Queensborough Community College


Springfield Boulevard & 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
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(718) 281-5000



Queensborough Community College serves as a portal of entry into higher education for its local community and beyond. The Association of American Colleges and Universities has recently recognized Queensborough as a national leader in establishing an institution-wide, student-centered learning environment through its Freshman Academies.


  • Nearly 15,000 students attend Queensborough and come from over 140 different countries of origin. Reflecting the diversity of Queens, the student population is almost evenly divided among African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latinos and Caucasians.
  • Outstanding academic facilities include the latest instructional technology, laboratories, and computer equipment. The College offers wireless Internet connectivity throughout the campus.
  • The campus houses an astronomy observatory; a recital hall; a professional sound recording studio; art and dance studios; photography, digital art, music and recording laboratories; a 900-seat professional theater; and a Barnes and Noble bookstore.
  • In the heart of the campus stands the Kurt R. Schmeller Library Building, which has been recently renovated as a welcoming center for learning at the College. Other popular destinations are the Student Union, the experimental Shadowbox Theater, and a day care center for children of Queensborough students.
  • All students and faculty members have access to the Robert F. Kennedy Hall, which contains a fitness center, gymnasium, and aquatic center. Newly reconstructed tennis courts, and a quarter-mile outdoor track and field are located on the expansive college grounds.
  • The Student Learning Center and the Campus Writing Center, located in the Kurt R. Schmeller Library Building, provide Queensborough students who are enrolled in credit courses with supplementary academic assistance. Services include one-on-one and small-group tutoring.
  • The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives houses an interactive, permanent exhibit, and presents customized, rotating exhibits, lectures, films and events each semester. It serves as a learning laboratory for students as well as a unique resource to the greater Queens community. The mission of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center is to use the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.
  • The critically acclaimed QCC Art Gallery offers a rotating schedule of world-class exhibits, such as Andy Warhol prints and works by Pablo Picasso. Its permanent collection includes significant holdings of African art and Pre-Columbian artifacts, offering students opportunities to enhance their classroom experience in an artistic environment.
  • The Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) offers Broadway-caliber dance, musical theatre, comedy, opera and more. A top regional center for culture through its rich menu of arts programming, QPAC serves as a cultural and artistic resource for the greater community as well as the campus community.
  • A variety of scholarships and awards are available to incoming freshmen through the Admissions office, such as merit scholarships for students with strong academic records. The financial aid staff is ready to advise students on the many ways they can meet their educational expenses.
  • Approximately 70% percent of Queensborough alumni pursue additional education or training.

Founded in 1959, Queensborough Community College is located on a beautiful, 37-acre campus in residential Bayside, Queens.

The College’s mission is to provide a high quality education through a wide range of Associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into professional careers. A variety of special learning opportunities and exceptionally strong student support services help Queensborough students to succeed both academically and professionally.


The top two reasons students attend Queensborough are to transfer to a four-year college or university – approximately half of our students transfer to a senior college within CUNY after earning their Associate degrees – and to obtain the necessary skills for career advancement.

Queensborough currently features four dual/joint transfer programs with CUNY senior colleges. The four programs are: Criminal Justice (A.S./B.A.) and Science for Forensics (A.S./B.S.) with John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Early Childhood/Elementary Education (A.A./B.A.) with Queens College; and Biotechnology (A.S./B.S.) with York College. Upon earning their Associate degrees at Queensborough, students may automatically transfer to these senior colleges if they have maintained the program grade requirements. Other transfer degree programs include Business Administration; Engineering Science; Environmental Health; Gallery and Museum Studies; Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science); and Visual and Performing Arts. For those students wishing to improve their skills or enter a new career field, Queensborough offers a wide range of career programs which include Accounting; Computer Engineering Technology; Computer Information Systems; Computerized Architectural and Industrial Design; Digital Art and Design; Electronic Engineering Technology; Laser & Fiber Optics Engineering Technology; Management; Massage Therapy; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Medical Office Assistant; Music Electronic Technology; New Media Technology; Nursing; Office Administration & Technology; and Telecommunications Technology.


Queensborough is dedicated to enriching the student learning experience and providing academic support programs to its diverse student body through the following programs designed to help students navigate college life and succeed in their academics.

ASAP (Accelerated Study in Associate Programs): ASAP is a CUNY program for selected full-time students who qualify for financial aid whereby tuition and fees not covered by aid are paid through the program. Monthly MetroCards and the use of textbooks are supplied to ASAP students at no cost. ASAP students work closely with student managers, faculty and peers and receive specialized tutoring and access to enrichment activities.

College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP): Counseling and instructional services designed specifically for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in science, technology, and health-related fields or careers requiring licensure. CSTEP is funded by the New York State Department of Education.

Freshman Academies are available to all first-time, full-time students to help in their transition to college life and to guide them to academic success. Students are enrolled in one of six Freshman Academies based on their chosen field of study. On the first day of registration on campus, students meet with their Freshman Coordinator, who assists them with registration, scheduling, and planning and refers them to the appropriate support services to ensure they remain focused on their academics and their future.

High Impact Learning Experiences are offered across the curriculum to enhance student learning and help students fulfill their General Education Objectives. High Impact Learning Experiences include taking introductory-level cornerstone courses; creating an e-portfolio of student work; enrolling in a multi-disciplinary learning community; completing two writing intensive courses, and participating in a community-based, service learning project. Queensborough was named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its many service learning initiatives and community partnerships.

The Honors Scholars Program is geared to high-achieving students. Enriched classroom experiences, independent study, research, participation in professional conferences, and internships in art, theater, music, health science, mathematics, teaching, and urban studies provide honors scholars with the opportunity to distinguish themselves among their peers and develop strong academic and leadership skills.

International Educational Opportunities create and facilitate personal growth and global understanding through study abroad programs. Working collaboratively with universities worldwide, programs and trips are orchestrated with faculty and staff to provide students with high-quality, curriculum-integrated experiences scheduled during the winter and summer sessions.

Internship opportunities are available in major fields of study including accounting, business, science, social work, technology, public service and health care. Students may meet with an internship coordinator to discuss internships and to receive advisement related to career development.

Services for Students with Disabilities: Queensborough takes great pride in the success of all of its students and is committed to providing opportunities and access to individuals with disabilities in all programs offered by the College. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities facilitates the support that fosters independence and student development on all levels.

Student Learning Center is an academic support service facility located in the Kurt R. Schmeller Library. Students receive tutoring in subject areas, participate in study groups, and attend special events and lectures to further their learning experience at Queensborough.

Travel Directions

  • From Western Queens: Take the LIE (East) to Exit 29 (Springfield Blvd.). Turn left onto Springfield Blvd. and proceed to 56th Ave. Turn right and continue for one block to QCC’s Main entrance on the left.
  • From Manhattan and Brooklyn, respectively: Take the Queens Midtown Tunnel onto the LIE (East); Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway East onto the LIE (East). Proceed to Exit 29 and follow directions above.
  • From the Bronx and Westchester County: Take either the Throgs Neck or the Whitestone Bridge to the Cross Island Parkway South to Northern Blvd. West (Exit 31W). Upon exiting, move immediately to the far left, and turn at the light (223rd St./Cloverdale Blvd.). Continue south to 56th Ave. and turn right toward QCC’s main entrance a half mile away.
  • From Long Island via the Northern State Parkway or the Southern State Parkway: Take either the Northern State Parkway west or the Southern State Parkway west to the Cross Island Parkway north. Once on the Cross Island Parkway north take the Long Island Expressway west exit. Once on the Long Island Expressway west, stay in the entrance lane and immediately exit to Springfield Boulevard (exit 29). At the traffic light turn right onto Springfield Boulevard, then turn right on to 56th Avenue. The main entrance of Queensborough Community College is one block away on the left-hand side.
  • From Long Island via the Cross Island Parkway South: Take either the Cross Island Parkway south to Northern Boulevard west (exit 31W). Merge onto Northern Boulevard and go straight until Springfield Boulevard. At the traffic light turn left onto Springfield Boulevard. Go straight until you reach 56th Avenue and make a left. The main entrance of Queensborough Community College is one block away on the left-hand side.
  • From Long Island via the LIE: West on the LIE to Springfield Blvd. (Exit 29) At the light, turn right onto Springfield Blvd. and proceed to 56th Ave. Turn right at the light and continue for half a mile to QCC’s main entrance on the left.
  • Bayside Station: Q31 bus to 48th Ave. and Bell Blvd., transfer to Q27 bus to Springfield Blvd. and 56th Ave. Or take car service from station to QCC.
  • From Flushing: Take Main Street Flushing Line (No. 7) to Main Street, Flushing Station. Take Q27 bus to campus.
  • From Jamaica: take F train to 169th Street and Hillside Ave. and then the Q30 bus via Horace Harding Blvd. to Springfield Blvd. Walk north to 56th Ave. and turn right to campus. You can also take the E, J, or Z trains to the Sutphin/Archer station and take the Q30 bus from there.
  • From the Bronx: Take the Q44 bus to Flushing Main Street. Transfer to the Q27 bus to campus.
  • From Nassau County: The N-20, 21 bus line from Nassau County stops at the corner of Northern Blvd. and 223rd Str. (Cloverdale Blvd.) The bus makes stops in the towns of Glen Cove, Roslyn, Manhasset, and Great Neck.

College Contacts

Mr. Winston Yarde

Administration Building, Room 210
(718) 281-5000

Financial Aid
Ms. Ronnie Lukas

Library Building, Room L409
(718) 631-6367