Undergrad Profile


Queens College was founded on the vision of people like Judge Charles Colden, who lobbied for a public college in the growing New York City borough of Queens. Paul Klapper, the College’s first president, noted on the first day of classes on October 11, 1937, “We are the pioneers of a new institution. We have no history to look back to, but we can look forward to progress.” 

AT A GLANCE

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: 16,326 undergraduate students; 3,306 graduate students; Queens is one of America’s most culturally diverse colleges. Students come from over 170 countries and speak more than 90 languages.

Faculty: 612 full-time faculty members; close to 85% have the terminal degree in their fields; 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 3500 or better on the equivalency exam and corresponding high school units.

Tuition: For New York State residents, yearly tuition is $6,530 for undergraduates and $10,450 for graduate students.  For out-of-state and international students, tuition is $580 per credit for undergraduates and $805 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 since the first class graduated in 1941

Eighty years of building futures

Eighty years later, Queens College students come from over 170 countries with 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 envision and build their futures. 

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, 80-acre tree-lined 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: build your future at Queens College.

 

We offer undergraduate majors in over 60 fields of study, including the Arts, Education, Music, Business, Science, and Social Sciences. 


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. No child likely 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, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Forbes, and Money magazine 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, a textbook allowance, a free laptop, an Opportunities Fund grant for global study, and other benefits.

 

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

QC in 4
QC in 4 is a voluntary program available to incoming freshmen. You will receive practical guidelines to facilitate your progress at Queens College, and we will make sure you will be able to enroll in all the courses you need to get your degree in four years. The four-year guarantee is subject to student fulfillment or program requirements. 

A suburban campus in an urban environment
One of the most surprising benefits 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. 

 

Because of our affordability and financial aid packages, 90% of students who graduate in four years do so without debt.

 

A vibrant student life experience
Perhaps the best way to experience the College is to get involved in one or more of our 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 renowned 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 and higher graduation rates and are more satisfied with their college experience than students who live off campus. You’ll have the opportunity to live in the world’s greatest city at Summit Apartments, our beautiful and affordable residence complex. Located between the gym and library, Summit Apartments offers fully furnished two- and four- bedroom apartments, study lounges on each floor, its own fitness center, music practice rooms, free Wi-Fi and cable TV, and more. And when you want to explore the city, our convenient shuttle bus can drop you off at nearby subway and train stations.