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Queens College Named a Princeton Review "Best College" for the 29th Consecutive Year

-- Students Cite Quality, Affordability, and Diversity Among the School’s Strengths --

QUEENS, NY, August 27, 2020—The number of schools in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” roundup changes every year, but Queens College has remained a constant in every edition since the guide was first published in 1992. This year marks the 29th time that the school has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review. The renowned education services company features Queens College in the 2021 edition of its annual guide, The Best 386 Colleges, citing its high-quality academics, affordability and diversity. Queens College was also ranked a 2021 Best Regional College for the Northeast.
“It comes as no surprise that Queens College has been recognized in every edition of the Princeton Review 'Best Colleges' guide for our academic excellence, affordability, and accessibility to students — and I am already well-acquainted with its extraordinary diversity, with students having greeted me in 17 languages as I took office in July. For over 83 years, we have provided an unparalleled combination of equal access and opportunity for ambitious students — many of modest means — to advance toward successful and rewarding futures,” says Queens College President Frank H. Wu.
The results of student surveys from across the country on dozens of topics about their schools conducted by the Princeton Review round out the 2021 Best College profiles. Feedback from one Queens College student sums up the QC experience as, “Queens is about getting a valuable and quality education that does not drain you financially for the future.” Another student comment refers to QC as the “… Harvard of CUNY.” The Macaulay Honors College and the Aaron Copeland School of Music also both received positive recognition from students.
Enthusiastic feedback on faculty included descriptions of professors who “genuinely care about [students’] grades and well-being”; as one student puts it, “They won’t let me fall behind.” Notably, the “interesting” and “accessible” ratings for professors increased 10 and 13 points respectively, in the new edition. The guide also reveals a 5% increase since 2020 in both four- and six-year graduation rates.
The Princeton Review is also famous for its annual rankings, including the much-publicized “Best Party Schools.” In contrast, Queens College continues to appear on the following lists: “Got Milk?” (#13) (campuses where beer is scarce) and “Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch” (#13) (no hard liquor). The school was also recognized in the categories of Best Value College and Green College.
Rankings in The Best 386 Colleges, one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides, are based on surveys of 143,000 students at 386 top colleges that include a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character. Published annually since 1992, the book has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories as well as ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories. For more information on the rankings and methodology visit Surveying Students: How It Works .
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, 79-acre campus in Flushing, the college is ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and a 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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