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Queen's University

Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) 

and Supplementary Essay

You're a leader in your school or community. You might be an athlete, an actor, or hold a part-time job, and you're definitely a strong student.

The PSE will be available in early November, 2014.

If you just read that and thought, "Hey! That's me!" you might also be a Queen's student. At Queen's we want to know all the things about you that make you unique. That's why, as part of the application process, we want you to submit a Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and an additional Supplementary Essay so that you can tell us what your marks don't.

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We're looking for:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Commitment
  • Time management skills
  • How your experiences will contribute to the Queen's community

Practice PSE and Essay

How to submit PSE






Undergraduate admission at Queen's is very competitive and we use the PSE and Supplementary Essay along with your academic record, to make admission decisions . The PSE is a mandatory document for every undergraduate program. That means you HAVE to fill it out and submit it.  The Supplementary Essay† is required for some programs (see below for details) and must be submitted at the same time you submit your PSE. Both of these must be submitted using our online student self-service system. We will send you the link after you apply.

The PSE and Supplementary Essay will be evaluated based on:

  • Style-spelling, grammar and syntax count
  • Content-your individual experiences and accomplishments
    Communication-how well you are able to link your experiences with the attributes Queen's seeks (you'll find all of that on the form online)

Supplementary Essay

If you apply to one or more of the following programs, you will be required to submit an additional Supplementary Essay,for each program, due at the same time you submit your PSE:

  • Concurrent Education
  • Commerce
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Stream

Students whose academic grades place them above a minimum admission average (as determined by Queen's) may be selected for offers of admission on the basis of their PSE and Supplementary Essay. The minimum academic average, and the number of students selected based on the PSE, varies based on the number of applicants to the program and the number of spaces available. The unique demand of the program and the admission circumstances in a given year are also taken into consideration.

Please do not submit additional information (e.g. letters of reference, certifications) as they will not be considered by the Selection Committee and will be destroyed.

PSEs (and Supplementary Essays) will be accepted until March 1. PSEs (and Supplementary Essays) submitted after March 1 will be considered late.

Extenuating Circumstances

If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please submit a separate letter along with supporting documentation to:

Undergraduate Admission
Gordon Hall
74 Union Street
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6

Your student number must appear on all correspondence.

Any information you submit will be used in your admission file only and will not be forwarded to any office within the university or further reviewed if you are admitted and subsequently register. If you become a registered Queen’s student and you wish to receive health care, professional counselling or academic accommodations for a disability, you should contact Health, Counselling and Disability Services as appropriate.

Notice of Use of Data
The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Royal Charter of 1841, as amended. The information collected will be used to process your application for admission to a program at Queen’s. This information may be shared with the faculty(ies), school(s) or department(s) for the purpose of admission only. If you do not become a registered student, the information will be retained for one year and then destroyed. If you become a registered student in a Queen’s University program, this information will be destroyed after a period of 5 years. If you have any questions or concerns about the information collected or how it will be used please contact the Office of the University Registrar – Undergraduate Admission, Queen’s University, 74 Union Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, by telephone at 613.533.2218 or by email at

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000