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Queen's University at Kingston

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Queen’s University

Since 1841

Queen’s is Canada’s definitive university experience. At Queen’s, we challenge and support in equal measure. When studying at Queen’s, you can expect to be exposed to innovative concepts, different ideas, and new ways of thinking. We will provide you with the tools and resources needed to help you succeed.

One of Canada’s oldest degree granting universities, established by Royal Charter in 1841, Queen's is home of 2015 Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Arthur B. McDonald.

The university ranks 4th among medical-doctoral universities in Canada. Its 17 university- and faculty-based research centres provide dynamic, collaborative settings for scholars. Queen’s researchers lead the way in numerous fields, making notable advances recently in particle astrophysics, cancer research, ecological history, and clean energy technology.

Welcoming and supporting students from all countries and backgrounds to a vibrant, safe and supportive community is an important part of the Queen’s experience. Diverse perspectives and a wealth of experience enrich our campus and our community. A core part of our mission is to engage our students, staff and faculty in international learning and research, both at home and abroad.

Through various partnerships, including its membership in the Matariki Network of Universities, Queen’s provides students and faculty with rich international learning opportunities and research collaboration.

Nestled in the heart Kingston in eastern Ontario, where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River, Queen’s is conveniently located about 200 km from Canada's capital city of Ottawa, about 250 km from the centre of our provincial capital of Toronto, and about 300 km from Montréal, Québec.

  • Top 10 Best Small city in NA for Lifestyle (American City of the future 2017/18-Financial Times)
  • 2017 Ones to Watch in Canada (Worldwide Business Review)
  • Top 2 Best City in Canada to be a Woman (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)
  • Top 7 Smartest Communities in the World (Intelligent Community Forum)
  • Top Canadian Hotspot for Young Talented Workers (Next Cities)
  • Most Sustainable Downtown in North America (Corporate Knites)
  • Smartest City in Canada with Most PhDs per Capita (Stats Canada)
  • Kingston has been ranked as the 3rd best place to live in Canada (
  • The BBC listed Kingston as one of the top five university towns in the world
  • Kingston is the happiest city in Canada (Instagram 2014)

Fast Facts

  • Consistently ranked in the top 5 universities in Canada

  • Undergraduate Enrolment: 18,500
  • Graduate Enrolment: 4,200
  • International Students: 2,496 (1 in 10 students)
  • Total Enrolment: 22,630

  • Canada Excellence Research Chairs: 1
  • Canada Research Chairs: 42
  • Research Income: $187.3 M

  • Queen’s Mining Engineering program is ranked 6th best in the world by QS Rankings
  • 90% of graduates from Queen’s undergraduate programs are employed six months after graduation
  • Highest (Master’s) and second highest (PhD) degree completion rates in Canada
  • Most clubs per capita of any university in Canada
  • Number of countries represented in our student body: 108
  • Highest ranking: Student experience, bursaries and awards, library resources (The Globe and Mail University Report, 2017)
  • Highest graduation rate in Canada (Macleans University Rankings 2017)

University Highlights

Total students - 23,057


International students - 2,869


Total faculty staff - 1,149


Total students - 23,057


International students - 2,869


Total faculty staff - 1,149



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