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Welcome to Queen's, Class of 2020

[Students on sidewalk sale]
After Orientation Week activities including Sidewalk Sale, more than 4,500 undergraduate students and 1,400 new graduate students are beginning their studies at Queen's this week. (Photo by Garrett Elliott) 

Academic activity shifts into high gear this week as more than 4,500 undergraduate students from the Class of 2020 and 1,400 new graduate students begin their studies on Queen’s campus and at the Bader International Study Centre in Sussex, England.

Quick Facts
Incoming undergraduate students
* The Class of 2020 boasts an average of 88.8 per cent.
* New undergraduate students arrive at Queen’s from all 10 provinces, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
* Female students make up just over 60 per cent of the first-year cohort.
* 4.3 per cent of students self-identify as the first generation in their family to attend post-secondary education.
* 1.6 per cent of the incoming class identifies as Aboriginal.
Incoming graduate students
* 59 per cent of students are female.
* 40 per cent of new graduate students are in the Faculty of Arts and Science, followed by Faculty of Health Sciences (27 per cent), and Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (14 per cent).
* 18 per cent of new graduate students are also new to Canada, coming from more than 42 countries.

“Welcoming a new class is always an exciting time of year, as thousands of students embark on a journey of academic and personal discovery,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “While at Queen’s, undergraduate and graduate students will experience a rich and supportive learning environment.”

Queen’s attracts a high number of superb applicants for its undergraduate and graduate programs. The university received nearly 34,000 applications for 4,517 spaces in the first-year class. The School of Graduate Studies is welcoming 1,404 new students: 1,178 master’s students, 200 doctoral students, and 26 graduate diploma students.

“Our students choose graduate studies to advance their knowledge in a particular field, invest in their future, and develop crucial employability skills,” says Brenda Brouwer, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. “We are thrilled to welcome our new graduate students, who contribute to our reputation for academic excellence.”

The university continues to grow its international enrolment. There are 438 international students in the incoming undergraduate class, a 41.3 per cent increase over the same time last year. Furthermore, 13 per cent of the incoming class attended high school outside of Canada in 44 different countries and 29 U.S. states. At the graduate level, there are 246 international students, compared to 180 in fall 2015, a 37 per cent increase. The international graduate students hail from 43 different countries.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions and School of Graduate Studies admissions for more information about applying to Queen’s.