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Last updated: February 13, 2020

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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. Ranked second in student satisfaction in Maclean’s 2018, the Unmistakably Queen’s student experience produces well-rounded individuals equipped to take on the world.

A stunning limestone campus located on the shores of Lake Ontario and steps from downtown Kingston, the blend of historic charm and state-of-the-art facilities at Queen’s makes students feel welcomed and supported, while challenging them with innovative concepts and new ways of thinking.

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

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Residence Accommodations

All applicants who are admitted to an on-campus first-year degree program will have residence accommodation guaranteed if their residence application and deposit are received by the specified deadline. The majority of first-year students choose to live in 1 of 17 residences.

An all-inclusive, all-you-care-to-eat meal plan is complemented by “Flex Dollars” that may be used at a number of retail establishments on campus.

Queen’s University is a small, walkable campus. Many students who do not live in residence live within a 15-minute walk to campus.

Read more about residence accommodations.

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

Queen’s University’s international campus, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), is situated on the 15th-century Herstmonceux Castle Estate in East Sussex, UK, and offers a unique study-abroad opportunity. Programs at the BISC combine travel-intensive field studies with internationally focused, fully accredited Queen’s courses. Smaller class sizes allow students first-hand experience that complements what they have learned in the classroom. Students can choose to spend their entire first year at the BISC, or a term or more in one of their upper years of study.

The First-Year Program in England

The First-Year Program in England allows high school graduates to begin their university studies at the BISC. Small class sizes, academic field trips, cultural studies excursions and 2 week-long midterm trips are essential elements of the First-Year Program. The First-Year Program at the BISC is available to students in the following degree programs:

  • 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 completion of the First-Year Program at the BISC, students return to Queen’s University’s main campus for their subsequent years of study. Bursaries and awards are available.

The Upper-Year Program in England

The Upper-Year Program presents students who have completed at least 1 year of university study with the opportunity to spend a term or a year abroad at the BISC.

A wide variety of course offerings (including social sciences, languages, humanities, and international business and law courses) permit students from all disciplines to take advantage of this unique study abroad opportunity.

The Upper-Year Program is open to university students from across Canada and around the world. Applications for this program are made directly to Queen’s, not through the OUAC.

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Faculty of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Arts (Program Code QA)

Bachelor of Arts – English-Language Bridging Pathway (QBridge) (Program Code QXA)

Bachelor of Science (Program Code QS)

Bachelor of Science – English-Language Bridging Pathway (QBridge) (Program Code QXS)

Queen’s University’s Faculty of Arts and Science enables students to tailor their studies to suit their interests. Dynamic and challenging programs in the humanities, languages and social sciences, as well as the natural and physical sciences, provide both depth and breadth. As members of a fully integrated faculty, students have the flexibility to pursue 1 core field of study or to widen their concentration to encompass courses from a variety of areas.

Bachelor of Computing (Program Code QD)

Bachelor of Computing – English-Language Bridging Pathway (QBridge) (Program Code QXD)

The Bachelor of Computing program offers the opportunity to study such advanced topics as artificial intelligence, computer graphics, human computer interfaces, neural and genetic computing, computational biology and medical informatics.

Students may choose from a General or Major concentration in Computing, a Major concentration in Computer Science, or from 1 of 4 Specialized programs:

  1. Biomedical Computing is the only program of its type in Canada and provides students with an education in the fundamental areas of computer science and life sciences. It also provides a link between these areas through specialized courses in medical informatics and computational biology.
  2. Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary program that draws from computing, psychology, philosophy, linguistics and neuroscience. This specialization focuses on intelligence in artificial and living systems.
  3. Computing and Mathematics is designed to prepare students for graduate work in computing or career opportunities within the software industry. The program provides a solid foundation in computing and mathematics that is relevant to computing. The mathematical knowledge gained through this program provides a significant advantage in competing for research-oriented positions in high-tech industries.
  4. Software Design is a specialization designed to develop a new generation of high-tech innovators and entrepreneurs. Students will study topics such as database management, software engineering and software requirements.

Bachelor of Music (Program Code QM)

The Bachelor of Music meets the varied needs of each student with a program that is both flexible and diverse. Small classes and accessible faculty help to ensure a personalized, hands-on learning experience in a challenging yet supportive environment.

Bachelor of Music Theatre (Program Code QMT)

The Bachelor of Music Theatre (BMT) program provides students with theoretical and practical training in the 3 core disciplines of acting, singing and dancing, and also in the study of music theatre as a liberal arts subject. Students complete their first 2 years at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, and their final 2 years at Queen’s. An audition is required.

Concurrent Education

The following Concurrent Education programs lead to the completion of an Arts, Science, Music or Fine Art degree, as well as an Education degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Program Code QB)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education, Bader International Study Centre – Herstmonceux Castle, England (Program Code QIB)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Education (Program Code QTT)
  • Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education (Program Code QMM)
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (Program Code QF)
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education, Bader International Study Centre – Herstmonceux Castle, England (Program Code QIF)

From their initial year of undergraduate study, students begin taking Education courses and are provided with in-school experiences that form the basis of theoretical studies.

Note: Concurrent Education students who attend the BISC in first year will begin their Education courses in year 2.

Read more about the concurrent program.

Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Arts) (Program Code QT)

The Queen’s Bachelor of Fine Art program combines seminar courses in the field of Art History with intensive studio training in the areas of painting, printmaking and sculpture/installation.

Individualized, uninterrupted instruction and studio time, along with regular opportunities to exhibit work, are hallmarks of the program.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Program Code QK)

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program encompasses the study of human movement on a continuum from cell structure and function to the place of human movement in a social context. The program is organized around a framework that includes explicit disciplinary content in the physical, behavioural and social sciences.

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Faculty of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Program Code QH)

The Bachelor of Health Sciences curriculum provides the depth of knowledge and background theory necessary to understand not only how the human body functions in health and disease, but also how its environment – both physical and social – plays a major role in health and disease.

Graduates will be well-positioned to apply to a wide range of health professional programs, including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and advanced 2-year nursing programs, as well as public health sciences and health sciences graduate programs.

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Smith School of Business

Bachelor of Commerce (Program Code QC)

The Smith Commerce program provides a solid foundation of management fundamentals across all aspects of business, and the opportunity to specialize in a particular area or areas of interest. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to choose electives from the Faculty of Arts and Science, which will broaden their perspective beyond business.

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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Program Code QE)

Bachelor of Applied Sciences – English-Language Bridging Pathway (QBridge) (Program code QXE)

Students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University complete a common first-year curriculum before streaming in to one of the following disciplines at the start of second year:

  • Civil
  • Chemical
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Geological Engineering
  • Mathematics and Engineering
  • Mechanical and Materials
  • Mining

Students will work on open-ended engineering projects in small groups and learn basic science and engineering designs as well as communication and team skills.

Bachelor of Applied Science Program –
Direct Entry to Electrical and Computer Engineering (Program Code QEC)

The Direct Entry option to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) allows students who have already identified ECE as their choice of discipline the opportunity to begin studying ECE-specific courses and content in first year.

The ECE Innovation Stream focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills, alongside the in-depth, world-class technical education offered by the Queen’s Engineering program. Students will participate in team-based learning that focuses on product development and prototype demonstration.

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School of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing Science (Program Code QN)

Through an innovative, research-focused curriculum, the Nursing Science program provides students with a strong background in basic and behavioural sciences. As graduates, students are prepared to become skilled practitioners or to use their nursing degree as a foundation for graduate study or other careers.

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Queen’s Online

Queen’s University offers a range of Online Studies options, including a number of 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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Internship Program

The Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) allows students in second or third year to gain experience while earning money to offset the cost of their degree program. Internships of 12 or 16 months in duration provide an opportunity to gain relevant work experience at a high technical level within a timeframe that allows students 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, Queen’s University strongly encourages students to gain an international perspective. Students wishing to participate in an exchange program normally do so during their third year of study; however, students may study at the BISC in any year.

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Students with Disabilities

Queen’s provides 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.

Read more about available services for students with disabilities or contact Student Wellness Services by phone at 613-533-6467 or TTY 613-533-6566.

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Admission Scholarships and Awards

Queen’s University attracts a community of outstanding student scholars to its faculties and programs. To reward this high level of academic excellence, Queen’s offers a wide range of scholarships and awards to students entering their first year of postsecondary studies at Queen’s University.

The Major Admission Award (MAA) application must be submitted online through the Queen’s SOLUS Student Centre. Students are encouraged 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 1 deadline. A practice MAA application is available on the Student Awards website to assist students with preparing their responses before the deadline.

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

Queen’s University also offers grades-based admission scholarships. By applying for admission to Queen’s, all applicants are automatically considered for a grades-based admission scholarship, regardless of citizenship.

Queen’s also offers a limited number of international admission scholarships on the basis of superior academic ability; no scholarship application is required.

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Admission Bursaries

Bursaries are non-repayable grants available to students who demonstrate financial need. Bursaries are also available to students planning to study at the BISC at Herstmonceux in England.

The deadline to apply for a Queen’s Admission Bursary is February 15. Students are encouraged to apply by this deadline so they can be informed of their financial aid options at the same time as they are offered admission. The online Admission Bursary application will be available in September through the Queen’s SOLUS Student Centre.

Admission Bursaries are available only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

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Government Student Financial Assistance

The federal and provincial governments provide financial assistance for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons studying at the postsecondary level. This assistance is generally offered in the form of non-repayable grants and repayable loans allocated on the basis of demonstrated financial need (as determined by the government) and is intended to supplement student and family resources. Students may be eligible for grants and/or loans by applying 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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Admission Procedures

The OUAC will forward applications to Queen’s University Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment. All students will be sent an email acknowledgement from Queen’s that provides instructions for accessing the SOLUS Student Centre. Students will use SOLUS to access their “To Do List” of required documents, to submit their Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and Supplementary Essay (if applicable) and to monitor the status of their application(s).

For all programs except Commerce, it is strongly recommended that a PSE be submitted by February 1. For applicants whose marks fall within a critical grade range, Queen’s may consider the PSE in support of their application.

For Commerce, it is required that a PSE and a Supplementary Essay are submitted by February 1.

Students must continue to use SOLUS to monitor the status of their application(s). It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that all required documentation has been submitted to Queen’s and is received by the document deadline.

General Guidelines for Academic Documentation

High school applicants should provide a complete school transcript, mid-year or predicted marks for in-progress courses, and a list of all courses they are registered in during their final year of high school.

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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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Important Dates

December 1 – Admission:

  • Queen’s will start to review complete applications for offers of admission. Queen’s encourages all students to submit their documentation as early as possible.
    • See additional PSE and documents deadlines for continued consideration. (Note: Students may submit only 1 PSE/Supplementary Essay.)
  • Applications will continue to be reviewed for admission throughout the entirety of the application cycle.

December 1 – Awards:

  • Last date to submit Major Admission Awards applications.

February 1:

  • Applications to all first-year programs are due.
  • Due date for the PSE and Supplementary Essay (if applicable).

February 15:

  • Last date to submit Admission Bursary applications.

April 30:

  • Last date to submit required documents for first-year programs.

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Part-Time Studies

Part-time admission is available in the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Computing

Part-time, on-campus study is available for Fall Admission only. Application information for part-time studies is available online or by contacting Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment directly.

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Indigenous Admission Pathway

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

Read more about the Indigenous Admission Pathway.

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First-Generation Admission Pathway

Queen’s encourages participation in postsecondary education by first-generation students. First-generation candidates, including Pathways to Education students, Leadership by Design participants, Extended Society Care Students and members of the Boys and Girls Club Raising the Grade program and Big Brothers Big Sisters “Pumped for Post-Secondary” program are offered an additional and alternative admission pathway to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.

Offers of admission will be made to first-generation candidates whose total application shows strong evidence of academic preparedness and potential. Students will be introduced to the contacts and services available at the Student Experience Office and the Student Awards Office during the application process and upon admission.

Queen’s University encourages students to access these services throughout their time at Queen’s. Students who are admitted through this pathway will be encouraged to make use of the academic advising and academic support services available to all students at Queen’s University.

For more information, email Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment.

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Test of Facility in English

Students who 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, for the most recent 3 years prior to beginning their university studies, must achieve a satisfactory score on one of the tests of facility in English listed in this section. The university reserves the right to request a standardized English-language test score.

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

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

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

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Score of 90.

PTE Academic
Overall score of 60.

The Test of Facility in English is a firm requirement. Students who are unsure if they meet Queen’s University’s language requirements should submit an acceptable English-language test score as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in the processing of their application for admission.

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

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Queen’s School of English

If a satisfactory grade on a 12-week English for Academic Purposes course completed at Queen’s School of English is achieved prior to the time of application, an English-language test score may not be required.

Read more about the Queen’s School of English.

QBridge – English-Language Bridging Pathway

QBridge is an English-language pathway to Queen’s University for students who are academically competitive for admission but who do not meet the required admission standard for English-language proficiency.

Students accepted to Queen’s through the QBridge pathway are required to complete fall and/or winter terms of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program before progressing to their undergraduate degree studies the following September.

The 1+4 (5-year) pathway ensures that students are linguistically, academically and culturally prepared to complete their Queen’s undergraduate degree studies.

Eligible Degree Programs
QBridge is available as a pathway to the following to 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)

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Transfer Credits

Queen’s University may grant transfer credit to students coming from a number of different programs, including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), French Baccalaureat and GCE/Advanced Levels.

Read more about transfer credits and eligibility.

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Visiting Queen’s

The campus tour program is offered daily, Monday through Friday, excluding public holidays and exam times.

Fall Preview and the March Break Open House are also excellent opportunities to visit Queen’s.

Read more about registration for campus tours.

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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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