February 3, 2014 | Queens College
–Prestigious College Guide Cites the College’s “Excellent Technology Facilities and Science Labs, Effective Teachers, Opportunities for Growth and Eye-Opening Cultural Experience”–
FLUSHING, NY, February 3, 2014 – Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is one of the nation’s “Best Value” colleges according to The Princeton Review. The renowned education services company profiles the college in The Best Value Colleges 2014 Edition: The 150 Best-Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In. Seventy-five public and 75 private colleges are designated as best values based on its surveys of 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide. Queens College was also selected for the guide’s 2014 edition of The Best 378 Colleges.
The selection process analyzed school-reported information across more than 30 data points covering academics, cost, and financial aid, as well as data from The Princeton Review’s surveys of students at the schools over the past three academic years.
The Princeton Review teamed with USA Today, the nation’s most widely read newspaper, to present its 2014 “Best Value” colleges lists on January 28 on http://www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges and http://bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com. The USA Today site features an interactive map that enables visitors to explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why each school was chosen as a “Best Value” college.
“It is always rewarding to receive external confirmation of what we in the Queens College community have long known: we provide a top-notch, yet affordably-priced education,” says Evangelos J. Gizis, interim president of Queens College. “In a still-struggling economy, more families are discovering us as the smart choice—a college that combines excellent academics with superb value, in a richly diverse environment.”
Princeton Review editors say Queens College “offers students the chance to get a degree that is “affordable without sacrificing proper education.” They describe courses as “topical and abundant,” with a class schedule that “is flexible enough to accommodate students who work and attend part-time.” Other highlights are the school’s LEED Gold-certified residence hall, The Summit, which opened in 2009; internal honors programs; and its participation in the CUNY-wide Macaulay Honors College. Culture plays a central role at the college, with “an impressive fine arts center, three museums, and a venerated reading series that regularly features Nobel Prize-winning authors.”
The editors also noted:
- “Students love ‘the school culture, events, students, and Wi-Fi accessibility all over campus!’”
- “People are happy with the ‘nice facilities’…including the ‘gym and the pool.’”
- “The school’s location is another bonus—the energy and opportunities of Manhattan areaccessible via public transportation, but the cost of living in Flushing is much more affordable thanin many other parts of New York City.”
- “All of this comes at a cost that is a bargain if you’re a New York State resident, and the out-of-state tuition is still a heck of a deal.”
Students were generous with their praise:
- They are “pleased with their administration”; when they “want to bring change to an area for improvement, it usually happens.’”
- Feedback is equally positive on the faculty: “…the professors can be the most wonderful part of your education at QC.” Most use “effective teaching techniques that ‘help students understand and learn through not only lecture style classes but observation and demonstration,’ as do the ‘many resources and challenging science courses’ provided by the school.”
- “There are ‘opportunities for growth inside and outside the classroom.”
- “The college’s ability to communicate knowledge in an empowering way is vital to developing a continued love of learning and service to community and country.”
- Student counseling services also receive high praise.
About Queens College:
Queens College of the City University of New York enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its over 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in 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. This year, Washington Monthly ranked QC #1 among “Master’s Universities” as a Best-Bang-for-the-Buck college and #2 nationwide among only 349 colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.