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Last updated: September 17, 2021

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About Queen’s University

For more than 175 years, Queen’s has attracted some of the most academically accomplished students in the world – a collection of bright minds and ambitious spirits. When you come to Queen’s, you can expect to not only become a part of its many traditions, but also be exposed to innovative concepts and new ways of thinking. We have a stunning limestone campus that sits on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, on the shores of Lake Ontario and steps from downtown Kingston.

With one of the highest graduation rates in the country at 89.2%, Queen’s students experience personal and academic success both during and after their time at Queen’s. As Canada’s definitive university experience, Queen’s challenges, supports and helps students succeed.

You will be great no matter where you go, but your greatest story starts at Queen’s.

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The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, UK

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC) is our international campus on the historic 15th-century Herstmonceux Castle Estate in East Sussex, United Kingdom. The BISC student experience is immersive and interactive, and learning on the Castle estate in the British countryside gives context to the academics. You will be immersed in history, surrounded by beauty and part of a vibrant local community.

Programs are carefully designed for you to thrive in a living and learning environment, through experiential learning and small class sizes. With direct access to professors, you will put theory into practice not only around the local area, but also across the United Kingdom and into Europe.

Programs at the BISC can fit a variety of undergraduate plans, offering you the opportunity to choose to spend your entire first year at the BISC, or a term in 1 of your upper years of study.

The First-year Program in England

The First-year Program at the BISC is the only one of its kind in Canada, where you have the chance to spend your first year of studies abroad in a 15th-century castle! Small class sizes, academic field trips, cultural studies excursions and 2 week-long midterm trips to cities like London and Paris are essential elements of the First-year Program.

Choose your program from:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Program Code QIA)
  • Bachelor of Science (Program Code QIS)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Concurrent Education (Program Code QIB)
  • Bachelor of Science/Concurrent Education (Program Code QIF)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Program Code QIH)

Following the completion of the First-year Program at the BISC, you return to Queen’s University’s Kingston campus for your subsequent years of study. Bursaries and awards are available.

The Upper-year Program in England

The Upper-year Program is available for undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 year of university study. You can spend a term (fall, winter or summer) or a year abroad at the BISC.

There is a wide variety of courses and programs for students from all disciplines. Take advantage of specialized programming in British History, Archaeology, International Law and Politics, Medieval Performance or Global Health and Disability. You can use this opportunity to work closely with your professors, build contacts for future internships or conduct independent research projects.

The Upper-year Program is open to university students from across Canada and around the world.

Apply for this program directly to Queen’s University, not through the OUAC.

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Programs

Faculty of Arts and Science

Program Name OUAC Program Code Further Information Areas of Concentration
Arts QA Read more about Arts. Creative Arts
Humanities
Languages
Social Sciences
Arts QBridge QXA Read more about Arts QBridge. Creative Arts
Humanities
Languages
Social Sciences
Arts BISC QIA Spend your entire first year studying in the Bachelor of Arts at the BISC.

Read more about Arts BISC.

Creative Arts
Humanities
Languages
Social Sciences
Science QS Read more about Science. Life and Physical Sciences
Science QBridge QXS Read more about Science QBridge. Life and Physical Sciences
Science BISC QIS Spend your entire first year studying in the Bachelor of Science at the BISC.

Read more about Science BISC.

Life and Physical Sciences
Life Science and Biochemistry QL Read more about Life Science.
Computing QD Read more about Computing. Biomedical Computing
Cognitive Science
Computing and Math
Computing and the Creative Arts
Computing QBridge QXD Read more about Computing QBridge. Biomedical Computing
Cognitive Science
Computing and Math
Computing and the Creative Arts
Kinesiology QK Read more about Kinesiology. Athletic Therapy
Disability and Physical Activity
Strength and Conditioning
Fine Art QT Read more about Fine Art.
Music QM Read more about Music.
Music Theatre QMT Collaborative program with St. Lawrence College. Successful students complete the first 2 years of their undergraduate degree at the St. Lawrence Brockville campus and years 3 and 4 at the Queen’s campus in Kingston.

Read more about Music Theatre.

Faculty of Education

Program Name OUAC Program Code Further Information Areas of Concentration
Concurrent Education/Arts QB Read more about Concurrent Education and Arts. Creative Arts
Humanities
Languages
Social Sciences
Concurrent Education/Arts BISC QIB Spend your entire first year studying in Concurrent Education and the Bachelor of Arts at the BISC.

Read more about Concurrent Education and Arts.

Creative Arts
Humanities
Languages
Social Sciences
Concurrent Education/Science QF Read more about Concurrent Education and Science. Life and Physical Sciences
Concurrent Education/Science BISC QIF Spend your entire first year studying in Concurrent Education and the Bachelor of Science at the BISC.

Read more about Concurrent Education and Science.

Life and Physical Sciences
Concurrent Education/Fine Art QTT Read more about Concurrent Education and Fine Art.
Concurrent Education/Music QMM Read more about Concurrent Education and Music.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Program Name OUAC Program Code Further Information Areas of Concentration
Nursing QN Read more about Nursing.
Health Sciences QH Read more about Health Sciences. Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Health and Disease
Applied Research
Global and Population Health
Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Molecular Basis of Biology
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
Health Sciences BISC QIH Spend your entire first year studying in the Bachelor of Health Sciences at the BISC.

Read more about Health Sciences BISC.

Anatomical and Physiological Basis of Health and Disease
Applied Research
Global and Population Health
Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Molecular Basis of Biology
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Smith School of Business

Program Name OUAC Program Code Further Information Areas of Concentration
Commerce QC Read more about Commerce. Accounting
Consulting
Entrepreneurship
Human Resources
International Business
Investment Banking
Marketing
Social Impact
And more

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Program Name OUAC Program Code Further Information Areas of Concentration
Engineering QE Read more about Engineering. Chemical
Civil
Computer
Electrical
Engineering Chemistry
Engineering Physics
Geological Engineering
Mathematics and Engineering
Mechanical
Mining
Electrical and Computer Engineering QEC Read more about Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Mechatronics and Robotics QEM Read more about Engineering.
Engineering QBridge QXE Read more about Engineering QBridge. Chemical
Civil
Computer
Electrical
Engineering Chemistry
Engineering Physics
Geological Engineering
Mathematics and Engineering
Mechanical
Mining

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Queen’s Online

We offer a range of Online Studies options, including several online degree programs.

Note: Applicants wishing to study on campus should not apply to these programs.

  • Bachelor of Arts – English (Program Code QOE)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Global Development Studies (Program Code QOG)
  • Bachelor of Arts – History (Program Code QOH)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Liberal Studies (Program Code QOL)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Program Code QOP)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Program Code QHO)
  • Bachelor of Science – Life Science (Program Code QLO)

Students considering Online Studies can begin in September, January or May.

Read more about Queen’s Online, including application procedures and admission requirements.

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Part-time Studies

Part-time admission is available in the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

Part-time, on-campus study is available for fall admission only. Find application information for part-time studies or contact Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment directly.

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Transfer Credits

We may grant transfer credit to students coming from a few different programs, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), French Baccalaureate and General Certificate of Education (GCE)/Advanced Levels.

Read more about transfer credits and eligibility.

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Entry Points

  • Fall admission only for full-time studies.
  • Fall admission only for on-campus part-time studies.
  • Students registering in Online Studies can begin in September, January or May.

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Admission Procedures

The OUAC will forward applications to Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment. We will send you an email acknowledgement that provides instructions for accessing the SOLUS Student Centre.

You will use SOLUS to access your To Do List of required documents, submit your Supplementary Essay (if applicable) and monitor the status of your application(s).

A high school transcript is just 1 piece of information we use when making an admission decision. Each applicant to Queen’s has a unique To Do List, detailing exactly what we need to complete their application. You can see your To Do List (and the due dates) on your SOLUS Student Centre. We will send you SOLUS access information after you apply. You must continue to use SOLUS to monitor the status of your application(s).

It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is submitted to us and that we receive it by the document deadline.

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Indigenous Admission Pathway

We offer Indigenous candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-year-entry undergraduate degree program. You must self-identify on your OUAC application and submit a separate letter to the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre stating your interest in being considered under this pathway. You must also provide evidence of Indigenous ancestry with your request.

Read more about the Indigenous Admission Pathway.

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First-generation Admission Pathway

We encourage participation in postsecondary education by first-generation students. First-generation candidates include those affiliated with any of the community organization partners listed. We offer eligible candidates an additional and alternative admission pathway to the first year of a full-time, first-year-entry undergraduate degree program.

  • Pathways to Education
  • Leadership by Design Participants
  • Extended Society Care Students
  • Boys and Girls Club – “Raising the Grade” Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters “Pumped for Post-Secondary” Program
  • Empowerment Squared
  • Black Youth Mentorship Program
  • Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment

We will make offers of admission to first-generation candidates whose complete application shows strong evidence of academic preparedness and potential. We will introduce you to the contacts and services available at the Student Academic Support Services, the Student Experience Office and the Student Awards Office during the application process and upon admission.

We encourage you to access these services throughout your time at Queen’s. If you are admitted through this pathway, we encourage you to make use of the academic advising and academic support services available to all students at Queen’s University.

Read more about the First-generation Admission Pathway or email us for more information.

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Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS)

QuARMS is a unique pathway allowing graduating high school students to apply to Queen’s Medical School after only 2 years of undergraduate study at Queen’s.

The 10 seats available through the QuARMS pathway are reserved for students who are Indigenous or who self-identify as Black African, Black Caribbean or Black North American, or multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada and must be currently enrolled in their final year of high school when they apply.

The deadline to apply for the QuARMS pathway is December 8, 2021.

Students who wish to be considered for the QuARMS pathway must apply to 1 of the following undergraduate programs and select Queen’s Accelerated Route to Medical School as their Subject of Major Interest:

  • Arts (QA)
  • Computing (QD)
  • Health Science (QH)
  • Life Sciences and Biochemistry (QL)
  • Science (QS)

Read more about the Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School.

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English-language Bridging Pathways

QBridge programs are English-language bridging pathways to Queen’s University. If you are academically competitive for admission but do not meet the required admission standard for English-language proficiency, you can enroll in QBridge.

QBridge offers 2 different options: The Accelerated pathway and the English for Academic Purposes pathway. We will decide placement in these programs based on the language scores you provide. Completion of these programs ensures that you are linguistically, academically and culturally prepared to complete your Queen’s undergraduate degree studies.

The Accelerated program is an intensive 12-week course completed at Queen’s School of English that takes place in the summer. Successful completion of this summer program allows you to begin your program studies in September.

If you are accepted to Queen’s through the English for Academic Purposes pathway, you must complete fall and/or winter terms before progressing to your undergraduate degree studies the following September.

Eligible Degree Programs

QBridge programs are available as pathways to the following undergraduate degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Program Code QXA)
  • Bachelor of Computing (Program Code QXD)
  • Bachelor of Science (Program Code QXS)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Program Code QXE)

Read more about the Queen’s School of English.

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Test of Facility in English

If, for the most recent 3 years prior to beginning your university studies, you have not lived in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language or attended an educational institution full time where the language of instruction is English, you must achieve a satisfactory score on 1 of the tests of facility in English listed in this section.

The Test of Facility in English is a firm requirement. If you are unsure if you meet our language requirements, you should submit an acceptable English-language test score as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in the processing of your application for admission. We reserve the right to request a standardized English-language test score.

Test results must be sent directly to Queen’s by the testing centre.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
Overall band of 70 with no band below 60.

Duolingo English Test
Score of 110.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Score of 6.5 on Academic Module with no band below 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
Overall score of 60.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
iBT 88 overall: 24 Writing, 22 Speaking, 22 Reading, 20 Listening.

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Internship Program

The Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) allows you to gain experience in your second or third year of studies while earning money to offset the cost of your degree program.

Internships of 12-16 months provide an opportunity to gain relevant work experience at a high technical level within a timeframe that allows you to undertake substantial projects.

The program is optional and open to students in all Arts and Science, Computing and Engineering undergraduate programs.

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International Experiences

Through the BISC at Herstmonceux Castle, UK, and more than 220 exchange programs in 47 countries around the world, we strongly encourage you to gain an international perspective. Students wishing to participate in an exchange program normally do so during their third year of study; however, you may study at the BISC in any year.

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Accessibility Services

We provide services for registered Queen’s students with disabilities, including assessment, special exam and registration arrangements, note-takers, adaptive technology, counselling, referral services, library aids, liaison with faculty and staff, and peer mentors.

Learn more about the Accessibility Hub at Queen’s and the Transition Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities or contact Student Wellness Services by phone at 613-533-6467 or 613-533-6566 (TTY).

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Living in Residence

Queen’s University Residences provide a wide range of living environments in 17 buildings across campus, offering you a mix of co-ed and single-gender arrangements in single, double, triple and quad rooms.

Along with providing invaluable opportunities to meet and make friends with students from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, living in residence offers you a supportive environment to develop new personal and social interests, and to receive support for academic goals, health and well-being.

At Queen’s, there are 3 dining halls located on campus, which are open continuously throughout the day, serving a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. An all-inclusive, all-you-care-to-eat meal plan is complemented by “Flex Dollars” that you may use at several retail establishments on campus.

At Queen’s University, we take allergies and dietary needs seriously. We support you if you require dietary accommodations by providing information and knowledge that is essential to make informed choices while dining on campus and participating in the university experience.

Read more about residence accommodations, the application process and fees.

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Financial Aid

We recognize merit, acknowledge need and give students the opportunity to fully participate in the Queen’s experience. We have more than $27 million in financial awards each year for students to access. Approximately 45% of all undergraduate students receive financial support from Queen’s each year.

We acknowledge that every student is unique and the financial plan to pay for your education may include a variety of different sources. Very few students and their families use only 1 resource to pay for postsecondary education. Some of your resources may come from your family or your own savings, external organizations or government student financial assistance. Some may come from Queen’s awards such as a scholarship, a bursary or both!

We offer grade-based admission scholarships that we assess automatically, and do not require you to submit an application. There are also Major Admission Awards (MAAs), which range from $36,000 to $80,000 over 4 years.

You must submit the MAA application online through the Queen’s SOLUS Student Centre. We encourage students to submit their Queen’s admission application through the OUAC by November 15 to allow enough time to gain access to SOLUS and submit the online MAA application by the December 8 deadline. A practice MAA application is available on the Student Awards website to assist you with preparing your responses before the deadline.

Unless otherwise stated, admission scholarships and awards are available only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents (landed immigrants) entering their first year of postsecondary education for the first time.

Admission Bursaries

We also offer a limited number of international admission scholarships on the basis of superior academic ability; no scholarship application is required.

Bursaries are non-repayable grants available to you if you demonstrate financial need. Bursaries are also available to you if you plan to study at the BISC at Herstmonceux in England.

The deadline to apply for a Queen’s Admission Bursary is February 15, 2022. We encourage you to apply by this deadline so we can inform you of your financial aid options at the same time as we offer you admission. The online Admission Bursary application will be available in September through the Queen’s SOLUS Student Centre.

Government Student Financial Assistance

The federal and provincial governments provide financial assistance for Canadian citizens, permanent residents (landed immigrants) and protected persons studying at the postsecondary level. They generally offer assistance in the form of non-repayable grants and repayable loans on the basis of demonstrated financial need (as determined by the government) to supplement student and family resources. You may be eligible for grants and/or loans if you apply through the appropriate provincial or territorial authorities.

For further information about scholarships, awards, bursaries and government student financial assistance, call Student Awards at 613-533-2216, email Student Awards or visit the Student Awards website.

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Important Dates 2021-2022

As soon as we have your complete application (i.e., you have completed all the items on your SOLUS To Do List), we will begin to assess your file for an admission decision. We will begin to make offers of admission in early December and will continue until mid-May.

2021

Date Event/Action
October 1 Application opens.
November Apply as early as possible. Students applying for an MAA should apply to Queen’s as early as possible to access the online application. It takes about 1 week to access your SOLUS Student Centre after you apply for admission to Queen’s.
December 8 Deadline to submit online MAA application on SOLUS.

2022

Date Event/Action
February 1 Applications, changes or additions to applications are due for all first-year programs, for all applicants.
February 15 Deadline to submit required Supplementary Essay for Commerce and Health Sciences programs. We will not accept late submissions.

Deadline to submit optional Supplementary Essay for Nursing program. We will not accept late submissions.

Deadline to submit Fine Art (Visual Art) Portfolio. We will not accept late submissions.

Recommended last day to submit Admission Bursary applications for all programs.

April 30 We receive Ontario high school grades from the OUAC.

Last day to submit required documents for all applicants.

May 1 Deadline for response to offers of admission for students not attending high school in Ontario.

Check your offer correspondence carefully for your response deadline date.

May 13 We complete all admission decisions and post them on SOLUS.
June 1 Deadline for response to offers of admission for students attending an Ontario high school. This is also the deadline for all students receiving an offer after May 1.

Check your offer correspondence carefully for your response deadline date.

June 8 Deadline for residence application and deposit.
July 15 Final grades and confirmation of Ontario Secondary School Diploma deadline for Ontario high school students.

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Visiting Queen’s

Campus tours are postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, do not let that stop you from visiting our campus virtually! We know that visiting our campus and getting to know Queen’s are important parts of the decision-making process in choosing the right university for you.

Our new virtual tour will take you through key locations, giving you a glimpse of what student life is like at Queen’s. See our buildings, lecture halls, labs, dining halls, recreation facilities and more. Over the coming months we will add more material to the tour, including interactive 360 images that will help you feel like you are right on campus.

Interested in learning more about Queen’s from a current student? Our Campus Tour Guides are available for one-on-one virtual appointments with prospective students and their families to share their unique experiences. Bring your questions about campus life both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Appointments occur virtually over Zoom and we will provide instructions in your confirmation email.
  • Thirty-minute timeslots are available at different times throughout the week and weekend.
  • As this is a one-on-one session, come prepared with questions or specific topics about the university you would like to know more about.
  • For specific questions about admission or financial aid, contact those offices directly.

Schedule a meeting with a tour guide.

We look forward to engaging with you online soon!

Find updates about campus tours and upcoming online options.

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Contact Information

Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment
Queen’s University
Gordon Hall
74 Union Street
Kingston ON  K7L 3N6

Telephone: 613-533-2218
Student Awards: 613-533-2216
Email: admission@queensu.ca

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