Queen's is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, spirit and diversity. Consistently ranked among the top universities in Canada, Queen's is known for its high quality and 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 – 26 years before Canadian confederation. Classes were first held in 1842. The earliest degree-granting institution in the united province of Canada, Queen's has reflected and helped shape Canadian values and policies, educating many of the country's most notable political and cultural figures.