Queen's University

Founded 1841 | Kingston, ON

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 styles; several buildings are more than 100 years old. Modern structures coexist alongside them, such as Mitchell Hall, home to science and robotic laboratories, an innovation hub, interdisciplinary research labs and athletic facilities. The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts regularly attracts award-winning performers, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre houses pieces by influential artists, including works by Rembrandt.

“Queen’s supports a diverse, inclusive and equity-minded campus environment,” says principal Patrick Deane. “[Queen’s] attracts outstanding individuals from around the globe, providing them with the tools they need for success and ensuring that when they leave the university, they have all the potential to make profound impacts on our world.”

The university has an extensive international program, offering the opportunity to study at more than 200 institutions around the world. A popular choice is Queen’s Bader International Study Centre, located in 15th-century Herst­monceux Castle in England. Queen’s 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.

Standout Programs

• Nursing Science: Students receive a grounding in the arts and sciences and gain practical skills in a nursing simulation lab. Students complete clinical practice in children’s, maternity, mental health and community institutions.

• Computing and the Creative Arts: Students in this multidisciplinary program learn how to develop and use cutting-edge computer software programs for music, art, drama and film production.

• Engineering: Begin with a common first year and then choose from a slate of 10 programs, including chemical, civil and geological engineering. Benefit from mentorships from leading researchers.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 87.7% · Science: 89.3% · Commerce: 93.1% · Engineering: 91.4%

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 21,813 · Part-time: 4,239

Graduates: Full-time: 4,782 · Part-time: 951

International Students: First-year: 10.5% · Graduate: 23.5%

Male-female Ratio: 40 to 60

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 4,455 (4,269 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $14,221 · Single room with meals: $15,085 · Apartment-style: $6,376 to $8,600

Cool Courses

• Social Impact and Innovation: Students focus on developing strategies to address social change on a global scale.

• Unsettling Kingston/Katarokwi: Students draw on literary, geographical and historical perspectives to examine concepts of treaty, territory, memory and place to challenge colonial presumptions.

Student Life on Campus

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