99 University Avenue
in Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6
Welcome to Queen's University. Established in 1841 by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria, Queen's is a leader among Canada's most renowned and respected universities. Since its humble beginnings in a small, wood-frame house over a century and a half ago, the university has grown to become a pre-eminent educational institution.
Set on the shores of Lake Ontario, the 100 acre campus is among the nation's most beautiful. The Queen's landscape is characterized by an elegant combination of ivy-covered limestone buildings and modern architecture amidst a backdrop of stately greens.
Enrolment is limited to 11,000 undergraduate students; keeping Queen's small enough to preserve a strong sense of community, yet large enough to allow for a diverse curriculum. Undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees and diplomas in 15 faculties, schools and colleges are offered. The learning environment comprises faculty and students drawn from across Canada and around the world.
Queen's University is highly regarded for the quality of its academic and research programs, as well as its innovations in teaching and its tradition of public service. National magazine polls consistently rank it first in terms of its reputation for the quality of its programs, its reputation for "educating Canada's leaders of tomorrow" and its admission standards. They also rank Queen's as one of the top three research-intensive universities in the nation.
With the highest admission standards in the country, Queen's is Canada's most prestigious university, and attracts the best and the brightest of students. Those who begin their university studies each September have all been at the top of their respective classes in high school, contributing to an academic environment of unparalleled calibre.
At Queen's, outstanding scholarship is coupled with non-academic opportunities that are virtually unsurpassed by any other university. Queen's students are renowned for their commitment to extracurricular pursuits in more than 220 student clubs and organizations, as well as one of North America's largest varsity sports programs.
The richness of the Queen's experience is not confined to the campus in Kingston. Nationally, the university operates a 5,000-acre biological field station, the largest research station of its kind in Canada. Queen's University also leads the world's first heavy water neutrino observatory, located in Northern Ontario.
The university's overseas campus, the International Study Centre (ISC) at Herstmonceux Estate, East Sussex, England has been in operation since 1994. Students from all years of study and disciplines are encouraged to take advantage of this unique study abroad opportunity, as well as numerous exchange and linkage agreements with universities around the globe.
Fall/Winter session: September to April
Queen's uses the annual term system. Students can start their studies in September.
Language of Instruction
Athletic groups that are available at Queen's include:
Aikido, Alpine Ski, Archery, Badminton, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cricket Club, Croquet, Curling, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Figure Skating, International Table Tennis, ITF Taekwondo, Judo, Karate, Yang Tai Chi Chuan, Kung Fu, Lacrosse, Multi-sport Triathlon, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, SCUBA, Ski, Table Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Trampoline, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee and WTF Taekwondo.
Every year the students hold elections for a club executive. They determine to hire someone to teach whatever recreational sport that they want to have and approach the director of the Physical Education Department to reserve space and activity time.
(i.e. Karate, Judo, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Ballroom Dancing, Pistol shooting, Archery, etc,..)
The same instructor could be hired year after year or it could change from year to year depending on the executive.
Queen's official colours are gold, blue, and red. The familiar tricolour appears on the university's flag, crest, sports jerseys, and on numerous souvenirs, clothes, publications, and promotional material. The colours were chosen in 1884 by a committee of the president of the alma mater society and the captains of the university's football and soccer teams. Previously, the only formally designated colours at the university belonged to the soccer team, whose members wore "dark red stockings, white knickerbockers, and dark-blue jerseys." The committee picked red, blue, and gold after weeks of debate because they were the main colours of the university's coat of arms. Some doubted the wisdom of choosing such a vibrant combination. One American newspaper wrote of Queen's touring hockey team in 1899: "The visitors presented rather an odd appearance, because their skating costume contains such a combination of colours as to make the players look like animated sticks of candy or skating barber poles." By early this century, however, the red, gold, and blue had become a Queen's trademark and its teams had come to be known as the "Tricolour," a nickname superseded only in recent decades by "golden gaels." Most of Queen's faculties and many of its schools also have official colours. arts and science, applied science, and medicine were first to choose and divided up the tricolour, picking, respectively, red, gold, and blue colours that are most evident in the faculty jackets worn by many students.