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Queen's University

Queen's University

Queen's University


Queen’s University is highly-ranked in Canada for student experience, taking an inclusive approach and offering learning beyond the classroom; this experience includes the most clubs per capita of any Canadian University as well as a robust international exchange program with more than 220 partners.

Queen’s research-intensive environment and interdisciplinary program offerings provide students with the comprehensive and nimble skills required in today’s competitive and evolving workforce with 91% of Queen’s grads employed within six months after graduation.

Bolstered by the outstanding reputations of its scholars and researchers -- including 2015 Nobel Prize winner Arthur B. McDonald -- a Queen’s education can provide unparalleled access to careers and personal development opportunities around the world. With particular academic strengths in physics, cancer research, geo-engineering, data analytics, and social sciences like surveillance studies and mental health, the university sets graduates up for excellence across disciplines.

Home to more than 24,000 students, Queen’s boasts an undergraduate graduation rate of 93%, diverse learning opportunities, a broad range of students services and supports, unmistakable school spirit, and a tight-knit global network of 159,000 alumni in 153 countries. Ultimately, to graduate from Queen’s University is to join an international community of lifelong learners and accomplished leaders.

The campus has a fully integrated network of six libraries and is home to several outstanding museums and arts facilities, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.


Queen’s is an integral part of the Kingston community, with the campus nestled in the core of the city, only a 10-minute walk to downtown. Kingston becomes a part of the Queen’s experience whether you are faculty, student, or staff.

From tutoring an elementary or high school student down the street, volunteering or working for one of the many shops and businesses downtown, or becoming friends with a neighbor (who also could be a professor or staff member!), being a part of the Queen’s community and the Kingston community are intimately intertwined.

By the fourth year of undergraduate study:

  • 60% of students have participated in community service or volunteer activity;
  • 50% have tutored other students on campus and in the Kingston community;
  • 38% have completed a practicum, internship, field experience, co-op, or clinical assignment in and around the city;
  • 33% have participated in community-based projects.

Queen’s and its community of faculty, staff, and students contribute to the economic vibrancy of the city. Local impact of Queen’s amounts to $1.5 billion per year in economic activity including:

  • $338 million in direct student spending;
  • $288 million in direct after-tax staff and faculty spending;
  • $9 million in direct spending by visitors to Queen’s;
  • $162 million in direct University spending on local goods and services;
  • $61 million in additional economic activity associated with the School of Medicine and the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Association (SEAMO).

A Community Campus Environment

  • ~95% of the student population comes from outside of Kingston;
  • More than 90% of first-year students live in residence. Queen's placed 2nd in residential living (Maclean's 2021 Rankings);
  • Queen’s is home to students from more than 125 countries.
88.6% of students graduate within 7 years – #1 in Canada! (Maclean's 2021 Rankings).

90.6%: incoming class average for undergraduate students in 2021.

    Campus Features

    Successful students are balanced students.

    There is more to the university experience than marks and assignments. Successful students balance academics and play, study time, and extracurricular activities.

    At Queen’s, getting connected with your community will help you find balance and will contributed to your overall success as a student.

    Looking for a way to get involved with others? Want to make a difference locally and globally? Need to recharge your batteries or just blow off some steam? There’s a group to join, someone to talk to, or a team to play with. You will also find support for your health and wellness and your living and learning environment.

    This is all part of making sure you succeed. And Queen’s wants you to succeed.

    Learning Facilities and Spaces

    State-of-the-art learning and research facilities are key ingredients for the delivery of high-quality programs. Here are just some of the spaces you will find at Queen's:


    Live Building | Integrated Learning Center (ILC)

    The Live Building, housed in the Integrated Learning Center, is a living lab. The ILC's mechanical, electrical, and structural systems are monitored in real-time and left open to view, showing how sustainable practices can be incorporated into building design.

    Chernoff Hall

    Chernoff Hall has more than 14,000 square meters of space - 5,000 of which is devoted to labs - and is occupied by the Department of Chemistry.

    School of Medicine Building

    Opened in fall 2011, the School of Medicine Building hosts a state-of-the-art teaching clinic, lecture halls and teaching spaces, simulation labs, surgical/technical skills labs, small-group and seminar rooms, info-commons and virtual learning spaces, and student study spaces.

    Goodes Hall

    Home to Smith School of Business, Goodes Hall combines a restored 45,000 square foot 110-year-old Victorian schoolhouse with 68,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classrooms, student breakout rooms, and faculty offices. The building has recently undergone a 75,000 square foot expansion, opened September 15, 2012.

    Biosciences Complex

    Home to the Biology Department, the School of Environmental Studies, and three Chemical Engineering labs, the Biosciences Complex provides faculty, researchers, and students with sophisticated equipment and high-tech laboratories. It also houses a leading-edge Phytotron, including six research-quality greenhouses and 26 plant growth chambers.

    Stauffer Library

    Located in a five-story building, Stauffer Library is the largest library on campus, with room for approximately 1.5 million volumes, six kilometers of book stacks, and study and research space for more than 1,200 students.

    Queen's Center / Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC)

    Opened in January 2010, the Queen's Center/ARC is a multi-purpose complex that integrates academics, sport and recreation, and student and community activities. The ARC hosts a 38 x 25-meter pool, gymnasia (including the main gym that seats 2,000 spectators), squash and racquetball courts, ~25,000 sq. ft. of fitness space, 4 dance/yoga studios, and 4 designated spin/fitness and combat rooms. The building also hosts a food court, fireside lounge, retail, and student club space.

    Herstmonceux Castle

    Located in the countryside of East Sussex, England, the Castle is home to the Bader International Study Center (BISC) - a home-away-from-home for students from all over the world who go there to share an unparalleled experience characterized by small class sizes, integrated hands-on field studies, and a diverse faculty and student population.

    Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts

    Opened in September 2014, the Isabel includes a 566-seat performance hall, rehearsal hall, sound studio and recording facilities, exhibition space, art gallery, and film screening room. The School of Music, Department of Film and Media, Department of Drama, and Bachelor of Fine Art Program will share state-of-the-art teaching, performance, and exhibition spaces.


    Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory

    Opened September 2015, Queen’s $17 million Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory is a research endeavor for the Queen’s Nuclear Materials Group in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The goal of the RMTL is to support the development of safe and economical nuclear power for Canada.

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility, Center for Neuroscience Studies (CNS)

    CNS is a hub of multidisciplinary research and teaching aimed at improving our understanding of the brain. It houses a Siemens 3 Tesla whole-body MRI and supports research spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences.

    Biological Station (QUBS)

    Located 50 km north of Kingston, QUBS covers more than 3000 hectares of land. The main facility consists of 32 buildings, including a library, 12 separate laboratory areas, an aquarium house, and accommodations.

    Innovation Park

    Innovation Park is a facility where academic, industrial, and government researchers cultivate ideas, identify and transform important technological discoveries and, with the aid of commercialization and market development experts, propel innovations into the marketplace.

    Glaxo Wellcome Clinical Education Center (GWCEC)

    With 12,650 square feet of uniquely designed learning space, the GWCEC provides interactive classrooms, examination/interview rooms with one-way glass, observation areas, and audio-visual capabilities for remote viewing and recording. The skills development lab has the capacity to replicate in-patient and ambulatory health care settings.

    Clinical Simulation Center

    Located in the Medical School Building, the Clinical Simulation Center is an 8,000 square foot clinical simulation space with four rooms for high-fidelity mannequin simulation and two large surgical skills labs.

    Human Media Lab

    The Human Media Lab is a futuristic space, designed to inspire students through a creative and flexible work environment. It also serves as an interactive playground, allowing students to hack and experiment with the architecture and space as a user interface.

    Human Mobility Research Center (HMRC) and Lab

    A partnership between Queen’s and Kingston General Hospital, the HMRC facilities include specialized labs for connective tissue, bio-simulation, tissue processing, prosthesis design, software development, and gait analysis, and one of the world's first computer-enhanced surgical suites.


    The Queen’s Observatory houses a 16-inch reflecting telescope for students studying physics and astronomy.


    The Phytotron is a climate-controlled greenhouse that facilitates research in biology.

    SparQ Studios

    Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Center's makerspace, providing students with the tools and resources needed to make their ideas come to life

    Art Conservation

    The Art Conservation facilities house specialized microscopes and other equipment for conservation science.

    Center for Advanced Computing (CAC)

    The Center for Advanced Computing operates a high-performance data center as part of the Compute Canada family serving Canada’s research community.

    Sudbury Neutrino Observatory / SNOLAB

    Sudbury Neutrino Observatory is an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics situated 2 km below the surface in a mine near Sudbury, Ontario. SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory solar neutrino experiment.

    Art Gallery: Agnes Etherington Art Center

    The Agnes Etherington Art Center is the largest gallery in Kingston and features a range of contemporary and historical exhibitions throughout the year.

    Art Gallery: Union Gallery

    Centrally located on campus in the Stauffer Library, the Union Gallery, established in 1994, is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of contemporary arts.

    Study Rooms and Shared Spaces

    Library and Mackintosh-Corry Hall: Bookable Seats

    Student Life Center: Booking rooms in the JDUC, MacGillivray-Brown Hall, Queen's Center, and Mackintosh-Corry Hall

    ASUS Red Room: A study lounge in Kingston Hall that is open five days a week and also available for booking.

    Law Lounge: Known for its collegial atmosphere, the Law Lounge is central to the student experience.

    Technology in the Classroom and Library

    Library: Queen's Libraries have worked collaboratively to leverage the opportunities created by advances in technology, and our digital collections continue to expand.

    Information Technology Services

    Resources and support include:

    • Facilities and Equipment:
      • Computing sites and bookable classrooms are available across campus.
      • Map of Wireless Locations
    • Learning Resources:
      • onQ: Queen's enterprise learning management system is used to deliver academic courses on the web or to supplement face-to-face instruction. It can also be used for collaborative research and project-based group work.
      • Clickers: Used to provide students in large classes with a more interactive learning experience.
    • Audio/Visual and Multimedia:
      • Lecture capture
      • Electronic Classroom Support
      • Videoconferencing


      • 251–300th World University Rankings 2022
      • 5th Impact Rankings 2021

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