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Queens College Ranks Second in New York State and Nineteenth Nationwide as a Best College for First-Generation Students

Flushing, New York, December 17, 2021—Queens College placed second in New York State and 19th in the nation on Best Colleges for First-Generation Students, according to a new report issued by Student Loan Hero. The study ranked the United States’ largest 300 public and private institutions (by enrollment) in terms of five equally weighted metrics: percentage of first-gen students; median debt-load for those students; percentage of first-gen students who graduated within six years at the original institution; five-year repayment rate for first-gen students; and net price.

It’s not surprising that when it comes to access for first-generation studentsmany of whom are immigrants or the children of newcomersQueens College is making a major impact as compared to virtually every other college in the state and helping to lead the way nationwide,” says Queens College President Frank H. Wu. “We are in our eighty-fourth year of serving the people of New York. When our students—who are rich in ambition, talent, and creativity—are given the advantage of a high-quality, world-class faculty, ​they become the backbone of our city and state workforce.”

According to the Student Loan Hero site, “First-generation college students—those whose parents didn’t complete a four-year college degree—face unique challenges during an already challenging time of life. They may not get the same kind of support that students whose families have experienced college firsthand enjoy, such as help with the college application process, choosing classes or deciding majors. They may also come from lower-income households, making college even harder to afford — and creating a lasting wealth gap after graduation.”
Student Loan Hero, founded in 2012 and acquired in 2018 by online lending marketplace LendingTree, helps student loan borrowers organize, manage, and repay their student loan debt.
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 18,000 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 by Princeton Review as one of America's Best Value Colleges for four consecutive years, 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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