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Since opening its doors in 1937, Queens College has remained committed to its mission of providing an exceptional education to talented people of all backgrounds and financial means, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. The success the college has enjoyed in this regard was borne out recently in a New York Times story reporting a study by the Equality of Opportunity Project that placed Queens in the top one percent of all colleges that move students from poverty to prosperity.
Today, with more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Queens is one of the largest four-year colleges in the City University of New York. Reflecting the diversity of the surrounding borough, its students represent over 170 countries. Queens College is praised annually in prestigious guidebooks such as the Princeton Review’s and U.S. News & World Report’s survey of the best American colleges because of its high-quality academic programs, generous financial aid packages, and very affordable tuition.
Queens College offers more than 170 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. It has nationally recognized programs in many fields—such as those offered by the Aaron Copland School of Music, which provides training comparable to that at elite conservatories. Our School of Earth & Environmental Sciences offers four majors in a field of increasing importance worldwide. The college traditionally graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the metropolitan area. It also has the third-largest business and accounting program of any school in New York State. And with more undergraduate computer science majors than any New York City college, Queens is recognized as both a leader in tech education and a powerful local economic engine.
Queens College students are winners, both in and outside the classroom. To name just a few recent examples, the Chronicle of Higher Education noted that Queens is included on a list of U.S. colleges that produce the most Fulbright scholars, a distinction that speaks volumes about the kind of students we attract. In the first-ever statewide “Making College Possible Coding Challenge”—part of the governor’s Excelsior Scholarship Program—the college’s computer science majors finished in both first and second place, ahead of 70 other teams. Several days later the Knights, the college’s women’s basketball team, won its first NCAA Division II East Regional title.
Honors programs are central to Queens College’s tradition of value and excellence. Queens participates in CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, which supports gifted students with full tuition and other benefits. Additionally, Queens offers qualified students its own honors programs in the arts and humanities, math and the natural sciences, and social sciences, as well as an honors program for transfer students.
At Queens College students work with master teachers and exciting young scholars, many of whom include students in their research. The faculty have received national recognition, such as Guggenheim fellowships and Fulbright awards, as well as millions of dollars in funding from Google, IBM, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. CUNY has honored 14 Queens College faculty members with the title of Distinguished Professor in fields as diverse as environmental sciences, economics, English, history, and physics.
Queens College has many special centers and institutes that address pressing social issues—including cancer, climate change, and racism—and celebrate the borough’s many ethnic communities. These include the Asian/American Center, the Calandra Italian American Institute, the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Neuroscience Research Center, the Research Center for Korean Community, and others.
The Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on campus has more than a half dozen arts and entertainment venues where local audiences can enjoy world-class performances. Ongoing cultural events include readings by renowned authors such as Jonathan Franzen and Nobel Prize-winners Toni Morrison and Orhan Pamuk; concerts and performances by world-famous artists, including the Vienna Boys Choir, Michael Feinstein, and Carol Burnett; and theatre and dance performances. Queens College is home to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and also administers the Louis Armstrong House Museum in nearby Corona.
With more than 100 clubs and intramural sports, students have a chance to explore their interests and meet people who share them. The only CUNY school participating in Division II sports, Queens College sponsors 19 men’s and women’s teams and has some of the finest athletics facilities in the New York metropolitan area.
Easily accessible to both midtown Manhattan and the Long Island suburbs, Queens College is situated on 80 tree-lined acres boasting both historic Mission-style and modern buildings with state-of-the art technology. Students who wish to have the full college experience can live on campus in the Summit Apartments.