Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University, Canada

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for External University Transfer

General Academic Requirements

All Transfer Applicants

Queen’s University has the capacity to accommodate transfer students from other accredited post‐secondary institutions. However, the admission process is highly competitive and preference is given to those applicants with the strongest qualifications.

Faculty of Arts and Science

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees require applicants to specify a plan either as a major (for those in an honours program) or general (for those in the general program).

  • Applicants who have completed a minimum of 24.0 units and less than 48.0 units at another accredited post‐secondary institution must have the equivalent of a Queen’s cumulative GPA of 2.60 in all courses taken.
  • Applicants who have completed at least 48.0 units at another accredited post‐secondary institution must have the equivalent of a Queen’s cumulative GPA of 2.60 in all units completed in the most recent two years of study.
  • For applicants who have completed fewer than 48.0 units in the last two years of study, all units completed in each previous term will be included in the GPA until at least 48.0 units is reached.

For application deadlines and how to apply, see: Transfer from University

Smith School of Business

There is a very limited number of upper-year spaces. To be considered for admission, upper-year applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 (B+). However, most successful applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.7 (A-).

As well as submitting academic documentation, all upper-year applicants to the Bachelor of Commerce program must fill out a Queen's Commerce Personal Statement of Experience (PSE).

Calculus at either the senior high school or university level is a prerequisite. There are no other specific university-course prerequisites.

For application deadlines and how to apply, see: Transfer from University

School of Computing

To be considered for full-time admission to the Bachelor of Computing program in the Faculty of Arts and Science, upper-year applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) or 2.6 (high C+).

For application deadlines and how to apply, see: Transfer from University

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Candidates applying to transfer from other accredited institutions are considered for upper-year admission if they have completed more than half of the courses taken in the Queen's first-year program. Please review the Engineering and Applied Science first year curriculum.

For application deadlines and how to apply, see: Transfer from University

School of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing Science: 4 years

Minimum 2.7 (B-) Grade Point Average (GPA) using all university courses. Senior secondary grades will also be considered.

Must have senior secondary school (Grade 12 high school or equivalent):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • English (must be an English Literature course, not an English Language course)

Note: Courses in these subjects at the university level are acceptable substitutes for high school courses. Courses taken through college certificate programs (i.e., "Pre Health") are not applicable towards the entrance requirements.

Bachelor of Nursing Science: Accelerated Standing Track (2 years)

There are 48 spaces available for September 2018

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Completed senior-level high school English (ENG4U or equivalent – English language courses are not acceptable), Biology and Chemistry (or university-level equivalents)
  • Completed at least 60.0 units of graded university credits (equivalent to 2 full years) with a 2.7 GPA
    Note: Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for consideration towards the 60.0 unit requirement or towards prerequisite courses
  • Not be currently enrolled in, or have previously taken a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Submit a Supplementary Essay online through SOLUS
  • Completed (or show proof of enrolment by the document deadline) at least one requirement within each subject column listed below in the most recent seven years prior to admission with a mark of 60% (C-) or higher.
  Psychology Statistics Anatomy Physiology
Queen's courses PSYC 100 (6.0)* NURS 323 (3.0) ANAT 101 (3.0) PHGY 214 (6.0)

Including applicable calendar exclusions: Find academic calendars…

Acceptable courses may be available through Queen’s Arts and Science Online.

Acceptable courses from other institutions

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* Should the previous university not have a full-year intro PSYC course, we will accept a (3.0 unit) Intro PSYC and another (3.0 unit) transferrable PSYC.

For application deadlines and how to apply, see: Transfer from University

Common Requirements

Personal Statement of Experience

The Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) essay is strongly recommended for students applying to a Queen's first-year program. The PSE and Supplementary Essay are mandatory for all Commerce students.

English Language

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements: Do you live in a country where English is not the acknowledged primary language?
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QBridge is an English language pathway to Queen’s University for students who are academically competitive for admission to a Queen’s undergraduate degree program, but who do not meet the required admission standard for English language proficiency. The QBridge programs ensure that students are linguistically, academically, and culturally prepared to complete their Queen’s undergraduate degree studies.
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