Queens University of Charlotte

Queens University of Charlotte
Former names
Queens College (1912–2002)
Motto Non ministrari sed ministrare (Latin)
Motto in English
Not to be served but to serve
Type Private
Established 1857
Religious affiliation
Endowment $80 million (2010)[1]
President Dr. Pamela L. Davies
Academic staff
124 full-time
Undergraduates 1,869
Postgraduates 517
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Campus Urban
Newspaper The Queens Chronicle
Colors Blue and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IISouth Atlantic Conference
Nickname Royals
Mascot Rex the Royal
Affiliations APCU
Website Queens.edu

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-educational, comprehensive university located in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. The school has approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students through the College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the James L. Knight School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies and the Andrew Blair College of Health, which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing. Established in 1857, the university offers 39 undergraduate majors and 80 concentrations, and 19 graduate programs.


The main entrance to Queens University of Charlotte

Queens University of Charlotte is a co-educational, master's level university.

Founded in 1857 as the Charlotte Female Institute, the school was originally at College and 9th streets in what is now Uptown Charlotte. From 1891 to 1896, it was called the Seminary for Girls. In 1896, the Concord and Mecklenburg Presbyteries chartered the Presbyterian Female College. The seminary merged with this new college. In 1912, anticipating the move to the present campus in the Myers Park neighborhood, the school became Queens College.

The name Queens College was adopted for three reasons: at the request of the Alumnae Association to disarm prejudice in deference to other Presbyterian colleges which claimed an equal right to the denominational name; to commemorate Queen's Museum, a classical school established in Charlotte in 1771; and to honor Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg. In the aftermath of World War II, Queens admitted its first male students. A co-educational Evening College was established in 1948 that provided instruction for adults. It was the forerunner of the New College, which was inaugurated in 1979 as an undergraduate evening program designed for working adults. In 1995, New College was renamed the Pauline Lewis Hayworth College.

In 1979, the traditional undergraduate liberal arts college at Queens was renamed the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). It began admitting resident males in 1987 when Queens went co-ed.

In 1989, CAS adopted the innovative Foundations of Liberal Learning program, which is now known as the Core Program in Liberal Arts and is required of all first-year students.

The International Experience Program, now known as the John Belk International Program, was established in 1989. Juniors and seniors participate in a variety of study programs that range from study tours, language programs, a month-long environmental studies program in Yap in Micronesia or a summer-long foreign internship, to semester-long study abroad exchanges in Hong Kong or Ireland. Since its inception, the program has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report. Queens recently ranked no. 2 in the country for its "percentage of students who travel abroad" (2009) with close to 90 percent participation. In 2008, the program added study tours to Vietnam and South Africa.

The McColl School of Business, named after Bank of America chairman Hugh McColl, Jr., was established in 1993. The School achieved AACSB Accreditation in 2007, the highest level given to business schools. Only five percent of business schools globally, and 20 percent of American schools, have earned this level of accreditation.

In 1996, the Internship and Career Development Program, also nationally recognized, began requiring a minimum of six credit hours for all students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program has been recognized in the past by U.S. News & World Report as one of the leading internship programs in the country; it boasts 100 percent participation from the University's student body.

Queens' first master's degree program, the Master of Business Administration, launched in 1980. Since then, Queens has added the Master of Education (1983); the Executive Master of Business (1990); the Master of Arts in Teaching (1992); the Master of Science in Nursing (1998); the Master of Arts in Organizational and Strategic Communication (1999); the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (2001); the Master of Science in Organization Development (2008) and Master of School Administration (2008).

With the additional master's degree programs, Queens achieved a university level rank in the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the U.S. News & World Report. The Board of Trustees voted in the Spring of 2002 to recognize Queens' true university status and changed the institutional name from "Queens College" to "Queens University of Charlotte." The change became official on June 1, 2002.

The University obtained the former Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing to form the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens in 2004. One of the most popular majors at Queens, the program produces the third largest number of new registered nurses among higher education institutions in North Carolina.

Queens continues to expand its footprint beyond its 30-acre Myers Park campus. In 2006, the University officially opened its 65-acre Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park, a planned $15 million project that is a partnership between Mecklenburg County and the University.

In 2008, Queens opened a new School of Communication and School of Education that became its fifth and sixth primary units on its Myers Park campus. The Wayland H. Cato School of Education focuses on undergraduate education and runs graduate programs, including a Teaching Fellows Program and a Public Education Research Institute.

In 2010, the School of Communication was renamed the James L. Knight School of Communication through a naming grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant initiatives include working to improve digital and media literacy in the Charlotte community.

Student life

Greek life

Queens University of Charlotte has five sororities and one fraternity.



Clubs and organizations

Queens University of Charlotte has more than 40 clubs and student organizations, ranging from musical ensembles to nature groups. Politically minded students spar in debate between the College Republicans and College Democrats; aspiring journalists write pieces for the Queens Chronicle; service-minded students travel to Guatemala; and the Campus Union Board plans on-campus activities.


Main article: Queens Royals

Queens University of Charlotte's athletic teams take the identity of the Queens Royals on the field and cheer their teams on via their mascot, Rex. Queens is a member of the NCAA's Division II program nationally; regionally, the Royals participate in the South Atlantic Conference. Prior to 2013 the Royals participated in Conference Carolinas.

A statue of Rex at the Queens Sports Complex is the largest standing lion sculpture in the world.

Effective as of the 2013–14 academic year, Queens will join the South Atlantic Conference along with fellow Conference Carolinas member, Coker College to become the SAC's 11th and 12th members.

Men's sports

Men's athletic teams include Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, and Track & Field.

Women's sports

Women's athletic teams include Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, and triathlon.


Many of Queens University's students are enrolled in either the Business and Marketing programs (33% of undergraduates) or the Communications and Journalism programs (15% of undergraduates). Rounding out the top three most popular majors are the Health Professions, which are studied by approximately 10% of the undergraduate population according to the College Board.

Core program

Queens University employs a set of core classes required of each undergraduate student, as is commonplace in the American system of higher education. This program includes topics in history, American experience, ethics, literature and art. The purpose of any core program is develop a well-rounded, as well as well-specialized, student of the liberal arts.


Queens University of Charlotte operates on a rolling admissions basis, with decisions beginning in early September during the Fall of the student's senior year.

Test scores

The following are the middle percentile of SAT scores for Queens University of Charlotte as provided by the Princeton Review.

Average SAT: 1550
Average Writing SAT: 540–630
Average Verbal SAT (25–75%): 480–570
Average Math SAT (25–75%): 490–560
Average ACT (25–75%): 20–24
Average High School GPA: 3.50

High school performance

The following statistics are provided by the College Board.

32% had h.s. GPA of 3.75 and higher
12% had h.s. GPA between 3.5 and 3.74
14% had h.s. GPA between 3.25 and 3.49
19% had h.s. GPA between 3.0 and 3.24
18% had h.s. GPA between 2.5 and 2.99
5% had h.s. GPA between 2.0 and 2.49

Percentage admitted

Queens University of Charlotte accepts 76% of freshman applicants and 73% of transfer applicants, according to College Board.


U.S. News & World Report

In the 2010 Best Colleges issue U.S. News & World Report ranked Queens University of Charlotte:

No. 2 in the United States for "percentage of students who travel abroad," 2010
No. 18 overall, Regional Universities – South, 2010
No. 2, Regional Universities – South (North Carolina private institutions), 2010
No. 7, Regional Universities – South for the number of international students, 2010
No. 15, Regional Universities – South "Great Schools, Great Prices" category, 2010
No. 10, Regional Universities – South for "percentage of classes under 20" category, 2010
No. 16, Regional Universities – South for graduation rate.
No. 20 Overall, Regional Universities South

Princeton Review

On admissions selectivity, the Princeton Review ranks Queens University of Charlotte "79" on a scale of 60 – 99. This is a mid-range selectivity rating.

Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers ranked Queens University of Charlotte's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program 7th in its 2011 MFA Rankings: Top 10 Low-Residency Programs.[3] The school also ranked as the 4th most selective low-residency program according to Poets & Writers. Many of the program's graduates have gone on to publish novels, short story collections, short stories in various literary magazines, and have also won awards for their work.[4] Cathy Smith Bowers, the poetry instructor in the MFA program, was North Carolina Poet Laureate 2010–2012.[5]


  1. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  2. NAICU – Member Directory
  3. Seth Abramson (1 September 2010). "2011 MFA Rankings: The Top Ten Low-Residency Programs". pw.org. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  4. "MFA Student & Alumni Achievements". queens.edu. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  5. "Past North Carolina Poets Laureate". North Carolina Arts Council. Archived from the original on October 27, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.

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