Tradition and a sense of community attract students to Queens University

Vanessa Infanzon

A view of the Queens campus. Photo by Queens University of Charlotte

Facts and stats:

The Queens University of Charlotte campus sits on 25 acres in Charlotte’s historic Myers Park neighborhood. It opened its doors in 1857 as Queens College and over the past 160 years has developed a reputation for its strong faculty, internship opportunities and international study abroad programs. Queens is a coeducational private school with a Presbyterian affiliation.

Queens’ motto, “Not to be served, but to serve” is evident in campus life, outreach programs and the curriculum. Students connect to the Charlotte and global community through volunteer programs and mission trips.

There are 1,719 undergraduate students and 788 graduate students who attend Queens. The tuition cost per year for a traditional student is $32,302, and meal plans and residential housing range from $7,946-$15,520.

Each year, 79 percent of applications are accepted. The average freshman SAT score is 1109, and the average ACT score is 24.

There are 44 undergraduate programs and 65 minors. Majors such as biology, communications, nursing, business and education are some of the most popular.

What’s new on campus:

In the last 5 years, Rogers Science Hall and the Levine Center were built. The Levine Center is home to indoor sports, athletic offices, a student fitness center and the kinesiology department.

Queens is beginning the renovation on its fine arts building this spring. It will be renamed as The Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts & Civic Engagement and house all of Queens art programs.

Photo by Queens University of Charlotte

What’s life like on campus?

Queens is a residential campus with suites and community-style residence halls. Students at Queens are active in eight fraternities and sororities, more than 40 clubs, intramural sports teams, and spiritual life organizations and programs.

Queens Royals are NCAA Division II and compete in the South Atlantic Conference. There are 22 men and women’s NCAA sports teams, including basketball, lacrosse and soccer. This year, men’s and women’s swim teams won their fourth consecutive national championship, and the men’s basketball team was ranked No. 4.

Chessa Beebe, 22, will graduate from Queens with a degree in arts administration and leadership and a double minor in entrepreneurship and new media design in May. She is a Presidential Scholar, a former Royal Ambassador and is a resident assistant for freshman.

“It’s really vibrant,” Beebe said of campus life at Queens. “We have a three-year residency requirement, and I think that contributes to the community. They’re building community in their residence halls. Students are working together and asking each other for help. I think that social aspect is really important.”

Students take advantage of the green spaces throughout campus – hammocks are available for students to check-out to use in the “Eno Village” in the Quad.

Eno Village in the Quad. Photo by Queens University of Charlotte

What do students like best?

The relationships students form with faculty are one of the best parts of Queens, Beebe said. The interaction goes beyond the classroom. It’s not unusual for faculty to invite a group of students to their home for dinner. Faculty lead domestic and international mission trips and spring break volunteer programs.

“They care about Queens,” Beebe said. “It’s a part of who they are.” Student feel comfortable reaching out to professors outside the classroom for academic assistance as well as career goals.

Fun traditions:

Queens’ student life is built on a series of traditions – from decorating the Diana Fountain for special holidays or a friend’s birthday to attending annual events such as Casino Night and Spring Carnival.

“Students seem to mark these dates on their calendars early each semester, and you can almost feel the excitement build for the event as it gets closer,” said Evan Sprinkle, director of undergraduate admissions and a 2008 Queens graduate. “When you have almost half your campus at an event, it’s easy to see how the community strengthens when so many students are able to connect.”

Diana Fountain. Photo by Queens University of Charlotte

What do students like least?

Beebe notices a sense of apathy or a lull in school spirit in some students when they want to achieve a goal or try a new experience but they don’t take the initiative.

“When you have all these opportunities around you in this tight-knit community, I think sometimes students expect the opportunities to fall into their lap,” she said. “It’s one of the things students like the least, but it’s the one thing they have control over.”

Best advice from current students:

“Get involved in everything you can,” Beebe said. “Even if there’s something you aren’t good at or you have no idea what it is, sign up for it.”

The Moravian Love Feast at Queens marks the beginning of the Christmas season with spirituality and fellowship. Photo by Queens University of Charlotte

What surprises people most about the school: 

The student body is diverse at Queens. “Compared to other schools in our peer group, we have about three times as many ethnically diverse students than the average,” Sprinkle said. “That allows our classroom discussions and student life offerings to be incredibly impactful and extensive.”


Vanessa Infanzon is a freelance writer based in Charlotte. In her former life, she worked in Student Life at Davidson College, UNC Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @morethanVMI