Equity Office

Equity Office
Equity Office

Student Applicant Equity Census

Since 1999, the Applicant Equity Census has been administered to all students applying to undergraduate and graduate programs at Queen's University. The Census asks applicants to voluntarily indicate whether they identify as an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability, and/or a visible minority/racialized person. It also seeks to determine the overall economic makeup of applicants by asking for information on family gross income, the level of parental education and the size of the applicant's home town. Responses are not used in the admission selection process; rather, the collected information is utilized for planning purposes in the pursuit of educational equity.

From its inception, the Census has been coordinated by both the Equity Office and the Office of the University Registrar. In 2001 and 2002, the Applicant Equity Census was conducted in hard-copy form with applicants returning the Census to the University by mail. The response rate in these years did not yield statistically significant results. Although the Council of Ontario Universities also completed a mail-in survey in 2001, these results were not viable at the institutional level. Beginning in 2003, the Census was sent electronically to undergraduate applicants. This dramatically improved the response rate.

Queen's University has broadened the scope of the Census over the years. In 2007, the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Education also were incorporated into the process. Now, applicants to all programs at Queen's receive the same Census.

Queen's University Student Headcount November 2016
Students - Headcount Nov 2016 Total F VM AB PWD
Undergraduate 22,472 13,568 2,124 156 901
% 100% 60.4% 9.5% 0.7% 4.0%
Graduate 4,677 2,311 552 24 159
% 100% 49.4% 11.8% 0.5% 3.4%
Total 27,149 15,879 2,676 180 1,060
% 100% 58.5% 9.9% 0.7% 3.9%
Canadian Population (2011) 100% 50.8% 19.1% 4.3% 5.0%
Canadian Population age 15 to 24 100% 51.2% 18.0% 3.7% 5.0%
Most under-represented N/A 1.142 0.550 0.189 0.780
Most under-represented ranking N/A    0    2   1   3


  • Return rate for UG is 35.7%
  • Return rate for Grad is 32.0%
  • Counts of Female students are of the population

Visit Student Applicant Census Results to view the Census results by year.