28,142 students enrolled at Queen’s, report says

Expanded financial aid programs and initiatives to promote equity and access

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Queen's released its annual enrolment report.

The University recently released the 2022-23 Queen’s Enrolment Report, which depicts student enrolment as of Nov. 1, 2022.

Released annually, the report provides details on the total number of enrolled students as well as analytical information regarding the current first-year undergraduate class and graduate students. It states Queen’s currently has 28,142 undergraduate and graduate students.

Of the 5,420 students currently in first year, 155 are enrolled at the Bader College, and 178 are enrolled in online degrees. Five per cent of first-year enrolment included first-generation students.

The average high school average for current first-year students was 90.8 per cent. 79.9 per cent of the first-year class attended secondary school in Ontario.

Queen’s year one to two undergraduate retention rate—94.1 per cent in 2021—and seven-year graduation rate—86.4 per cent in 2021—are among the highest in the country, the report disclosed.

The completion rate of five-year Master’s professional programs is 92.2 per cent, as indicated in the 2015 cohort. The average among the U15 group of Canadian Universities is 84.6 per cent.

The five-year PhD retention/completion rate is 92.2 per cent, as per the 2014 cohort, with the U15 average rate being 81.6 per cent.

According to the report, the University is dedicated to enhancing accessibility and inclusivity by extending its financial aid programs.

Apart from the existing Promise Scholars, Commitment Scholars Award, and Commitment Bursary, the University will introduce up to 100 new Major Access Awards starting in the fall of this year, according to the report.

This initiative aims to provide more support to students with the greatest financial need so they can accept their offer of admission to Queen’s.

To further diversify enrolment from prioritized countries like India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Kenya, the University has introduced new admission awards aiming to make Queen’s accessible to high-achieving global students.

7.9 per cent of enrolled first-year students are international students, the report said.

4,037 current students in either undergraduate or graduate programs are international—a 0.6 per cent decrease from 2021 to 2022—and span across 120 countries. China, India, the U.K., and the U.S. are the top four locations students come from.

The report also says the University has implemented additional measures to promote access to the university for equity-deserving applicants, such as Black, racialized, or 2SLGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

2.8 per cent of Queen’s total enrolment consists of 781 self-identifying Indigenous students, the report states.

Additionally, there has been a 2.5 per cent first-year enrolment for Indigenous students.

The report further includes information about expanded financial aid programs promoting access and diversity at Queen’s, such as the Access and Inclusion Team increasing its partnerships with organizations that serve underserved communities to promote the University among equity-deserving youth.

Another key component of increasing access and diversity is the Equity Ambassador program: a program which trains upper-year students to conduct workshops, webinars, and one-on-one meetings with youth.

A total of 21 equity ambassadors use social media to share their experiences and perspectives at Queen’s, creating over 1,000 connections with prospective students and applicants.

Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment has an expanded Access and Inclusion team that helps students who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education through the Queen’s First-Generation Admission Pathway.

Financial barriers for first-generation students are being reduced through initiatives like the Promise Scholars program, which offers financial, academic, and career support to 12 students.


Enrolment, Queen’s Board of Trustees, students

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