A good college equips students for what comes next, whether they enter the workforce or go on to graduate or professional school. A great college, like Queens College (QC), does much more, challenging students and broadening their horizons.
Queens College combines excellent educational programs with a vibrant extracurricular life. The College’s diverse community on campus and the numerous programs that take place off it — from internships to study abroad — offer unique learning experiences. Yet, thanks to its affordable tuition, 75 percent of QC graduates earn their degrees without any student loan debt. At Queens College, everyone will find a world of opportunity.
Discover a Remarkable Value
Queens College has long been an institution that helps students from families of modest means achieve their dream of earning a college degree. The College has consistently been praised by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes and Money magazines for its outstanding academics, world-class faculty, generous financial aid packages, and affordable tuition. A January 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked Queens College in the top one percent of all colleges in moving students from poverty to prosperity.
Queens College offers students low tuition — made even more affordable with the help of financial aid. Over 60 percent of QC students receive such aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study opportunities. And this fall incoming freshmen can take advantage of QC in 4. This new, voluntary program offers students the tools, resources, and support they need to complete their degree in four years, thus saving money and being able to jump-start their career or graduate studies.
Choose to Excel
The honors and special programs at Queens College are designed to push you to become the best possible version of you. QC participates in CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, which supports gifted students with full tuition (New York State residents only) and other benefits. In addition, QC has its own multidisciplinary Freshman Honors Program, divisional honors programs in the humanities, math and natural sciences, and social sciences, and an honors program just for transfer students.
Outstanding high school seniors may apply to become Queens College Scholars. Prospective math teachers may qualify for scholarships and other incentives through QC’s innovative math education program, TIME 2000. Business and Liberal Arts — a QC initiative designed for top-performing students, regardless of their major — familiarizes students with basic business disciplines. Additionally, Queens College hosts a wide range of national honors societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi.
Queens College knows that top students look for challenges beyond the classroom as part of a well-rounded education. QC’s Career Center tracks more than 1,200 opportunities, and interns earn academic credit and often more: the average QC internship stipend is $1,200 – $1,500. Service learning and leadership opportunities (many offering academic credit) abound: build homes with Habitat for Humanity during spring break; go on a Midnight Run to feed the homeless; visit pediatric hospitals with the Big Apple Circus. QC is also part of the CUNY Service Corps, in which students spend 24 weeks in paid, part-time positions working on projects that address public health, education, the environment, and more.
Travel transforms your perspective, and students are encouraged to take advantage of international academic programs during summer and winter breaks or for a semester or two. If travel is not in your plans, you can still explore the world on campus, as students from over 170 countries call Queens College home. A wealth of cultures and perspectives come together in an environment of respect and commitment to learning.
Whether you commute or live on campus, there is life outside the classroom. With more than 100 clubs and intramural sports, you have a chance to explore your interests and meet people who share them. You can also take advantage of FitzGerald Gymnasium, the Fitness Center, an Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and an outdoor track. QC is also the only CUNY college that participates in the highly competitive NCAA Division II athletics.
The Queens College calendar is filled with concerts, art exhibitions, readings by famous writers, inspiring speakers, and other cultural activities. QC’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts is a magnet for arts lovers who appreciate its diverse array of programs. And the Godwin-Ternbach Museum houses more than 6,000 works of art. Additionally, the QC campus is located in Flushing with its dazzling array of shops and dining spots. The borough of Queens is also home to the New York Mets, the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and numerous cultural attractions, including QC’s Louis Armstrong House Museum.
No matter where you want to go, Queens College will help you get there. Visit the college at www.qc.cuny.edu/futurestudents — or take a tour of its campus — and discover how a Queens College education can help build your future.