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Queen's prepares to welcome students to campus

By Communications Staff
An increase in the number of first-year undergraduate students who have accepted Queen's offers of admission means some additional planning is required when it comes to assigning residence spaces.
The number of students choosing Queen’s is outpacing the provincial trend, reflecting strong demand for the university’s undergraduate educational experience and quality programs.
“We guarantee a space in residence to all of our incoming first-year undergraduate students who meet the residence application and deposit deadline,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “This year, our first-year class is a bit larger than expected due to a very high yield rate on our offers. This means we need to look at our available residence and housing spaces and plan accordingly.”
Some strategies the university is employing to maximize residence space are expanding the number of loft/bunk rooms and triple and quad rooms, and placing some upper-year undergraduates at the Confederation Hotel, to join graduate students, who have been housed there for the past two years.
While the vast majority of residence rooms go to first-year students, some spaces have also been made available for upper-year undergraduate and graduate students. This year, the university has had to limit the number of residence spaces for new graduate students and exchange students. Students who cannot be provided residence accommodation are being connected with several resources to assist them in finding off-campus accommodation. Queen’s has many supports in place to help students seeking to live in the community, including an online accommodation listing service and the Student Community Relations Office.
The university is building two new residences, scheduled to open in Fall 2015, that will increase capacity across the system.