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65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367
p. 718-997-5000
w. www.qc.cuny.edu

CUNY Queens College

CUNY Queens College Rating: 4.6/5 (19 votes)

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5292nd for the average student loan amount.
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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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Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 50th in New York and 419th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 5 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 16 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.01
Arrest 1 0.00

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Flushing, NY 11367
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population38,216 (38,216 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,542 (2.62 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,285
Families9,962 (3.22 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3606

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1127th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,730 $5,730 $12,240
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $477 $477 $477
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $510
FT Graduate Tuition $9,170 $9,170 $17,040
FT Graduate Required Fees $391 $391 $391
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $385 $385 $710
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,179 $26,179 $32,689
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,065 $26,065 $32,575
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,399 $11,399 $17,909

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,607 $5,907 $5,607 $5,907 $11,517 $12,117
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,179 $1,248
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,840 $11,450
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,823 $4,940
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,900 $11,902
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,823 $4,940
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,824 $3,871

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$65
Graduate Application Fee$125
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 19,032 (8,558 male / 10,474 female)
Admitted 7,045 (3,159 male / 3,886 female)
Admission rate 37%
First-time Enrollment 1,449 (641 male / 808 female)
FT Enrollment 1,427 (630 male / 797 female)
PT Enrollment 22 (11 male / 11 female)
Total Enrollment18,974

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference New York Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Eastern College Athletic Conference

SAT Test Admission

514th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1020 / 1180

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity489
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$10,500
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 366th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $91,491 ($96,326 male / $83,627 female)
Number of FT Faculty 612 (333 male / 279 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,513
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $35,840,597

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