Queens College is a liberal arts institution and part of a group of schools under the denomination of City University of New York (CUNY). It is known primarily for its excellent accounting, speech therapy, and psychology programs. One notable program at Queens includes Macaulay, a CUNY-wide honors program that provides students with free tuition, a laptop, and information about internships and jobs; another program is BALA, or the Business and Liberal Arts program, a minor affiliated with the honors program at Queens. BALA can integrate majors and enables students to learn about the field of business. In order to apply for the program, students must be recommended by an academic professor. In order to be accepted into the program, students must apply as freshmen and be entering right out of high school.
The teachers are hit and miss. There are teachers at QC whom some feel are too easy and others whom many feel really challenge the students. Some professors encourage students to take classes outside of their majors to broaden awareness of other topics. Before signing up for classes, students often check out ratemyprofessors.com, a Web site where students describe their experiences with a certain teacher to give future students an idea as to whether they should sign up for that professor's class. This does not necessarily determine a future student's success in a class, however, because it also depends on one’s commitment towards the course. In terms of other faculty interaction, the registration process is not so easy to deal with, and it is frustrating when students are unable to sign up for classes because the registrar seems to be disorganized and is not always open and willing to help students.