Queens College students graduate with the skills for a lifetime of learning—skills the best graduate schools and top companies and organizations are looking for.
Mission: Queens College prepares students to become leaders in 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: 16,680 undergraduate students; 3,186 graduate students; Queens is one of America’s most culturally diverse colleges. Students trace their ancestry to over 150 countries and speak more than 70 languages.
Faculty: 596 full-time faculty members; close to 85% have the terminal degree in their field, and 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 $6,730 for undergraduates and $10,770 for graduate students. For out-of-state and international students, tuition is $600 per credit for undergraduates and $830 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 since the first class graduated in 1941
Over 80 years of building futures
On October 11, 1937, thefirst day of classes, Queens College President Paul Klapper proclaimed, “We are the pioneers of a new institution. We have no history to lookback to, but we can look forwardto progress.” Over 80 years later, astudent body of more than 19,000 students who represent over 150 nations chose Queens College as the best college to help them 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.
We offer undergraduate majors in over 60 fields of study, including the arts, education, music, business, science, and social sciences.
Realizing your academic potential
Queens College has acclaimed programs in many fields—such as those offered by our renowned Aaron Copland School of Music, where over 100 Grammy awards and nominations have been received by faculty and alumni, and our School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. We have more Computer Science majors than any university in New York City and the third-most Business, Accounting, and Economics students in New York State. And probably no child graduates from a New York City school without having met a QC alumnus, as our Division of Education has produced more teachers, counselors, and principals than any college in the metropolitan area.
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 been praised by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, and 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 socialsciences. Certificate programs provide additional training in specialties in education, library science, music, and psychology.
More than 20 departments—including Chemistry, Computer Science, History, Music, Philosophy, Physics, and Urban Studies—offer combined BA/MA programs in which students pay the lower undergraduate rate for up to 12 graduate credits.Pre-engineering students can takeadvantage 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 toQueens College’s traditions of valueand excellence, enhancing your education by providing countless opportunities for faculty mentorship, research, and individualized projects. These programs create a community of learners in which studentsenjoy 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 Honor College, which supports students with full tuition, a textbook allowance, a free laptop, an Opportunities Fund grant for global study, and other benefits.
There is no better—or more enjoyable—way of learning about the world than through travel. At QueensCollege, students have countlessopportunities to study abroad or throughout the United States. We are also the only New York City college to participate in the NationalStudent Exchange. Study abroad options range from relatively short summer and winter intersession courses to programs that last a semester or year.
The College’s Center for Career Engagement and Internships offerscareer counseling, internships, andother services to students and recent alumni. The office has invaluable resources to assist students in making sound academic and careerdecisions. It also serves as a vitallink to academic, business, and professional circles and helps studentsmake realistic connections between education and the world beyond college.
The QC in 4 guarantee
Across the country, more students and their families are looking for ways to ensure graduation in four years. Why? Because those who doare ready to launch their careers orenter graduate school sooner, save thousands of dollars in tuition, and avoid accumulating debt.
QC in 4 is a voluntary program available to incoming freshmen. You’ll receive practical guidelines from a dedicated advisor to facilitate your progress at Queens College,and we’ll make sure that you’ll be able to enroll in all the courses you need to get your degree in four years.
A suburban campus in an urban environment
One of the most surprising features of Queens College is that it’s a city college with a beautiful 80-acre campus. You may see a camel, juggler, or deejay on our Quad, which serves as our town square where almost anything can—and often does—happen.
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. You can take our shuttle bus to downtown Flushing, where you’ll find a dazzling array of shops and dining spots as well as an easy connection to Manhattan. Or you can visit Long Island’s many beautiful beaches, which are accessible via the nearby Long Island Expressway.
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, which offer you a chance to explore your interests and meet people who share them. With the largest interdisciplinary arts complex in Queens, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts gives you a front-row seat for world-class entertainment, from concerts to theatre and beyond. And our Godwin-Ternbach Museum offers traveling exhibits as well as permanent displays from its own extensive collection.
Queens College fields 17 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 the 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.
A diverse and dedicated community
You can explore the world without leaving campus, as students from over 150 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.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Queens College in the top 1% of all US colleges for upward social and economic mobility.