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Princeton Review Ranks QC #8 in U.S. As a "Best Value College"


Maria Terrone
Executive Director of Communications
(718) 997-5591

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593


--Princeton Review College Guide Cites “Outstanding Academics,
Generous Financial Aid” and Low Costs --

FLUSHING, April 18, 2005 – Queens College (City University of New York) is the nation’s #8 “best value” college according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school on its “Top 10 Best Value Colleges” ranking list in the 2006 edition of America’s Best Value Colleges. The guide profiles 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.

Read the entire Queens College write up by clicking here.

“With the best reputation of all the CUNY undergraduate institutions, Queens College provides a top-rate education at a bargain-basement price,” states the Princeton Review. (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,” the guidebook continues. “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. There are few cheaper opportunities to receive a first-rate education in New York City.”

America’s Best Value Colleges also describes Queens College’s “attractive” campus, with its “tremendous view of the Manhattan skyline.” In addition, “the student body, like the borough that it calls home, is extremely diverse.”

The Princeton Review compiled the ranking list and chose the colleges for the book based on data the company obtained from administrators at over 350 colleges, and surveys of students attending them. Says Robert Franek, V.P.-Publishing, the Princeton Review, “We used over 30 factors to rate the colleges in four categories: Academics, “Tuition GPA” (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), Financial Aid (how well colleges meet students’ financial need), and Student Borrowing. Bottom line: the 81 schools that met our criteria for this book are all great college education deals.”

America’s Best Value Colleges has three-page profiles on the colleges, and advice about applying for admission and financial aid. It is one of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that includes the annual Best 357 Colleges and Paying for College Without Going Broke.

Queens College 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 nearly 17,000 students come from more than 140 nations and speak 66 languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. The college’s outstanding faculty members have received numerous fellowships, awards, and research grants, including two Guggenheim awards and Fulbright grants.

More information on the top ten Best Value Colleges can be found at:

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