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Queen's University, Kingston

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Queen's University, or simply Queen's, is a coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on the edge of Lake Ontario. Beyond the Kingston campus, the university also has an International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England, formerly the home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
© Queen's University
Motto: Sapientia et Doctrina Stabilitas (Wisdom and Knowledge Shall be the Stability of Thy Times)
Founded 1841
School type Public
Chancellor A. Charles Baillie
Principal Karen R. Hitchcock
Location Kingston, Ontario
Enrollment 15,717 full-time
Campus surroundings Urban
Sports teams Golden Gaels

Table of contents
1 Founding
2 Present Day
3 Traditions
4 List of Former Principals
5 Notable Alumni
6 External links


Queen's University was founded in 1841 under its first principal, Thomas Liddell, who arrived in Kingston from Scotland carrying the Royal Charter of Queen Victoria, establishing Queen's College as an educational institution. Originally affiliated with the Presbyterian church, it was established to instruct youth in various branches of sciences and literature.

The university became a secular institution in 1912 and, in that year, principal Daniel Miner Gordon oversaw the drafting of a new university constitution.

Present Day

Today, Queen's has approximately 13,000 full-time undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The undergraduate programs offer studies in a variety of arts, science, engineering, and business programs. The university has an extensive graduate program in these areas, and additionaly in its medical, law, and business schools.

Queen's is regarded as one of the best universities in Canada; first year students consistently have the highest average entering marks of Canadian universities.


Student Government

Student government at Queen's was established in
1858 in the form of the Dialectic Society, which is known today as the Alma Mater Society.


Queen's University has a rich ice hockey tradition. The university competed against the Royal Military College on the Kingston Harbour in 1886 thus creating the Canadian national sport. Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax, however, have inception fables of their own. Queen's also competed for the Stanley Cup in 1899 and 1906, and won the Allan Cup in 1909.

Applied Science

Queen's Applied Science (Engineering) students also have strong traditions, such as dying their leather jackets purple, the traditional colour of the British Army engineers, and spending Friday afternoons at the Clark hall pub, a bar on campus run by the Engineering Society.


Queen's students served in both World War I and World War II. Approximately 1,500 students participated in the first world war and 189 died. Months before Canada joined the second world war, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Queen's to accept an honorary degree and, in a broadcast heard around the world, voiced the American policy of mutual alliance and friendship with Canada. Roosevelt stated, "The Dominion of Canada is part of the sisterhood of the British Empire. I give to you assurance that the people of the United States will not stand idly by if domination of Canadian soil is threatened by any other Empire." Canada, during the second world war, had the participation of 2,917 Queen's graduates and the sacrifice of 157. The Victoria Cross was awarded to Major John Weir Foote, Arts '33, Canadian Chaplain Service.


Queen's celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary in 1991 and received a visit from Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Diana to mark the occasion.

List of Former Principals

Notable Alumni

External links

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