Kinnaird College for Women is now a semi government institute located in Lahore, Pakistan. The Christian missionaries under the British Raj established it at the start of 20th century. The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan recognizes this institute. At the time of its beginning in 1913, main focus of college was on Intermediate classes. The Zenana and Bible Medical Mission founded the college. Miss Joan McDonald started the first intermediate class as Principal. Four years later in 1917, B.A. classes were started at the same campus. Later in 1926, Kinnaird College was shifted to Jail Road when more space was needed. Collage was expanded on 20 acres of land by 1939.
Kinnaird College remained the only women’s liberal arts college in Punjab from 1913 to 1922. Until 1950, science department was not founded here and the main hindrances were lack of finance and partition of the subcontinent. By 1951, student body grew to 170 from 6. At the time of its inception, most of the students here were Christians and followed by Hindus. After the partition of subcontinent, Kinnaird Collage became the part of Pakistan in 1947 and Hindu and Sikh students migrated to Indian and Muslim migrated to Pakistan.
In 2003, a four years honors degree program was started and there are many subjects for which this program is being offered. Some of the honors programs lunched by Kinnaird College are: Botany, Biochemistry, English Literature, French, Physics, Psychology, Economics, Zoology, Business Administration, Food and Nutrition etc. some of the one and two year Masters program are also being offered in the subjects like Environmental Sciences, English Literature, Media Studies, Business Administration etc. The college in many subjects also introduces MS and M.phil degrees.
Kinnaird College for Women offers some summer and winter courses as well. Students are also encouraged to take part in the extracurricular activities. Many indoor and outdoor sports are arranged and students can get training from the expert coaches of those games. Events like swimming festivals, sports day, plays and drama competitions are annually held at College.
The institute to facilitate the students also provides transport facility. Hostels are built to accommodate the students that came from other cities. In June 2010, the test transmission of Radio Kinnaird 97.6 FM was started and on 31st January 2011, it was officially inaugurated by the Information Minister Fauzia Wahab. A Student Council is also established to organize programs and projects of College. Other clubs and societies take help from this council as well in arranging their programs.