August 21, 2013 | Queens College
— Maintains Annual Ranking as a “Stone-Cold Sober School”;
Sees 10-Point Increase in Its “Green” Rating, and Makes the Guide’s Fire Safety Honor Roll —
FLUSHING, NY, August 20, 2013–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 2014 edition of its annual guide, The Best 378 Colleges. And, in a nod to its extraordinarily diverse learning environment, the college ranked second in the U.S. for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction”—just behind fellow CUNY school Hunter College. This category reflects how frequently and easily students from different class and ethnic backgrounds interact with one another.
“We take great pride in fostering a welcoming environment for our students, who come from more than 150 countries,” says Queens College President James Muyskens. “The many clubs, extracurricular activities, events, and encounter groups give our students opportunities to celebrate what they bring to QC, as well as learn from the cultures they discover once they arrive. It’s the best possible preparation for living in a global society.
”The Princeton Review is also famous for its annual rankings, including the much-publicized “Best Party Schools.” In contrast, Queens College continues to appear on the following lists: “Got Milk?” (#10) (campuses where beer is scarce); “Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch” (#11) (no hard liquor); Don’t Inhale” (#17) (how widely marijuana is used); and, in the category “Stone-Cold Sober Schools” (#13), which 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.”
Thanks to its performance as an environmentally aware and responsible institution, QC saw a 10-point increase in its “Green” rating. This year’s academic and fire safety ratings both also increased, with the college being named to the guide’s Fire Safety Honor Roll for how well prepared it is to prevent or respond to fires, specifically in residence halls.
The college’s “Quality of Life” rating remained high, ranking above Bard College; The Cooper Union; Hofstra University; St. John’s University; and all but one SUNY college. 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.”
Among the (surprisingly metaphoric) comments students used to describe their experience at QC are, “A green bedding of low-cost tuition and the strong roots of the administrators, faculty, and staff holding up the dozens of ‘club’ trees surrounded by a heavy sprinkling of diverse people makes QC the most beautiful school in NY: both literally and figuratively.” Professors are known as “caring and devoted teachers.”
· “[There are] opportunities for growth inside and outside the classroom”
· “[I love] the school culture, events, students, and wifi accessibility all over campus!”
· “the environment is very inviting”
· “[Professors] help students understand and learn through not only lecture style classes but observation and demonstration”
· “When students want to bring change to an area [to improve it], it usually happens.”
· “[The college provides] many students who would be unable to afford college otherwise [with the opportunity for an education.]”
· “various backgrounds of different students/faculty make for an eye opening cultural experience.
As it celebrates its 75th year, Queens College remains committed to providing a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students of all backgrounds. From graduate and undergraduate degrees and honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, Queens College, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty, offers its over 20,000 students countless ways to realize their potential. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College is also cited each year by the Princeton Review as one ofthe nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages , and relatively low costs.
For more about Queens College visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Pages/default.aspx
Contact: Maria Matteo
Assistant Director of News Services