Academics

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Undergrads
11,300
Tuition (in-state)
$12,717 ($6,207)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Academics: haven't got that far ahead, my first semester in the program will be this fall. It seems challenging but it's worth the challenge.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There are so many options that are accessible to all students, tons of professors, easy to find help, and beautiful campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I was a sociology major and I found the sociology department very helpful. You could go there to speak to your professors or to get advice on what classes to take.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The curriculum and workload at my school is demanding. For the most part you do have to work hard for your grades. Most of the professors were great. I did have one professor that was totaly unfair. Most of the class had a hard time with the work and he was not helpful at all. I ended up withdrawing from the class and losing my money. I complained to the head of the deparment but I never did get a response. That was the one negative experience that I had.

4 College Junior

Academics: do your research and speak to others

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 972nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1091st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1224th
    Smartest Professors
  • 1253rd
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1260th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shira Frager
Hometown
Palo Alto, CA
Major
English
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
606
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
858
Total FT Faculty
606
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$89,625
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Part-Time Retention Rate
56%
Transfer-Out Rate
22%
Graduation Rate
55%
Programs/Majors Offered
82
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 48%
  • 20 to 49 students: 50%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Division of Arts and Humanities
  • Division of Education
  • Division of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences
  • Division of Social Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 6%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 5%
  • Sociology: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • First floor of the library
  • Powdermaker Hall
Tips to Succeed
  • Actively participate in class.
  • Get involved in student life.
  • Get involved. Period.
  • Make friends.
  • Stay focused.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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