-- “Triple Play” of Awards an Unprecedented Honor for the College --
QUEENS, NY, January 19, 2018 –For the first time in a single year, Queens College has received three awards recognizing it as a top school for easing veterans’ transition into college life and offering services that help ensure their success.
Since 2014, Queens College has been listed as a top Military Friendly® School in the annual guide from Victory Media, a veteran-owned publisher that connects the military and civilian worlds. This year, Queens College has earned the special recognition of a Silver Award, which only ten colleges in New York State were qualified to receive. In 2017, QC also received the designation of a Top School in the Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities; QC appears again in its newest edition. And now, the college can add another stripe to its badge of honor because of its inclusion in Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings (formerly known as Best for Vets).
“I’m very gratified that Queens College has received triple recognition as an outstanding choice for veterans,” says Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, president of Queens College. “These dedicated women and men made sacrifices, sometimes putting their lives on the line, to serve our nation. We, in turn, are pleased to demonstrate our thanks by helping them in every way possible to achieve as students in our college community.”
As part of its continuing commitment to student veterans, the college also unveiled a newly renovated veterans club space in 2017, made possible by an $8,000 Vet Center Initiative Grant from Student Veterans of America (SVA) and The Home Depot Foundation. The college—among 50 nationwide grant recipients—used the funds to enhance an already welcoming campus environment for student veterans by purchasing lounge and kitchen furniture, a computer, appliances—including a refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig coffee machine—and renovation supplies.
The college maintains an active Veterans Support Services office headed by Dennis Torres, who served for ten years in the Marine Corps Reserve and was deployed to Iraq and the Syrian border area. While serving, he managed to earn a BA and MA in Industrial Psychology.
“My goal is to remove any obstacles that veterans may encounter when transitioning to college,” says Torres, who advises on GI Bill tuition benefits, works closely with the students’ Veterans Club, and makes referrals when needed to external, veteran-specific resources. He also conducts outreach to recruit and welcome America’s former servicemen and women, communicating the college’s commitment to them and their educational aspirations.
Below are further details of the three listings:
2017-2018 Military Friendly® School list is based on public data from more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and voluntary responses to its survey. For this edition, 849 schools earned the designation “Military Friendly® School.” According to the publisher, the Military Friendly® designation “is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.”
Top School in the Military Advanced Education & Transition 2018 Guide to Colleges & Universities measures best practices in military and veteran education. More than 600 institutions are named in the guide. Says the publisher: “From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s Guide arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.”
Military Times Best: Colleges 2018. The rankings were very competitive due to the record number of colleges that participated in this year’s survey--but fewer than half met the high standard. Colleges were evaluated as to how they stacked up across five categories: university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support, and cost and financial aid. “Only the best made the cut,” says editor George Altman.
Another first for the college is the Thomas A. Mattia Scholarship for Veterans, established in the name of a Queens College graduate who served with great valor in the Navy during World War II. Torres will be chairing a scholarship committee to identify the veteran student who will receive this new award.
About Queens College
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, Queens College helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility. The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.
A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.