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Forbes Ranks Queens College a 2018 America's "Best Value" College; Recognizes its Success with Upward Mobility

--Queens Ranks Fifth Among 35 Best Value Public and Private Schools in New York State and Among the Top 25 Public Colleges Nationwide--

Queens, N.Y., April 17, 2018—Queens College has been ranked a 2018 America’s Best Value College by Forbes magazine, with special recognition for its success with upward mobility—the percentage of students from the bottom 20% income distribution who reach the top 20% as indicated by their salaries at mid-career. With an overall showing at 51 out of 300 colleges evaluated, Queens also was ranked fifth among the 35 public and private schools in New York State recognized by Forbes and among the top 25 Best Value public colleges nationwide.
Among colleges in New York State, Queens ranked higher than Barnard, Binghamton, Cornell, and New York University, and placed near the top of all City University of New York schools. Only three schools nationally that ranked higher than Queens College have lower undergraduate resident tuition rates.
“Our inclusion on the Forbes 2018 America’s Best Value Colleges list validates what we have long known about a Queens College education,” says QC President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “Its impressive combination of academic excellence and competitive affordability serves as a pathway for exceptionally talented and determined young men and women—many of modest means—toward successful and rewarding futures.”
According to Forbes, only 14% of students pay the full four-year tuition at private schools, while 77% of those attending four-year public schools received some form of financial aid in 2015-16—as did 86% of those who attended private ones. (Read the National Center for Education Statistics report here) In the belief that “a high-value education should empower students who don’t already come from wealth,” Forbes identified and ranked its Best Value colleges based on such criteria as net price, net debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation, school quality and access for low-income students—those who are Pell Grant eligible. Only institutions offering four-year degrees were evaluated; private for-profit schools like University of Phoenix or DeVry University were excluded. For state schools, Forbes used in-state tuition. Learn more about the methodology used here.
See the full Forbes 2018 America’s Best Value Colleges list here.
About Queens College
Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors and principals in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more computer science majors than any college in New York City. Queens College also has the third-highest number of accounting and business students in all of New York State. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received more than 60 Grammy Awards and nominations.
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.


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