Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
QUEENS COLLEGE NAMED ONE OF “AMERICA’S 25 HOTTEST SCHOOLS”
FLUSHING, NY, August 13, 2007 -- Queens College has been named by the 2008 Kaplan/Newsweek How to Get into College Guide as one of “The 25 Hottest Schools in America.”
“The selected schools all offer top academic programs,” notes the annual guide. “This elite group was selected based on admissions statistics as well as interviews with administrators, students, faculty and alumni.” The “Hottest” list also recognizes the colleges’ growing reputation and “popularity among top students within a booming college bound population.”
Named “Hottest for First-Generation Students”
According to the guidebook authors, “Although its families are becoming more affluent, Queens College remains a likely choice for students whose parents never went to college (38 percent of the student body). Its most celebrated recent fictional graduate is Ugly Betty—Betty Suarez—the working-class character played by America Ferrera on the ABC comedy.
“The school's biggest claim to fame is the several generations of lawyers, doctors and other professionals who could not afford the Ivies and say Queens changed their lives. It's still a bargain with tuition of $4,000. It looks nothing like the big city campuses of Manhattan. It has 77 acres of rolling lawns and a tree-lined Quad.”
When told of Queens College’s ranking, Gloria Chan and Victor Chavez—the first generation of their families to attend college—were proud but not surprised.
“Queens College is affordable,” says Chan, 23, an honors student in environmental sciences who is in her senior year. “The campus is large, beautiful and close to home. Also, there are students of so many different ethnicities here. . . . It's so easy to fit in. I am thrilled we received this honor.” Chan was born and raised in Flushing; her parents emigrated from China.
Adds recent graduate Victor Chavez, a native of Colombia: "Queens College is definitely one of the best undergraduate institutions in this country, and I am glad it was recognized as such. Coming from a lower-middle class family, affordability was not only an important aspect in picking a college, it was the deciding factor. I am glad we made the best possible decision.” An accounting and economics major, Chavez graduated in May and has just been hired by the global financial firm Deloitte and Touche.
“QC, as I lovingly have come to know it, has not only provided me with an amazing education the past four years, but has allowed me to form professional and emotional bonds that not even time can break,” Chavez continues. “I am forever grateful to QC because its faculty and administrators have guided me to a successful and fulfilling life. I look forward to returning years from now and giving back to Queens College as so many of our successful alumni have."
In New York City, two other colleges were included in the Hottest 25 Colleges list: Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, “Hottest for Free Tuition,” and Fordham University, named “Hottest Catholic School.”
Queens College will be holding a Fall Open House on Sunday, November 4 for all who want to visit the campus and learn more about why QC is one of America’s hottest colleges. For info, call 718-997-4220 or visit www.qc.cuny.edu/admissions
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Founded in 1937, the college offers an exceptional liberal arts curriculum, with over 115 undergraduate and graduate majors and a variety of specialized honors programs. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. In fact, it is consistently included in the annual guidebook, The Princeton Review America’s Best Value Colleges. Its more than 18,000 students come from more than 140 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment.
The 264-page Kaplan/Newsweek How to Get into College Guide will be available in bookstores on Monday, August 20 and can also be ordered on Kaplan's Web site http://www.kaptest.com/store. Kaplan is among the largest test preparation companies in the U.S. and Newsweek magazine, which reported the Hottest Colleges story in its college issue published on August 13, has a circulation of four million. Both Kaplan and Newsweek are subsidiaries of The Washington Post Co.