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Queen’s University

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


Fall Campus Photos from 2016 taken by Garrett Elliott

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 style, several more than 100 years old. Modern structures coexist alongside, such as the athletic centre, which houses three gyms, a food court and a coffee shop. The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts regularly attracts award-winning performers. Two major projects are well under way: 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, offering the chance to 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, 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
• Indigenous Studies: Students develop interdisciplinary knowledge of Indigenous cultures, history, spirituality, social systems and more—an asset that is highly sought after in careers including education, business, governance, law and social services.
• Certificate in Law: This undergraduate law program is offered both online and in a blended format on campus. Students learn legal fundamentals applicable to a number of career paths.
• 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 on graduation.

Cool Courses
Animal Law: Property, Personhood and Social Membership: Explores different concepts of the legal status of animals, from the current legal definition as property to the animal-rights proposal of animals as persons.
• Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth: Compares the often-glorified portrayal of criminal organizations onscreen with the real-life violence committed by criminal groups.

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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