The Chronicle of Higher Ed Ranks Queens College Among Top Ten Public U.S. Colleges for Upward Social and Economic Mobility

​– A Global Ranking of Almost 28,000 Colleges Places QC in the Top 5% on Quality of Education and Faculty, Alumni Employment —

FLUSHING, NY, October 24, 2017—The results of a recent Stanford University study, as reported on in the Chronicle of Higher Education, provide insight into how well Queens College is propelling students up the economic ladder. The Chronicle’s list is drawn from Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility, the widely reported study in which a team led by Stanford economics professor Raj Chetty assessed colleges’ impact on social mobility. In a global assessment of 27,770 degree-granting institutions, the Center for World Universal Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5 percent for the quality of its education and faculty, alumni employment, and other factors.

The 2017 Stanford study tracked students from nearly every U.S. college, including nongraduates, and measured their subsequent earnings against millions of anonymous tax filings and financial-aid records. It looked at how well colleges helped students whose parents were in the bottom 20 percent of income levels reach the top 20 percent for individual earnings. Queens College was ranked number 10 out of 35 four-year public colleges.

“The Stanford University study powerfully demonstrates that when it comes to economic mobility, Queens College—now in its eightieth year of serving the people of New York—is making a larger impact than virtually every other college in the country,” says Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “When our students—rich in ambition, talent, and creativity—are given the advantage of a high-quality, world-class faculty, they become the backbone of our city and state workforce.”

Queens College’s social mobility track record also helped it earn a place in the top quarter of Money magazine’s July ranking of the “Best Colleges for Your Money.” The magazine measured colleges by 27 criteria.

In the global rankings, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) says it “publishes the only global university rankings that measure the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions,” similar to the process employed by U.S. News & World Report.

CWUR does not consider the Stanford data or similar measures. Rather, it “uses eight objective and robust indicators to rank the world’s top 1000 universities.” These include Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university’s size; Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held CEO positions at the world’s top companies relative to the university’s size; Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals; Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals; Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly influential journals; Citations, measured by the number of highly cited research papers; Broad Impact, measured by the university’s h-index*; Patents, measured by the number of international patent filings.

About Queens College
Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the metropolitan area. It also contributes to the city’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any New York City college. Students from across the country and around the world come to the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

The college 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, Queens College helps its nearly 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 Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.

*An h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure the impact of the productivity and citation of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.