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Queens College Ranks Fourth on National Social Mobility Index

​--Queens Moves Up Seven Spots from Last Year’s Rankings--

QUEENS, NY, NOVEMBER 26, 2019--Queens College holds fourth place nationwide—up from eleventh last year—in the annual social mobility index issued by CollegeNET, which provides web-based services to higher education and nonprofit institutions. The index measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students (with family incomes below the national median) at lower tuition and graduates them into good-paying jobs.

The company conducted its national survey of 1,458 four-year colleges and universities by analyzing five variables: tuition, economic background of the student body, graduation rates, early career net salaries, and the school’s endowment. Tuition and economic background are weighted the heaviest in the rankings. According to the index, Queens College has a tuition of $7,138, and 44.4 percent of Queens College students are considered low-income students. Those students who graduate earn a median early career salary of $48,200 per year.

“CollegeNET’s index is just the latest evidence of the outstanding value of a Queens College education,” says Interim President William Tramontano. “The work done by faculty and staff on our campus—and elsewhere in The City University of New York—enables hardworking students from all backgrounds to attain lasting professional and personal success.”

This is one of many top rankings this year for Queens College. For the 28th consecutive year, Queens was listed in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guide—where it has been featured consistently since the guide’s 1992 debut. Other 2020 designations include a “Best College for Your Money” ranking by Money, “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes, and a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report.

About Queens College
Queens College produces more education graduates who become principals, teachers, and counselors for the city’s public schools than any other college in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations.

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 more than 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college has been cited for 28 consecutive years in the Princeton Review as a “Best Value” college, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and 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.​

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