Full-Time Upper-Year Admission
BACHELOR OF ARTS (BA); BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BSC)
NEW FOR 2013 - ENGLISH; LIFE SCIENCE; BIOLOGY are open to transfer applicants
The Faculty of Arts and Science invites applications for a limited number of upper-year spaces in the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science programs, both at the General and Honours level. To be considered for full-time admission, upper-year applicants must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.6 (high C+). Some departments may require higher than a 2.6 GPA..
DEFINITION OF UPPER-YEAR CANDIDATES
- students who have attempted a minimum 24.0 units (or equivalent) at another accredited university or college with a university transfer program. 24.0 Queen's units are typically 4 full-year courses (one course taken over two terms) or 8 one-term only courses. Upper-year candidates have generally attended university for a minimum of 2 terms.
- Ontario community college students who are in a three-year diploma program and will be graduating.
- Graduates from three-year Ontario community college diploma programs.
- CEGEP students who are in the final year of three-year professional/career programs who will be receiving their DEC.
- graduates of a three-year CEGEP professional/career programs who have their DEC.
GENERAL ADMISSION INFORMATION
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees in the Faculty of Arts and Science require applicants specify a Plan either as a major (for those in an honours program) or general (for those in the General program)
Due to space limitations, not all Plans are open to students transferring into the Faculty of Arts and Science. After being admitted to an open Plan, upper-year transfer students will not be able to transfer into a Plan that was closed when they were admitted to Queen’s, or that closes subsequently. This is the case even for those who take a qualifying course once at Queen’s and receive a competitive average.
Please click here for a list of Plans available to upper-year transfer students - link will be to “What’s Possible?” at
Available Degree Plans
Please visit the Life Sciences website for more information regarding Upper Year admission to the Life Science program.
TRANSFERABILITY OF COURSES
- Transfer credits are assessed by individual departments and are based on grades achieved as well as equivalency to Queen's courses. Students are informed of their transfer credits after the offer of admission has been sent. Credit is not granted for courses with a final grade lower than 2.0 (C)
- Graduates from Ontario community college three-year diploma programs or from CEGEP three-year professional/career programs receive a maximum of 30.0 units, which is the equivalent of one year or two terms of university studies.
- The Faculty of Arts and Science requires students to complete the majority of their academic work at Queen's University in order to receive a degree. For a four-year Honours program, this is a minimum of 66.0 units through Queen's with appropriate courses in the major. For a three-year General program, this is a minimum of 48.0 units through Queen's with appropriate courses in the general. Note: in the Faculty of Arts and Science students in a full course load generally take 5 full-year courses or 10 one-term only courses in a year, which translates into 30.0 units over the course of an academic year. 66.0 units, therefore, refer to approximately two years of full-time study over two terms and 48.0 units requires 1.5 years at Queen's.
THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE
- Applications must be submitted to The Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) between 1 February and 1 June. (A Plan or subject of major interest must be indicated.) The on-line application is available at
- Students are encouraged to apply as soon after March 1 as possible as space is limited in many programs and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
- Acknowledgement emails indicating what documentation is required are sent when Undergraduate Admission receives the applications from the OUAC.
- All documentation requested must be received at Undergraduate Admission, Queen's University by 15 June. Earlier receipt, though, is encouraged as admission offers will be made on a rolling basis, as applications are complete.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE
- Queen's University does not operate on a semester system; full-time admission to an undergraduate program is possible only in September.
- Residence accommodation may be available for upper-year applicants, please visit Residences and Housing for more information. To investigate other housing options, visit the Queen's University Community Housing website.