CUNY--Queens College

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65-30 Kissena Boulevard

Flushing, NY 11367

Phone: (718) 997-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#43 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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CUNY--Queens College is a public institution that was founded in 1937. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,187, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 79 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. CUNY--Queens College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 43. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,207 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,777 (2013-14).

Queens College, located in Flushing, N.Y., is a public school that is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. At Queens College, there are more than 100 areas of study within the fields of arts and humanities, education, mathematics and natural sciences, and social sciences. Graduate students can choose from many programs, including health and the highly ranked library and information studies field. As a city school, student life at Queens is a little different than that of more traditional universities. Though there is a residence hall available, the vast majority of students live off campus, and most of them stay in New York after they graduate.

About a quarter of Queens students are ages 25 or older, so the school offers programs that are especially helpful for these students. There are inexpensive day-care services for students with children and a Weekend College that makes it possible for anyone to earn a four-year undergraduate degree by only attending classes on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On campus, Queens students can explore more than 100 clubs, join an intramural sports team, or get involved in varsity athletics. There are 20 intercollegiate Queens College Knights sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference. Notable alumni include comedian Jerry Seinfeld and musician Paul Simon.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

At its founding in 1937, Queens College was hailed by the people of the borough as "the college of the future." Now part of the City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College offers a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research. Students graduate with the ability to think critically, address complex problems, explore various cultures, and use modern technologies and information resources. Located in a residential area of Queens, America's most ethnically diverse county, the college has students from more than 150 nations. Queens College has again been listed in the Princeton Review guide America's Best 377 Colleges, as one of the nation's "academically terrific" institutions. Recently, Queens College was cited in a report published by the Education Trust as being one of only five colleges in the U.S. that do a good job serving low-income students. This was based on the college's graduation rate, low tuition, and the amount of need-based financial aid it awards to students. The beautiful campus consists of 92 acres lined with trees surrounding grassy open spaces and a traditional quad. The college boasts state-of-the-art computer and science laboratories, a spectacular music building, and the six-story Rosenthal Library. The major classroom building, Powdermaker Hall, has the latest technology throughout. The administration is committed to making the college a home away from home for its students with over 100 clubs and teams. The only CUNY college that participates in NCAA Division II sports, Queens sponsors men's and women's teams and has some of the finest athletics facilities in the metropolitan area. The college continues to open new dining and lounge areas; improve the Student Union; and embark on a variety of beautification projects. Academic programs are organized into four divisions, which offer both day and evening courses: Arts and Humanities; Mathematics and the Natural Sciences; the Social Sciences; and Education (Queens College educates more teachers than any other college in the New York City region). Queens College participates in CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, a challenging program open to the most academically gifted students, and offers qualified students its own honors programs in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. An Honors Center with lounges and labs is available for students participating in the college's various honors programs. The college's centers and institutes serve students and the larger community by addressing society's most important challenges, including cancer, pollution, and racism, as well as celebrating the borough's many ethnic communities. The college's arts scene is vibrant thanks to the Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, which brings together the college's academic departments in the arts (Music, Drama, Art, and Media Studies) and its museums (the Godwin-Ternbach, the Queens College Art Center, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum). The celebrated Evening Readings Series has brought some of the world's finest writers to campus. The college opened its first residence hall, The Summit, in fall 2009. It houses approximately 500 students. Queens College has a new campus space, Queens Hall including both administrative office space as well as state of the art classroom space.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1937
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $38,330,591


When applying to CUNY--Queens College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at CUNY--Queens College is $65. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 37 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 37.0%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at CUNY--Queens College is 14:1, and the school has 37 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at CUNY--Queens College include: Accounting; Psychology, General; Sociology; Economics, General; and English Language and Literature, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 26%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Accounting 16%
Psychology, General 15%
Sociology 11%
Economics, General 10%
English Language and Literature, General 6%

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Student Life

CUNY--Queens College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,187, with a gender distribution of 42.4 percent male students and 57.6 percent female students. At this school, 2 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 98 percent of students live off campus. CUNY--Queens College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 20,100
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

CUNY--Queens College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, and health service. CUNY--Queens College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at CUNY--Queens College, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at CUNY--Queens College.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At CUNY--Queens College, 76.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,000.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,207 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,777 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,250 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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