About Queens University
Big City. Small School. Perfect Fit.
Define Your YES. Build Your AND.
Amazing things happen at the intersection of challenge and support, of big and small, of personal and worldly. We believe that you shouldn't have to decide between one thing or another. It's no accident that we've created a place where you can have both. A place where you can have it all.
Founded in 1857, Queens University of Charlotte is a small, private, co-ed, masters-level university focused on tailoring dynamic experiences for students in and outside of the classroom. In all of our programs, Queens emphasizes active and collaborative learning, meaningful student-teacher relationships, a creative synthesis of the liberal arts with the world of work and the value and necessity of lifelong learning.
Vibrant City. Close-Knit Community.
Our campus is nestled in the historic neighborhood of Myers Park, just minutes from uptown Charlotte. Charlotte is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country, and it's also an extended classroom for our students, full of research, service and internship opportunities.
Here, you don't have to choose between an intimate campus or a big city. At Queens, you get a quintessential college experience with the perks of the Queen City, which was ranked No. 6 among U.S. News & World Report's "Best Places to Live" in the country.
Innovative Education. Rooted in Tradition.
Firmly grounded in liberal arts, Queens delivers an innovative education that fosters dialogue and critical thinking. With 42 majors, 63 minors and numerous graduate and certificate programs, students of all ages have unlimited possibilities to grow academically and socially. Backed by our inimitable Yes/And Initiative, students engage in a unique combination of transformative experiences in and out of the classroom. That includes studying abroad – an unforgettable opportunity that nearly all Queens traditional graduates have. It’s through close relationships with peers and faculty that every student here feels valued, supported and challenged. No matter your academic interest, our six Schools and Colleges are sure to propel your career forward.
On the Field. In the Classroom.
Queens Athletics thrives on its mission to intentionally promote an experience that fosters excellence in education and competition. Our student-athletes are known for excelling in sports and being leaders in the classroom. The university’s dedication to a balance of academics and athletics is on display with their average GPA of 3.43. Competing in NCAA Division II athletics as part of the Southern Athletic Conference, the Royals have 26 teams, which collectively have won 18 national championships. In the 2019-20 seasons, the Royals won eight conference championships and placed in the top five in the final Learfield Directors Cup standings. We have 653 student-athletes on our campus, including three Olympians.
The Importance of Inclusion.
At Queens, we recognize that human identities and qualities — and the diversity of them within our campus and community — provide us all with an opportunity to learn and grow.
We are committed to fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and access for students, faculty, staff and the community around us. And we believe that this commitment is vital in our quest to provide transformative educational experiences that nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, transform students' lives and foster personal and professional success.
Move Forward By Giving Back.
Our campus is guided by the motto “Not to be served, but to serve." This guides our mission and values, and all that we do to create a culture in which we strive to become philanthropic and effective community members. Yearly mission trips to Guatemala, New Orleans and volunteering for non-profits during Martin Luther King Day of Service are just a few examples of how we serve our community, both local and global.
Leading By Example.
The 21st president of Queens, Daniel G. Lugo, is a distinguished higher education professional and inspirational leader known for innovative resource development. Lugo began his service as president of Queens University of Charlotte on July 1, 2019. He was named president after serving in key leadership positions at three of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. These roles included vice president of college advancement at Colby College, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Franklin and Marshall College, and associate dean of admissions at Carleton College.
"In today’s world, personal and professional achievement rarely has a straight trajectory," Lugo writes. "What is far more valuable is a mindset — a mindset that emphasizes flexibility, integrity, critical thinking skills, a strong work ethic, leadership, a global perspective, and an ability to respond quickly to both challenges and opportunities.
"At Queens, we nurture this mindset."