CUNY Queens College Reviews and Ranking Awards

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CUNY Queens College is a public, four-year institution located in the Queens borough of New York City. Founded in 1937 and located in Riverside, California, it offers liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Known for its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and affordability, the school has been cited for 28 consecutive years as the “Best Value” college in the Princeton Review. It’s also worth noting that the college produces more education graduates who become employees for New York City public schools than any other institution in the metropolitan area.

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Overview of CUNY Queens College

Situated in the city’s most ethnically diverse county, the college serves students from more than 150 different nations. The campus consists of 80 acres, with plenty of trees and grassy open spaces. CUNY Queens College also has many state-of-the-art computer and science laboratories and a six-story library. Additionally, it is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and provides students with over 100 clubs and teams to choose from.

The school has an overall student population of 19,700, 16,702 of whom are pursuing undergraduate degrees. It also employs approximately 553 full-time faculty members and 798 part-time faculty members. There are also about 48 graduate assistants helping with classroom instruction. As a result, the student-faculty ratio is 17:1. This is very reasonable and means students should find it quite easy to receive one-on-one attention and support from their professors.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 56%
Year Founded 1937

Student Enrollment

Total Students19,923


Undergraduate Student

Male 7,758
Female 9,108

Graduate Student

Male 1,406
Female 1,651

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Queens College Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 10,825
Female 13,452


Male 5,088
Female 6,726

Acceptance Rate49%

Male 47%
Female 50%

Enrollment 2,260

Male 1,059
Female 1,201
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Queens College Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

CUNY Queens College tuition and fees will depend on several factors such as student residency, enrollment status, and degree type sought. The estimated tuition cost for full-time state residents pursuing undergraduate degrees in 2019 was $3,465 per semester, with a maximum number of credits allowed. Part-time and non-degree students pay per credit, with tuition rates ranging between $305 and $445 per credit hour. Out-of-state and international students, however, pay more per credit hour. These students should expect to pay between $620 and $915 per credit hour.

Graduate programs are also more expensive, with full-time state residents enrolled in 12 or more credits paying $5545 per semester. Part-time and non-degree graduate students pay $470 per credit. Again, out-of-state and international students will owe more. These students should expect to pay $855 per credit hour.

Additionally, once registered, students are responsible for mandatory student fees. This includes an activity fee, consolidated service fee, and technology fee. For undergraduates, this fee ranges between $208.85 and $303.85 depending on the number of credits taken. For graduate students, the fee ranges between $198.35 and $260.85. Prospective students must also plan to pay for their books, class materials, room, and food. Housing options are limited on campus, but can be acquired. Living on campus will cost up to $14,476 per academic year.

CUNY Queens College does offer financial aid opportunities in the form of grants, loans, work study, and scholarships. Approximately 91% percent of those enrolled at the college receive some form of financial aid. While most receive aid in the form of grants and scholarships, 8% still require student loans in order to attend.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $4,471
Average Total Aid $9,111
Students Receiving Financial Aid 79%
Room & Board $15,102

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,538
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $15,488
  • Books and Supplies - $1,364
  • Room & Board - $15,102
  • Other - $5,504


CUNY Queens College offers a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences, facilitated by faculty members who are dedicated to instruction and research in their fields. Every program strives to ensure graduates have the ability to think critically, as well as address complex problems, explore various cultures, and use modern technologies.

Students can choose from a wide variety of undergraduate and master’s degree programs, as well as several doctoral programs. CUNY Queens College also offers graduate certificate programs, college preparatory programs, professional and continuing studies, and adult collegiate education.

The most popular majors include:

  • Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Accounting
  • Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Design

The retention rate for first-time students pursing bachelor’s degrees was 83% for full-time students and 70% for part-time students in 2020. This statistic is significant because it indicates that the majority of full-time students were satisfied with their experiences and chose to return for a second year.

Overall graduation and transfer-out rates are a bit lower. Graduation rates for students who began their studies in fall 2014 were 53%, with 24% of students transferring out. Notably, only 46% of entering students were counted in this category.

CUNY Queens College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which is an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. It is also accredited by the State of New York (NYSDOE). Special program accreditations of note include the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP), the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation, and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Student Population Total

Student Population 19,923

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Social Science Majors 662 Total Graduates / 20%
Economics, General 319 Graduates
Sociology, General 158 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 111 Graduates
Urban Studies/Affairs 35 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 602 Total Graduates / 18%
Psychology, General 602 Graduates
All Business Majors 542 Total Graduates / 16%
Accounting 451 Graduates
Finance, General 62 Graduates
International Business/Trade/Commerce 17 Graduates
Labor Studies 10 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 272 Total Graduates / 8%
Computer Science 272 Graduates
All Education Majors 254 Total Graduates / 8%
Elementary Education and Teaching 105 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 29 Graduates
Mathematics Teacher Education 22 Graduates
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 22 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 31%

Outcome & Salary

The majority of students enrolled at CUNY Queens College graduate when they are expected to. Of the full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduates who entered the institution in fall 2014, 26% of them received bachelor’s degrees after four years. Significantly more graduated within six years, with 53% receiving their degrees; and 60% graduated within eight years of enrolling.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $53,500
College Grads Average Salary $67,833
College Grads Mid Career Salary $98,700
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $678,330
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,665,330
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $17,884
10 Year Projected ROI $660,446
20 Year Projected ROI $1,647,446
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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