From the School

Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and science programs, its world-class faculty, and its affordability. Ninety percent of our students who graduate in four years receive their degrees without any student loan debt.

A storied institution with a long history of graduating students who go on to serve our global community, Queens College (QC)-a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY)-will challenge you and help you build your future.

Since its founding in 1937, Queens College has enjoyed a national reputation for its liberal arts and science programs, its world-class faculty, and its affordability. Less than 10 miles from Manhattan, Queens College offers exciting academics and an innovative program that no other college in New York City offers: QC in 4, which guarantees that you will graduate in four years.

Opportunities to study abroad and internships abound, some right on campus in our Tech Incubator, where students can learn from budding entrepreneurs. Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States, has a chapter at Queens, a distinction shared with only 10 percent of the nation's liberal arts colleges. And all this happens on a beautiful 80-acre campus with a centrally located residence hall, top recreational facilities, and the only Division II athletics program in CUNY.

Thanks to our low tuition and generous financial aid, 90 percent of our students who graduate in four years receive their degrees without any student loan debt. What's more, Queens College ranks in the top 1 percent of institutions in the country that propel students from poverty to prosperity. And there's a reason why the Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 4% of all colleges in 2018: the quality of our curriculum and our faculty, and the accomplishments of our graduates.

QC is one of America's most diverse colleges, in every sense of the word. We educate students of all ages and interests. Three military guides recognize us for our support of veterans and members of the armed services. We make every effort to accommodate people with disabilities. Culturally, we reflect the population of our home borough: Our students come from all over the world and many speak a language other than English. As a result, this campus offers a unique learning environment that prepares our alums to enter the global economy and affect change, wherever their lives and careers may take them.

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Overview

Applicants
18,180
Acceptance Rate
43%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
28%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 620

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
1,625
with Terminal Degree
777

822
Women
803
Men
437
Minority
90
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
29%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years
54%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Finance, General.
  • Financial Planning and Services.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Earth Science Teacher Education.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Junior High/Middle School Special Education Programs.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Educational/Instructional Technology.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • German Language Teacher Education.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • Latin Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Reading Teacher Education.
  • School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Superintendency and Educational System Administration.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • LIBRARY SCIENCE.

  • Archives/Archival Administration.
  • Children and Youth Library Services.
  • Library and Information Science.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, Other.

  • 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.
  • Optics/Optical Sciences.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Clinical Psychology.
  • Developmental and Child Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.
  • School Psychology.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Students Say

Located in New York's "most diverse borough," Queens College "offers high quality academics for a very reasonable price." As one student puts it, "Queens is about getting a valuable and quality education that does not drain you financially for the future." In keeping with the fact that the majority of QC students live off campus in a variety of nearby communities, one of the school's strengths is helping students become "the best you can be so you can give back to the community." One student even goes as far as to say that QC is "considered the Harvard of CUNY." The Macaulay Honors College and the Aaron Copeland School of Music both get high marks, with students saying that QC as a whole "provides a strong liberal arts education to give [students] well-rounded knowledge and skills." Professors generally "genuinely care about [students'] grades and well-being;" as one student puts it, "They won't let me fall behind." But while "most professors genuinely care for [students'] success," it's inevitable that they will "vary in terms of quality." As one student puts it, "Many of my professors just lecture and don't interact too much, however, some are very involved and passionate." Students appreciate the "challenging yet interesting courses" but some lament that for the coveted courses, "you have to really run and register for those classes like it's a competition."

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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
29%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years
54%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$48,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$95,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$95,700

Percent High Job Meaning
43%

Percent STEM
7%


Students Say

One of the biggest boons for Queens College students are the professors, who “support students beyond the classroom via letters of recommendation or trying to help them enter internships [and] various programs” if the student has proven themselves to be hardworking and capable. Thanks to the campus proximity to city many students already tend to have some sort of job, whether it's a part-time gig or a full-time career. Potential opportunities are posted daily on the school's Symplicity portal by the Office of Career Development & Internships, which also runs workshops such as Résumé Preparation, Job Interview Techniques, and Job Search Strategies. Additionally, the Jeannette K. Watson Summer Fellowship Program is a three-summer paid internship program that provides annual funding to promising students of New York City partner colleges so that they may participate in seminars, cultural events, fieldwork, and internships. Out of Queens College alumni visiting PayScale.com, 43 percent report that their jobs make the world a better place.

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Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,877

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,486

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,132

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,631

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,530
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,400
Required Fees
$608
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,364

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,088

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,352
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,680
Foreign Countries Represented
143

Demographics

28.14%
Asian
9.00%
African-American
29.06%
Hispanic
26.29%
Caucasian
5.42%
International

55% female
45% male
1% are out of state
73% are full time
27% are part time

Students Say

Diversity is key at Queens College, where, as one student puts it, "We have a very diverse campus, so no minority is really ever a minority." "If one were to ask me to name every ethnicity, nationality, and religious group on campus, I would not even know where to begin," says another. QC "has a very friendly student body" and some says that "the friendships and bonds you make from taking transit together, or sharing stories is special in [its] own way." Others note that "there is not much of an established social life" and that "if you want to make friends here you really have to work for it." Many students "have part-time jobs," some students "are parents, and have to take care of their children"—"Of course, many people are straight out of high school [too], but even these people usually spend a lot of time off campus." Students describe their peers as "career-minded and focused;" they "love to have fun, but they [are] still focused on their studies and their futures."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
1%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
1%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Other

Students Say

Though the school opened the Summit Apartments, its first residence hall, in 2009, the majority of QC students still commute; as one student observes, "Even though the Summit Apartments can only house 500 students, it still remains pretty empty throughout the semesters." Since "most students come here to go to class and then head home or to their job afterwards," many QC students say that it's difficult to foster much sense of a school community—"the sense of community could use some work." But others counter, saying that, "I would not expect a school composed mostly of commuters to bond as much as we do." Outside of class, it's "very hard to be bored," especially "being so close to the city, there are a lot of activities to do around the area." Many students explore Queens, which is accessible via a free QC shuttle. For those who live on campus, or those commuters who stick around after class, as one student puts it, "We have clubs for everything, and if there isn't a club for something you like you could always start [one] up." One thing that students agree helps unite QC as a community is student government: "Student government provides us with events and carnivals during both the fall and spring semesters. It brings people together."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
OSS/TRIO DSSS

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Mirian Detres-Hickey PhD

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Psycho-educational Evaluation assessment

Documentation Required for ADHD

An official doctor's letter

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
118
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
10

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

30% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Knights)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
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

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?

87/99
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
60%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

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
No

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mr. Vincent J. Angrisani
Executive Director of Enrollment Management

Address
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Jefferson 117
Queens, NY 11367

Phone
718-997-5600

Email
vincent.angrisani@qc.cuny.edu

Experience College Life

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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Louis Armstrong House Museum House
New York Mets Citi Field
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
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
robert.twible@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 offers a shuttle bus service which provides 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
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