University description (as per official university website)
Queen's is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, and spirit. Consistently highly-ranked, Queen's is known for its incomparable 24-hour learning environment. Great teaching, great students, community and tradition - these are the hallmarks of the Queen's experience.
The University was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841 - twenty-six years before Canadian confederation. Classes were first held in 1842. The earliest degree-granting institution in the united Province of Canada, and the first to establish a student government, Queen's has reflected and helped shape Canadian values and policies, educating many of the country's most notable political and cultural figures.
Students & Faculty
Queen's student body represents 83 different countries, along with every Canadian province and territory. Our faculty is drawn from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, and Queen's faculty members regularly receive international recognition and numerous teaching awards for their research and innovative contributions.
Graduates of Queen's become part of a living, legendary tradition that spans the globe and 167 years. Queen's graduates can be found in boardrooms, courtrooms, hospitals, art galleries, laboratories, libraries, and governments around the world.
Community & Kingston
Queen's University is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a quintessential university community big enough to provide all the conveniences of modern life, but small enough for students, staff and faculty to feel instantly comfortable and at home. For more than a century-and-a-half, the stories of Queen's and Kingston have been inextricably entwined. Kingston is Canada's 3rd best "place to live" in Canada according to a 2009 Canadian Business publication survey.
As a public institution, Queen's is committed to an operating model of transparency and accountability. For more information on institutional planning and accountability, please visit the Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
Queen's is where world-class scholars, artists and scientists interact with some of the brightest students from Canada and abroad in a close-knit intellectual community of learning and discovery.
In the rankings
Received more A pluses (4 A+'s and 10 A's) than any other university*
Ranked #1 for student retention and #1 for proportion who graduate **
Ranked #1 in Canada for awards per full-time faculty **
Ranked #2 (tied) in Canada in the medical-doctoral category for overall academic excellence **
Ranked #3 in Canada for average entering grade for first-year students (87.7%) **
Queen's Executive MBA program was ranked number 1 in Canada and number 23 in the world ***
Members of the University's renowned faculty balance excellence in their fields with a dedication to students, through both classroom instruction and independent study advising. This is the hallmark of teaching at Queen’s and a defining characteristic of a Queen’s education.
Recent award winners:
John Smol (Biology): 2009 3M National Teaching Fellowship
David Thomson (Math and Statistics): 2009 Killam Research Fellow
Ingrid Johnsrude (Psychology): 2009 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
Philip Jessop (Chemistry): 2009 John C. Polanyi Award
Rankings: 1 of only 2 university libraries in Canada to earn A+ in the 2009 Globe & Mail University Report
Collection: 6 campus libraries house more than 2.2 million physical items
Online: Access to more than 400,000 online information resources
Chernoff Hall, one of the largest chemistry complexes of its kind in North America
A state-of-the-art Integrated Learning Centre, which functions as a "live building" for students to participate in a multidisciplinary learning model in engineering education
State-of-the-art software in the Geographic Information Science Laboratory
The Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux, England, which features small interactive classes instructed by European and North American faculty, integrated with a comprehensive field-studies program
A 16-inch reflecting telescope a the Queen’s Observatory for students studying Physics and Astronomy
The Phytotron, a climate-controlled greenhouse, to facilitate research in Biology
* Globe and Mail's University Report Card 2008
** Maclean's University Rankings 2008
*** BusinessWeek magazine