Guidance Dialogues – Queen’s University Video Transcript

Hello; Bonjour; Aanii from Queen’s University

My name is Allison Yokom and I am the Director of Undergraduate Enrolment in the Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment Office.

We’re joining you from beautiful Kingston, Ontario today and want to take a moment to acknowledge the Queen’s University’s presence on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Wherever you are, we encourage you to honour the history of the land we live on. While we can’t be with you in person today, we aren’t going to let that stop us from sharing some important updates that will help you guide and counsel your students and their families as they consider Queen’s.

So let’s get started with what hasn’t changed.

Our program and scholarship application deadlines remain the same. February 1st remains our admission application deadline and our Major Admission Awards Application is due December 1. We continue to recommend that applicants applying for a Major Admission Award should apply to Queen’s as early as possible in order to access the online application for the MAA by the deadline date. Please visit our Key Dates website linked in the video description below.

Applications for admission to Queen’s are reviewed on a rolling basis and we continue to make conditional offers of admission based on available grade information. This can include using grade 11 marks, when grade 12 marks are not yet available. This type of assessment depends upon students being registered in all required grade 12 courses. Therefore, it remains essential that you send the OUAC all currently registered and projected course enrollments for the entire school year, regardless of the semester model.

We know that you are juggling a lot of questions from students and their families about the admission process and that these have likely been heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To assist you and our prospective students, we have created a COVID-19 FAQ page to help address some common questions relating to admission during the pandemic. You can find the link in the video description below.

Now, what has changed!

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has updated the required program prerequisites for admission consideration. The required courses from Ontario now included ENG4U, MCV4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SPH4U.

If you or your students have any questions about any of our admission requirements or prerequisite subjects, please see our admission requirements tool on our website linked in the video description:

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 application process will remain the same as last year. Applicants no longer require a school nomination to be considered, however, the deadline to apply now falls in line with our February 1 application deadline for all programs.  Applicants who are interested in QuARMS must apply to Arts, Science, Life Science, Computing, or Health Science and indicate QUARMS as their “Subject of Major Interest” in the drop-down menu at OUAC when applying. For more information about the pathway and these changes visit the link in the description.

High school grades are just one piece of information we use when making an admission decision. Each applicant to Queen’s has a unique To-Do List, detailing exactly what we need to round out complete their application. Applicants can see their To-Do List (and the due dates) on their SOLUS Student Centre once they have applied. We review and update our Supplementary requirements on a regular basis to ensure applicants have a meaningful platform to share additional information not available through their grades. Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information on Supplementary requirements and how, when and for which programs they are required.

Some students studying in Ontario are required to submit an English language test. We continue to accept IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL, PTE Academic and we now also accept the Duolingo English Test to satisfy the English Language Requirements.  The minimum satisfactory score for Duolingo is 110. To find out more about our English language requirements and a full listing of acceptable tests and scores, please visit our admission website linked below.

For those of you who work with students who may have attended a school in the US for a period of time, we want to provide a quick update on our policy regarding SAT/ACT scores. Queen’s has moved to a Test Optional model, meaning applicants who have studied in the US will no longer be required to submit an SAT or ACT score.

Before we move on, I want to remind you of our two additional and alternative pathways for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.

The first pathway is the First-Generation Admission Pathway aimed at providing full student-journey support services to First-Generation students from point of inquiry through to studying at Queen’s.

For more information about this pathway and who is eligible, please contact 1gen@queensu.ca to connect with our dedicated Recruitment Representative, Richard Mitchell.

The second pathway is our Indigenous Admission Pathway. We invite any students of Indigenous ancestry – whether that be First Nations, Inuit or Metis – to self-identify on their OUAC application and get in touch with us so we can tell you more. Candidates seeking admission consideration under this policy should email fd.recruiter@queensu.ca to connect with our dedicated Recruitment Representative, Alex DeGagne.

Queen’s is committed to improving access to education for under-represented students.

Now let’s move onto our 2 new program offerings!

Our Faculty of Arts and Science is excited to announce a new direct-entry stream to the Life Science program. As one of the most popular disciplines in the Faculty, students can now apply to enter this program directly from high school. The prerequisite courses required to apply to this program are the same as those for the Bachelor of Science program. More information about the Life Science program can be found by visiting the link in the video description below.

Our 2nd new and exciting program is our direct-entry Mechatronics & Robotics program in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. A unique synthesis of mechatronics and robotics; students will push the boundaries of intelligent autonomous systems and world-changing technologies. The prerequisite courses required to apply to this program are the same as those for the Engineering program. More information about the Mechatronics & Robotics program can be found by clicking the link in the description below.

Lastly Some General Updates

We expect to be able to return to our Residence Guarantee for the 2021-2022 academic year. However, this will be subject to the evolving nature of the global pandemic, as well as requirements and guidance from public health. We will continue provide further updates throughout the cycle.

Throughout the fall we will be building out our Guidance Resources to help you during the school year. Please visit our Guidance Resource page on our website for quick access to many of the links noted in this update and to sign up for our Counsellor Newsletter. We’ll reach out to you 4 times a year and provide you with specific updates on where we are in the cycle, and any new changes.

Lastly, we want to thank you for all the work that you do to help inform and guide your students each year- whether inviting us into your schools to share information about our institution (which we hope to return to next year), helping students choose the programs and universities that are the right fit for them, and sharing important and critical information with your students, we could not do this without you!

On behalf of Queen’s University, thank you once again, and please contact our office if you have any questions- admission@queensu.ca.