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Applying as an Indigenous Student

Undergraduate Admission Pathway for Indigenous Students

Queen’s University is widely known for being a safe, caring, and respectful community for all Indigenous students. We offer Indigenous candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program, known as the Indigenous Admission Policy.

Undergraduate Admission: Admission Pathway for Indigenous Students

Faculty of Arts and Science

The Faculty of Arts and Science at offers Indigenous candidates an alternative procedure for admission to the first year of a full-time degree program. Qualified Indigenous students whose home community is in North America may be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), Concurrent Education Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and Concurrent Education Bachelor of Science (Honours) Programs by this alternative procedure.  Indigenous candidates may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.

Learn more about alternative admission for Indigenous students…

Faculty of Education

Concurrent Education: Please review the Faculty of Arts and Science information above.

Indigenous Teacher Education Program: The Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to specialize in Indigenous education, and qualifies graduates for Ontario College of Teachers certification. ITEP is offered to Concurrent Education students in their final year, as well as Consecutive Education teacher candidates. Non-Indigenous students are also invited to apply, but priority is given to Indigenous applicants.

Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE): WISE is a part-time blended (online and on-campus) program intended for students with experience in Indigenous communities.

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Indigenous Futures in Engineering: The Indigenous Futures in Engineering program provides culturally relevant student support services to Indigenous students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Working in partnership with the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, AAE strives to support the academic, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of students.

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Medicine

The School of Medicine recognizes the critical shortage of Indigenous physicians in Canada and the need to educate more Indigenous physicians to serve as role models and address the health care needs of Canada's Indigenous people.

Up to a maximum of four qualified Indigenous students per year may be admitted to the M.D. Program through an alternate process for assessing candidates. Indigenous candidates may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.

Undergraduate Medical Education: Information for prospective students

School of Nursing

In order to encourage participation by members of the Indigenous community in their post-secondary education, Queen’s School of Nursing offers Indigenous candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.

Information for Indigenous Nursing Applicants

Faculty of Law

Indigenous Studies in Law:

An undergraduate survey course in Aboriginal Law, LAW 202/702, is offered both online for distance learners and in a blended format on campus.

Queen’s Faculty of Law is committed to increasing Indigenous representation within the legal profession and therefore welcomes applications from Canadian Indigenous people.

Consideration for alternate Law admission is based on the applicant’s interest in, and identification with, his/her Indigenous community and other factors, including academic performance, results of the LSAT, employment history, letters of reference, and a personal statement.

Indigenous Initiatives: Queen's Faculty of Law

Smith School of Business

The Birch Hill Equity Partners Achievement Award is given each year to an Indigenous student entering the Queen’s Commerce program ($9,000 annually, renewable).

School of Policy Studies

Indigenous Policy and Governance Studies: In partnership with First Nations Technical Institute, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, participants in the Professional Master of Public Administration may concentrate their elective courses in Indigenous policy and governance. This series of courses integrates traditional knowledge and philosophies with contemporary theoretical frameworks and professional practice.


Resources and Support Services

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Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC)

[Four Directions logo] In keeping with the teachings of the Four Directions, the FDISC supports  Indigenous students in balancing their academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. The FDISC also welcomes and encourages all students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the Indigenous experience in Canada. FDISC staff includes Indigenous advisors, elders, and an Indigenous recruitment and admissions representative.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Nest

Queen’s SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer-mentoring program designed to support Indigenous graduate students with the successful transition into and completion of their graduate programs.

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Indigenous Council

The Indigenous Council of Queen’s University is involved in all decisions affecting Indigenous programs and services at Queen’s University. The Council is composed of representatives from Indigenous communities in Ontario, Queen’s Indigenous student representatives, and senior University personnel. The Council reports directly to the University Senate and Board of Trustees.

Queen's Native Students Association (QNSA)

Queen's Native Students Association logoThe QNSA is a club of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students that share an interest in Indigenous cultures and traditions. It provides a forum for discussing contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples and cultures, hosts themed events and celebrations, and works in collaboration with Four Directions and the Indigenous Council to identify the needs of Indigenous students on campus. Undergraduates, graduates, and professional students are all represented in the QNSA.

Office of Indigenous Initiatives

OII logoThe Office of Indigenous Initiatives builds community, advances reconciliation/conciliation and integrates Indigenous ways of knowing and being into the fabric and life of the University.

Formed in response to the national commission’s calls to action for post-secondary institutions, the Queen's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force produced a comprehensive set of recommendations.

[Indigenous student presented with traditional blanket at convocation][Indigenous student graduating]