-- Rankings Rise Over Last Year in Such Areas as Quality of Life, Fire Safety, Being “Green,” and in the Appeal and Accessibility of Professors, With a 10-Point Increase in Financial Aid --
FLUSHING, NY, August 8, 2011 – Once again, Queens College has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. The renowned education services company features QC in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 376 Colleges and in its 2012 Best in the Northeast. And, in a nod to its extraordinarily diverse learning environment, the college ranked 11 out of 20 in the U.S. for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction.” This category reflects how frequently and easily students from different class and ethnic backgrounds interact with one another.
“What most people discover when they are exposed to belief systems different from their own is that there are more things that unite rather than divide us,” says Queens College President James Muyskens. “On our richly diverse campus—with students from over 150 nations attending—we pride ourselves on fostering exactly these types of productive encounters here and within the community.”
The college was also ranked higher in several categories over last year. In today’s trying economic times, cash-strapped families should note that the “Financial Aid” ranking—student satisfaction with what their schools have done to meet their financial aid needs—increased by ten points. The Green rating, for how environmentally aware and responsible students feel the college is, jumped 23 points. Higher admissions standards at Queens College are reflected in an 11-point jump in the “Selectivity” category—a measure of how competitive admission is at the school. Ratings also noticeably improved for Fire Safety and for how interesting and accessible QC students find their professors.
The college’s “Quality of Life” rating improved still further this year and is higher than the Quality of Life rating for Fordham University, St. John’s University, Hofstra, The Cooper Union, Bard College, and all the SUNY colleges. This category is a measure of “how happy students are with their campus experiences outside the classroom” including “beauty, safety and location of campus; comfort of residence hall; quality of food; ease of getting around campus and dealing with administrators; friendliness of fellow students; interactions of different students on campus and within the greater community.”
The Princeton Review is also famous for its annual rankings including the much-publicized “Best Party Schools.” In contrast, Queens College continues to make the top-20 in three categories: “Got Milk?” which lists campuses where beer is scarce; “Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch” (no hard liquor); and “Stone-Cold Sober Schools,” a category that is “based on a combination of survey questions concerning the use of alcohol and drugs, hours of study each day, and the popularity of the Greek system.”
Among the comments and phrases the students used to describe QC were:
● “a warm, welcoming atmosphere”
● “an amazingly diverse campus”
● students who “live together in harmony”
● “understanding, extremely intelligent and personable” professors who “are always willing to meet students outside the classroom” for discussion and “push you to reach your full potential”
● “so many activities to attend and clubs to join”
● “The Summit (new Queens College residence hall) is amazing!”
● “The campus feels safe and comfortable for both commuters and residents”
We put great emphasis on student satisfaction at Queens College,” says its president, James Muyskens. “Providing a high-quality education in a welcoming atmosphere that encourages personal growth and professional success is paramount to our mission. That’s why it is very gratifying to know that our students have such positive things to say about their experience with us.”
Queens College: Where Students Meet Their Future
Queens College opened its first residence hall, The Summit, in fall 2009 and it was an instant hit, with exceptionally high occupancy rates—above 96% in its first two years and an expected 100% occupancy this fall.
For more than 70 years, QC has provided a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students. From graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, its 20,000 students can realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. 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. Each year the Princeton Review also cites Queens College as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu.