Queens University of Charlotte
Former names
Charlotte Female Institute (1857–1890)
Long's Seminary (1891–1896)
Presbyterian College for Women. (1896–1912)
Queens College (1912–1930, 1940–2002)
Queens–Chicora College (1930–1939)
MottoNon ministrari sed ministrare (Latin)
Motto in English
Not to be served but to serve
TypePrivate university
Established1857; 167 years ago (1857)
Religious affiliation
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Endowment$185 million[1]
PresidentDaniel G. Lugo
Academic staff
124 full-time and 155 part-time[2] (fall 2021)
Students1,873 (fall 2022)[2]
Location, ,
United States
NewspaperThe Queens Chronicle
ColorsBlue and gold
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IASUN Conference
MascotRex the Royal

The Queens University of Charlotte is a private university in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has approximately 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1857, the university offers 34 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).


The main entrance to Queens University of Charlotte
Academic rankings
Washington Monthly[4]465 of 604
U.S. News & World Report[5]16 (tie) of 123

Founded in 1857 as the Charlotte Female Institute, this private school was originally located at College and 9th streets in what is now Uptown Charlotte.[6] It was started and operated by Rev. Robert Burwell and his wife Margaret Anna Burwell.[7] Elizabeth Webb Long operated the school as Long's Seminary from 1891 to 1896.[7] The school affiliated with the Presbyterian Synod of North Carolina in 1896 and changed its name to the Presbyterian College for Women.[7][8] This liberal arts college moved to 600-616 North College Street on the corner of 9th Street in Charlotte.[8]

The college moved to fifty-acres in Myers Park in 1912 and changed its name to Queen's College.[7] Its trustees selected the Queen's College name to commemorate a school established in North Carolina in 1771, before being disallowed by the British Crown the next year.[7] They hoped this would inspire more interest in the college.[7]

In 1930, it merged with Chicora College for Women, previously located in Columbia, South Carolina.[9][10] As part of the merger, Chicora sold all of its assets and turned over the proceeds to Queens College; the latter agreed to archive Chicora's records relating to students and alumni.[10] The merged institution was called Queens-Chicora College from 1930 to 1939.[11]

Daniel G. Lugo assumed the role of Queens' 21st president on July 1, 2019, after the retirement of Dr. Pamela Davies, who led Queens for 17 years.[6]

In 2020, the board of trustees voted unanimously to rename Burwell Hall, which had been named in 1914 after Margaret Anna Burwell, the wife of Robert Burwell, to Queens Hall. Burwell was the first head of Queens and the building was renamed because the couple were slaveowners.[6]


Main article: Queens Royals

Low-rise brick academic and residence buildings, along with tennis courts and sports facility
Aerial view of campus in 2007

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 I program nationally; regionally, the Royals participate in the ASUN Conference.

Men's sports

Men's athletic teams include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, rugby,[12] soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and triathlon.

Women's sports

Women's athletic teams include basketball, cheerleading, dance, cross-country, equestrian, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rugby,[12] soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and triathlon.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Data USA: Queens University of Charlotte". Data USA. October 1, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "College Navigator - Queens University of Charlotte".
  3. ^ NAICU – Member Directory Archived 2015-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "2023 Master's University Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved February 10, 2024.
  5. ^ "Best Colleges 2023: Regional Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  6. ^ a b c Somasundaram, Praveena (2 July 2020). "Queens University of Charlotte renames building that bore the name of slaveholders". WBTV.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Lillard, Stewart (2006). "Queens University of Charlotte". NCpedia. Retrieved 2024-06-03.
  8. ^ a b "Presbyterian College for Women". Charlotte Mecklenburg Story. Charlotte Mecklenburg LIbrariy. Retrieved 2024-06-03.
  9. ^ Waugh, Barry (2020-03-13). "Chicora College for Women". Presbyterians of the Past. Retrieved 2023-12-03.
  10. ^ a b R. L. K., and A. W. A. “Recent College Mergers.” Christian Education 14, no. 7 (1931): 700-701. via JSTOR, accessed December 3, 2023.
  11. ^ "Where GVL Women Went to College in 1898". GVL Today. 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2023-12-03.
  12. ^ a b "Queens Uni Charlotte All-In with Rugby". 7 July 2017.

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