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.
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.