Queen’s University is limestone buildings, a beautiful waterfront campus, more than 170 years of tradition, research, and academic excellence. But more than anything Queen’s is people. They are researchers, scholars, artists, staff, professors and students who want to learn, discover, think and do. It is a community that is working together to make a difference in the world.
Queen’s is located in the city of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, half-way between Montreal and Toronto, two of Canada’s largest cities. Kingston is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and near the entrance to the St Lawrence Seaway, Thousand Islands and Rideau Canal. Kingston was declared the first capital of a United Canada on 15 June 1841. Kingston was rated one of the top five university towns in the world by the BBC.
Established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841, Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions. The university’s governance is modelled after the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Queen’s ranked fourth in Maclean’s magazine’s 23rd annual survey of Canadian universities.
Queen’s has seven Faculties and Schools:
- Faculty of Arts and Science (includes 24 departments and 4 schools)
- School of Business
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (includes 10 programs)
- School of Graduate Studies (includes School of Urban and Regional Planning)
- Faculty of Health Sciences (includes Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Therapy)
- Faculty of Law
Enrolment (Fall 2013)
- Full-time undergraduate students: 16,339
- Full-time graduate students, including law: 4,318
- Other (part-time students, post-graduate medical students, School of English students): 1,660
- The class average for the incoming class of undergraduate students in 2013 was 88.7%
- 91% of undergraduate students complete their degree on time
- Ranked #1 with 92.2% graduation rates by Maclean’s magazine’s 23rd annual survey of Canadian universities
- Ranked #1 with 94.5% retention rates by Maclean’s magazine’s 23rd annual survey of Canadian universities
A Community Environment
- 95% of the student population is from outside of Kingston
- 85% of students live within a 15-minute walk to campus
- 86% of first-year students live in residence
- Queen’s is a diversified campus, home to students from more than 70 countries
Queen’s is a full-spectrum, research-intensive university conducting leading-edge research in a variety of areas including:
- Computational science and engineering
- Globalization studies
- Mental health
- Basic and clinical biomedical sciences
- Healthy environments and sustainable energy systems
- Social issues such as surveillance, bullying and poverty
Queen’s ranks 12th for research funding and 10th for research intensity (research funding per full-time faculty) in the Re$earch Infosource list of the Top 50 Research Universities in Canada in 2013.
Queen’s is proud of its global presence, having both a campus in Canada and a small living/learning centre of excellence, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, UK. The BISC contributes to Queen’s international education and research programs by providing a supportive community where international students, scholars and professionals may study, hold international conferences, critically evaluate global issues, and interact creatively. The BISC runs limited-enrolment experiential learning programs throughout the year for undergraduate students from Canada and around the world. Queen’s has bilateral exchange programs with more than 180 universities in approximately 50 countries. The university also participates in several consortial exchanges, providing access to Queen’s for students at a further 70 institutions. Many other forms of international experience are possible, including internships and study-abroad programs.