CUNY--Queens College

Established in 1937, Queens College of the City University of New York is nationally recognized for offering a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to teaching and research. Students graduate with the qualities top companies and the best graduate schools are looking for: critical thinking, problem-solving skills, an aptitude for learning new technologies, and an appreciation of different cultures. Queens College (QC) is listed annually in the Princeton Reviews Americas Best Colleges guide as one of the nation's top institutions. In 2015, the U.S. Department of State hailed QC as one of the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright students, 11 winners over the last three years. The College has ranked among the top five institutions in the nation for providing an exceptional education at a modest price ("Best Bang for the Buck") by the Washington Monthly for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015). An extensive commitment to sustainability earned the College inclusion in the Princeton Review's 2015 Guide to Green Colleges. QC has more than 170 programs across the arts and humanities, the sciences, and social sciences. The College has more computer science majors than any university in New York City, and the third largest number of accounting and business students in all of New York State. Its Division of Education has graduated more teachers and counselors than any college in the New York metropolitan area. Over a third of the Colleges undergraduates major in the sciences; of these students, over half are minority students, and almost 60% are women. Honors programs are central to QC's tradition of excellence, enabling faculty mentorship, advanced research, and individualized programs. QC participates in CUNYs Macaulay Honors College, a program which supports academically gifted students with tuition and other benefits. QC also offers both a Freshman and Transfer Honors Programs, as well as Divisional Honors Programs in the Arts and Humanities, Mathematics & the Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences. The colleges centers and institutes serve students and the larger community by addressing societys most important challenges, including social justice, public health, and environmental challenges, as well as celebrating the citys many ethnic communities. Recognized as one of the most affordable public colleges in the country, Queens College has long been known as an institution that provides a first-rate education to talented people of all backgrounds and financial means. In addition to affordable tuition, a degree at Queens College is even more accessible with the help of financial aid. Over 60 percent of its students receive such aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study, while over 70 percent of all students graduate debt-free. Located in the heart of Queens, Americas most ethnically diverse county, the college has a highly multi-national student community that represents 170 countries. The beautiful 80-acre campus is lined with trees surrounding grassy open spaces and a traditional quad. It boasts state-of-the-art computer and science laboratories, a spectacular music building, and the six-story Rosenthal Library. The residence hall, the Summit Apartments, features beautiful 2 and 4-bedroom apartments, study lounges, fitness facilities, music practice rooms and other amenities. Located in the most exciting city in the world, QC offers a vibrant student life for students who live on or off campus. With over 100 social and academic clubs, including student government and Greek Life, there are many exciting opportunities for students to get involved. Programs such as internships, service-learning, and study abroad, provide a wide array of options for personal and professional growth. The college participates in NCAA Division II sports and offers 19 mens and womens teams, as well as numerous intramural programs.

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School Details

school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1937 N/A Semester N/A 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, NY 11367 (718) 997-5000
overall score total score state city online paying global
63 100.0 New York Queens 588

Tuition & Expenses

Title Value
Room and board $15,188 (2017-18)


Title Value
Average need-based scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $9,017
Students who received need-based scholarship or grant aid (freshmen) 59%
Average non-need-based scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $2,171
Average non-need-based athletic scholarship or grant award (freshmen) $4,923

Financial Aid

Title Value
Used GI Bill benefits to partially or fully finance tuition and fees 3%
Average total indebtedness of 2016 graduating class N/A
Graduating students who have borrowed (any loan type, 2016) N/A


Title Value
Average need-based self-help aid award (freshmen) $3,094
Students who received need-based self-help aid (freshmen) 6%