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.

Queen’s 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 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 regularly attracts award-winning performers. Two major projects are coming up: a state-of-the-art Innovation and Wellness Centre and revitalization of the biomedical research facilities. “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 university has an extensive international program: you can study at 245 different institutions in 45 countries. A popular choice is Queen’s Bader International Study Centre in 15th-century Herstmonceux Castle in southeast England. Well-known alumni include writer Michael Ondaatje, musician Gord Downie and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. 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.

Certificate in Business: Open to students studying in any arts and science discipline who want to complement their degree with fundamental business knowledge to broaden their career options upon graduation.

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

The Dynamic Earth: The course dives beneath the Earth’s surface to explore what lies below. Learn about the internal structure of the planet and what processes have shaped it; topics include tectonics and continental movement, rock genesis, mountain building, glaciation and geological time.

•  A Study in Sherlock: This course examines key writings from Arthur Conan Doyle, along with a range of adaptations including theatre, film and recent television adaptations.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Number of students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 93%
Arts: 80%
Science: 85%
Commerce: 87%
$7,418 1st & 2nd year: 79.6
3rd & 4th year: 23.2
Undergraduates: 22,253
Graduates: 4,527
4,618 (4,001 reserved for first years) Graduation: 90.2%
Retention: 94.2%

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