Queen's University

A warm welcome to new grads and undergrads


This fall, the largest undergraduate entering class in Queen's history has made the University and the City of Kingston their home.

Principal Tom Williams, Alma Mater Society (AMS) President Talia Radcliffe, and Mayor Harvey Rosen, together with students, faculty and staff at Queen's extended a hearty welcome to these newest residents at the traditional Principal's Welcome Ceremony on Tuesday, September 2.

“With much to offer and much to learn, most of Queen's Class of 2012 is leaving home for the first time and adapting quickly to university life,” says Principal Tom Williams. “They have started to think about volunteer services they can provide through the AMS on-campus, and the many businesses and community organizations in Kingston. This is one of their first steps to embracing the Queen's student tradition of service to one's community.”

Students who have chosen Queen's and Kingston as a place to study, learn, and live this year are choosing one of Canada's most prestigious and innovative universities located in one of the country's most appealing cities.

"This time of year is always exciting for us at the AMS,” says Society President Talia Radcliffe. “We're ecstatic about the opportunity to engage with the first year students and remind them what an integral part of the community - both within Queen's and Kingston - they truly are."

Intricately woven together, the City and the University share a dynamic present and a proud past that offer boundless opportunities for these new residents. Some of them will become permanent Kingston residents after their time at Queen's; others shaped by the experience of their time here will become global ambassadors for the University and for the City.

“I am pleased to welcome all new and returning students to Queen's for another fulfilling academic year,” says Mayor Rosen. “As a life-long resident of Kingston and a proud graduate of Queen's, I am all too aware of the positive presence our fine university has in the day-to-day life of this community. I look forward to continuing to build on the very important partnership formed between the City of Kingston and Queen's, one that will benefit all of our citizens.”

Quick facts about the Queen's-Kingston's newest residents

The class of 2012 is:

• Over 27,200 applications were  received for direct entry undergraduate programs
• November 1 enrolment target is 3,542 and admissions anticipates exceeding the target by approximately 100 students
• First-year class is projected to be approximately 10% larger than 2007's, with an increase of 150 Arts and 100 Engineering students 
• Class of 2012 will be the largest incoming class in Queen's history
• Final high school average of the incoming class is 87.3%
• 24.8% of the incoming students attended high school outside of Ontario
• Students from all 10 Canadian provinces and the Yukon Territory have accepted offers of admission, as have students from 60 countries and 31 U.S. states
• 57.7% of the incoming class is female, 42.3% male
• 63.9% are 18 years of age
• 26.6% are 17 years or under
• 58% of the incoming class received an entrance scholarship or Queen's bursary




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