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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. We are 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 is a full-spectrum, research-intensive university that conducts leading-edge research in a variety of areas, including:

  • computational science and engineering
  • globalization studies
  • mental health
  • basic and clinical biomedical sciences
  • healthy environments and sustainable energy systems
  • social issues such as surveillance, poverty and bullying

The campus has a fully integrated network of six libraries and is home to several outstanding museums and galleries, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

A Community Campus Environment

  • 95% of the student population from outside of Kingston
  • 85% of students living within a 15-minute walk to campus
  • 90% of first-year students live in residence
  • Queen’s is home to students from more than 120 different countries
  • International/visa students make up approximately seven percent of the full-time student population.

Queen's by the Numbers

Enrolment (Fall 2013)

Undergraduate (full time) 16,339
Graduate (full time) 4,318
Total (full time) 20,657

Post-graduate Medical, Part-time, Theological College, School of English, Continuing Education

Grand Total 24,582

View the 2013-14 Enrolment Report for more information on Queen's enrolment.

250: maximum number of students in a 1st year Engineering class

88.9: average entering grade of incoming undergraduate students in 2013

26: average number of students in an upper year Arts & Science class

Faculty and Staff (Fall 2013)

Full-time, excluding clinical medicine 780
Full-time, clinical medicine 295
Other teachers and researchers (primarily part-time) 1,939
Operating budget funded 2109
Other funding including research 760
Students 2,191
Grand total 8,075