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Queen’s University

Queen’s University | Kingston, Ont. | Founded 1841


 
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY - September 28, 2010 - Queen's Theological Hall stands covered in fall-coloured ivy at Queen's University in Kingston. (Photo by Yvonne Berg for Macleans)

Queen’s Theological Hall stands covered in fall-coloured ivy at Queen’s University in Kingston. 

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Queen’s University is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. It is a hub of academic research on the shores of Lake Ontario near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. The campus is dotted with charming limestone buildings in Romanesque revival and neo-Gothic style, several more than 100 years old. More modern structures coexist, such as the new athletic centre, which houses three gyms, a food court and a coffee shop. The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts opened in 2014 and is already attracting award-winning performers such as Owen Pallett. “We have more than 300 student-run clubs and associations, which I think exemplifies the initiative and leadership of our student body,” says principal Daniel Woolf.

The school has an extensive international program: You can study at 250 different institutions in 55 countries. A popular choice is Queen’s 15th-century Herstmonceux castle in southeast England, which offers first-year and upper-year programs for arts and science students and organizes field trips across England and Europe. Well-known graduates of Queen’s include writers Michael Ondaatje and Robertson Davies, and musician Jim Cuddy. The campus is surrounded by rows of brick houses, most of which are rented by students. It’s a 10-minute walk downtown, and a short stroll to Lake Ontario’s scenic waterfront.

The school has an extensive international program: You can study at 250 different institutions in 55 countries. A popular choice is Queen’s 15th-century Herstmonceux castle in southeast England, which offers first-year and upper-year programs for arts and science students and organizes field trips across England and Europe. Well-known graduates of Queen’s include writers Michael Ondaatje and Robertson Davies, and musician Jim Cuddy. The campus is surrounded by rows of brick houses, most of which are rented by students. It’s a 10-minute walk downtown, and a short stroll to Lake Ontario’s scenic waterfront.

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Standout Programs
Biotechnology: In partnership with St. Lawrence College, this joint bachelor’s degree in science and diploma in biotechnology provides students with research training and technical skills.
Commerce: Offers more than 100 international exchange destinations, and extracurricular activities such as 14 student-run conferences and competitions.
Music and Digital Media: A five-year joint program with St. Lawrence College, in which students gain skills in music performance, music production and digital media, preparing them for various careers in the music industry.

Cool Courses
Indigenous Digital Media: Explores the relationship between digital media and Indigenous cultures in North America; draws connections between media production and Indigenous struggles for self-determination, cultural resurgence and spaces of (re)conciliation.
• The Age of Rembrandt: Explore the study of painting and related arts in the Netherlands between 1580 and 1700. This is complemented by the university’s three Rembrandt paintings in its art collection.


Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 88%
Arts: 80%
Science: 90%
Commerce: 87%
$7,224 1st & 2nd year: 75.5
3rd & 4th year: 24.8
Full-time: 18,519
Part-time: 3,100
4,430 (4,126 reserved for first years) Graduation: 87.8%
Retention: 94.8%

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