5 Things to Know for Your Queen’s Commerce Application (2020)

by Joel Nicholson Last updated Oct 01, 2019

Looking to educate yourself on the Queen’s Commerce application process?

Then you’re in the right place.

Today I’m going to show you the exact info you need to start a successful application to Queen’s Commerce—info I use to get hundreds of students accepted over the years.

The best part?

This post is fully updated for the 2020-2021 application.

Please note: if you’re looking for a more detailed analysis on the Queen’s Commerce essay questions, then you’re NOT in the right place.

Instead, check out the FREE preview of my Queen’s Commerce Admissions Bootcamp.

So here’s what we’re going to cover in this post:

  1. What Are My Chances of Getting In?
  2. What Are the High School Requirements?
  3. How Do I Apply?
  4. How Do I Get Accepted?
  5. Who Can Answer My Other Questions?

What Are My Chances of Getting Into Queen's Commerce?

With a quick Google search, you’ll find that Queen’s Commerce receives around 8,000 applications per year and annual enrollment of 500 students.

So, basic math suggests that the Queen’s Commerce acceptance rate is 6%, right?


We’re forgetting to apply two main things:

Problem #1: The Queen's Commerce Cut-off

The Queen’s Commerce cut-off has been 87% for more than a decade, and surprisingly, a large number of students do not meet this grade requirement.

Apparently, only about 2,500 of those students do not meet the cut-off.

This means: if you do meet the cutoff, you’re competing against significantly fewer students.

In fact:

Your chances increase to 9%.

Problem #2: Rejected Offers from Queen's Commerce

You may find this hard to believe…

…but students do reject their offers to Queen’s Commerce.

In fact, the Queen’s Registrar reports that only about 60% of students accept their Queen’s Commerce offers.

So, what does this mean?

It means that the admissions committee has to offer more acceptances than their planned class size, knowing that 40% of students will reject their offer.

Therefore, the actual acceptance rate is around 15%.

So, on average, if you meet the cut-off you have about a 1 in 6 chance of admission.

Yes, that’s much higher than 6%.

But don’t forget…

…You’re up against an incredible pool of students.

With that said, your chances can be higher or lower if:

  • You’re from Ontario or outside Ontario
  • Queen’s Commerce is your first-choice

Curious to learn more? Check out our admissions support services for Queen's Commerce.

Or feel free to contact us directly for help on your application:

[email protected]

What are the Queen's Commerce High School Requirements?

If you currently attend an Ontario high school, Queen’s Commerce has the following course and grade requirements before you can be officially admitted:

Mandatory Course Minimum Mark
Grade 12 English (ENG4U) 80%
Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) 80%
One other 4U math course, such as:
  • Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
Three additional 4U or 4M courses n/a

You can still obtain an offer from Queen’s without these courses…

…However, your offer will be conditional, subject to you completing the prerequisite courses.

You’re probably wondering:

“What if I apply early, before some of these grades are available to Queen’s?”

They’ll simply look at your Grade 11 grades, such as ENG3U and MCR3U.

But the more likely situation is:

They’ll waiting until your mid-term of final grades for your Grade 12 classes are available.

What are the requirements for non-Ontario or IB students?

Glad you asked:

Queen's Commerce IB Requirements

HL Mathematics and English with a minimum anticipated final score of 5 (predicted/final).

British Columbia (BC) Requirements

English 12, Calculus 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 with minimum grades of 80%; and two additional Grade 12 subjects with no minimum grades.

From another province?

Use this fancy admissions requirements search tool.

How Do I Apply to Queen's Commerce?

Applying to Queen’s Commerce is a two-step process.

First, you have to apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

OUAC is the organization that processes applications on behalf of Ontario universities, so each school doesn’t have to do it themselves.

OUAC 101 vs. 105 Application

If you’re a current Ontario high school student, you’ll apply through the 101 application.

Your guidance counsellor will provide your access codes around late November.

These codes allow you to access your 101 Online Application and any grades your school reports will automatically synchronize to OUAC.

If you’re from outside of Ontario, you’ll apply through the 105 application.

You don’t need an OUAC code because you can simply create an account yourself.

However, that means your transcripts / grades must be sent manually.

The OUAC deadline is Wednesday, January 15th, 2020.


It’s best to apply as soon as possible…

...because the earlier you apply, the earlier you can submit your Personal Statement of Experience (PSE)—the required supplementary application for Queen’s Commerce.

Shortly after you apply on OUAC, Queen’s will email you a Net ID.

This Net ID allows you to login to the Queen’s supplementary application portal, SOLUS.

Clever name, but it’s a very archaic system that will leave you pulling out your hair.

That’s why our Queen’s Commerce Admissions Bootcamp has an entire module on these fundamentals, including:

  • Understanding OUAC, Net IDs and SOLUS
  • How and when your grades are submitted to Queen’s
  • Recommended application dates
  • And much more...

Better yet, there's a free preview you can take, available now.


The Commerce program is one of two programs at Queen’s where the PSE is required.

They also require two additional Supplementary Essay questions.

Important note:

The essay questions on the Queen’s website are not the actual essay questions.

I will release those as soon as they are available.

I’ll also analyze them and provide supplementary essay examples in my Admissions Bootcamp.

Something else to remember:

The PSE deadline and Supplementary Essays due date was February 1st, 2020. In past years, the deadline was mid-Feb. But for the 2019-2020 application, the deadline was February 1st, 2020.

However, you could have submitted the application earlier than this.

And I highly recommended that.

However, don’t rush the PSE simply to get it in earlier. That’s not a worthwhile tradeoff.

Take your time and create something exceptional.

For example, I spend months developing my student’s PSEs through a systematic and proven approach.

How Do I Get Accepted to Queen's Commerce?

Now let’s talk about the good stuff:

How to get into Queen’s Commerce?

First, you absolutely must meet the cut off of 87%.

Because QC received 5,000+ applications, they need some sort of an immediate, objective filtering system to eliminate those candidates who just aren’t well-suited for the program.

This is where the ‘cut off’ comes into play.


...The Queen’s Commerce entrance average is reported at around 91%.

While they say your grades don’t matter after you meet the cutoff, our analysis might suggest otherwise.

Applicants with higher grades could be prioritized.

This means:

If two applicants submit their PSEs on the same day: the one with the higher average will be read first.

Then again, we always hear about students with 97% and 99% averages getting accepted to Ivey, Schulich, Rotman, etc...

...But rejected from Queen’s Commerce.

The reason is because—for the most part—your marks only matter once you’ve hit the cut off.

After that, it’s entirely about the PSE.

Don’t believe me?

This is straight from the Queen’s Commerce admissions website:

So if you’re spending all your time improving your average from a 92% to a 94%...

...And if you don’t focus any effort on building a competitive Personal Statement of Experience (PSE), then you simply won’t get in.

Your grades are just the gatekeeper for your application to be considered.

Then, you need to crush the PSE and Supplementary Essays

I’m talking crush it.

In my 10+ years of helping Queen’s Commerce applicants, I’ve read hundreds of PSEs.

Not once have I read one that was ready for submission.

The problem is:

I only have so many hours in the day to help students, and my per-hour fee is too high for most people.

That’s why I developed our Queen’s Commerce Application Bootcamp.

So that more students could have an equal chance of getting in, without breaking the bank.

We enrol a limited number of high-potential students each year.

You can learn more about the program here.

Who Can Answer My Other Questions?

Make sure to check out my other blogs and videos on Queen's Commerce, or reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram

If you'd like to contact Queen's directly, here are some good ways to get your other questions answered:

Admissions Office

If you have questions about anything regarding the admissions process, the admissions office can usually point you in the right direction. The Queen’s University Facebook page is usually pretty good at getting back to you if you DM them or post on their wall.

Commerce Office

If the admissions office cannot answer your question, they’ll usually direct you to the Commerce Office. Set in Goodes Hall, the program has dedicated staff to answer current and prospective student queries—and they are very helpful. They also have an Ask A Student feature, where current first and second years directly answer your questions about the program.

Joel Nicholson

Joel Nicholson is the Founder and Managing Director of Admissions Ally—Canada’s #1 platform for advising students through the toughest applications. He ’s also the Co-founder or CampusRankings and a Queen’s Commerce graduate.

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