-- One of Only 200 in the Nation Are Included; Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Also Names QC a “2015 Best Value College” --
FLUSHING, NY, February 17, 2015 – Two of the major concerns of college applicants are paying for college and graduating with a good job and paycheck. Now, two nationally respected publications—The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance—have ranked Queens College as one of the nation’s best value colleges for students seeking outstanding academics and career preparation, as well as generous financial aid.
The college is one of 200 schools that The Princeton Review, an education services company, profiles in its just-published book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In - 2015 Edition (Penguin Random House/Princeton Review). The school is also featured on The Princeton Review's site at http://www.princetonreview.com/colleges-pay-you-back
The Princeton Review developed a unique "Return-on-Education" (ROE) rating to winnow its list of the 200 colleges for this new book. ROE measures 40 weighted data points – everything from academics, cost, financial aid, and student debt to statistics on graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction. Data was collected in 2013-14 from surveys of administrators, students and alumni at more than 650 colleges.
“We highly recommend Queens College and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher and lead author of the book. “They stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services, and affordability to students with need – via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both. Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.”
And for the first time, Queens College was named a 2015 Best Value College by the prestigious Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. QC ranked among the top ten of the “24 Best College Values Under $30,000/Year, 2015” and also was included in the overall category, “Kiplinger’s Best College Values (Public Colleges).”
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards, including the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation.
“We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.” The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college
This month, Queens College was also recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The highly competitive Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Students, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, receive grants to study, teach English and conduct research in over 140 countries throughout the world.
Two students from Queens College won Fulbright awards for 2014-2015 in the category of Master's Institutions: Karla Padawer Solomon and Chloe Weiser, both members of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College. Each is spending 10 months abroad promoting cultural exchange and language skills. Solomon, a psychology major who volunteered with the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative dedicated to improving services for deaf-blind youth, is now in Spain. Weiser, an English and anthropology major who tutored for four years at Queens College’s Writing Center, is in the Czech Republic. A third student was offered a Fulbright but turned it down when offered a job with the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.
Noting that the Fulbrights are among the most prestigious awards in academia, President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said, “We are very proud that our students are being recognized so frequently by the Fulbright Program. These honors speak highly of both the quality of the students that Queens College attracts and the skill and dedication of the faculty members who teach here.”
Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu