Queen's University

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

An aerial view of the Queen's University campus. (Courtesy of Queen's University)

An aerial view of the Queen’s University campus. (Courtesy of Queen’s University)

Queen’s is a hub of academic research on the shore 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 styles; several buildings are more than 100 years old. Modern structures coexist alongside, such as the newly opened Mitchell Hall, home to science and robotic laboratories, an innovation hub, interdisciplinary research labs and athletic facilities. The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts regularly attracts award-winning performers, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre houses pieces by influential artists, including works by Rembrandt.

“Our exceptional student experience combining academics with community engagement helps Queen’s students understand their roles and responsibilities not just within the walls of the institution but beyond,” says principal Patrick Deane. “We hope to inspire the leaders of tomorrow and ignite a passion to contribute to our world in a positive way.”

The university has an extensive international program, offering the opportunity to study at more than 220 institutions around the world. A popular choice is Queen’s Bader International Study Centre in 15th-century Herstmonceux Castle in England. Well-known alumni include writer Michael Ondaatje, late musician Gord Downie and former governor general David Johnston. 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
Environmental Studies: Incorporating natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, this interdisciplinary program provides students with a broad understanding of how to tackle complex environmental problems.
Health Sciences: Available on campus and online, this flexible program gives students a solid knowledge base for health-related careers or further studies in the health professions.
Engineering: The faculty offers 10 programs with a common first year; students’ creativity is fostered through hands-on design projects and internships.

Cool Courses
Lake, Reservoir and Coastal Engineering: Drawing on the Kingston waterfront, students learn about real issues in coastal engineering, such as wave measurement, storm surges and transport of pollutants.
International Business Crime: This course examines international corruption and money laundering.

$6,989 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 85% · Science: 86% · Commerce: 87% · Engineering: 92%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 20,913 · Part-time: 3,357
Graduates: Full-time: 4,622 · Part-time: 717
International Students: First-year: 11.9% · Graduate: 26%
Male-Female Ratio: 40 to 60
Housing Facts
Residence Spaces: 4,455 (4,269 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $14,347 · Single room with meals: $14,705 · Apartment-style: $6,240 to $8,416

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