August 30, 2012 | Queens College
–Ranking Rises Seven Points Over Last Year, Reflecting a Campus
Where Students Come from Over 170 Countries and Speak More than 110 Languages–
FLUSHING, NY, August 30, 2012–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 2013 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges. And, in a nod to its extraordinarily diverse learning environment, the college ranked fourth in the U.S. for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction”—up from eleventh last year. This category reflects how frequently and easily students from different class and ethnic backgrounds interact with one another.
“On a campus where students come from more than 170 countries and speak dozens of languages, diversity is the norm,” says Queens College President James Muyskens. “In our classrooms, dining halls, and extracurricular activities, people of different backgrounds interact—and learn how much they have in common. It’s the best possible preparation for participation in a global society.”
The college’s “Quality of Life” rating remained high this year, ranking above Fordham University, St. John’s University, Hofstra, The 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.” In contrast, Queens College continues to make 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.”
Among the comments students used to describe their experience at 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
● “so many clubs that everyone finds . . . their own nice groups”
● “The Summit [Queens College residence hall] is amazing!”
● “The campus feels safe and comfortable for both commuters and residents”
Queens College opened its first residence hall, The Summit, in fall 2009 and it was an instant hit, with exceptionally high occupancy rates—above 96% in its first two years and an expected 97% occupancy this fall.
As it celebrates its 75th year, Queens College reaffirms its commitment to providing a premier liberal arts education to generations of bright, ambitious students. From graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, its over 20,000 students can realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. 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 the Princeton Review also cites Queens College 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.
Assistant Director of News Services