Queen’s reports record number of applications for upcoming school year

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Despite Queen’s University’s very public financial challenges, students have not been deterred from applying to the local post-secondary institution. In fact, Queen’s says it received a record number of undergraduate applications for the upcoming school year.

According to the university, it has received almost 58,000 applications for approximately 5,000 first-year spots in fall 2024, an eight per cent increase compared to this time last year and the highest number of applications ever. This announcement comes not quite two months after Queen’s shared changes which will see no further admissions to fully online degree or certificate programs for current Arts and Science students, and which will leave some students currently in these programs unable to obtain the degree and/or certificate they planned for.

“Outstanding students continue to be drawn to our university and the promise of our exceptional academic programs, vibrant campus life, and strong, supportive community,” said Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, in an announcement published by Queen’s. “This is an exciting time for those who have been offered a spot at our university, and we are here to provide information, answer their questions, and support them every step of the way.” 

Reportedly, the team in Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment continues to make offers of admission to top applicants and “highlight what makes the Queen’s experience unique,” the university stated. A significant recruitment event took place on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. Approximately 700 people attended the “Queen’s U Bound” event to meet with staff, faculty representatives, and current students.

“It’s great to be able to talk with students about my experience at Queen’s so far and answer questions about what it’s like to study and live on campus and in Kingston,” said Cameron Hare, a Kinesiology student and Peer Equity Ambassador. “I’m so glad I chose Queen’s and it’s exciting to remember what this time is like for applicants with so much to look forward to as they start their university journey.”

Following the in-person event, two online sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 — one in the morning for applicants overseas, and one in the evening for students in Canada. According to the university, recruitment staff are also holding a series of in-person visits across Canada and internationally during which students can have their questions answered and learn more about the Queen’s experience.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, the university announced it had claimed the top spot in the country in the Financial Times Global Master of Business Administration (MBA) Ranking. In those rankings, the Smith School of Business also ranked first in Canada and 30th in the world for career services. “Notably, 96 per cent of Smith MBA students were employed three months after graduation, and graduates saw a 108 per cent increase in salary (calculated based on the difference in their pre- and post-MBA salaries),” the university reported.

For those who are still considering applying to Queen’s University, February 15 is the deadline for applying to Health Sciences, Commerce and Nursing. Prospective students are asked to submit their supplementary applications. The university said it’s also the recommended date for all applicants to complete their Queen’s Financial Aid and Awards Profile, and the deadline for applications to Queen’s Promise Scholars and Commitment Scholars programs, which are designed to increase access to Queen’s among students from equity-deserving groups.

Learn more about the admission process on the Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment website.

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