Queen's University at Kingston, or just Queen's, is a public research university in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Queen's owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England, and more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land across Ontario. The University of Queen's is divided into eight faculties and schools.
Queen's College was founded by the Church of Scotland in October 1841, according to a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, aimed at preparing students for ministry, were held on March 7, 1842, with 13 students and two instructors in attendance. Queen's University was the first university west of the Maritime provinces to allow women in 1869.
After male faculty and students responded with hostility to the entrance of women to the university's medical programmes, a women's institution for medical education connected with Queen's University was formed in 1883. Queen's dropped its Presbyterian affiliation in 1912 and took on its current title. Several faculties and schools were founded throughout the mid-twentieth century, and the university's campus was enlarged with additional facilities.
Queen's University is a co-educational institution with over 23,000 students and over 131,000 alumni globally. Government figures, professors, business leaders, and 57 Rhodes Scholars are among the notable alumni. Four Nobel Prize winners and one Turing Award winner are affiliated with the university as of 2020.
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