Queen’s University


Queen’s University is a community, 170 years of tradition, academic excellence, research, and beautiful waterfront campus made of limestone buildings and modern facilities. But more than anything Queen’s is people. Researchers, scholars, artists, professors and students with an ambitious spirit who want to develop ideas that can make a difference in the world. People who imagine together what the future could be and work together to realize it.

Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions, and has influenced Canadian higher education since 1841 when it was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria. Located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, it is a mid-sized university with several faculties, colleges and professional schools, as well as the Bader International Study Centre located in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, United Kingdom. Queen’s balances excellence in undergraduate studies with well-established and innovative graduate programs, all within a dynamic learning environment.

Queen's University was established on October 16, 1841 in a Royal Charter issued by Queen Victoria. Classes began on March 7, l842, when "Queen's College at Kingston" opened in a small wood-frame house on the edge of the city with two professors and 13 students.

Queen's graduates have found success in a variety of fields, heading diverse institutions in the public and private sectors. I In 2011, there were over 131,000 alumni, living in 156 countries. Queen's faculty and graduates have won many awards including the Turing Award and the Victoria Cross. As of 2009, 56 Queen's students and graduates had been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.

QS World University Rankings

  • Relies heavily on global reputational surveys of academics and employers
  • Examines faculty/student ratios, ­citations per faculty, and number of international students and faculty
  • For 2014/15, Queen’s moved up two spots in the QS rankings to 187th place globally.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

  • Measures quantity of top research output (including number of ­faculty and alumni who have won ­Nobel Prizes and Field Medals)
  • Most data are not weighted by ­university size
  • Queen’s maintained its global ARWU position in the 201-300 range.

Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings

  • Uses survey data to measure ­institutional prestige in both ­research and teaching
  • Uses hard data to measure research output, citations, research income, teaching quality and ­international orientation.
  • Queen’s placed in the 251-275 band of THE’s top 400 universities.
  • Year established
  • Registered students

Academic specialism

  • Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Fine Art
  • School of Business
  • School of Computing
  • Faculty of Education
  • School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing
Queen’s University
Queen’s University 99 University Avenue Kingston, Ontario Canada K7L 3N6
K7L 3N6
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  • By Train or Bus: Train service to Kingston arrives at the Kingston VIA Rail Station. Bus service arrives at the Counter Street Bus Terminal. The Queen’s campus is about a $15 taxi ride from both stations.
  • By Air: The Kingston (Norman Rogers) Airport is about a $15 taxi ride from the Queen’s campus.
  • Parking: Parking on campus is available for free on any of the surface lots surrounding the residence between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 am. Monday to Friday and all hours during the weekend. A permit is required between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.