Since it first opened its doors in 1937, Queens College has remained steadfastly committed to its mission: providing an exceptional education to talented people of all backgrounds and financial means, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Today, with more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students, it’s one of the largest four-year colleges in the City University of New York. Reflecting the diversity of the surrounding borough, its student population hails from more than 150 countries. Queens College routinely receives plaudits in prestigious guidebooks such as The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges, which cite its high-quality academic programs and very affordable tuition. Recently the Education Trust identified Queens College as one of only five schools that do a good job of serving low-income students.
The college offers 69 undergraduate and 62 graduate programs and over 40 certificate programs. It has nationally recognized programs in many fields—such as those offered by our renowned Aaron Copland School of Music. Recently added degree programs include Chinese, Neuroscience, a Bachelor of Business Administration (with majors in finance, international business, and actuarial studies), a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design, and three programs in Risk Management that lead to a Master of Science degree. Queens also prepares more educators than any college in the tri-state region, making it the ideal choice for aspiring teachers.
The faculty consists of top scholars dedicated to teaching and research who enjoy working in a diverse urban environment. Many also teach in the doctoral programs at the CUNY Graduate Center. They have received numerous fellowships, awards, and research grants from such prestigious organizations as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, as well as Guggenheim awards and Fulbright fellowships. CUNY has honored 11 Queens College faculty members with the title of Distinguished Professor in fields as diverse as chemistry, economics, English, history, and physics. Honors programs are central to Queens College’s tradition of value and excellence. Queens participates in CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, which supports gifted students with full tuition and other benefits. Additionally, Queens offers qualified students its own honors programs in the arts and humanities, math and the natural sciences, and social sciences.
Queens College has many special centers and institutes that serve the diverse communities in the borough. These units address pressing social issues, including cancer, AIDS, pollution, and racism; study the changing workplace and workforce; and celebrate the borough's many ethnic communities, including Asians, Greeks, Italians, and Jews. The centers include the Asian/American Center, the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding, the Center for the Improvement of Education, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change, the Neuroscience Research Center, Research Center for Korean Community, the Schutzman Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Taft Institute for Government. The Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Queens College has more than a half dozen arts and entertainment venues where local audiences can enjoy world-class performances. Ongoing cultural events include readings by renowned authors such as Edward Albee, Jonathan Franzen, and Nobel Prize-winners Toni Morrison, Orhan Pamuk, and Derek Walcott; concerts and performances by world-famous artists, including Andre Watts, the Vienna Boys Choir, Michael Feinstein, and Bill Cosby; and theatre and dance performances. Queens College is home to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and also administers the Louis Armstrong House Museum in nearby Corona.
Minutes from both midtown Manhattan and the Long Island suburbs, Queens College is situated on 77 tree-lined acres boasting both historic Mission-style and modern buildings with state-of-the art technology—as typified by the science labs, which have just undergone a $30 million renovation. In 2009 the college opened the doors of its first residence hall, a design award-winning facility called The Summit. The campus offers students a stimulating and welcoming environment, with a bustling Student Union and opportunities to participate in dozens of clubs and sports. The only CUNY school participating in Division II sports, Queens College sponsors 19 men’s and women’s teams and has some of the finest athletics facilities in the New York metropolitan area.