Undergraduate Admission


Undergraduate Admission

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Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and Supplementary Essay (SE)

How is the PSE used?

For Most Programs

Admission at Queen’s is very competitive and we use the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE), Supplementary Essay (SE) (where required) and your academic record to help make admission decisions. For all programs, except Commerce, completion of the PSE is optional-but recommended. While we recommend that all applicants submit a PSE, applicants who have not submitted a PSE (with the exception of Commerce) will be considered equally for admission to Queen’s. 

For applicants who fall within a critical range, we may consider your PSE, in support of your application to the program.

The recommended last date to submit the PSE is February 15.

For All Programs

The minimum admission average, and the number of students selected based on the PSE, vary between programs and from year-to-year. It is dependent on the number of applicants to the program, the academic strength of the applicants in a given year, the number of spaces available, and the admission circumstances in a given year.

Practice PSE

We think it's a good idea to give your PSE some thought before you submit it, so we've created a Practice PSE that you can use. It gives you the opportunity to craft your answers and have other people review them for you. If you have applied to Commerce or Concurrent Education, please see the notes below.

Notes for Commerce and Concurrent Education Applicants

Commerce Applicants
If you apply to Commerce you will be required to submit an additional Supplementary Essay, due at the same time you submit your PSE. The recommended last date to submit both is February 15th.

Practice Commerce Supplementary Essay (PDF 249KB)

Concurrent Education Applicants
Although the PSE is not a required document, we do recommend that you complete it. If you have applied to one of our Concurrent Education programs, please consider the following when you are completing your PSE:
Personal qualities and experiences are vitally important to the successful educator. The Faculty of Education encourages Concurrent Education applicants to focus their PSE on what would make you a good teacher. When choosing one extracurricular activity or one employment opportunity you have listed, describe the impact of this experience and the greatest learning outcome for you from the perspective of what would make you a good teacher. The readers of your PSE will be looking for you to explain what you have learned from your experience that will help you as a future educator.