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Please note: Queen's University will be closed on Friday May 20th and Monday May 23rd. We will re-open on Tuesday May 24th.

UPDATE: Queen's University will be closed on Friday May 20th and Monday May 23rd. We will re-open on Tuesday May 24th. 

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Important Admission Updates

New for this year

Ontario requirements for Arts-based program(s)

Ontario high school students applying to any of our Arts-based programs will now have their admission average calculated using English 4U, plus their next best five 4U/4M courses. This same calculation will also be applied to the Award Average calculation for our automatic admission scholarships for all Ontario high school students. Please visit the Student Awards website for additional information about automatic scholarships.

QuARMS application deadline

In order 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 who self-identify as Black African, Black Caribbean, Black North American or multi-racial students who have and identify with their Black ancestry.

The deadline to apply for admission to the QuARMS pathway is December 8, 2021. Applicants who are interested in QuARMS must apply to Arts, Science, Life Science and Biochemistry, Computing, or Health Science and indicate QuARMS as their “Subject of Major Interest” in the drop-down menu by December 8 when submitting their OUAC application. Applicants currently studying outside of Ontario will also be required to have their transcript(s) to Queen’s by December 8, 2021, to be considered for this pathway.

You can find more detailed information about QuARMS here.

Equity Ambassadors Program

The Equity Ambassador Program is one component of an overarching strategy at Queen's University to promote equity, diversity, and an inclusive environment. The Queen’s Equity Ambassadors consists of a diverse group of undergraduate students who connect with prospective students to share their unique experiences as BIPOC/Racialized students at Queen’s. Equity Ambassadors are available to discuss topics such as financing post-secondary education, on-campus supports, choosing a major, and life as a student. If a student wishes to connect with an equity ambassador they can be contacted at equityambassador@queensu.ca

Supplementary Essay

Admission to Queen's is very competitive, and we may use Supplementary Information, including the Supplementary Essay (SE), to help make admission decisions. Applicants to Commerce and Health Sciences are required to submit the SE. Submission of the SE is optional, but strongly recommended, for applicants to Nursing Science.

The deadline to submit the SE is February 15. New for this year, once an applicant accesses their SE, the essay questions will remain valid for 30 days. If the applicant does not complete and submit their SE within those 30 days, the questions will refresh and the applicant will have another 30 day period, or until February 15, whichever comes first, to submit their responses. More information is available here.

Updates to Admission Requirements/Processes

*NEW* Process for Transcript Submission for BC Curriculum Applicants:

We now require BC high school curriculum students to have their grades sent electronically by the BC Ministry of Education Student Transcript Service (STS). For this to occur, two steps are required. First, they must include their Personal Education Number (PEN) as part of their Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) application. Second, they must authorize the BC Ministry of Education to release their academic information (transcript) to OUAC through the Student Transcripts Service.

We are asking that schools not send us transcripts this year but guide their students through the process as outlined above.

*NEW* Online Document Upload Form:

Transcripts and other documents may be submitted by school counsellors using this form. As documents are received, assessed, and validated by our admissions committee, they will be removed a students’ to-do lists. As you can imagine we are experiencing a high volume of documents and staff are working through them as quickly as we can. Please do not re-send information that has been submitted. For those in Ontario and BC, please allow the information to come through OUAC. Click here to access our new online document upload form,

Please do not submit additional information beyond what we are requesting.


Admission Awards

Major Admission Awards


  • Qualified students may apply for Major Admission Awards by submitting a single Major Admission Award (MAA) application (qualifications can be found here). The MAA application is submitted ONLINE through the student’s Queen’s SOLUS Student Centre
  • Access to SOLUS is given once we receive a student’s application from OUAC. In order to meet the application deadline, students are encouraged to apply through OUAC by mid-November.
  • A practice copy of the MAA application is available on the Student Awards website.


The deadline for students to submit the MAA application is December 8, 2021.

Chancellor’s Scholarship Nominations

  • Students applying for the Chancellor’s Scholarship must make sure they have confirmation that their High School will be nominating them.
  • They will need the name and email address of the High School Official nominating them when they submit the online MAA Application in SOLUS.
  • Upon submitting their application, an email will be sent to their High School Official requesting they submit the High School Official form electronically. The student will then receive an email confirming the High School Official form has been received by their High School Official.
  • The number of nominations per high school is based on graduating class size:
    • Less than 250 - 1 nominee
    • 250 - 499 - up to 2 nominees
    • 500 or greater - up to 3 nominees

Please Note: In order to be considered for a Chancellor's Scholarship, the applicant must receive a nomination from the high school where they most recently attended full time study. Nominations from institutions where the applicant is enrolled in part-time studies will not be accepted.


Commitment Scholars Awards

The Commitment Scholars Award celebrates and recognizes demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, racial justice, social justice, or diversity initiatives by a student in their high school or in their community. Those entering first year of any first-entry undergraduate degree program, who self-identify on the application as a member of an underserved or underrepresented group, including Black, Indigenous and other racialized students, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals are eligible. The application deadline is 15 February 2022. More information can be found here.

Promise Scholars Awards

The Promise Scholars program is a comprehensive initiative designed to reduce financial barriers and increase access to Queen’s for local, first-generation students of the Kingston, Ontario, and surrounding Community. The program provides dedicated financial, academic, and career support to help students complete their degree. The application deadline is 15 February 2022. More information can be found here.

Admission Bursary

Students who submit an Admission Bursary Application are automatically considered for all admission awards and bursaries. An admission bursary is based on assessment of financial need. The application deadline is 15 February 2022. More information can be found here.

Automatic Admission Scholarships

Students who apply for admission to Queen’s are automatically considered for grade-based admission scholarships. More information can be found here.

Additional Admission Pathways

Indigenous students pathway