Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
QUEENS COLLEGE’S FIRST RESIDENCE HALL NEARS COMPLETION
-- Applicants Such as Lindsay Unger of Woodbury Mainly from NYC and
Long Island;Will Open on Schedule for Fall 2009 Semester --
FLUSHING, N.Y., April 9, 2009—When The Summit, the first-ever residence hall at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), opens in late August, senior Lindsay Unger of Woodbury, Long Island, will be experiencing the best of two worlds. She will continue to attend the school where her days had stretched into nights, while at last eliminating all commuting from her very busy schedule. One of the first students admitted to The Summit, Lindsay formerly attended Boston University but transferred to Queens College after one semester. “I love Queens College,” she says, but adds that she has missed the residential experience the Boston school offered. That will soon change.
Lindsay is typical of many students from Nassau and Suffolk counties who are applying to live in The Summit and to attend Queens College, consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 “Best Value Colleges” by The Princeton Review for its combination of superb academics and generous financial aid.
One of Lindsay’s neighbors will be the college’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Joseph Bertolino. “I am so committed to this project and believe in it so strongly, that I have decided to move into the faculty/staff wing of The Summit this coming August for a whole year,” he says. “The Summit is a wonderful living/learning opportunity for our students. Research shows that students who live on campus have better grades and higher graduation rates. In fact, residential students generally graduate college sooner than students who do not live on campus, thus saving time and money.”
Saving time and avoiding the stress of schedule-juggling will be a major benefit for Lindsay, who participates in the Sigma Delta Tau sorority, the Golden Key Honor Society and the History Club, among other student organizations. In addition, she is a freshman orientation leader and mentor for the Freshman Year Initiative, a program that keeps freshmen in the same classes according to their academic interest.
“There have been times I’ve left a club meeting after 11 pm, arrived home near midnight
and had to return to campus for a 9:30 am class,” she says. “I practically live here already—I may as well have a bed!” A history and Jewish Studies major who also has a minor in sociology, Lindsay looks forward to being able to study later at the library and then walk the short distance to her residence hall room. “After senior year, I’m applying to grad school at Queens College,” she says, “so I plan to continue to live on campus.”
Construction of The Summit began in July 2008. The low-rise building of 506 beds is located in the heart of the beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, between the gymnasium and the library. Each bedroom is in a multi-occupancy suite that includes a kitchenette, common living area, and bathroom. Amenities include a fitness center, music practice room, wireless internet throughout the building (and campus), on-site laundry and lounge and media area. All students over the age of 21 can take advantage of the college’s convenient Zipcars, a car-sharing rental program that offers Queens College students a specially discounted rate.
In keeping with Queens College’s commitment to sustainability, the design of The Summit is expected to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements for Silver certification. The LEED rating system is overseen by the United States Green Building Council, which awards certification to structures that prevent waste and conserve energy in measureable ways.
Queens College is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its 19,000 students come from over 140 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Founded in 1937, the college offers an exceptional liberal arts curriculum, with over 115 undergraduate and graduate majors and a variety of specialized honors programs. The college enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Queens College is also highly rated by leading guidebooks—for example, it 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 consistently included in the Princeton Review America’s Best Value Colleges and in The Best 361 Colleges.
For more information about The Summit residence hall or to apply online, visit wwwqc.cuny/edu/thesummit. Applicants who meet the college’s admissions requirements are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
To learn more about Queens College, visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/.