Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
MAKING THE GRADE :
QUEENS COLLEGE RANKED #9 AS “TOP PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN THE NORTH”
BY U.S. NEWS AMERICA’S BEST COLLEGES
-- Also Ranked #12 in U.S. as a “Stone Cold Sober School” According to
2006 Princeton Review The Best 361 Colleges --
FLUSHING, N.Y., Sept.14, 2005 -- Parents and high school graduates living in the greater New York area do not have to go far to find a great college at a great price, according to much-anticipated rankings recently released in the U.S. News & World Report annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook, and by the Princeton Review, a national education services company.
In the 2006 edition of U.S. News America’s Best Colleges, Queens College took the #9 position in the “Top Public Universities-Master’s-North” category. This category refers to institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs but offer few if any doctoral programs.
Queens College also ranked in the first tier of “Best Universities-Master’s-North,” a far larger category that encompasses both public and private institutions in the region. Among the areas where the college distinguished itself were:
• 86% of freshmen pursue their studies beyond the first year—a higher rate than several of the top 25 colleges in the “Best Universities-Master’s-North” category.
• 74% of the faculty are full time. Many top-25 colleges had a lower percentage (as low as 60%) of faculty teaching full-time.
• The average alumni-giving rate at Queens College is 18%—higher than the giving rate at any CUNY college and higher than many public and private colleges in its category, including Rochester Institute of Technology (ranked #6) and Emerson College in Massachusetts (ranked #14).
Highlights: The Princeton Review The Best 361 Colleges
Only about 15% of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges make it into the popular Princeton Review annual guide, The Best 361 Colleges. Queens College is consistently included among the top-rated colleges featured. “The main factor in our selection of schools for this book was our high regard for their academic programs,” says Robert Franek, V.P., Publishing, the Princeton Review. “We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students at them and visits to schools over the years. We also considered the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we talk to and survey.”
In the 2006 edition, Queens College earned high marks and positive student opinions for the quality of its campus life and academics—both courses and faculty—and for its diverse student body.
Parents may also be interested to learn that Queens College made several other Princeton Review top-20 lists—of colleges where the use of beer, hard liquor and marijuana is practically non-existent. In fact, Queens College is among the nation’s “Stone-Cold Sober Schools.” Specifically, students’ use of beer and hard liquor is so rare, the college ranks #3 in the nation for non-use of these two inebriants.
Some excerpts from the 2006 Princeton Review The Best 361 Colleges follow:
• 15% of Queens College freshmen graduated in the top 10% of their high school class;
• Students say their college has the “best academic reputation of all the CUNY schools.”
• The faculty “encourages students to excel and seek their help.”
• “Although professors don’t spoon-feed you, they really care about you as an individual and make you feel like you matter.”
Diverse Student Body:
• “In today’s higher education landscape, Queens College stands out as a paragon of diversity.”
• “The diversity is a great benefit to anyone who comes here. It opens up your eyes and mind to new cultures and customs.”
• “For the most part, different groups mix both in class and out of it.”
• “…clubs provide a viable substitute for residential life in Queens.”
• “People get very active in after-school activities to forge a sense of social connection.”
Highlights: The Princeton Review America’s Best Value Colleges
Queens College ranked #8 as a “Top Ten Best Value College” in another Princeton Review publication, America’s Best Value Colleges, which was published last April. The 2006 edition profiled 81 public and private colleges in 35 states that have outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs. In New York, only Queens College and Brooklyn College made the top ten list. Some published quotes follow:
• “With the best reputation of all the CUNY undergraduate institutions, Queens College provides a top-rate education at a bargain-basement price…There are few cheaper opportunities to receive a first-rate education in New York City.” (Annual tuition for New York State residents attending CUNY is $4,000.)
• “Outstanding merit-based opportunities include participation in the Honors College, a highly competitive program that waives tuition fees. Outstanding students are also eligible for the Queens Scholar Scholarship, which provides $4,000 a year for four years, and the Queens Foundation Scholarship, which provides students $2,000 a year for two years. Scholarships earmarked for specific departments are available too.”
• Queens College boasts an “attractive campus” with its “tremendous view of the Manhattan skyline.”
• Queens College has a “very diverse student body that reflects the global population and the population of the great city in which it is located.”
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 100 undergraduate and graduate programs 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. Its more than 17,000 students come from over 140 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment.