Queens College has four major divisions: the Division of Arts and Humanities, Division of Education, Division of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, and the Division of Social Sciences. Over 110 graduate and undergraduate degrees are offered.
Specific departmental programs include the Drama, Theatre, and Dance Department; Urban Studies Department; Africana Studies Program; Journalism and Liberal Arts Program; and the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Two of the newer degree programs are in Graphic Design and Neuroscience. In addition, Queens offers a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as a master’s degree in Fine Arts.
The college is accredited by the State of New York and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Many of its educational programs are accredited by institutions in related fields.
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Admission is largely based on high school performance and SAT/ACT scores. Students should have a high school curriculum of math, English, social studies, science, and foreign language. Students enrolled at another university or students who already have a bachelor’s degree can enroll as a visiting, non-degree student.
One of the first things a student should do if interested in receiving financial assistance to pay for college is complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be done online. Students can also use the official FAFSA website to check the status of their aid application.
Many types of financial aid are available for eligible students who need assistance paying for school, including grants, loans, scholarships, and work study jobs. Students are advised to apply for any type of financial aid as early as possible.
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Although the campus is only a subway ride away from the cultural treasures of Manhattan, one need not even leave to enjoy world-class music and art. The college is home to the Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, which includes the Aaron Copeland School and the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archives. It is also the location of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a collection of fine art with works by masters like Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Matisse, and Morisot.
Prominent writers often visit for the Evening Reader’s Series. Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, and Frank McCourt are just three examples of authors who have shared their words with students and the public. The college is also home to numerous centers and institutes, each of which focuses on important social issues. The Asian American Center, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Center for Jewish Studies, and the Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change are but a few examples. Many students also participate in the college newspaper, The Knight News.
Notable alumni include Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Simon, Marvin Hamlish, Carole King, and Congressmen Gary Ackerman and Joseph Crowley. Andrew Goodman was a student at Queens when he was murdered, along with two other civil rights workers, in Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964. The clock tower at the campus’s Rosenthal Library is dedicated to Goodman and the two other victims, James Cheney and Mickey Schwerner.
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The Knights are a member of the NAIA. The athletic department fields men’s sports teams in baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and water polo. It fields women’s teams in baseball, fencing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and lacrosse.
There is also has an extensive intramural sports program, with leagues in flag football, dodgeball, indoor volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, badminton, and ping pong.
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