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CUNY Queens College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree and certificate programs offered at CUNY Queens College in Flushing, NY. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About CUNY Queens College in Flushing, NY

Queens College is a public college in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York, NY. The college was founded in 1937 and is a member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. In its 2013 Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News & World Report listed this college as ninth among top regional public schools in the North. The Princeton Review named the school as a Best Northeastern College as recently as 2013.


The college is split into arts and humanities, math and natural sciences, education and social sciences academic divisions, as well as a division for innovative, international and professional studies. The college has 69 undergraduate degree programs and 62 master's degree programs, as well as offering certificate programs and doctoral programs through the CUNY system. Students can study fields that include media studies, urban studies, neuroscience and communication disorders.

Queens College offers its own honors programs, and students also can take part in a CUNY system honors college. Queens College is also the sole CUNY member with NCAA Division II sports teams. The college offers study abroad programs lasting from short breaks to year-long programs, including exchange programs across the U.S. and in Canada, France, Italy and Japan.


Application to Queens College is done online through the CUNY website. Deadlines for general admission are February 1 for the fall semester and September 15 for the spring semester. Applicants to the CUNY honors program must apply by the earlier date of December 14.

Applicants are evaluated on their high school academic schedule and performance, as well as their ACT or SAT scores. The college requires students to have taken four years of English and social studies, three years of math and a foreign language and two years of lab science. Students who have completed the GED with a score of 3500 or above also can apply. Minimum test scores accepted are 1100 for reading and math on the SAT or 22 for English and math on the ACT.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of Fall 2012, residents of New York who attended full-time were charged annual undergraduate tuition of $5,430, while non-residents were charged per credit, with each credit costing $485. Students can apply online to pay their balance via a payment plan.

Students who wish to receive financial aid are encouraged to apply using the FAFSA by mid-April. Financial aid is offered in the form of work-study, federal and private loans, grants and scholarships. New York residents also have the option of applying for state-specific grant and aid programs.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate, master's, doctorates (through CUNY), certificates**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 16,559 undergraduate and 4,434 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing One residence hall; 506-bed building located on-campus**
Schools and Programs Four academic divisions; 131 degree programs and more than 40 certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Bachelor's: Accounting (485)
Master's: Library and Information Science (162)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students Beginning Study in Fall 2005) 26% in four years
53% in six years
56% in eight years*
Admission Rate 31% in 2011*
Entering Class About 1,500 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rate 87% for full-time and 80% for part-time students (2010-2011)*
Application Due Date February 1 (fall semester); September 15 (spring semester)**
Decision Notification Date Early February (fall semester); early November (spring semester)**
Undergraduate Tuition $2,715 per semester for NY residents and $485 per credit for out-of-state and international students (tuition only for full-time students as of Fall 2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (45%)
State and local grants/scholarships (65%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (4%)
Federal student loans (7%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 72% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **CUNY Queens College

School Contact Information

  • Address: Admissions Office, Jefferson Hall Lobby, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY 11367
  • Phone: (718) 997-5600
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