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 Flushing in the borough of Queens—America’s most ethnically diverse county—the college has students from more than 150 nations. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Queens College was recently ranked number two nationwide by the Washington Monthly in the category of “Best Bang for the Bucks.” The college earned this distinction by giving its students an exceptional education for a modest price and because of our “contribution to the public good” in the categories of social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge research and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
Queens College is listed in the 2015 Princeton Review guide America’s Best 379 Colleges, and the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges named Queens one of the 10 best Public Regional Universities in the north because of the quality of its many undergraduate and graduate programs. Queens College also 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 80 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. An extensive commitment to sustainability has earned Queens College inclusion in the Princeton Review’s first-ever Guide to 322 Green Colleges.
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). The college offers several new undergraduate and graduate majors, including a BA in Chinese, a BA in Classics, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, an MFA in Creative Writing and Translation, an MS in Photonics, and an MS in Risk Management.
Queens College participates in CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, a challenging program open to the most academically gifted students. It also 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. Its 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, Theatre & Dance, Art, and Media Studies) and its museums (the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, the Queens College Art Center, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum). The celebrated Evening Readings Series has brought some of the world’s most acclaimed writers to campus.
The college’s administration is committed to making the campus a home away from home for its students with over 100 clubs and teams, from the Science Organization of Minority Students to clubs for theatre, fencing, environmental science, and martial arts. 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 cafes, dining areas, and lounge areas; improve the Student Union and other buildings; and embark on a variety of beautification projects to enhance students’ experience on campus.
Queens College opened its first residence hall, The Summit, in fall 2009. Now known as Summit Apartments, it houses approximately 500 students. Summit earned LEED Gold certification, a ranking established by the U.S. Green Building Council, thanks to its green design and use of sustainable strategies for water and energy.