March 12, 2012
|Prospective students tour Queen's campus during the March break open house earlier this week. Queen's has been able to make earlier offers of admission this year.|
The university expects to welcome more prospective students during the upcoming March break open houses than in previous years.
The Office of the University Registrar (OUR) believes earlier offers of admission have contributed to increased pre-registration for the open house events this week.
“With an offer in hand, students are even more interested in visiting campus, meeting other students, faculty and staff, and getting a better idea if Queen’s is right from them,” says Stuart Pinchin, Associate Registrar. “Furthermore, faculties and schools have reached out and contacted directly major scholarship recipients and high achievers to invite them to campus.”
OUR has assessed applications and made offers of admission much sooner this year in part because of the increased functionality of the new PeopleSoft student system. Targeted communications and a checklist in the Student On-Line University System (SOLUS) have emphasized to applicants the importance of submitting their Personal Statements of Experience and supplementary essays by mid-February, aligning with the release of first semester grades for Ontario students. Furthermore, additional resources have been dedicated to evaluating and processing non-Ontario paper transcripts.
Queen’s had already made 7,188 offers of admission, approximately 56 per cent of the total number of offers of admission extended in 2011. Offers will continue until the middle of May.
Two hundred and forty-two visa students have received offers of admission, which is a dramatic increase relative to this time last year. Focused recruitment of international students living in Canada, China, India and the northeastern United States has resulted in more qualified students from those areas applying to Queen’s.Overall, Queen’s has received 27,978 total applications for direct entry undergraduate programs, an overall increase of one per cent compared to 2011. Applications remain open to all Arts and Science programs while applications to Engineering and Applied Science, Commerce and Nursing are now closed.