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 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. Newly opened Mitchell Hall houses a wellness centre, an innovation hub, interdisciplinary research labs and many other facilities.
“We have more than 300 student-run clubs and associations, which I think exemplifies the initiative and leadership of our student body,” says Daniel Woolf, who is wrapping up 10 years as principal. (Patrick Deane will succeed him.)
The university has an extensive international program, offering the chance to study at more than 220 different institutions around the world. 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.
• 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.
• Mining: This program incorporates environmental, ethical and societal issues in the study of mining; students learn safe blasting practices at the explosives test facility.
• 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.
• Biomechanical Product Development: Offered jointly with the School of Rehabilitation, students focus on design and manufacturing of implantable biomechanics devices, such as artificial joints and ligaments for persons with disabilities.
• Aboriginal Child Welfare: Examining both the historic and current state of Indigenous child welfare, this course provides students with the tools to enhance the practice of child protection.
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 80% · Science: 85% · Commerce: 87% · Engineering: 93%
Undergraduates: Full-time: 20,221 · Part-time: 3,007
Graduates: Full-time: 4,315 · Part-time: 729
International Students: First-year: 11.2% ·
Male-Female Ratio: 41 to 59
4,496 (4,190 reserved for first-year students)
Double room with meals: $13,891 · Single room with meals: $14,237 · Apartment-style: $6,128 to $10,840