Queens University Application Essay

Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) and Supplementary Information

Admission at Queen’s is very competitive, so we may use supplemental information, including the Personal Statement of Experience (PSE), Supplementary Essay (SE), audition, and portfolio, where required – as well as your academic record, to help make admission decisions.

For all programs except Commerce, completion of the PSE is recommended. For Commerce applicants, it is required.

The PSE is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and what you are doing outside the classroom. Applicants who have not submitted a PSE will still be considered for admission to Queen’s (with the exception of Commerce applicants for whom it is required). But for applicants whose marks fall within a critical range, the PSE will be considered in support of your application.

The minimum admission average, and the number of students selected based on the PSE varies from program to program and from year to year. It is dependent on the number of applicants to the program, the academic strength of the applicants in a given year, the number of spaces available, and any additional admission circumstances in a given year.

Please check your SOLUS To-Do List for the recommended last day to submit for your program.

Program-specific Information

Advanced Standing Track Nursing

Applicants to the Advanced Standing Track Nursing program are required to submit an upper-year PSE.

For applicants to the Commerce program, both the PSE and SE are required documents. The recommended last date to submit both is February 15.

Upper-year transfer to Commerce applicants are also required to submit an upper-year PSE.

If you have applied to one of our Concurrent Education programs, the PSE and the SE are recommended documents.

Please consider your future in education when you are completing your PSE:

  • Personal qualities and experiences are vitally important to the successful educator. The Faculty of Education encourages Concurrent Education applicants to focus their PSE on what would make you a good teacher.
  • When listing an extracurricular activity or employment opportunity, describe the impact of this experience and the greatest learning outcome for you from the perspective of how that would make you a good teacher.
  • The readers of your PSE will be looking for you to explain how your experiences that will help you as a future educator.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music program and the Music Theatre program are required to audition. For details on the audition, please visit the Dan School of Drama and Music website.

Applicants to the Fine Art (visual art) program are required to submit a portfolio no later than February 15. For details on the portfolio, please visit the Fine Art Program website.

How to submit your PSE/SE

  1. Go to my.queensu.ca.
  2. Log into your Student Centre using your NetID and password.
  3. Click on SOLUS (red tab on the top-right corner of the MyQueen'sU dashboard).
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Admissions heading.
  5. Click on the "Personal Statement of Experience" link directly below the heading.
  6. Complete your PSE and SE. Save your work often. The PSE will time out after 20 minutes.
  7. After you have saved your work you must click the "Submit" button.
  8. Record your confirmation number.

After successfully submitting your PSE, it will be removed from your To-Do list within 72 hours.

Begin the Application Process

You're financially independent and may be returning to college after a long time away, or perhaps you're juggling school with obligations like work or family. We want to support you as you pursue your bachelor's degree. Begin today, and make the next step toward your new start.

1.  Complete an online application.

2.  Request transcripts*

Request transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities. High school transcripts required only if you do not have an Associate Degree or higher. Send transcripts to:

Queens University of Charlotte
Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
1900 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28274

Submit electronic transcripts to admissions@queens.edu.

3. Submit a Signed Statement of Good Standing Form

The signed statement of good standing formmust be signed by the Dean of Students' Office at your most recent institution. This can be forwarded to admissions@queens.edu.

4. Attend a Post-Traditional Open House

We welcome you to come by for a campus tour or an info session to see why so many people who visit Queens decide to become Queens students. Post-Traditional Open House is an evening event that is recommended for adult students returning to school. 

5.  Submit a FAFSA if required for attendance.

Queens code: 002957

*All transcripts must be included on the application regardless if transfer of credit is earned. An admissions decision will not be made until all transcripts have been received. Students who fail to disclose all transcripts are subject to having their admissions decision rescinded.

Is This the Right Application for You?

Wondering which application path is best for you? We'll help. Feel free to contact us at admissions@queens.edu, 800-849-0202 ext. 2212, or 704-447-2212. Here are other paths:

  • Freshman/Transfer Admissions - for students about to graduate from high school or  transferring from another institution who are looking for a classic college experience on campus.
  • Graduate Admissions - for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree.

Understanding Cost

Special Populations

International Students

International students must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, and a certified financial statement. If transferring credit from a college or university outside of the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) is required.
Find more admissions information for international students.

Second Degree

Students who are applying for a second baccalaureate degree must meet all of the admission requirements as students applying for a first baccalaureate degree.


A non-degree student is admitted to Queens without the expectation of earning a degree. Non-degree students who have never earned a bachelor's degree may enroll for a cumulative total of no more that 15 credit hours, after which they must apply for regular admission as a degree candidate or receive special permission to continue enrollment at Queens. Nondegree students must comply with all university regulations, and must maintain a "C" average to continue enrollment.

To apply as a non-degree student, the following materials are required:

  • evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent, or proof of most recently awarded degree
  • a completed application form

"The small size of the school and classes, availability of evening classes, and support as a non-traditional student drove me to Queens to become an elementary school teacher, a lifelong dream." -Julie Mansius '17

"The greatest experience has been the personalized attention that faculty and staff provide. Queens provided me with educational tools, unfailing mentoring from professors, and self-confidence." -Jimena Watts '16

"I have felt respected and very well received as a veteran student at Queens, and the steps that the school has taken to support others and me here on campus have been truly inspiring." -Chris Rolph '18

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