Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

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University Transfer

Transfer from University

Queen’s University has the capacity to accommodate transfer students from other accredited post‐secondary institutions. However, the admission process is highly competitive and preference is given to those applicants with the strongest qualifications.

Transfer to The Faculty of Arts and Science

Full-time upper-year admission:
Bachelor of Arts Honours and Bachelor of Science Honours

The Faculty of Arts and Science has capacity to accommodate transfer students from other accredited post‐secondary institutions and from other faculties and schools at Queen’s. However, the admission process is highly competitive and preference is given to those applicants with the strongest qualifications. A small number of Arts and Science departments, programs and plans are unable to accommodate upper-year transfer students.

Are you an upper-year candidate?

Upper year candidates include:

  • Students who have attempted a minimum 24.0 units (or equivalent) at another accredited university or college with a university transfer program at the undergraduate level.
    • 24.0 Queen’s units are typically 4 full-year courses (one course taken over two terms) or 8 one-term only courses.
    • Upper-year candidates have generally attended university for a minimum of 2 terms. If you have attempted fewer than 24.0 units, you are considered a first-year applicant.
  • Ontario community college students who are in a three-year diploma program and will be graduating
  • Graduates from three-year Ontario community college diploma programs
  • CEGEP students who are in the final year of three-year professional/career programs who will be receiving their DEC
  • Graduates of a three-year CEGEP professional/career programs who have their DEC

Admission Information

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees in the Faculty of Arts and Science require applicants to specify a plan either as a major (for those in an honours program) or general (for those in the general program).

Due to space limitations, not all plans are open to students transferring into the Faculty of Arts and Science. After being admitted to an open plan, upper-year transfer students will not be able to transfer into a plan that was closed when they were admitted to Queen’s, or that closes subsequently. This is the case even for those who take a qualifying course once at Queen’s and receive a competitive average.

Applicants interested in full- or part-time studies must meet the Admission Requirements for External University Transfer. After you are admitted, you may choose to take a part-time load.

For GPA minimums, see: Admission Requirements for External University Transfer

Transferability of Courses

Transfer credits are assessed by individual departments and are based on grades achieved as well as equivalency to Queen’s courses. Students are informed of their transfer credits after they have accepted their offer of admission. Credit is considered for courses with a final grade of a Queen’s C (63%) or higher.

For a four-year honours program, the maximum number of transfer units allowed is 57.0 units in total including a maximum of 24.0 units toward the core and option requirements of the plan. If the maximum number of units are transferred to Queen’s then 63.0 units must be completed at Queen’s (including a minimum of 36.0 in the plan’s core and option requirements). Should a student receive the full 57.0 units, all remaining courses must be completed in the Faculty of Arts and Science on-campus or through Arts and Science Online.

Note: in the Faculty of Arts and Science, on-campus students in a full course load generally take 5 full-year courses or 10 one-term only courses in a year, which translates into 30.0 units over the course of an academic year. 63.0 units, therefore, refers to approximately 2 years of full-time study (4 or 5 terms).

Deadlines / Apply

Students are encouraged to apply as soon after the application open date as possible as space is limited in many programs and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

All documentation requested must be received at Undergraduate Admission, Queen’s University, by the document deadline dates. Earlier receipt is encouraged as admission offers will be made on a rolling basis as applications are complete.

Entry Term Summer Entry Fall Entry
Application Open January 1 February 1
Application Deadline March 31 June 1
Document Deadline April 15 June 15
Transfer to the Smith School of Business

Full-time upper-year admission: Bachelor of Commerce

Are you an upper-year candidate?

Upper year candidates include:

  • Students who have completed a minimum 24 units (or equivalent) at another accredited university or college with a university transfer program.
    • 24 Queen's units are typically 4 full-year courses (one course taken over two terms) or 8 one-term only courses.
    • Upper-year candidates have generally attended university for a minimum of 2 terms taking academic courses - as opposed to applied or professional
  • Ontario community college students who are in a three-year diploma program and will be graduating
  • Graduates from three-year Ontario community college diploma programs
  • CEGEP students who are in the final year of a three-year professional/career program who will be receiving their DEC
  • Graduates of three-year CEGEP professional/career programs who have their DEC

Admission Information

To be considered for admission, upper-year applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 (B+). However, most successful applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.7 (A-). As well as submitting academic documentation, all upper-year applicants to the Bachelor of Commerce program must fill out a Queen's Commerce Personal Statement of Experience.

There are a very limited number of upper-year spaces available. The admission process is highly competitive and preference is given to those applicants with the strongest qualifications.

For GPA minimums, see: Admission Requirements for External University Transfer

Second-Degree Applicants

Candidates who have already completed an undergraduate degree at Queen's or another academic institution are encouraged to consider applying either:

  • as a post-degree student on a non-degree program.
    • Post-degree students on a non-degree program are permitted to take courses in the School of Business for one or two terms during one academic year. To be considered as such a candidate, please apply directly to Undergraduate Admission no later than 1 July.
      – or –
  • to an MBA program

Transferability of Courses

Transfer credits are assessed by individual departments and are based on grades achieved as well as equivalency to Queen's courses. A "Statement of Transfer Credit" is sent out after the offer of admission. Credit is not granted for courses with a final grade lower than 1.7 (C-).

Deadlines / Apply

Entry term Fall entry only
Application opens February 1
Application deadline June 1
Document deadline June 15

All documentation required to complete your application will be posted on your SOLUS Student Centre and must be received at Undergraduate Admission no later than 15 June.

Complete files of eligible applicants are reviewed for admission decisions in late June.

In early July, offers of admission will be sent to candidates whose applications have been approved.

Transfer to the School of Computing

Full-time upper-year admission: School of Computing

Are you an upper-year candidate?

Upper year candidates include:

  • Students who have attempted a minimum of 24.0 units (or equivalent) at another accredited university or college with a university transfer program.
    • 24.0 Queen's units are typically 4 full-year courses (one course taken over two terms) or 8 one-term only courses
    • Upper-year candidates have generally attended university for a minimum of 2 terms
  • Ontario community college students who are in a three-year diploma program and will be graduating
  • Graduates from three-year Ontario community college diploma programs
  • CEGEP students who are in the final year of a three-year professional / career program who will be receiving their DEC
  • Graduates of a three-year CEGEP professional / career program who have their DEC

Admission Information

There are a very limited number of upper-year spaces available. The admission process is highly competitive and preference is given to those applicants with the strongest qualifications.

Applicants interested in full- or part-time studies must meet the Admission Requirements for External University Transfer. After you are admitted, you may choose to take a part-time load.

For GPA minimums, see: Admission Requirements for External University Transfer

Transferability of Courses

Transfer credits are assessed by individual departments and are based on grades achieved as well as equivalency to Queen's courses. Students are informed of their transfer credits after the offer of admission has been sent. Credit is not granted for courses with a final grade lower than 2.0 (C).

Deadlines / Apply

Entry Term Summer Entry Fall Entry
Application Open January 1 February 1
Application Deadline March 31 June 1
Document Deadline April 15 June 15

All documentation required to complete your application will be posted on your SOLUS Student Centre and must be received at Undergraduate Admission by the document deadline.

Admission offers will be made on a rolling basis as an application is complete.

Transfer to Engineering and Applied Science

Full-time upper year admission: Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)

Are you an upper-year candidate?

Candidates applying to transfer from other accredited institutions are considered for upper-year admission if they have completed more than half of the courses taken in the Queen's first-year program. The curriculum includes first-year courses in:

  • Physics (2 terms)
  • Chemistry (2 terms)
  • Computing (1 term)
  • Geology (1 term)
  • Calculus I and II (2 terms)
  • Linear Algebra (1 term)
  • Graphics (1 term)

Find the full curriculum...

Admission Information

There are a very limited number of upper-year spaces available. The admission process is highly competitive and preference is given to those applicants with the strongest qualifications.

Transferability of Courses

A full Statement of Transfer Credit will be available for admitted students after they have been approved by the Associate Dean and final marks have been received. We regret that "pre assessments" are not available for potential applicants at this time.

English Language Proficiency

All students entering the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will be required to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written English. Within the first four weeks following registration, students must attempt a proficiency test in written English. Students who do not pass this test will have further opportunities to successfully complete it. Students must pass the proficiency test to be eligible for graduation.

Deadlines / Apply

Entry term Fall entry only Winter entry
(available for external students only)
Application opens February 1 October 1
Application deadline June 1 December 1
Document deadline June 15 December 15

The Chair of Undergraduate Studies of the department applied to reviews complete applications. The Admission Committee of the Faculty then approves offers of admission proposed by the department.

Transfer to the School of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing Science: 4 years

For applicants who:

  • Attended university after completing high school
  • Have a 3-year diploma from an Ontario Community College (CAAT)
  • Have a 3-year DEC from a professional CEGEP program

For GPA minimums and prerequisites, see: Admission Requirements for External University Transfer

Transfer Credits

Credit will be granted for courses applicable to the Nursing program that have a minimum grade of 1.7 (C-).

Transfer credits will reduce the number of Queen's courses needed to graduate, but the program remains four years in length. With rare exceptions, applicants transferring from a Nursing degree program elsewhere will be considered but only for the first year of a four-year program.

Deadlines / Apply

Entry term Fall entry
Application deadline February 1
Document deadline March 1

All documentation required to complete your application will be posted on your SOLUS Student Centre and must be received at Undergraduate Admission by the document deadline.

In mid-May, offers of admission will be sent to candidates whose applications have been approved.

Bachelor of Nursing Science: Advanced Standing Track (2 years)

There are 48 spaces available for September 2018 admission.

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Completed senior-level high school English (ENG4U or equivalent - English language courses are not acceptable), Biology and Chemistry (or university-level equivalents)
  • Completed at least 60.0 units of graded university credits (equivalent to 2 full-years’) with a 2.7 GPA (Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for consideration towards the 60.0 unit requirement or towards prerequisite courses)
  • Not be currently enrolled in, or have previously taken a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Submit a Supplementary Essay online through the Queen's SOLUS system
  • Completed (or show proof of enrollment by the document deadline) at least one requirement within each subject column listed below in the most recent 7 years prior to admission with a mark of 60% (C-) or higher
  Psychology Statistics Anatomy Physiology
Queen's courses PSYC 100 (6.0)* NURS 323 (3.0) ANAT 101 (3.0) PHGY 214 (6.0)

Including applicable calendar exclusions: Find academic calendars…

Acceptable courses may be available through Queen’s Arts and Science Online.

Acceptable courses from other institutions

Search for Nursing Advance Standing Track (AST) prerequisites by school…

* Should the previous university not have a full-year intro PSYC course, we will accept a (3.0 unit) Intro PSYC and another (3.0 unit) transferrable PSYC.

How is the admission average calculated?

The admission average for the Nursing AST program is based your most recent marks in 60 credits (equivalent to 10 full-year [8-month] or 20 half-year [4-month] courses) and must include the prerequisites listed above.

Course Credits
Psychology 6.0
Physiology 6.0
Anatomy 3.0
Statistics 3.0
  = 18.0
Most recent marks on 42.0 units + 42.0
Total = 60.0

Required Documents

  • A final high school transcript showing graduation
  • All previous post-secondary transcripts (note: current Queen's students are not required to submit any transcripts.)
  • Nursing AST Supplementary Essay

Documents may be mailed or faxed.

See also: How to Submit Documents

Contacts:

Program information: Barb Bolton (Undergraduate Academic Advisor) boltonb@queensu.ca
Admission requirements: Contact Us

Deadlines / Apply

Entry term Fall Entry
Application Deadline January 15
Document Deadline, including Supplementary Essay February 15
Admission Decisions April
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