Queens College Gets Raves From Students in 2011 Princeton Review Book, The Best 373 Colleges

— They Cite “Great Education at an Affordable Price, Personable, Intelligent Professors and Amazing Diversity; “Walking Across Campus Is Like Trekking through the 7 Continents” —

 FLUSHING, NY, August 23, 2010 – Once again, Queens College has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. The renowned education services company features QC in the new 2011 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 373 Colleges. Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. 

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publishing and author of The Best 373 Colleges, “We commend Queens College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book.  Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.”

The guidebook surveys most colleges every three years. QC students participated in a new survey last fall.

“We put great emphasis on student satisfaction at Queens College,” says its president, James Muyskens. “Providing a high-quality education in a welcoming atmosphere that encourages personal growth and professional success is paramount to our mission. That’s why it is very gratifying to know that our students have such positive things to say about their experience with us.”

Among the comments and phrases the students used to describe QC were:

●  “a warm, welcoming atmosphere”
●  “an amazingly diverse campus”
●  students who “live together in harmony”
●  “understanding, extremely intelligent and personable” professors who “are always
     willing to meet students outside the classroom” for discussion and “push you to reach
     your full potential”
●  “so many activities to attend and clubs to join”
●  “The Summit (new Queens College residence hall) is amazing!”
●  “The campus feels safe and comfortable for both commuters and residents”

High Grades for “Campus Life”
The College’s “Campus Life” rating also jumped 12 points to 79—higher now than the Campus Life rating for NYU, St. John’s University, Hofstra, Cooper Union, Bard College, and all the SUNY colleges. This category is a measure of “how happy students are with their campus experiences outside the classroom” including “beauty, safety and location of campus; comfort of residence hall; quality of food; ease of getting around campus and dealing with administrators; friendliness of fellow students; interactions of different students on campus and within the greater community.”

The Princeton Review is also famous for its annual rankings including the much-publicized “Best Party Schools.” Queens College makes the top-20 in three categories: “Got Milk?” which lists campuses where beer is scarce; “Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch” (no hard liquor); and “Stone-Cold Sober Schools,” a category that is “based on a combination of survey questions concerning the use of alcohol and drugs, hours of study each day, and the popularity of the Greek system.”

Queens College: Where Students Meet Their Future
Queens College opened its first residence hall in fall 2009 and it was an instant hit, filled to 100 percent capacity this fall. For more than 70 years, QC has provided a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students. From graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, students can realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty.

Its more than 20,000 students come from over 160 nations and represent over 90 native languages, creating an educationally rich and welcoming environment. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Each year Queens College has been cited by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu.

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Contact: Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

Maria Matteo
Assistant Director of News Services