Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

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Admission Procedures and Exceptions

Admission Procedures and Exceptions

Repeated Courses

Ontario universities support the full disclosure of all marks achieved in all attempts at a secondary school course. At Queen’s, all programs will use the most recent grade achieved in calculating the admission average.

Admission Deferrals

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. An online request, explaining the reason for the deferral request, is required before August 30. 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.

Submit a Request for a Deferral of Admission

Extenuating Circumstances

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 supporting documentation by April 30.

Your Queen's Student ID must appear on all correspondence. For more details, see: How to Submit Documents

Any information you submit will be used in your admission file only and will not be forwarded to any office within the university or further reviewed if you are admitted and subsequently register.

If you become a registered Queen’s student and you wish to receive health care, professional counselling or academic accommodations for a disability, you should contact Student Wellness Services as appropriate.

Alternate Offers

Queen’s does not make alternate offers of admission. Applicants will be considered only for the program(s) to which they have applied (or amended) via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) by the published deadlines.

English Requirements Appeals

Applicants who have been asked to submit a test of facility in English and believe that this is not applicable to them may send a letter of appeal.

  • Be sure to indicate the school(s) that you have attended, including the length of time.
  • To support your claim, arrange to have your school(s) send official documentation – such as a school profile or letter from the principal. The documentation must indicate that the medium of instruction at the school(s) is entirely in English. We also need the school principal’s name and contact information.

Once we receive this documentation, we will review it and inform you of our decision.

If we determine that you still are required to provide an English facility test, you will have to submit an acceptable result by April 30.

Entrance Scholarship

Recipients of these scholarships will be selected automatically based on academic achievement alone. Your admission scholarship will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Your scholarship funds have the potential to increase each time Queen’s re-accesses your application. However, if your grades decrease your scholarship will be honoured as is, as long as you meet the minimum conditions of your acceptance offer. More information about entrance scholarships.

Competitive Average

Competitive average for admission consideration varies between programs. Please see our Admission Requirements page to look up your desired programs' competitive average. Meeting the minimum or competitive average does not guarantee admission. The competitiveness of each particular program changes year after year.