CUNY -- Queens College

Queens, NY

CUNY -- Queens College

Queens, NY

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Building futures for 82 years

October 11, 1937, the first day of classes, Queens College President Paul Klapper proclaimed, “We are the pioneers of a new institution. We have no history to look back to, but we can look forward to progress.” Over 80 years later, a student body of more than 19,000 students who represent over 180 nations have chosen Queens College to build their futures.

Queens College opens doors to a world of ideas and career possibilities. We’re nationally recognized for our liberal arts and sciences offerings and our world-class faculty. Add 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 the best graduate schools and top companies and organizations are looking for.

We offer undergraduate majors in over 60 fields of study and more than 26 accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s degree tracks, including in 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, whose faculty and alumni have received over 100 Grammy awards and nominations. The College contributes to the local talent pool as a leader in tech education and enrolls the second-most Computer Science majors of any college in the city. And likely no child graduates from a New York City public school without having met a QC graduate, as our Division of Education has produced more teachers, counselors, and principals than any college in the metropolitan area.

From undergraduate and graduate degrees to honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, there are countless ways for you to realize your potential at QC. You’ll be assisted by a dedicated faculty whose research has received millions of dollars in support from organizations such 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 Divisions of the Arts and Humanities, Education, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Certificate programs provide additional training for specialties in Education, Library Science, Music, and Psychology. 

More than 25 majors—including Chemistry, Computer Science, History, Music, Philosophy, Physics, and Urban Studies—offer accelerated master’s degrees in which students can start earning graduate-level credits during their junior and senior years while still paying the lower undergraduate tuition rate. 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 a BA in Engineering 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 where students enjoy small classes that emphasize discussion and projects rather than lectures. We offer honors programs in the Divisions of the Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences as well as an honors program exclusively for transfer students.

QC participates 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.

Queens College scholars consistently win highly competitive national honors such as Fulbright Scholarships, Marshall Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships, and National Science Foundation Awards, among others.

There is no better—or more enjoyable—way of learning about the world than through travel. At Queens College, students have countless opportunities to study abroad or throughout the United States; we are also the only New York City college to participate in the National Student Exchange. Study abroad options range from relatively short summer and winter intersession courses to programs that last a semester or a year.

The College’s Center for Career Engagement and Internships offers career counseling, internships, and other services to students and recent alumni. The office has invaluable resources to assist students in making sound academic and career decisions. It also serves as a vital link to academic, business, and professional circles and helps students make realistic connections between education and the world beyond college.

The QC in 4 guarantee
Ninety percent of QC students who graduate in four years do so with no student loan debt. This is why we are committed to helping you stay on track and earn your degree on time. 

Enter QC in 4, a program exclusive to Queens College for incoming freshmen. You will receive practical guidelines from a dedicated advisor to facilitate your progress at Queens College, and we will make sure that you are 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, a juggler, or a DJ on our Quad, which serves as our town square where almost anything can—and often does—happen. 

Queens is home to the New York Mets, the US Open tennis tournament, and numerous cultural attractions, including the Louis Armstrong House Museum, 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 and Long Island Rail Road. 

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 athletics have international acclaim, fielding 16 varsity men’s and women’s teams in NCAA Division II sports, which means our student-athletes compete on a 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 newly renovated fitness and aquatics centers. 

Research shows 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 The Summit Apartments, our beautiful and affordable residence complex. Located between the gym and the library, The Summit 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 180 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. 

Queens College has been ranked a Princeton Review “Best College” for 28 years in a row.


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 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: 16,620 undergraduate students; 3,126 graduate students; Queens is one of America’s most culturally diverse colleges. Students trace their ancestry to over 180 countries and speak more than 140 languages.

Faculty: 608 full-time faculty members; close to 75% 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 $6,930 for undergraduates and $11,090 for graduate students. For out-of-state and international students, tuition is $620 per credit for undergraduates and $855 per credit for graduate students.

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

Alumni: Over 150,000 alumni since the first class graduated in 1941

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