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Undergrad Profile

The choice is clear: choose Queens College for an education that will change your life.

Make the choice that will change your life
Queens College students come from every possible background. Each brings a rich set of life experiences to our campus, but they also share something important: they’ve chosen Queens College as
the best college to help them find their place in the world. 

Queens College opens doors to a world of ideas and career possibilities. We are recognized nationally for our liberal arts and sciences offerings and our world-class faculty. Add to this honors programs, opportunities to learn outside the classroom, a beautiful campus, and exceptionally affordable tuition, and you have an educational experience second to none. 

Queens College students graduate with the skills for a lifetime of learning—skills that top companies and the best graduate schools are looking for. 

The choice is clear: choose Queens College for an education that will change your life.


Today, with more than 16,000 undergraduate and over 3,200 graduate students, we’re one of the largest four-year colleges in the City University of New York. 



Realizing your academic potential
From graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors, and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, you can realize your potential in countless ways at QC. You’ll be assisted by a dedicated faculty whose research has received millions of dollars in support from such organizations as Google, IBM, the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and many others.

Queens College has nationally recognized programs in many fields—such as those offered by our renowned Aaron Copland School of Music. We have more Computer Science majors than any university in New York City, and we have the third-largest number of Accounting and Business students in New York State. Probably no child graduates from a New York City school without having met a QC alumnus, as our Division of Education has graduated more teachers, counselors, and principals than any college in the metropolitan area. 


Queens College has been praised by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Forbes, and Money magazines for its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and affordable tuition.



Queens College awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the arts and humanities, education, mathematics and the natural sciences, and social sciences. Certificate programs provide additional training in specialties in education, library science, music, and psychology. 

The Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science, History, Philosophy, Physics, and Urban Studies and the Music School offer combined BA/MA programs. Pre-engineering students can take advantage of a 3-2 transfer program that offers admission to Columbia University after three years at QC. Following two years at Columbia, students graduate with a BA in Physics from Queens and an Engineering BA from Columbia.


Tradition of excellence
Honors programs are central to Queens College’s tradition of value and excellence, enhancing your education by providing countless opportunities for faculty mentorship, research, and individualized projects. These programs create a community of learners in which students enjoy small classes that emphasize discussion and projects rather than lectures. We offer divisional honors programs in the Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences, as well as an honors program exclusively for transfer students.


We participate in CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, which supports students with full tuition (for New York State residents only), a textbook allowance, a free laptop, a $7,500 grant, and other benefits.



Best of all, as part of CUNY, we offer all these opportunities at a surprisingly affordable cost.


A suburban campus in an urban environment
One of the most unexpected things about Queens College is that it is a city college with a beautiful 80-acre campus. You may see a camel there or a juggler or a deejay, because our Quad also serves as our town square where almost anything can—and often does—happen.

Our campus, just 20–30 minutes from Manhattan, is located in Flushing, with its dazzling array of shops and dining spots. The borough of Queens is home to the New York Mets, the US Open tennis tournament, and numerous cultural attractions, including the Louis Armstrong House Museum, which is administered by the College. 


A vibrant student life experience
Perhaps the best way to experience the College is to get involved in our more than 100 clubs and organizations that offer you a chance to explore your interests and meet people who share them. We are also home to the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, which has more than a half dozen arts and entertainment venues.

Queens College fields 19 varsity men’s and women’s teams in NCAA Division II sports, which means our student-athletes compete on a very high level and are eligible for athletic scholarships. If you want to match your strong mind with a strong body, you can join one of our intramural sports teams or take advantage of our Fitness Center or Aquatics Center.  

Research shows that students who live on campus have better grades, higher graduation rates, and are more satisfied with their college experience than students who live off campus. With the opening of the Summit Apartments, you now have the option of enjoying all the benefits of living on campus. This facility’s award-winning design provides individually climate-controlled single- and double-room accommodations arranged in suites with shared kitchen and lounge areas. It also boasts music practice rooms, WiFi, its own exercise facility, and much more. And when you want to explore the city, our convenient shuttle bus can drop you off at nearby subway and train stations.

Diverse, dedicated community
You can explore the world without leaving our campus, as students from over 170 countries call Queens College home. This makes our campus an exciting place to be, where a wealth of cultures and perspectives come together in an environment of respect and commitment to learning. 



Our highly diverse student population represents more than 170 countries.


Mission: Queens College prepares students to become leaders of our global society by offering a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and scholarship.


Accreditation: State of New York and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation


Students: 16,349 undergraduate students; 3,295 graduate students. Queens is one of America’s most culturally diverse colleges. Students come from over 170 countries and speak more than 110 languages.


Faculty: 606 full-time faculty members; close to 90% have the terminal degree in their field; 65% have tenure.

Admission Requirements: Undergraduate admission is based on high school grades, academic program, and SAT or ACT scores.

New York State GED recipients must earn a score of 350 or better on the equivalency exam and corresponding high school units.


Tuition: For New York State residents, yearly tuition is $6,330 for undergraduates and $10,130 for graduate students. For out-of-state and international students, tuition is $560 per credit for
undergraduates and $780 per credit for graduate students.


Financial Aid: More than 60% of the College’s students receive need-based financial aid in some form: scholarships, work-study, or loans.


Alumni: Over 150,000 students have graduated from QC since its first class in 1941.