Queen's students don't limit their learning to the classroom. They join clubs, run for student government, try out for sports teams, and test their skills in academic competitions. At Queen's, learning is about exploring all your capabilities — academic and otherwise — while learning the values of teamwork, and extending this knowledge to topics and causes that interest you beyond your major.
A well-rounded education produces well-rounded individuals, equipped to take on the world and succeed in life after graduation.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved at Queen's...
Getting involved in student government is a great way to meet new people, develop valuable skills, and open doors for your future.
Queen's University has one of the highest rates of campus and community involvement compared to other post-secondary institutions.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS), founded in 1858, is Canada's oldest undergraduate student government. It is also one of the largest and most active student governments in the country, and owns and operates many student-run businesses. Member societies include government groups from the faculties and schools. Graduate, law, fifth-year education, theology, and occupational and physical therapy students are represented by the Society of Graduate and Professional Students. All students living in residence are also represented by several residence councils.
With approximately 450 student clubs, Queen’s offers practically every type of activity imaginable. Not a day goes by on campus without a practice, performance, conference, or competition taking place. Our student clubs enhance what you learn in the classroom and give you the chance to embrace your passions.
From Amnesty International and Oxfam to Urban Snowboarding and Students of Speculative Realms, there's bound to be a club at Queen's that suits your interests. If there isn’t, why not create your own?
Established in 1905, the Queen's Bands is a long-standing tradition at Queen's. The Bands are composed of the Colourguard, Pipe Band, Drum Corps, Highland Dancers, Brass Band, Cheerleaders, and Queen's mascot Boohoo the Bear. They support the Gaels at games, home and away.
Academic Showcases & Conferences
Show what you know by participating in an academic competition. Learn something new by organizing or attending a student-run conference.
From Moot Court and Model Parliament to the Women in Leadership Conference and the Concrete Toboggan Team, Queen's students are out there, taking risks, asking questions, and pushing boundaries.
Whether they work or volunteer for a student government, at area hospitals, or with other organizations in the area, Queen's students have a big impact on the community.
By their fourth year of undergraduate study...
- More than 60% of Queen’s students have participated in community service or volunteer activity
- 38% of undergraduate students have completed a practicum, internship, field experience, co-op experience, or clinical assignment
- More than 50% of students have tutored other students on campus and in the Kingston community
- 33% of students have participated in community-based projects
Join an intramural team, work out with your friends, or participate in one of our many recreational clubs or fitness and wellness programs.
Working with your peers on and off the court is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to learn. With 13 varsity teams, 20 varsity club sports, more than 30 recreation clubs, and many more intramural teams designed to balance competition with community, it is easy to get involved with athletics at Queen's. You'll develop valuable skills, not only in sports and fitness, but also as part of a team.
Almost 6,000 students particpated in at least one intramural sport in the last academic year. Student activity fees provide the majority of the funding for intramurals, so with a few exceptions (curling/hockey), participation is free. Students are also heavily involved in the organization of intramurals, through paid operational and referee positions.