Admission Regulation 3: Admission with OSSD Equivalent Standing

The minimum admission requirements for students from educational systems outside Ontario are described below. Applicants must also meet subject requirements equivalent to those stipulated for Ontario Secondary School graduates.

3.1 – Other Canadian Provinces and Territories

Applicants may offer secondary school graduation (Grade 12) from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan,

Northwest Territories, Nunavut or the Yukon. These applicants must offer a minimum overall average of 75 per cent to be considered for admission to a Degree Program.

3.1.1– Québec

Applicants who have successfully completed the Diplôme d'Études Collégiales (DEC) are eligible to receive up to 18.0 units unspecified transfer credit. Students may request that specific courses be assessed for specified transfer credit by contacting Undergraduate Admission.

3.2 – United States

The minimum entrance requirement for candidates from the United States is high school graduation with B- standing. Applicants must provide their SAT I or ACT scores.

3.3 – Advanced Placement

A maximum of 18.0 units may be granted for Advanced Placement examinations passed with a grade of 4 or higher. Official examination results must be forwarded to Undergraduate Admission.

Although a course transfer notation, TR, shall be notated on the transcript in all cases, for the purposes of evaluation of course prerequisites and admission to Plans at the second-year level, the following Queen’s grade equivalents will be used:

AP Grade                Queen’s Equivalent
5                                     A
4                                     B
3 or less                          no transfer

In no case shall an evaluative grade be placed on the transcript for a transfer credit (see Academic Regulation 10.2.6).

3.4 – General Certificate of Education (GCE) Systems

Candidates from systems offering the General Certificate of Education must normally offer seven subjects, at least three of which must be at the Advanced Level (excluding the General Paper). To be eligible for consideration, grades at both the Advanced and Ordinary Levels must not be lower than C. A maximum of 18.0 units may be granted for A-Level courses completed with a grade of B or higher. 

Although a course transfer notation, TR, shall be noted on the transcript in all cases, for the purposes of evaluation of course prerequisites and admission to Plans at the second-year level, the following Queen’s grade equivalents will be used:

A-level Grade        Queen’s Equivalent
A, A*                            A
B                                  B
C or lower                      no transfer

In no case shall an evaluative grade be placed on the transcript for a transfer credit (see Academic Regulation 10.2.6).

3.5 – Cambridge Pre-University

Candidates from systems offering the Cambridge Pre-U (Pre-University) who have completed GCSE/IGCSE (Ordinary) Levels and at least 3 Pre-U Principal Subjects, will be considered for admission. A combination of Principal Subjects and GCE A Levels will be accepted. To be eligible for consideration, grades at the Pre-U and Ordinary Level must not be lower than C or P1. A maximum of 18.0 units may be granted for Pre-U courses completed with a grade of B (M3) or higher. 

Although a course transfer notation, TR, shall be noted on the transcript in all cases, for the purposes of evaluation of course prerequisites and admission to plans at the second level, the following Queen’s grade equivalents will be used:

Pre-U Grade          Queen’s Equivalent
D1, D2, D3                     A
M1, M2, M3                    B
C or lower                      no transfer

In no case shall an evaluative grade be placed on the transcript for a transfer credit (see Academic Regulation 10.2.6).

3.6 – International Baccalaureate (IB) System

Candidates completing the International Baccalaureate diploma may be considered for admission provided they pass six subjects, with at least three at the Higher Level (HL), and accumulate a minimum total grade of 28, exclusive of bonus points. Note that bonus points may be considered when making a conditional offer of admission, but to maintain an offer of admission bonus points will be excluded. Whether or not the IB diploma has been completed, a maximum of 18.0 units may be granted for HL courses completed with a score of 5 or greater. 

Although a course transfer notation, TR, shall be notated on the transcript in all cases, for the purposes of evaluation of course prerequisites and admission to Plans at the second-year level, the following Queen’s grade equivalents will be used:

IB Grade                 Queen’s Equivalent
7                                     A
6                                     B
5                                     C
4 or lower                       no transfer

In no case shall an evaluative grade be placed on the transcript for a transfer credit (see Academic Regulation 10.2.6).

3.7 – French Baccalauréat System

Candidates who successfully complete the full Baccalauréat Général diploma program may be considered for admission, and may be eligible to receive a maximum of 18.0 units for courses completed with a score of 12 or greater.

Although a course transfer notation, TR, shall be notated on the transcript in all cases, for the purposes of evaluation of course prerequisites and admission to Plans at the second-year level, the following Queen’s grade equivalents will be used:

FB Grade                Queen’s Equivalent
16-20                             A
14-15.99                         B
12-13.99                         C
11.99 or lower                  no transfer

In no case shall an evaluative grade be placed on the transcript for a transfer credit (see Academic Regulation 10.2.6).

3.8 – Other Countries or Educational Systems

Normally, candidates who have achieved admission level for universities in their own countries are eligible to be considered for admission. These applicants should contact Undergraduate Admission regarding specific requirements.