Key Areas of Student Transition

students walking on campusEven for the most successful high school student, the transition to university life can be a challenge. This is particularly true in Queen’s Engineering and Applied Science, where academic expectations are high. We have listed a few key areas where students will need to adapt to new and exciting demands.


Residence life, Frosh Week and common classes with other first-year engineers mean that students will be making a fresh start with new friends in an environment of new-found freedoms. University life may require your child to challenge long-standing beliefs as they encounter tremendous diversity and non-traditional ways of thinking. Remaining connected with those who care about them is important as they grow and mature as individuals in response to new opportunities and pressures.

students at bridge building competition


All Queen’s Engineering students were at the top of their classes in high school. Now their classes are filled with peers who all have similar intellectual abilities, and the academic expectations are raised accordingly. The workload is heavy right from the first class. Students are expected to solve complex problems that require them to apply multifaceted approaches. Self-motivation and time management skills are critical because it is up to each student to monitor and maintain their own daily progress.

students working togetherEmotionally

Living away from home for the first time presents many challenges. Initially, students may experience loneliness, lack confidence, and even question their decision to attend university. Gradually these feelings will resolve themselves as students begin working together with their peers, establish close friendships, and develop that sense of community and spirit that characterizes Queen’s Engineering