As an applicant to Queen’s, we know that you have questions about the application process, program requirements, and so much more. This page will help to answer your questions and guide you to the resources that are available online. Please continue to monitor this page- we will continue to make updates as we get more questions; if you don't see your question currently reflected here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Queen’s University administrators are actively monitoring reports on the evolving outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. We continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic on schools and testing centres and will work with school officials and examination boards to minimize associated impacts to the application process and requirements.
We understand the current situation is causing stress, disruption, and uncertainty. We are here to answer your questions!
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Life Sciences and Biochemistry
Queen’s is now accepting direct entry into the Life Sciences and Biochemistry BScH programs as one cohort. The first year of the joint programs provides the vital foundation in sciences. Following first year students will then split into either the Life Sciences or Biochemistry plans during plan selection that takes place in Spring (student’s will be able to choose between either program). Some spots are also available for general sciences students following first year.
Mechatronics and Robotics
Our 2nd new and exciting program is our direct-entry Mechatronics & Robotics program in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. A unique synthesis of mechatronics and robotics; students will push the boundaries of intelligent autonomous systems and world-changing technologies. Mechatronics and Robotics will not be available through the usual discipline selection process to students who enter through common Engineering first year. The prerequisite courses required to apply to this program are the same as those for the Engineering program.
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has updated the Ontario required program prerequisites for admission consideration. The required courses from Ontario now include ENG4U (minimum 70%), MCV4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SPH4U.
Higher level (HL) course Sports, Exercise and Health Science is now an acceptable pre-requisite as a substitute for one of the pure sciences for admission into the Kinesiology program.
At this time, this is only applicable to the Kinesiology program. This course is not applicable as a substitution for any other program that requires natural sciences as pre-requisite courses.
Queen’s has permanently moved to a Test Optional model, meaning applicants who have studied in the US will no longer be required to submit an SAT or ACT score. You may continue to submit your scores if you feel they will support your application.
To reduce barriers to medical education, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Medicine have updated the eligibility requirements for the QuARMS pathway. This educational initiative selects up to 10 high school students who are Indigenous or self-identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American or multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry.
Applicants will request consideration for the pathway by completing an Intent to Apply form. Applicants wishing to be considered for the QuARMS pathway must:
- Apply to at least one of Arts (QA), Computing (QD), Health Science (QH), Life Sciences and Biochemistry (QL), or Science (QS)
- Visit the QuARMS How to Apply page and submit a completed QuARMS Intent to Apply form no later than December 8.
As noted above, applicants to QuARMS must apply to at least one of the five QuARMS-eligible programs (QA, QS, QD, QL or QH). Additionally, to be eligible for QuARMS, applicants must:
- Be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, And
- Be currently in their final year of high school or first year of CEGEP when they apply, And
- Identify as Indigenous And/Or Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American, or a multi-racial person who has and identifies with their Black ancestry
The deadline to apply for QuARMS is December 8. More information about the pathway is available here: https://meds.queensu.ca/academics/quarms
Applications for the First Year programs will open in early October! Check out our how to apply page for more information!
You will either be a 101 applicant or a 105 applicant. OUAC has tools on their website to help you confirm which kind of applicant you are.
We do not make alternate offers of admission- you must apply to every program you wish to be considered for, up to a maximum of 3 programs. It is possible to hold more than one offer of admission to the university, but you will only be able to accept one offer by the acceptance deadline.
Use our admission requirements tool to find out what our admission requirements are for your program of interest.
Applications for admission to Queen’s are reviewed on a rolling basis and we make conditional offers of admission based on available grade information. This can include using grade 11 marks, when grade 12 marks are not yet available. This type of assessment depends upon students being registered in all required grade 12 courses. Therefore, it remains essential that you send Queen’s all course information, regardless of the semester model.
Where courses are not available or scheduling conflicts arise, you should seek guidance and advice from your counselling/guidance office on an appropriate alternative.
If you are an Ontario student be sure that your school has sent the OUAC all currently registered and projected course enrollments for the entire school year, regardless of the semester model.
If you are a student outside the province of Ontario be sure that you have your high school send Queen’s all completed grade 11 coursework, currently registered and projected course enrollments for the entire grade 12 school year, regardless of the semester model. Transcripts can be sent electronically to: email@example.com
High school grades are just one piece of information we use when making an admission decision. Each applicant to Queen’s has a unique To-Do List detailing exactly what we need to round out your application. Applicants can see their To-Do List (and the due dates) on their SOLUS Student Centre once they have applied. We review and update our supplementary requirements regularly to ensure applicants have a meaningful platform to share additional information not available through their grades.
Whenever possible, we expect students will submit official documents in support of their application. However, if you are unable to submit official documents due to extenuating or exceptional circumstances will consider unofficial documents. For more information, please review our guidelines on unofficial documents.
If you have applied to Queen's check out our Queen's U bound page to learn more about important next steps, events, and information for applicants.
International Student FAQ
If the curriculum you are studying changes its assessment method, final exams are cancelled or postponed etc., and you can't meet your offer of conditions, we encourage you to review our conditional offer of admission page. As many regions worldwide continue to be affected by COVID-19, we understand you may be worried about how this will affect your application.
Our English language requirements and the English language proficiency test scores that we accept can be found on our English language requirements page.
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. Click here for more information about the QBridge program.
If you’re not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and plan to study in Canada for more than six months, you will have to apply for a study permit. You should apply for your study permit online as soon as you get your acceptance letter. For information on how to apply for a study permit, visit our Queen's University International Center (QUIC) Website