Queensborough Community College is dedicated to academic excellence and rigor and to providing an affordable, high-quality education to pre-college, college, and lifelong learners. Our faculty and staff are committed to the holistic development of today’s students in a nurturing and diverse environment that prepares them to be successful in a dynamic workforce. The College affirms its open admissions policy and its strong support of critical thinking, intellectual inquiry, global awareness, civic responsibility, and cultural and artistic appreciation.

Queensborough proudly reflects the unique character of the local Queens community, the most diverse county in the United States. We distinguish ourselves from other higher education institutions in America because of that diversity, with nearly equal populations of African Americans, Asians, Caucasians and Latinos. In fact, our students come from more than 140 countries and speak some 84 different languages.

More than 16,000 students are currently enrolled in associate degree or certificate programs, and another 10,000 students attend continuing education programs on our campus. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Queensborough Community College, through its 17 academic departments, offers transfer and degree programs, including Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The college also offers non-credit courses and certificate programs.

Students attend Queensborough primarily as the gateway to transfer to a four-year college or university—and over half of our students transfer to a four-year CUNY college after earning their Associate degree—or to obtain the necessary skills for career advancement.

A key goal of the college is to provide an academic environment that strengthens our students’ commitment to their own education, thus making it possible for them to graduate and complete their academic or professional goals in a timely manner.

In the fall of 2013 Queensborough launched the Queensborough Academies, a major academic initiative serving all full-time degree students in all areas of study from admission to graduation. Queensborough is one of only a few community colleges in the country offering such a program on this scale.

Features of the initiative include re-structured academic advisement; extended outreach and intervention strategies; and expanded High Impact Practices such as service learning, writing intensive courses, internships, and educational opportunities at the College’s three cultural resource centers: The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, the QCC Art Gallery and the Performing Arts Center. These enriched learning experiences serve to reinforce classroom teaching and further our students’ commitment to their education.

Another hallmark of the college is research. With 58% holding doctoral degrees, our faculty is actively engaged in community college pedagogical research to study and improve the teaching methodologies to further benefit our students. They also conduct research in their academic disciplines, publish their findings and compete internationally in academic forums. The faculty is equally dedicated to the success of their students and encourages them to pursue their own intellectual development.

Entering students are encouraged to think about your future beyond Queensborough—be it to earn your baccalaureate degree or to advance to a professional career. Our supportive faculty and administrative staff will help you to be successful in reaching your educational, social and professional goals. I wish you a rewarding experience while you are with us at Queensborough Community College, and I also wish you much success with the achievement of your goals and dreams in the years ahead.

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