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My Application to Queen's

Frequently Asked Questions:

Which high school courses do I need for my program?

In general, your admission average will be calculated based on the prerequisite and additional courses required for your program.

Find prerequisite course and additional course information for each undergraduate program.

Follow the Additional Programs link to determine which courses from your high school system will be included in your admission average.

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What high school marks do I need for my program?

Queen's University determines the minimum average required for each program after applications have been received. You can use the minimum average from last year as an indication of what the minimum average might be for this year. Find minimum averages for each program.

Please note that some programs (Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering), and the Bachelor of Nursing Science) have a minimum mark requirement for certain prerequisite courses.

In general, your admission average will be calculated based on the prerequisite and additional courses required for your program.

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How is the PSE (and Supplementary Essay*) used in my application?

The Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) allows an applicant to provide information relating to academic distinctions, extra-curricular activities, work and volunteer experiences, and extenuating circumstances. Essentially, it gives us a clearer picture of who you are. The PSE is a required document for every program at Queen's. How it is used varies by program. For more information on how the PSE is used please contact Undergraduate Admission directly at


*Please note that Commerce, Concurrent Education, Kinesiology and Physical Education all require an additional supplementary essay for each program, due at the same time as the PSE.

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When will I know if I have been made an offer of admission?

           SOLUS Student Center

We extend the majority of our offers from mid-April through until mid-May.

Offers of admission may be made to applicants once we have received and evaluated all required documents.

You can check on the status of your application online on your SOLUS Student Center.

Once you have applied for admission to Queen's you will be given access to SOLUS

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How will my average be calculated?

The way in which your admission average is calculated will depend on your high school curriculum and program of interest. Learn more about competitive averages.

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What if I repeat a course?

All programs at Queen's will use the highest grade achieved in calculating the admission average. 

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What if Queen's is not the first choice on my application? I've heard I won't get an offer of admission.

This is one of the greatest myths we hear about applying to Queen's. We consider your marks, your PSE, and any other items on your To-Do List in Solus, when we are making admission decisions. We do not look at anything else.

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How do I change my application?

You can change your application using the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) web site.

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How do I accept my offer?

If you have been made an offer of admission, the offer will be visible on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) web site. You will use the Review and Change section of the OUAC Web site to accept your offer electronically. Please ensure that you follow the Review and Change section to the end, concluding with the “Complete” message.

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Was my acceptance received?

After you complete the acceptance process through the Review and Change section of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) web site you will receive a “Complete” message. Make sure to follow the acceptance process through until you see the “Complete” message.

If you are experiencing problems accepting your offer, please contact the OUAC at 519-823-1063.

Two or three business days after you accept your offer of admission SOLUS will show the message, "You have successfully accepted your offer of admission".

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Can I defer my acceptance?

Applicants with extenuating circumstances who have accepted their offer of admission by the deadline date may request a deferral of admission to that program for a period of one year.

A written request, explaining the reason for the deferral request, is required before September 1, 2014.

The decision of the Admission Committee to grant a deferral is based on the reason provided and final grades. Students granted a deferral are not permitted to attend another post-secondary institution in the interim. 


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What if I have extenuating circumstances that affected my grades?

If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please submit a separate letter along with your supporting documentation (e.g. doctor's notes, letter from a guidance counselor).

If the circumstance may have an effect on your studies and experience at Queen's, we encourage you to forward a copy of the documentation to the Health, Counselling and Disability Services Office to ensure proper resources are available for your arrival and experience on campus.

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Will I be made an alternate offer of admission?

Queen's University does not make alternate offers of admission.As such, applicants should apply to all programs for which they wish to be considered. Please note you can add programs or amend your application up to February 1.Visit the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Web site at for more information.

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What happens after I accept my offer of admission?

After you accept your offer of admission you will begin to receive information from a number of different departments and offices of Queen's University.

  • Your faculty will begin to send information regarding course selection and program details (mid-late June).
  • Residence will begin to send information regarding what to bring, move-in details, and meal plan information in early August
  • The Office of University Registrar will send information regarding registration, tuition, and fees.

If you have any questions regarding the information you have received, please contact your faculty, the Residence Admission Office, or the Office of the University Registrar directly.

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What is my student number?

You will be provided with a reference number by the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) when you apply. Your official Queen's student ID will be given to you at the time we acknowledge receipt of your application. You should use your student ID number when you communicate with us.

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How do I access my SOLUS?

 In order to access SOLUS, you will need a Queen’s NetID. To obtain a NetID, you will need to do the following:

  • a.     Go to
  • b.     Click on Don’t have a NetID?
  • c.     Under Students, click on Activate your NetID, follow the steps and record your NetID

Instructions to login o SOLUS are available on the Registrar's Website

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Can't find your question? Write to us!

E-mail with the heading "Question from FAQ Web Page" in the subject line. Please include your full name and OUAC reference number in the email to help us respond promptly.

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