Queen'S University

Kingston, Canada

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Queen'S University - Overview & Background

Queen's University, Kingston, is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1841. The university is popular for its high graduate employment rate wherein 91% of Queen’s graduates are employed within six months. It also houses a Nobel Prize laureate: Arthur B. McDonald who stands as an embodiment for the fine quality of research that takes place at the university.

It’s a firm grasp in various disciplines such as :

  • list items Physics
  • list items Cancer research
  • list items Geo-engineering
  • list items Data analytics
  • list items Social sciences like surveillance studies
  • list items Mental health
  • the university aspires to bring only the best to the students. It accommodates 8 faculties, namely, Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, Smith School of Business and School of Policy Studies. The university has a second campus in Kingston, known as the west campus.

    Other Name

    Queen's University

    Former Name

    Queen's College at Kingston (1841–1912)


    16 October 1841


    Queen Victoria

    University Type

    Public Research University

    University Motto

    Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times

    University City

    Kingston, Ontario
    Acceptance Rate

    10.4% to 19.3%

    Faculty to Student Ratio



    CA$1.393 billion

    Campus Size

    Main campus: 40 hectares (99 acres)
    West campus: 27 hectares (67 acres)

    Graduation Rate


    Employment Rate


    Official Website Link

    Queen'S University, Canada

    Contact Details

    +1 613-533-2000

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    Queen’s University has 20 institutional and faculty-based research centres and institutes which facilitate multifarious interdisciplinary research projects such as:

  • list items Beaty Water Research Centre
  • list items Cancer Research Institute
  • list items Centre for International and Defence Policy
  • list items Centre for Advanced Computing
  • list items GeoEngineering Centre to name a few
  • along with that two buildings owned and managed by the university have been listed as National Historic Sites of Canada.

    Queen's University Libraries include six campus libraries namely:

  • list items Bracken Health Sciences Library
  • list items Education Library
  • list items LeResiding options derman Law Library
  • list items Stauffer Humanities and Social Sciences Library
  • list items Engineering & Science Library
  • It also has an archive in six facilities housing 2.2 million physical items and 400,000 electronic resources, including e-books, serial titles and databases.


    Residing Options

    The university has 18 student residences:

  • list items Adelaide Hall, Ban Righ Hall
  • list items Brant House
  • list items Chown Hall
  • list items Gordon House
  • list items Brockington House
  • list items Graduate Residence
  • list items Harkness Hall
  • list items John Orr Tower Apartments
  • list items Leggett Hall
  • list items Leonard Hall
  • list items McNeill House
  • list items Morris Hall
  • list items Smith House
  • list items Victoria Hall
  • list items Waldron Tower
  • list items Watts Hall
  • list items Jean Royce Hall
  • Most residential buildings on the main campus are within a 10-minute walk to classes, libraries, Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC), and many dining facilities.

    The university provides a rough approximate estimate of on-campus and off-campus living including rent and utilities, food and miscellaneous which ranges between $10,070 - $18,450+ for on-campus housing and $9,425 - $12,690+ for off-campus housing excluding transportation.


    Financial Aid

    The university provides a large array of scholarships and awards such as:

  • list items Major Admission Awards
  • list items Admission Bursaries
  • list items Automatic Admission Scholarships
  • list items Government Student Assistance
  • list items Queen's Work-Study Program
  • list items General Bursaries
  • list items Upper-Year Scholarships 
  • Students who demonstrate superior academic ability, creative and original thinking, involvement in school or community activities, and proven leadership can apply for a Queen’s major admission award. To apply for Upper-Year Awards students should o apply for the majority of these awards students should submit a resume and letter explaining how they meet the selection criteria for the specific award however certain awards are unanimously decided by faculty review wherein  top students are selected to receive one (or more) of the many upper-year scholarships, prizes and other merit-based awards. 


    Jobs and Placements

    Graduates of the university have rated 4 out of 5 stars for job satisfaction on Payscale. The university has an all-round career service site for both companies seeking employees and students searching for job prospects. Students can access resources such as Tipsheets, books, journals and newsletters as signposts for job search, they are also provided with multiple options for the kind of job they want such as part-time, summer job, government jobs etc. They are also provided with workshops, career events, fairs, employment programs, how to go about job profiles and resumes, help with interviews etc.

    The top recruiters for the university are:

  • list items Duke Energy Corp
  • list items Englobe
  • list items Husky Energy
  • list items Aecon
  • list items Baylis Medical Company
  • list items Trane Canada
  • list items Ericsson 
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    Notable Alumni

     Some famous alumni from Queen'S University include:

  • list items John Hall Archer, First president of the University of Regina
  • list items David Cardb Economist, winner of John Bates Clark Medal
  • list items William Thomson Newnham, First president of Seneca College, 1967–1984
  • list items Alfred Fitzpatrick, Founder of Frontier College
  • list items Robert Sutherland, First person of colour to graduate from a Canadian university, and the first black lawyer in British North America
  • list items Rachel Blanchard, Actress
  • list items Amy Lalonde, Actress, also played an actress who went to Queen's Business School in Wild Roses
  • list items Jeffrey Simpson, Political columnist for The Globe and Mail
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    Queen'S University Location

    The university extends at a generous 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. The university’s pedestrian-friendly campus space encourages cycling to get around the campus and further provides services in relation to it such as Bikes and Boards A centre for bike and board safety, maintenance,

  • list items Yellow Bike Action: A volunteer-run bike shop which provides reconditioned bikes for sale and inexpensive bike repairs.
  • list items Drop Bike: a bike-share service
  • list items Rack and Roll: Buses in Kingston offer bike racks from spring through fall.
  • Students can also choose to carpool through programs offered by VRTUCAR and Student CarShare. Those who wish to take the bus can access the Bus-it Program wherein the program provides full-time students with unlimited access to Kingston Transit bus services for a full twelve months, from September to the following summer. Those travelling by flight can choose the Kingston/Norman Rogers Airport which is closest to the university.

    The Kingston General Hospital is affiliated with Queen's University and can be accessed in terms of emergency. The university provides a number of on-campus recreational activities such as the Athletics and Recreation Centre, Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, Power Play Centre, The Boiler Room Climbing Gym, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts which offers theatre and music performances, Grand Theatre, The Kingston Frontenacs for hockey games among many more.

    Queen'S University Map Location

    Address: 99 University Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada


    Frequently Asked Questions about Queen'S University

    Is Queen university hard to get into?

    Queens University’s acceptance rate is 78.5% which means 79 out of every 100 applications are accepted. The school is therefore just moderately selective. The school has its expected ACT/SAT and GPA scores criteria. The students who match their prerequisites are likely to receive an admission offer.
    What is Queen university famous for?

    The university is ranked among the best in Canada for medical doctoral programs. Its university- and faculty-based research centers offer stimulating, interactive environments for academics. With recent breakthroughs in cancer research, particle astrophysics, geotechnical engineering, art conservation, biodiversity, and sustainable energy technologies, Queen's researchers are at the forefront of several sectors.
    Is Queen's University Ivy League?

    One of the oldest universities in the UK and Ireland, the university is a part of the prestigious Russell Group (the UK's Ivy League). It is a top 200-ranked global university located in the capital city of Northern Ireland's green district (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021).
    Is Queen's a good university?

    According to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022, Queen's is rated 85 worldwide. 13 of its subjects are among the top 200 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2022). Three of the subjects— nursing, pharmacy and pharmacology, and performing arts—are ranked among the top 100 worldwide. Over 3,500 students from 80 different nations are studying at the university internationally.