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 University 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 new 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.

“Queen’s supports a diverse, inclusive, and equity-minded campus environment,” says principal Patrick Deane. “[Queen’s] attracts outstanding individuals from around the globe, providing them with the tools they need for success and ensuring that when they leave the university, they have all the potential to make profound impacts on our world.”

The university has an extensive international program, offering the opportunity to study at more than 200 institutions around the world. A popular choice is Queen’s Bader International Study Centre in 15th-century Herstmonceux Castle in England. Well-known graduates 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: This interdisciplinary program incorporates natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, giving students a broad understanding of how to tackle complex environmental problems.
Computing and the Creative Arts: Students in this multidisciplinary program learn how to develop and use cutting-edge computer software programs for music, art, drama and film production.
Engineering: Begin with a common first year and then choose from a slate of programs, such as mechatronics and robotics. Design projects and internships are included.

Cool Courses
Medical Geography: Students examine disease ecology and health care delivery. The spread and control of infectious diseases and access to health care are emphasized.
Physics Frontiers: From Colliding Black Holes to Disruptive Technologies: Students explore concepts in physics and ask the big questions about the nature of our universe.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 87.7% · Science: 88.9% · Commerce: 92.6% · Engineering: 91.7%
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,269 · Part-time: 3,519
Graduates: Full-time: 4,787 · Part-time: 811
International Students: First-year: 14.1% · Graduate: 26.4%
Male-female Ratio: 40 to 60
Housing Facts
Residence offerings reduced because of COVID-19
Residence Spaces: 2,223 (4,455 last year with 4,269 reserved for first-year students)
Residence Costs: Single room with meals: $14,663 · Apartment-style: $6,376 to $8,600

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