Queen’s University Profile
Queen’s University, located in Kingston, Ontario, is one of Canada’s oldest universities. Every day, more than 30,000 researchers, scholars, artists, professors, and students from around the world learn, think and discover, within Queen’s supportive environment. Your university experience at Queen’s includes academically rigorous programs, experiential learning opportunities, interactions with leading researchers, an unrivalled spirit, and a strong sense of community that welcomes people from around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.queensu.ca/
Admission requirements differ depending on the university and the academic program you choose. Below you will find information about Queen’s admission requirements, policies, and supports that are available to you.
To find out about Queen’s requirements for entrance into each academic program please visit Queen’s Admission requirement page.
Queen’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include secondary school, international, and mature students. Each type has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
Queen’s offers Aboriginal candidates an additional pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program. To be considered under Queen’s Aboriginal Admission Policy please contact the Queen’s Aboriginal Community Liaison or an Admission Coordinator.
All students are encouraged to complete the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) in support of their application for admission to the university. The PSE is required for admission consideration to the Commerce program.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
Faculty of Law
School of Medicine
Queen’s School of Medicine recognizes the critical shortage of Aboriginal physicians and offers an alternate process for assessing Aboriginal candidates for admission, providing up to four spaces for qualified aboriginal students each year.
Early Move-In Day
The Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC) gives first-year Aboriginal students the opportunity to move in to their residence one day early. Early Move-In Day gives incoming students a chance to meet other Aboriginal students, and tour the Queen’s campus and downtown Kingston.
If you are interested in transferring to Queen’s from another university or college, Queen’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
In the Faculty of Arts and Science, you’ll learn to analyze, think, and judge independently. Programs you can take include Computing, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Languages, in addition to the Creative Arts and Humanities.
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers rigorous engineering programs to prepare you for leadership in a global society. If you choose this faculty, you will share a common first year with all engineering students that will introduce you to the full range of engineering disciplines available at Queen’s.
The Faculty of Education offers you innovative programs that will lead to teacher certification, graduate programs involving research in education, and preparation for a variety of careers. There’s also a concurrent education program that allows you to pursue your teacher training while you complete your undergraduate degree.
The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) is suited to Aboriginal students who are interested in Aboriginal education. It may be of particular interest to mature students and those with experience in Aboriginal education. ATEP features courses with Aboriginal-specific content, as well as practice teaching placements in First Nations schools.
The Smith School of Business allows you to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce, or graduate and professional studies through a Master of Business Administration program, graduate programs, and executive education. The school’s innovative approaches to business education graduates leaders with global perspectives, creates new knowledge, and advances business and society.
At the School of Policy Studies, you’ll research, debate, and interact with the non-academic world in the fields of public policy and administration. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs are focused on the analysis, development and implementation of policy, to prepare you for careers in the public and non-profit sectors and provide an option for Indigenous Governance.
The Faculty of Law advances your understanding of the law through innovative teaching and scholarship. It offers you a full range of law degrees, from the three-year Juris Doctor (JD) professional degree in law to distinguished graduate Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) programs.
Through the School of Graduate Studies, you can set your ideas in motion and create an impact on the world. You can choose from 120 graduate degree programs in more than 50 departments and centres of research.
Be sure to check out all of Queen’s academic programs.
Queen’s offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. Below is a list of some of the academic services you can access at Queen’s.
The Learning Commons
The Queen’s Learning Commons (QLC) is a meeting place that’s also a hub of services that support your academic success. You can access a number of resources, workshops, and seminars to improve your skills, as well as one-on-one professional consultations.
Learning Strategies offers academic support services to undergraduate and graduate students who want to enhance or fine-tune their skills. Services you can access include coaching in study skills, limiting procrastination, and reading from texts efficiently and effectively.
The Writing Centre, which is a unit of Student Academic Success Services and a partner in the Queen’s Learning Commons, meets with writers at all levels and any stage of the writing process. You can get help with any type of academic writing – essays, reports, labs, dissertations, and more. You can also use one-on-one consultations to work through writer’s block or brainstorm ideas.
To find out more about Queen’s academic supports, visit the university’s Academic Support page.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans, and Aboriginal-specific scholarships, bursaries, and awards at Queen’s University.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at Queen’s can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC) strives to be a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students, and join in activities and cultural events. Below are just some of the services you’ll find at Queen’s and FDASC:
The centre hosts cultural programs such as Full Moon Ceremonies and Sweatlodge, as well as workshops in beading, moccasin-making, drum-making, and basket-making. It also hosts feasts and events such as Three-Sisters Feast Nights and Frybread Fridays, and the Wellbeing Circle that includes a bi-weekly sharing circle and wellness activities.
The Peer Helper Program pairs first-year Aboriginal students with upper-year students to encourage spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional support at Queen’s. The program also offers academic skills and workshops in areas such as time management, setting priorities, and stress management.
Queen’s Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a mentor-support program driven by students. SAGE is designed to increase the comfort level of Aboriginal graduate students within their programs, the university, and the community as a whole. There are quarterly meetings and an annual writing retreat where you can socialize, share experiences as students and researchers, and support each other throughout the graduate experience.
The Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative (KIKI) is designed for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. KIKI seeks to raise awareness and share knowledge about Aboriginal peoples. Past events have included Teach-Ins, Visiting Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and a musical concert featuring A Tribe Called Red.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. Below you will find more about student life at Queen’s.
Orientation Week welcomes you to Queen’s and gives you the opportunity to meet people you’ll have classes with and share in fun activities. The university hosts nine different Orientation Week programs – you attend the week that pertains to your selected area of studies.
Clubs and Societies
One way to get involved on campus is to join one of the over 300 student clubs at Queen’s where you can meet others with common interests, share your talents, and relieve stress. Clubs you can join include the Improv Club, Anime Club, and Native Student Association.
Aboriginal Learners’ Clubs
The Queen’s University Native Student Association (QNSA) is made up of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students who share an interest in Aboriginal cultures and traditions. It’s also a forum for students to discuss contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples and cultures.
Alma Mater Society (AMS)
The Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University was established in 1858 and is Canada’s oldest student government. Its mandate is to serve and represent the diversity of students at Queen’s University.
Queen’s University is home to Gaels varsity sports that range from basketball to wrestling. The Queen’s Gaels participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at Queen’s including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Queen’s offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball. They are a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you. For more information about supports you can access at Queen’s, visit the Accessibility Services website.
Positive Spaces (LGBTQ)
The Positive Space program identifies and promotes the development of positive spaces within the Queen’s community. Positive spaces are locations in which sexual and gender identity is affirmed, and individuals can receive support on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) issues. The Positive Space sticker displays to others that you respect sexual and gender diversity.
If you identify as part of the LGBTQ community, Queen’s offers connections to resources both on campus and in the Kingston community.
Office of the Interfaith Chaplain
The Interfaith Chaplain is available to discuss any spiritual, religious, personal, and financial problems, concerns, or crises. The Chaplain can also provide you with confidential counselling and spiritual support.
You can access child care through Queen’s Day Care Centre. Check out how you can apply and reserve a spot for your child.
Queen’s Campus Security and Emergency Services promotes a safe and welcoming environment that recognizes and respects the diverse nature of the university community. Safety services you can access include emergency phones, bike patrols, and a safe walk program.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Queen’s provides you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. Queen’s also provides information about public transportation options and the availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
18 Residences at Queen’s are located on the main and west campuses, and range from small buildings that house 68 students to larger halls that house nearly 800 students. They offer you a diverse range of living environments for your preferred lifestyle.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at Queen’s
If you’re looking for housing off campus, you can start by browsing the Queen’s Community Housing website for listings that would suit your needs. You may also take any questions or concerns to the Student Community Relations Office.
Community Housing manages the student rental properties owned by Queen’s University: two apartment complexes on the west campus – An Clachan and John Orr Tower – as well as a variety of apartments and houses in the University District (core rentals) around campus.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access todining halls plus 21 retail food locations on campus.. Check out Queen’s meal plans and prices.
A transit pass for Kingston Transit is included in your fees as a full-time student. The Bus-It Program gives you unlimited access to Kingston Transit bus services during your time at Queen’s. There are routes that run through campus, all of which easily connect to several other routes that can take you anywhere in Kingston. Learn more about public transportation options at Queen’s.
Paid and permit parking is available on campus in various locations on both the main and west campus. There are also a number of bicycle racks installed around campus. Check out parking locations and permit costs at Queen’s.
Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is important to your success at university. Student Wellness Services is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and wellness educators). Below are some services that are available to you.
You can get access to medical care that includes doctor’s visits, comprehensive medical care, travel medicine and education, immunization, and referrals for specialized treatment. Learn more about clinic hours and appointment bookings.
You can book an appointment to meet with Counselling Services to discuss a range of issues in order to help you achieve a healthier and more balanced life. You can talk through any concerns or challenges you may be experiencing, resolve personal difficulties, and deal with crises or distressing situations. Some faculties such as Engineering, Business and the School of Graduate Studies now have embedded counsellors within the faculty.
For more information on the well-being services provided by Queen’s, contact Student Wellness Services. You can also visit Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre for information on the cultural aspects of health.