Queens, New York (NY) Colleges and Universities

There are seven colleges and universities within the borough of Queens, NY. Read about the schools with the most program variety, lowest net prices, highest graduation rates, and lowest student-faculty ratios to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

Would-be college students looking for the right college have plenty of options to choose from in and around Queens, New York. This article focuses exclusively on six of the more traditional private non-profit and public colleges and universities in the area. To help readers determine if any of these institutions meet their educational needs, we compare them in the following categories and rank them accordingly:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

The seven postsecondary institutions in Queens include nationally and regionally ranked colleges and universities. Students at these schools enjoy access to a broad range of majors and programs. The following are the top three public and private not-for-profit schools in the borough for academic variety.

1 - St. John's University

A Catholic-affiliated school located in Queens, St. John's University also has campuses in Manhattan, Staten Island, Oakdale, Paris, and Rome. Academic divisions include the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, the College of Professional Studies, and the School of Law. The university offers approximately 175 programs in over 100 fields of study, and students have access to around 150 campus-based organizations. According to U.S. News & World Report, St. John's was one of the top 150 national universities in the country for 2013, and the most popular majors in 2011 included business, communication, biology, education, and the health professions. For the 2011-2012 school year, St. John's awarded nearly 4,500 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degrees, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

2 - CUNY Queens College

Queens College in Flushing is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), and the school ranked 42nd on the U.S. News & World Report list of best northern regional universities for 2013. The college offers approximately 135 programs in over 80 fields of study, including biology, finance, education, linguistics, environmental science, philosophy, and drama.

Popular majors in 2011 included accounting, psychology, economics, sociology, and English literature, according to U.S. News & World Report. Located in a culturally and ethnically diverse borough, Queens College offers a wide range of foreign language programs, such as Chinese, Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. In 2011-2012, the school awarded over 3,000 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate degrees, according to NCES.

3 - CUNY York College

CUNY York College in Jamaica is composed of three schools, including those devoted to the arts and sciences, business and information systems, and health and behavior. The college offers approximately 45 programs, including those in biotechnology, communications technology, education, journalism, and mathematics. Popular majors in 2011 included business administration, general psychology, accounting, social work, and public health education, according to U.S. News & World Report. Unique to the college are minors in Creole, mortgage finance, Puerto Rican studies, and urban anthropology. Graduate programs are limited to a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. As reported by NCES, York College awarded 1,000 bachelor's and 13 master's degrees in 2011-2012.

Lowest Net Price

NCES determines the net price for U.S. colleges and universities by deducting the amount of financial aid first-time students receive from the total cost of in-state attendance. The following schools had the lowest reported net prices for 2011-2012 among schools in the Queens, NY, area.

1 - CUNY York College

With an average net price of $5,126 from 2011-2012, CUNY York College was the most affordable option. According to NCES, in-state students at this 4-year, public college paid $5,796 in annual tuition and fees in 2012-2013, and out-of-state students paid $12,006. Books and supplies cost an estimated $1,248 for the academic year. From 2011-2012, an estimated 83% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students received some form of financial aid.

2 - CUNY Queens College

CUNY Queens College was the second most affordable option in 2011-2012 with an average net price of only $6,019, according to NCES figures. NCES also reports that, in 2012-2013, in-state students paid $5,907 in tuition charges, while out-of-state students paid an estimated $12,117. Additional costs included $1,248 in books and supplies per year. Only 65% of students at Queens College received financial aid in 2011-2012.

3 - CUNY Queensborough Community College

Third in terms of lowest net price, CUNY Queensborough Community College in Bayside offers certificates and/or associate's degrees in business, computer studies, engineering technology, and health, among other areas. In 2011-2012, the average net cost at this school was $6,726, as reported by NCES. In 2012-2013, in-state students paid $4,240 in tuition, while out-of-state students paid $6,580. Annual costs for books and supplies came to about $1,248. About 70% of first-time students received some form of financial aid from 2011-2012.

Highest Graduation Rate

NCES bases a school's graduation rate on the percentage of first-time undergraduate students who complete their degree programs within 150% of 'normal' time (for example, six years for a bachelor's degree program). Read on to learn more about the public and private not-for-profit schools with the highest graduation rates for this area.

1 - St. John's University

At 57% for students who began their programs in 2005, St. John's University's graduation rate was the highest among the public and private not-for-profit schools in Queens, according to NCES. As reported by the center, the retention rate for full-time students who began their studies in 2005 was 79%, with a 75% rate for part-time students during that same year. In Fall 2011, the university enrolled approximately 21,000 students, and nearly 630 full- and 860 part-time faculty members were on staff in 2011.

2 - CUNY Queens College

Second in terms of graduation rate is CUNY Queens College, with an overall graduation rate of 53% for undergraduate students who began their studies in 2005, according to NCES. The retention rate was 87% for full-time students who began their studies in 2010 and 80% for part-time students. Six-year graduation rates for African-American, Asian and Hispanic/Latino students pursuing bachelor's degrees ranged from 46%-49%, with a 60% rate for women overall.

3 - Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Flushing has the third-highest graduation rate among area not-for-profit schools, with a rate of 35% for first-time students who began in 2005. Of those, the retention rate was 73% for full-time students who began their studies in 2010. In addition to aviation maintenance and airport management, the college offers programs in computer animation, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Colleges and universities in the Queens area vary in the number of students they have per faculty member. The following are the top three public and private not-for-profit schools with the lowest student-faculty ratios in the area, as reported by NCES.

1 - Bramson ORT College

With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 in 2011, Bramson ORT College had the lowest student-faculty ratio in Queens. In Fall 2012, NCES reported that the faculty consisted of about 50 full- and 50 part-time members who provided academic services to just over 900 students.

2 - CUNY Queens College

Coming in second place for the lowest student-faculty ratio is CUNY Queens College, which has a ratio of 17:1. NCES notes that in Fall 2012, there were about 600 full- and nearly 900 part-time faculty members teaching approximately 21,000 students. Nearly 40% of the classes had 20 students or less, according to U.S. News & World Report.

3 - Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Third in terms of student-faculty ratio is Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology with a ratio of 17:1. In Fall 2012, this school had a student population of nearly 1,700 students and employed more than 30 full- and nearly 130 part-time faculty members, according to NCES.

Queens, NY, Area Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Degrees Offered Area Ranking
Bramson ORT College Forest Hills, NY 2-year, private not-for-profit Less than 1-year certificates, 1-year but less than 2-year certificates; associate's degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
CUNY Queens College Flushing, NY 4-year, public Bachelor's and master's degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates 2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Net Price,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
CUNY Queensborough Community CollegeBayside, NY2-year, public1-year but less than 2-year certificates; associate's degrees3rd Lowest Net Price
CUNY York College Jamaica, NY 4-year, public Less than 1-year certificates; bachelor's and master's degrees Lowest Net Price,
3rd Most Program Variety
St. John's University Queens, NY 4-year, private not-for-profit 1-year but less than 2-year, 2-year but less than 4-year, and post-master's certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees Most Program Variety,
Highest Graduation Rate
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Flushing, NY 4-year, private not-for-profit 1-year but less than 2-year certificates; associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees 3rd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

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