved in advance by the Senate Orientation Activities Review Board (SOARB) and the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science. SOARB committee members are present at all events and monitor them carefully.

Do I have to participate?

Frosh Week is a highlight for many engineering students. But it may not be for everyone. All choices are respected, so it is completely acceptable to sit and watch the fun or to simply go off and do your own thing.