Queen’s University Profile
Queen’s University, located in Kingston, Ontario, is one of Canada’s oldest universities. Every day, more than 30,000 researchers, scholars, artists, professors and students from around the world learn, think and discover within Queen’s supportive environment. Your university experience at Queen’s includes academically rigorous programs, experiential learning opportunities, interactions with leading researchers, an unrivalled spirit and a strong sense of community that welcomes people from around the world.
We are people who want to learn, discover, think and do. We push the limits of what can be achieved and develop ideas that can make a difference in the world.
For more than 175 years, our community has been more than a collection of bright minds – Queen’s has attracted people with an ambitious spirit. We imagine what the future can be, and work together to realize it. Read more about Queen’s University.
Queen’s University strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous students, with a number of supports and activities available via the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre. The Centre is a hub of activity, and we welcome and encourage everyone to drop in and learn about the supports and services available. Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.
Admission requirements differ depending on the university and the academic program you choose. In this section you will find information about Queen’s admission requirements, policies and supports that are available to you.
To find out about Queen’s requirements for entrance into each academic program, please visit the Queen’s admission requirements website.
We offer Indigenous candidates an alternative admission pathway for first-year, full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree programs, known as the Aboriginal Admission Policy.
Queen’s admission requirements are divided into different categories of learners that include secondary school, international and mature students. Each category has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category.
Indigenous Learner Policy
We offer Indigenous candidates an alternative admission pathway for first-year, full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree programs, known as the Aboriginal Admission Policy. To be considered under Queen’s Aboriginal Admission Policy, you must apply through the OUAC and self-identify as having Indigenous ancestry; meet the general program requirements and deadlines for undergraduate admission and submit a separate letter to the Indigenous Community Liaison saying you wish to be considered under this policy, along with proof of ancestry. Questions can be directed to the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre by email or by phone at 613-533-6970.
All students are encouraged to complete the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) in support of their application. The PSE is required for admission consideration for the Commerce program.
If you are interested in transferring to Queen’s from another university or college, Queen’s website gives you helpful information on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
You can choose from a variety of academic programs at Queen’s, and you will likely find a program that sparks your interest. This section lists some examples of the academic programs you can take at Queen’s. Academic programming and support areas are specific to the different faculties and schools.
In the Faculty of Arts and Science, you’ll learn to analyze, think and judge independently. Programs you can take include Computing, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Languages, in addition to the Creative Arts and Humanities.
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers rigorous engineering programs that prepare you for leadership in a global society. If you choose this faculty, you will share a common first year with all engineering students that will introduce you to the full range of engineering disciplines available at Queen’s.
The Faculty of Education offers you innovative programs that lead to teacher certification, graduate programs involving research in education and preparation for a variety of careers. There’s also a Concurrent Education program that allows you to pursue your teacher training while you complete your undergraduate degree.
The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) is suited to Indigenous students who are interested in Indigenous education. It may be of particular interest to mature students and those with experience in Indigenous education. ATEP features courses with Indigenous-specific content, as well as practice teaching placements in First Nations schools. Queen’s also offers a Master of Aboriginal and World Indigenous Educational Studies (AWIES).
The Smith School of Business allows you to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce or graduate programs such as a Master of Business Administration. The school’s innovative approach to business education graduates leaders with global perspectives, creates new knowledge and advances business and society.
At the School of Policy Studies, you’ll research, debate and interact with the non-academic world in the fields of public policy and administration. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is focused on the analysis, development and implementation of policy, to prepare you for careers in the public and non-profit sectors. In partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI), part of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, the School of Policy Studies offers courses in Indigenous Policy and Governance each year.
The Faculty of Law advances your understanding of the law through innovative teaching and scholarship. It offers you a full range of law degrees, from the 3-year Juris Doctor (JD) professional degree in law to the distinguished graduate Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) programs.
Through the School of Graduate Studies, you can set your ideas in motion and create an impact on the world. You can choose from 120 graduate degree programs in more than 50 departments and centres of research.
Be sure to check out all of Queen’s academic programs.
Queen’s offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university. The following are some of the academic services you can access at Queen’s.
The Queen’s Learning Commons (QLC) is a meeting place that’s also a hub of services that supports your academic success. You can access a number of resources, workshops and seminars to improve your skills, as well as one-on-one professional consultations.
Student Academic Success Services (SASS) offers academic support services to undergraduate and graduate students who want to enhance or fine-tune their skills. Services you can access include coaching in study skills, limiting procrastination and reading texts efficiently and effectively.
The Writing Centre, which is a unit of SASS and a partner in the Queen’s Learning Commons, meets with writers at all levels and any stage of the writing process. You can get help with any type of academic writing – essays, reports, labs, dissertations and more. You can also use one-on-one consultations to work through writer’s block or brainstorm ideas.
Aboriginal Access to Engineering (AAE), working in partnership with the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, provides culturally relevant student support services to Indigenous students enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Supports include access to tutoring and exam prep sessions and mentoring opportunities with practicing Indigenous engineers.
Students may wish to access the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre Resource Library or the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program Resource Library. The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre also provides exam support and academic advising.
To find out more about Queen’s academic supports, visit Queen’s Academic Support website.
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. Queen’s offers financial aid to eligible students, as well as a number of scholarships and awards specifically for Indigenous learners.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Financial aid is available to you through scholarships, bursaries, government loans and Indigenous-specific scholarships, bursaries and awards at Queen’s University.
Queen’s offers both merit- and needs-based financial awards to entering students who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis). Students can learn how to self-identify on the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre website.
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at Queen’s can help eligible students find part-time work at the university. Some jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre.
Indigenous Student Services
Indigenous Student Services
Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre (FDISC) strives to be a home away from home for Indigenous learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students and join in activities and cultural events. The following are just some of the services you’ll find at Queen’s and FDISC.
The Centre hosts cultural programs such as Full Moon Ceremonies, a Sweatlodge and workshops in beading and moccasin-, drum- and basket-making. It also hosts feasts and events such as Three-Sisters Feast Nights, Frybread Fridays and the Well-being Circle, which includes a biweekly sharing circle and wellness activities.
Queen’s Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a mentor-support program driven by students. SAGE is designed to increase the comfort level of Indigenous graduate students within their programs, the university and the community as a whole. There are quarterly meetings and an annual writing retreat where you can socialize, share experiences as students and researchers, and support each other throughout the graduate experience.
The Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative (KIKI) is designed for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. KIKI seeks to raise awareness and share knowledge about Indigenous peoples. Past events have included Teach-Ins, Visiting Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers, and a musical concert featuring A Tribe Called Red.
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at Queen’s.
Orientation Week welcomes you to Queen’s and gives you the opportunity to meet people you’ll have classes with and share in fun activities. The University hosts 9 different Orientation Week programs – you attend the week that pertains to your selected area of studies.
Queen’s offers a tailored Welcome Day for incoming undergraduate Indigenous students that includes early move-in, workshops and social activities to build connections and link students and their families to campus supports through the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre.
Clubs and Societies
One way to get involved on campus is to join 1 of the over 300 student clubs at Queen’s, where you can meet others with common interests, share your talents and relieve stress. Clubs you can join include the Improv Club, Anime Club and Native Student Association.
Indigenous Learners’ Clubs
The Queen’s University Native Student Association (QNSA) is made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who share an interest in Indigenous cultures and traditions. It’s also a forum for students to discuss contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples and cultures.
Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a mentor-support program driven by students. SAGE is designed to increase the comfort level of Indigenous graduate students within their programs, the university and the community as a whole. There are quarterly meetings and an annual writing retreat where you can socialize, share experiences as students and researchers, and support each other throughout the graduate experience.
Alma Mater Society
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) of Queen’s University was established in 1858 and is Canada’s oldest student government. Its mandate is to serve and represent the diversity of students at Queen’s University.
Queen’s University is home to Gaels varsity sports that range from basketball to wrestling. The Queen’s Gaels participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Find more information on varsity athletics at Queen’s including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Queen’s offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. They are a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS)
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you. For more information about supports you can access at Queen’s, visit the Accessibility Services website.
Positive Spaces (LGBTQ)
The Positive Space program identifies and promotes the development of positive spaces within the Queen’s community. Positive spaces are locations in which sexual and gender identity is affirmed, and individuals can receive support on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) issues. The Positive Space sticker displays to others that you respect sexual and gender diversity.
If you identify as part of the LGBTQ community, Queen’s offers connections to resources both on campus and in the Kingston community.
Office of the Interfaith Chaplain
The Interfaith Chaplain is available to discuss any spiritual, religious, personal or financial problems, concerns or crises. The chaplain can also provide you with confidential counselling and spiritual support.
You can access child care through Queen’s Day Care Centre. Check out how you can apply and reserve a spot for your child.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Where you live and how you get to your classes are important to your university life. Queen’s provides you with information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off campus. Queen’s also provides information about public transportation options and the availability of parking services to help you with your commute.
Queen’s 18 residences are located on the main and west campuses, and range from small buildings that house 68 students to larger halls that house nearly 800 students. They offer you a diverse range of living environments for your preferred lifestyle.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check out residence life at Queen’s.
Living Learning Community
The Bimaadiziwin (The Good Life) Ka’nikonhriyo (The Good Mind) Indigenous & Allies Living Learning Community (LLC) in residence welcomes both Indigenous and non-Indigenous student allies who are interested in learning more about Indigenous peoples, traditions and culture. The Bimaadiziwin Ka’nikonhriyo LLC Don organizes fun cultural events and programs that will help you meet new people and develop your leadership skills.
If you’re looking for housing off campus, you can start by browsing the Queen’s Community Housing website for listings that would suit your needs. You may also take any questions or concerns to the Student Community Relations Office.
Community Housing manages the student rental properties owned by Queen’s University: 2 apartment complexes on the west campus – An Clachan and John Orr Tower – and a variety of apartments and houses in the University District (core rentals) around campus.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to dining halls and 21 retail food locations on campus. Check out Queen’s meal plans and prices.
Queen’s is a small, pedestrian-friendly campus with services, lecture halls and residences within walking or cycling distance of each other. Downtown Kingston is on Queen’s doorstep, allowing students to take full advantage of the downtown core.
A transit pass for Kingston Transit is included in your fees as a full-time student. The Bus-It Program gives you unlimited access to Kingston Transit bus services during your time at Queen’s. There are routes that run through campus, all of which easily connect to several other routes that can take you anywhere in Kingston. Learn more about public transportation options at Queen’s.
Paid and permit parking is available on both the main and west campus in various locations. There are also a number of bicycle racks installed around campus. Check out parking locations and permit costs at Queen’s.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit is important to your success at university. Student Wellness Services is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and wellness educators). The following are some services that are available to you.
You can get access to medical care that includes doctor’s visits, comprehensive medical care, travel medicine and education, immunization and referrals for specialized treatment. Learn more about clinic hours and appointment bookings.
You can book an appointment to meet with Counselling Services to discuss a range of issues in order to help you achieve a healthier and more balanced life. You can talk through any concerns or challenges you may be experiencing, resolve personal difficulties and deal with crises or distressing situations. Some faculties such as Engineering, Business and the School of Graduate Studies now have embedded counsellors within the faculty.
For more information on the well-being services provided by Queen’s, contact Student Wellness Services. You can also visit the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre for information on the cultural aspects of health.