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Applying as an Aboriginal Student

Undergraduate Admission Policy

Queen's Aboriginal Student Guide will introduce you to Indigenous services, programs and life at Queen's University.

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Queen’s University offers Aboriginal candidates – an Indigenous person of North America (treaty status, non-status, Métis or Inuit) – an alternate path for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.

Candidates seeking admission under this policy apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), and self-identify as having Aboriginal ancestry. Candidates must meet the general admission conditions for each program (at minimum, the university admission average of 75%) and deadlines for undergraduate admission. This may also include completion of the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and any applicable Supplementary Essays (SE) as well as audition or portfolio submission requirements.

Candidates should submit a separate letter to the Aboriginal Community Liaison stating that they wish to be considered under this policy and provide evidence of Aboriginal ancestry.

Offers of admission will be made to Aboriginal candidates whose total application shows strong evidence of academic preparedness and potential. Students who are admitted under this policy will be encouraged to make use of the academic advising and academic support services available to all students at Queen’s, as well as the Aboriginal Council the Queen’s Native Students Association, and the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC). Candidates are introduced to the contacts and services available at the FDASC during the application process, upon admission, and during Orientation Week.

The number of students admitted each year under this policy will be determined in the annual enrollment plan upon consultation with the faculties and schools.

Questions about the policy can be directed to the Aboriginal Community Liaison or an admissions coordinator.

Faculty of Arts and Science [Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre photo]

The Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University offers Aboriginal candidates an alternative procedure for admission to the first year of a full-time degree program. Qualified Aboriginal students whose home community is in North America may be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), Concurrent Education Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and Concurrent Education Bachelor of Science (Honours) Programs by this alternative procedure.

Aboriginal candidates may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.

Faculty of Education

Concurrent Education: Please review the Faculty of Arts & Science information above.

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP): ATEP is especially suited to Aboriginal students (Status, non-Status, or Métis) who are interested in Aboriginal education. It may be of particular interest to mature students and those with experience in Aboriginal education. ATEP features courses with Aboriginal-specific content, as well as practice teaching placements in First Nations schools. Community-based program offerings provide the opportunity for Teacher Candidates obtain a Diploma in Education or a Bachelor of Education for teaching in the Primary and Junior divisions. The Diploma in Education option is available to candidates of Aboriginal ancestry who hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Graduates are eligible to receive the Certificate of Qualification from the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), qualifying them to teach in the Primary and Junior divisions. The campus-based ATEP is available to applicants with an undergraduate degree, and leads to the Bachelor of Education and OCT certification in the Primary and Junior or the Intermediate and Senior divisions.

Faculty of Law

Queen’s Faculty of Law is committed to the goal of increasing Aboriginal representation within the legal profession and therefore welcomes applications from Canadian Aboriginal people. Consideration for alternate Law admission is based on the applicant’s interest in, and identification with, his/her Aboriginal community and other factors, including academic performance, results of the LSAT, employment history, letters of reference, and a personal statement.

See also: Aboriginal Initiatives, Queen's Faculty of Law


School of Medicine

The School of Medicine recognizes the critical shortage of Aboriginal physicians in Canada and the need to educate more Aboriginal physicians to serve as role models and address the health care needs of Aboriginal people.

Up to a maximum of four qualified Aboriginal students per year may be admitted to the M.D. Program through an alternate process for assessing candidates. Aboriginal candidates may also choose to apply through the regular admission process.

School of Nursing

In order to encourage participation by members of the Indigenous community in their post-secondary education, Queen’s School of Nursing offers Indigenous candidates an additional and alternative pathway for admission to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.

Resources and Support Services

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC)

[Four Directions logo]In keeping with the teachings of the Four Directions, the FDASC supports Aboriginal students in balancing their academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. The FDASC also welcomes and encourages all students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the Aboriginal experience in Canada. FDASC staff includes Aboriginal advisors, elders, and an Aboriginal recruitment and admissions representative.

Aboriginal Council[Aboriginal Council logo]

The Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University is involved in all decisions affecting Aboriginal programs and services at Queen’s University. The Council is composed of representatives from Aboriginal communities in Ontario, Queen’s Aboriginal student representatives, and senior University personnel. The Council reports directly to the University Senate and Board of Trustees.

Queen's Native Students Association (QNSA)

Queen's Native Students Association logoThe QNSA is a club of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students that share an interest in Aboriginal cultures and traditions. It provides a forum for discussing contemporary and historic issues pertaining to Aboriginal peoples and cultures, hosts themed events and celebrations, and works in collaboration with FDASC and the Aboriginal Council to identify the needs of Aboriginal students on campus. Undergraduates, graduates, and professional students are all represented in the QNSA.

Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program

Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program logoThe Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program works with the engineering profession and academic institutions, as well as government and businesses, to develop programming that encourages Aboriginal youth to pursue post-secondary studies in the pure and applied sciences. It also works with Aboriginal communities from across Canada to ensure that programming is relevant.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Nest

Queen’s SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer-mentoring program designed to support Aboriginal graduate students with the successful transition into and completion of their graduate programs.

Queen's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force

Formed in response to the national commission’s calls to action for post-secondary institutions, the Queen's TRC task force produced a comprehensive set of recommendations.

[Aboriginal student presented with traditional blanket at convocation][Aboriginal student graduating]