I was drawing a blank earlier today. I know I have to write a blog about university today but I am having trouble coming up with a topic. I can’t think of anything. Perhaps I shouldn’t have committed to doing one a week!
So, I started googling. I found some Queen’s University enrollment statistics as of Fall of 2011. I then remembered my daughter talking to a friend of mine about the difference in the numbers now when compared to when he went to Queen’s. Then I wondered if I could find out how many students were enrolled 30 years ago? In my search I stumbled across statistics for the very first year that Queen’s was open.
According to Wikipedia:
‘Queen’s University at Kingston (commonly shortened to Queen’s University or Queen’s) is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, the university predated the founding of Canada by 26 years. Queen’s holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen’s is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools.
The Church of Scotland established Queen’s College in 1841 with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. Queen’s was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government. In 1883, a women’s college for medical education affiliated with Queen’s University. In 1888, Queen’s University began offering extension courses, becoming the first Canadian university to do so. In 1912, Queen’s secularized and changed to its present legal name.’
I have come to realize that Queen’s has an excellent reputation, both according to polls done by MacLean’s magazine and when talking to people from my generation. I didn’t do any research before my daughter sent out her applications last year. We left the selection process up to her and she did a lot of background work. The one thing that sticks in my mind more than Queen’s reputation is how much Katie fell in love with the campus. The old buildings, the layout, the trees, the feeling she got from walking around. It’s almost as if the history of the university spoke to her and she made it her mission to be a part of it’s future.
So, what are the current enrollment figures you ask? This well-respected school that started off with 13 students 172 years ago, had a total of 24,189 students in attendance during the 2011-2012 academic year. They must be doing something right!