FLUSHING, NY, September 1, 2009 – The 2010 edition of the much-anticipated U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges guidebook ranks Queens College among the top 10 public universities in its category, Best Universities–Master’s (North). This category describes colleges that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs but few, if any, PhD programs.
Queens College also leapt to the #45 position from #65 last year among the 172 peer colleges ranked in its category.
Following are additional QC improvements this year compared to last year as reported by America’s Best Colleges:
● SAT scores of applicants are up 50 points, to 1180 at the top of the
range. (Students accepted to the tuition-free Macaulay Honors
College have an average SAT score of 1343. This year Queens College
enrolled 62 new Macaulay students—22 more than last fall.)
● Because more academically gifted students are applying for
admission, Queens College is becoming more selective, with an
acceptance rate of 38% vs. 40% last year.
● 48% of QC classes are small (under 20 students), an increase of
● Only 2% of its classes are large (50 or more students), down from
“We’re always gratified when external reviewers confirm our academic excellence,” says James Muyskens, president of Queens College. “We’re even more gratified that our new initiatives are bearing fruit and raising the bar even higher for us. The quality of our students and faculty is on a par with some of the best universities in America. In fact, more than half of our faculty were hired in the last seven years after proving themselves at institutions such as Yale, Harvard, MIT, and Princeton.”
The popular college guidebook The Princeton Review The Best 371 Colleges also includes Queens College in its latest edition—only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled. According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, “the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book [is] outstanding academics.”
In the profile of Queens College, The Princeton Review quotes students who call QC “the Harvard of the CUNY system.” Under “Survey Says,” the guidebook summarized the students’ written comments:
- Students are happy
- Diverse student types on campus
- Students get along with local community
- Students love Flushing, NY
The Princeton Review adds:
According to students, who describe themselves as “education and career- oriented,” the college provides “great and challenging programs” that are “unique and comprehensive,” as well as teachers who are “easy to talk to and very helpful.” The diversity is also a major advantage: “There is no ‘typical’ student at Queens College, and that’s what’s great about the student body,” say the students who describe QC as “a diverse and dedicated community,” where every racial, ethnic and religious background is represented and learns from one another.
Also known for its serious, hard-working student body, Queens College once again is ranked among the nation’s top 20 “Stone Cold Sober Schools,” as well as among the 20 U.S. colleges with the least drug and alcohol use on campus.
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), founded in 1937, is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its more than 19,500 students come from over 140 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. 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. Queens College was named one of the nation’s 25 “hottest” and “most interesting” colleges by the 2008 Kaplan/Newsweek How to Get into College guide and is rated one of America’s 100 “Best Value Colleges” by the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review. The college opened its first residence hall in August 2009. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu. Info on the Summit at Queens College at http://www.thesummitatqc.com/main.html