Queens College Marks the Start of Academic Year 2017-18 with Residence Hall Enhancements and Expanded Academic Offerings

Flushing, Queens, September 11, 2017—“Each year, The Summit Apartments at Queens College focuses on renewing and/or replacing various amenities to maintain a quality living experience,” says Sean Pierce, director of the eight-year-old residence hall, which provides housing for Queens College students and others enrolled at CUNY colleges. “This summer, we completed a $100,000 common-area upgrade that includes new lounge furniture throughout the building and a new ping-pong table. We installed new flooring and air conditioning in the fitness center, engaged a new laundry service vendor, and added a print station to the lobby. Living on campus increases in popularity each year; The Summit has had a waiting list for two years.”

Whether they live on campus or commute, all Queens College students will have even more academic options this semester. “Queens College has for eighty years provided high-quality educational opportunities for the people of our City and State. We are especially pleased to build upon our attractive academic offerings with more new and exciting programs that will prepare our students for success in continuing their education or embarking on a career,” said President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.

  • Long a leader in teacher training, Queens College has introduced an MS in Science         Education. The only graduate program of its kind in New York State, this degree prepares secondary school teachers to teach both math and computer science.
  • Building on its innovative graduate program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research, the college has launched a dual Sociology BA/MA in Data Analytics, as well as a minor in Data Analytics. Knowledge of this field is excellent preparation for careers in business and management.
  • A BS in Economics is now being offered for students planning to go to graduate school in economics.
  • Queens College’s new Social Medicine minor, created by the Urban Studies Department, explores an area that is destined to become increasingly important in the future: the economic, social, environmental, and political factors that shape the health of individuals and communities.
  • A new Media Studies course, Technology Development Lab—led by digital pioneer Douglas Rushkoff—will help participants develop their own technology concepts from the idea to prototype stage. Guest industry experts will help students explore precedents and influences, choose platforms, develop user scenarios, determine market fit, write wireframes, evaluate social, economic, and environmental impact, prepare and rehearse proposals, build prototypes, and then participate in a live pitch before a panel of funders and technologists. Up to three projects will be identified as promising ventures and those students will be invited to participate as members of the college’s Tech Incubator, the first of its kind in the borough.
  • The college’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies has revamped its certificate program in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials. This certificate complements dual master’s degree programs offered in conjunction with the History Department.
  • One more certificate program making its debut, Italian Culture for the 21st Century, examines all things made in Italy, and will serve as a gateway for the study of Italian in contemporary and international contexts. Internships with the Italian Trade Commission will be available through the program.

In addition to The Summit Apartments improvements, students will benefit from a newly renovated on-campus television studio as part of their Media Studies courses; classroom, lab, and lecture hall upgrades; and extensive building upgrades.

About Queens College
Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors and principals in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more computer science majors than any college in New York City. Queens College also has the third-highest number of accounting and business students in all of New York State. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its eighty years of service to the City and State through its outstanding 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 19,000+ 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, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report’s Best College and a Forbes magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.

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