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Queen's Class of 2018 heads off to class

Thursday, September 11, 2014

For Immediate Release

KINGSTON, ON – More than 4,200 students from the Class of 2018 will attend their first university classes this week after experiencing Queen’s spirit and tradition during orientation week.

“The Class of 2018 brings diverse experiences and perspectives that will enrich our classrooms and community,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “I look forward to watching these incredibly talented students strive for excellence and make an impact on the world around them.”

Queen’s admitted 4,418 students from a pool of 30,506 applications. Fifty-eight per cent of the students are female, 42 per cent male. The incoming class average is 89.1 per cent, continuing Queen’s long tradition of attracting academically gifted students.

“The first week of classes is an exciting time for new students as they embark on an academic journey full of promise and possibility,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean (Student Affairs). “Throughout first year and beyond, our highly motivated students can access a range of programs and services to help them achieve their academic and personal goals.”

Students have arrived in Kingston from all 10 Canadian provinces and Nunavut as well as 51 countries around the world from Australia to Yemen. The university is welcoming 79 per cent more international students this year compared to 2013-14, putting Queen’s on track to meet Principal Woolf’s goal of increasing the proportion of international undergraduate degree students to 10 per cent. The Class of 2018 includes 223 international students, or 5 per cent of the incoming class.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has its largest ever first-year class, which accounts for 17 per cent of the Class of 2018. Sixty-five per cent and 13 per cent of first-year students are enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Science and Queen’s School of Business, respectively. Two per cent of students will attend classes in the School of Nursing while three per cent of students will spend their first year at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England.

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Since 1841, Queen’s University has delivered a transformative student learning experience both within and beyond the classroom. Its tradition of academic excellence and a supportive campus community attracts students from across Canada and around the world, and its graduates go on to success in all walks of life. Queen’s deep research expertise drives discovery and new ideas that are helping to build a more just, healthy and prosperous world.

Media Inquiries:
Rosie Hales
613-533-6000 ext. 77513
rosie.hales@queensu.ca

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