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Queens College Rated a "Best Bargain-Public College" and "Top Public University"
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Maria Matteo
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— U.S. News America ’s Best Colleges Also Ranks Queens #10 in the North
as a “Top Public University-Master’s Level”—

FLUSHING, NY, September 1, 2004 -- The 2005 edition of The Princeton Review annual college guide, The Best 357 Colleges, has ranked Queens College #6 on its list of America’s top-20 “Best Bargain—Public Colleges.” The rating, which is based on a combination of academics and tuition, puts Queens College ahead of the College of William and Mary (#9) and the University of California-Berkeley (#11).

Parents may also be interested to know that Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) made several other Princeton Review top-20 lists--of colleges where the use of beer, hard liquor, and marijuana are practically non-existent. In fact, Queens College is among the nation’s “Stone-Cold Sober Schools,” along with other schools known for their serious, hard- working students such as the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and Bryn Mawr.

Queens College is consistently included among the nation's top-rated colleges covered by this annual guide. Other CUNY colleges that make the grade are Hunter, Baruch, and Brooklyn College .

“We regard schools in this book as the ‘crème of the crop’ institutions for undergraduate education,” says Robert Franek, Vice President-Guidebook Publishing at the Princeton Review. “Each one offers an outstanding academic program, and only about 10 percent of the four-year colleges in America, and only two Canadian colleges, are in The Best 357 Colleges. We select schools for this book based on our knowledge of and visits to them, on institutional data we review about them, and on the opinions of independent college counselors, students, and parents we talk to and survey.”

The Best 357 Colleges usually surveys students on campus every three years. Queens College students, who were surveyed on campus this past spring, had very positive opinions overall. Some excerpts published in the guide appear below:


19% of QC freshmen graduated in the top 10% of their high school class.
“Students say their college has ‘the best academic reputation out 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.”

Campus Life:

● “...clubs provide a viable substitute for residential life at Queens .”
● “People get ‘very active in after-school activities’ to forge a sense of social connection.’”

In addition, the 2005 edition of U.S. News America's Best Colleges rates Queens College among the “Top Public Universities-Masters,” tied with Hunter College and SUNY-New Paltz for the #10 position in the North. Other highlights:

● Queens College has the highest graduation rate of the CUNY colleges ranked by U.S. News America's Best Colleges.

● QC is included among the 11 colleges in America with the highest “campus diversity” rating. The college’s single largest minority group is composed of Asian Americans, who represent 21% of the student population.

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 taught by faculty who have received such honors as Guggenheim awards and Fulbright grants. 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.


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