Queens College named one of nation’s best public colleges: Report

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The U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges edition featured several City University of New York institutions in its list for top public colleges, including one from Queens.

Ranking 14th out of the 47 schools on the list was Queens College — located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd in Flushing.

The 81-year-old public college has more than 100 majors and career building programs in the arts, humanities, education, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences, according to U.S. News.

The school has a campus that spans 84 acres and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,680 in a borough where the locals speak more than 170 languages, according to the school’s website. Graduate students are offered programs in business, library and information studies, speech-language pathology and many others.

The school ranked sixth out of 10 among the schools with the best English as a Second Language programs, according to, a resource for individuals searching for undergraduate, graduate and certificate and diploma programs in 2017.

The school provides flexibility for students, including inexpensive day care services for students with children and a weekend college, which helps a student body in which a quarter of the students are ages 25 or older, according to U.S. News.

There are more than 100 clubs, intramural sports and varsity athletic programs for students to explore on the campus, and its 20 intercollegiate Queens College Knights teams compete in the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference.

In 2014, Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine, ranked Queens College second out of 386 schools for its “Best-Bang-For-The-Buck” college after analyzing 1,540 universities.

The college is also known for its affordable tuition rates. According to U.S. News, tuition for an in-state student is $7,138 and $18,008 for an out-of-state student.

In 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the Excelsior Scholarship to provide free public college tuition for in-state students whose families earn below $100,000. In 2017, 400 Queens College students were eligible for the scholarship, according to Elizabeth Bibi, a spokeswoman for the governor. In 2019, the cap will rise to $125,000.

Queens College has also been featured in U.S. News & World Report’s lists for Best Value Schools, Best Undergraduate Teaching program, Best Colleges for Veterans and best Regional Universities North.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Updated 6:59 am, September 23, 2018
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Tom from Queens says:
When I was enrolled there less than 10 years ago there was rampant, blatant and open cheating, perverted old professors showing obvious favor towards young female students, and overall, professors that would have to give away the answers if they made their courses any easier. Although half the students there can barely read and only graduated high school because of Bloomberg relaxing and easing graduation standards so much during his 12 year reign.
Sept. 23, 7:17 am
Dwayne from Queens says:
This article generating false reports by some writer known for spreading falsehoods. This college has actually taken a deep nose-dive in enrollments, is regarded as one of the most violent and underhanded in the nation with 'professors' to this very day still attempting and engaging in sekual assaults against the more vulnerable and gullible students.
Sept. 23, 7:29 am
Tommy from Queens says:
I think Tom and Dwayne are the same Sunday morning troll, hating on a wonderful institution.
Sept. 26, 9:40 am
Ravi says:
I feel very sad that Tom and Dwayne echoed such distasteful sentiments about this wonderful institution. I graduated about 12 years ago from that school and I can tell you for sure, every student is thoroughly screened before they are admitted to the school. I agree with Tommy, Tom and Dwayne are just the Sunday morning trolls.
Sept. 26, 10:47 am
Benjamin Coleman from Long Island says:
Tom and Dwayne have some serious issues. The music program is one of the best around as are some of their other programs. Queens College is a fantastic institution. I loved this place so much, that when they call for donations, I have no problem donating what I can. I received an excellent education at Queens College. By the way, their honors program is a challenging program, and very few applicants are accepted.
Sept. 26, 10:26 pm
Paul DeCamp from Cambria Heights says:
As as 1980 graduate I can affirm that Queens College was a great value. I was able to finish totally free of debt. The academic standards were extremely high. Given the mission and commitment of the school in my experience I am led to believe that the standards are just as rigorous today.
Sept. 27, 10:55 am
Nick from Bayside says:
I attended Queens College and indeed after graduating computer Science I was able to get a job where graduates from much more expensive schools worked - and most of them now work for me. So indeed QC is a great college!
Sept. 28, 4:21 pm
mom from bayside says:
You are misinterpreting the US news rankings by leaving out the key word Regional. Not nation's best. It is ranked in the regional us news list for best publics. NOt the overall national list. It is not even on the radar of the national list. regional is just that. A small list of schools in just one region. Not very impressive, especially when you consider that even other cuny schools beat it in rank.
Oct. 5, 9:30 pm

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