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Queensborough is ranked in the top 100 community colleges among approximately 1,200 community colleges nationwide by Community College Week. The College is committed to open-admission access for all learners and to academic excellence. Its academic programs are renowned, as are the credentials and research activities of its faculty, of whom nearly 60 percent hold doctoral degrees.
Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York, is one of the most diverse campuses nationwide, with students coming from 143 different countries, speaking 84 different languages. The ethnicity of the student body is a near perfect balance of African Americans, Asians, Caucasians and Latinos, and Queensborough is a critical gateway into higher education for many students who are the first in their families to attend college.
Queensborough’s transfer programs are designed for students who plan to continue their studies at a four-year institution. Career programs provide the academic foundation and training for students who plan to begin or advance a promising career. Queensborough offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.) and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, as well as non-credit Continuing Education programs. More than 16,000 credit and another 10,000 Continuing Education students are enrolled at Queensborough. Nearly 70 percent of graduates transfer to senior colleges or universities, and others obtain the necessary skills for career advancement.
The College has several Dual/Joint Degree programs with four-year CUNY institutions: Nursing with Hunter College, York College and CUNY School of Professional Studies; Biotechnology with York College; Criminal Justice, Forensic Accounting and Forensic Science with John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Education with Queens College and Pharmaceutical with York College.
To help ensure students’ academic success, Queensborough Community College launched a major initiative, the Queensborough Academies, in 2013 and it has yielded a significant increase in student retention and graduation rates. This major initiative serves all students in all areas of study for their entire academic career at the college. The Queensborough Academies integrates curriculum, pedagogy and co-curricular activities in a cohesive undergraduate learning experience through a three-pronged student support system: intentional advisement, technology and High Impact Practices. High Impact Practices are nationally recognized instructional strategies that have been shown to help engage students in their learning and to foster a deeper commitment to achieving the college’s general education outcomes. Queensborough is one of the few community colleges in the country offering such a program on this scale.
The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives is continuing its National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant for Two-Year Colleges. Queensborough is one of six community colleges nationwide chosen by the NEH to receive the Challenge Grant, and it has allowed the College to strengthen its humanities programs and deepen student experiences with and understanding of other cultures.
The College is dedicated to providing cultural and artistic opportunities to students and the community through the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) and the QCC Art Gallery.
Queensborough is located on a 37-acre campus in Bayside, Queens, New York. The College was established in 1959 on the former site of the historic Oakland Golf Club and offers a liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses.