Queensborough Community College, CUNY, is one of the most diverse campuses nationwide, with students coming from 129 different countries, speaking 78 different languages. More than 30 percent speak a language other than English at home.

Queensborough 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 63 percent hold doctoral degrees. Another 17 percent have terminal degrees in such fields as nursing, engineering, and the visual and performing arts.

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. More than 15,000 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, Accounting for Forensic Accounting and Science for Forensics with John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Education with Queens College and Pharmaceutical sciences 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 initiative serves all students in all areas of study for their 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.

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