Chemical Engineering

Prospective Students

We take pride in the quality of students that the Queen's Engineering and Applied Science program attracts. At the undergraduate level, Queen's Engineering and Applied Science consistently has among the best students of any university in Ontario. Queen's Engineering and Applied Science draws academically strong students from Ontario as well as from other parts of Canada, notably British Columbia and Alberta (most commonly the Calgary area). The high school averages for incoming students in the five prerequisite courses for admission to Engineering and Applied Science range from 78% to 99.5%. The average over the six best courses for these students, which is used as a measure for admission to programs in Arts and Science at Queen's, is shifted higher.

A further measure of the academic strength of the incoming students can be found by examining completion rates. The historical legend in engineering is that there are high failure rates, which is taken as a measure of quality. An alternative is to look at completion rates as a measure of the quality of the students being admitted. A comparison of completion rates for Ontario universities can be found on the Ontario Government website by following the link below.


Completion rates in the most recent cohort mentioned range from 38.7% to 89.9%. University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Queen's University consistently have had completion rates in the high 80s. The next highest has been McMaster, with completion rates in the high 70s, followed by the University of Western Ontario with completion rates in the mid-70s. The other engineering schools have completion rates in the 60s or lower.