Students Say

As a senior college of the City University of New York, Queens College is an educational institution for locals. The large, diverse university sits upon eighty acres in the middle of Flushing, and offers (mainly locals and commuters) the chance to get a degree that is “affordable without sacrificing proper education.”

Overview

Applicants
18,289
Acceptance Rate
40%

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 570

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

As a senior college of the City University of New York, Queens College is an educational institution for locals. The large, diverse university sits upon eighty acres in the middle of Flushing, and offers (mainly locals and commuters) the chance to get a degree that is “affordable without sacrificing proper education.” One enamored senior describes it poetically: “A green bedding of low-cost tuition and the strong roots of the administrators, faculty, and staff holding up the dozens of ‘club’ trees surrounded by a heavy sprinkling of diverse people makes QC the most beautiful school in NY: both literally and figuratively.”
Most professors here are “caring and devoted teachers,” but “you always have a few in the bunch per year that give you a real headache.” However, “when chosen wisely, the professors can be the most wonderful part of your education at QC.” There are “opportunities for growth inside and outside the classroom” for those that seek them, and “the environment is very inviting” for those that just want to try their hand. Most professors use effective teaching techniques that “help students understand and learn through not only lecture style classes but observation and demonstration,” as do the “many resources and challenging science courses” provided by the school.
“Courses are topical and abundant,” and the administration is refreshingly receptive to new ideas; “when students want to bring change to an area for improvement, it usually happens.” “Student counseling services” and the Macaulay Honors College both get singled out for being excellent. All in all, Queens College gives a student body that is “extremely diverse… in every way” (including “many students who would be unable to afford college otherwise”) the opportunity for an education.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
1,464
with Terminal Degree
789

758
Men
706
Women
330
Minority
84
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
27%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
56%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Environmental Biology
  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Labor Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Performance, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Paul Simon
Musician

Gary Ackerman
US Congressman

Susan Isaacs
Novelist/Screenwriter

Helen Marshall
Former Queens Borough President

Donna Orender
President WNBA

Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian

Charles Wang
Owner NY Islanders, Founder: Computer Associates

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Although some students wish there were more opportunities to explore their careers while still in school, others take advantage of?their location. Queens College is “close enough to Manhattan for great internships.” “It is located in New York City, which gives the students the ability to participate in the culture of NYC, and fully use the resources.” There are “many helpful advisers” and professors help students find their way as well. The Career Development office offers On-Campus Recruitment, which helps students get placed in careers of their choosing. More than forty percent of alumni visiting the website Payscale.com regard their jobs as meaningful. On the same site, the average salary for recent graduates is $43,700.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
27%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
56%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$43,700

Median Mid-Career Salary
$76,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
42%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
86

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Bottom Line

Like all the CUNY schools, Queens College is very affordable. In-state tuition is just over $6,000 per year, and out-of-staters will pay about $14,850—a tiny fraction of annual tuition at most private schools and far less than that of many public schools as well. Room and board for the year comes in at just over $13,000, which any New Yorker will assure you is a bargain in the city.

Bang For Your Buck

Students love “the school culture, events, students, and wifi accessibility all over campus!” QC students have a lot of energy and are typically “running around campus like busy bees with places to go and things to do.” People are happy with the “nice facilities” at the college, including the “gym and the pool.” All of this comes at a cost that is a bargain if you’re a New York state resident, and the out-of-state tuition is still a heck of a deal. Graduates carry an average of $14,000 in debt, and while that’s not peanuts, it’s a lower figure than you’re likely to end up with at many schools in the area. The school’s location is another bonus—the energy and opportunities of Manhattan are accessible via public transportation, but the cost of living in Flushing is much more affordable than in many other parts of New York City.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,011

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,379

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,267

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$14,000

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
15%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,011

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,030
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,050
Required Fees
$608
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,304

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,020

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

The “various backgrounds of different students/faculty make for an eye opening cultural experience.” Many students are the first generation in their family to get college educated, and “most students here know a second/third language.” This is “very accepted and liked in the college because Queens, our borough, is the most ethnically diverse county in all the United States.” Most people here are commuters, and so a typical student is “hardworking” and “usually going to school [while] having some sort of a part-time job on the side.” “It isn’t uncommon to see students who are, for the most part, self-sufficient financially.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
15,773
Out of State
1%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
176

Demographics

29.82%
Asian
9.07%
African-American
20.60%
Hispanic
40.22%
Caucasian
4.86%
International

56% female
44% male
1% are out of state
70% are full time
30% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students love “the school culture, events, students, and wifi accessibility all over campus!” The school opened its first residence hall (the Summit Apartments) in 2009, which means that only around 500 students have oncampus housing and are often on the go; everyone is typically “running around campus like busy bees with places to go and things to do.” “You go to class, maybe stay for a few other errands, or maybe a break in between classes, and then you go home,” says a junior. There are some students who just go to class and leave campus, but then “there are others who socialize and are active in campus organizations” or sports teams, of which there are more than one hundred (though no football). “Many people find their place in clubs and other extracurricular activities,” says a student. Compared to many other schools, the QC population is “more familiar with the local area around the school since many of us do live off campus.”
People are happy with the “nice facilities” at the college, including the “gym and the pool.” For fun, the school offers various events like “readings and plays and concerts to attend,” as well as “small carnivals or festivities on the main campus with various games like laser tag or rock climbing” for those who are children at heart. There are many restaurants and cafes located on campus, giving students a place to rest their weary head in between classes.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
3%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
1%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
114
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
12

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Knights)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Knights)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Alliance; Counseling & Advisement Center

Minority Support Groups: Minority Student Affairs & Pre-Professional Advisement, Alliance of Latin American Students, Assoc of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Assoc, Chinese Student Assoc, Guyanese Student Assoc, Haitian Student Assoc, Hindu Student Council, Legal Society of Minority Students, La Tertulia, Society of African Students, Taiwanese Student Assoc,

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: York College, Medgar, City College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Johns

Sustainability

Affectionately referred to as the “jewel of the CUNY system,” Queens College might truly be the greenest gem in the thriving NYC borough of Queens. Committed to “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” this 87-acre suburban campus always has one eye on the future. Commitments to NYCPLA 2017 and the Governor of New York to reduce energy use are just parts of the longstanding college’s Campus 10 Year Sustainability Plan, which also entails a plan to be carbon neutral in thirty-five years. Unsurprisingly, green building is central. Mechanical upgrades, such as that for the new Science Building, are aimed at significantly reducing energy consumption—as is the design and construction of a Central Chiller Plant. It will grow from initially supplying HVAC to several science buildings to eventually covering the entire campus. The college has recently installed a number of rain gardens with permeable pavers which have eliminated a significant volume of stormwater per year from going directly into the combined sewer system. At Queens College, responsible transportation, recycling, and dining are all on the menu. In fact, the Pride of New York program promotes the sale of agricultural and food products grown and processed within New York State. Students are the cogs in the campus-wide green machine. The 300-strong Environmental Club organizes participation in projects such as “Cool Roofs,” where students volunteer to paint rooftops white to improve cooling efficiency. Academically, students can pursue bachelor’s degrees in environmental science and participate in sustainability research. Queens College’s motto is “We learn so that we may serve,” so why not serve green?

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
40%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
No

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
97

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
There are student discounts for Apple HP and Dell.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dr. Vincent J. Angrisani
Executive Director of Enrollment Managem

Address
3650 Kissena Blvd
Jefferson 117
Flushing, NY 11367

Phone
718-997-5600

Email
vincent.angrisani@qc.cuny.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rosenthal Library
Student Union
Athletic Center
Dining Hall
Classrooms and Laboratory Facilities
Cafes around campus

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Louis Armstrong House Museum House
New York Mets Shea Stadium
National Tennis Center Flushing Meadows
Queens Museum of Modern Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
Contact Office for Hours
718-997-5600

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
merlin.thompson@qc.cuny.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Student Athletes are invited for overnight visits.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Queens College launched a new shuttle bus service on August 28. The shuttle offers a faster, more convenient way to travel between the college and the two major transit hubs serving our community, Jamaica Station and Flushing-Main Street Station. The Queens College shuttle operates seven days a week, providing non-stop service throughout the day between the campus and these two stations. It also provides cross-campus service throughout the day between Queens Hall and the Student Union Building. Take the Long Island Railraod or the subway #7 train to Flushing. From Flushing take the Q25, Q25-34, Q34 or Q17 bus to Queens College. Take the E,F,G,R Subway to 71st & Continental Ave. From there take the Q65A bus to Queens College. Take the E or F subway line to Union Turnpike/Kew Gardens. From there take the Q74 bus to Queens College. Cosest Airport: LaGuardia or JFK

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Long Island and Points East: Take the Long Island Expressway westbound; watch for QC signs. If you need to get to the Main Gate on Kissena, get off at Exit 24 (Kissena Blvd.) Make a left at the light and take overpass onto Kissena Blvd. If you want Colden parking, get off at Exit 23, tum left on to Main Street overpass. Watch for QC signs to Colden parking. From Manhattan and Points West: Take the Long Island Expressway eastbound watch for QC signs. Get off at Exit 24(Kissena Blvd.) If you need the Main Gate on Kissena, continue down the service road until the first traffic light (Kissena Blvd.) Make a right onto Kissena Blvd. If you want Colden parking, watch for signs as soon as you exit Long Island Expressway. Do not go to traffic light.

Local Accommodations
Several Hotels are available in the Area. Search your local website for the best rates.
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Key Stats

18,289
Applicants
15,773
Size
40%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists

#13