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QC Is Named to The Princeton Review's List Of America's 100 "Best Value Colleges" for 2009
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Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

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Maria Matteo
News Assistant
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FLUSHING, NY, January 9, 2009 – Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) ranks among the nation's 100 "Best Value" colleges and 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review, one of America's most widely known education services companies. The Princeton Review teamed with USA Today, the nation's most widely read newspaper, to present its "Best Value” colleges lists for 2009. Schools were chosen based on criteria examined in three areas: academics, costs of attendance, and financial aid.

A view of the quad on Queens College's 77-acre campus

The “Best Value” colleges lists reported in the paper on January 8 and on and features 100 schools in total, half of them public institutions and half of them private. “Best Value” schools in New York besides QC and three other CUNY colleges include Barnard, Vassar, Cooper Union, and SUNY-Binghamton.

“It is always gratifying to receive external confirmation of what we in the Queens College community have long known: there is no better education available than what we offer right here in Flushing,” says James Muyskens, president of Queens College. “In this economic downturn, more families are discovering us as the smart choice—a college that combines excellent academics with superb value. And with the opening this August of The Summit at Queens College, our first residence hall, we expect to attract many outstanding students who no longer have to look elsewhere for a residential experience.”

In the profile of Queens College on USA Today’s website, The Princeton Review’s editors say the school has the “best reputation of all the CUNY undergraduate institutions” and cited its “top-rate…affordable education.” The current tuition of $4,000 a year is made even more affordable through “outstanding merit-based opportunities,” including the Macaulay Honors College and Queens College Scholar’s Scholarship, which both provide full tuition, and many partial scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities. The editors note that “Cooper Union, which is free, is probably the only better deal available. Among their additional observations of Queens College:

● “Students find the coursework here interesting and satisfying.”

● “The excellence of the school’s offerings in pre-professional areas is evidenced by the great numbers of undergrads studying accounting, computer science and pre-medicine.”

● “The school has seen an increased interest in the 120 or so student clubs, which run the gamut from ethnic and cultural to academic, special interest, religious, and honor societies.”

● “The student body, like the borough that it calls home, is extremely diverse.”

● “The campus itself is quite attractive and…boasts a tremendous view of the Manhattan

The Princeton Review selected its Best Value choices for 2009 after surveying administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. List tallies reflected data from each institution for the 2007-08 academic year. Details are available on the USA Today site. By clicking on an interactive map, visitors can explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why each school was chosen as a “Best Value” college. The Princeton Review has been publishing annual Best Value rankings since 2004.

About Queens College:
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) 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 18,000 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. 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 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. The college will open its first residence hall in August 2009. Please visit: for more information on the college and residence hall.


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