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Queens College

Queens College, located in Kew Gardens Hills in the borough of Queens in New York City, is one of the senior colleges of the City University of New York.

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Location

Address
65-30 Kissena Blvd
City
Flushing
State
NY
Zip/Post Code
11367

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
15351
Total Graduate enrollment
3672
In State Tuition Fees
6030
Out State Tuition Fees
15600
SAT Score
1114
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.7
Male Female Ratio
44:56
Acceptance Rate
39%
Student Faculty Ratio
14:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Knight
Colors
Blue And Silver
Conference
East Coast

College History

History

Before Queens College was established in 1937 to serve the needs of the growing borough's population, including newly arrived immigrant families, it was a home for delinquent boys. The site which is currently home to the college, used to be home to a school named the Jamaica Academy. The school was built in the early 19th century, and Walt Whitman who for a brief period of time lived in Queens taught at this one-room schoolhouse. The building was located on Flushing-Jamaica Road, (which was renamed Kissena Boulevard) and the school became public in 1844. In the first decade of the 20th Century, the Parental Home for Boys was constructed on the surrounding land, opening in 1909. This was where the truant and delinquent boys of Queens were sent to be reformed. The school's unique Spanish-style buildings were named after letters of the alphabet. The one-room schoolhouse, now located on the grounds of the Home, stayed open until 1935. Buildings, such as Jefferson Hall, which was named after President Thomas Jefferson, were used as both dormitories and classrooms. All of these buildings are connected by underground tunnels however, these tunnels are no longer used. In 1934, the school for delinquent boys was shut down amid rumors of abuse. Eventually QC's Colden Center would be named for the District Attorney that investigated the case. The site was chosen when Mayor LaGuardia decided that Queens, like Brooklyn, also deserved to have a college. Much as it does today, the college in its early years provided an affordable opportunity to New Yorkers who were eager for a quality education. In 2006, Queens College had an enrollment of 18,107 including 13,662 undergraduates and 4,445 graduate students. Students from 120 different countries speaking 66 different languages are enrolled at the school. While it is widely known as a liberal arts college, Queens College is, in fact, a comprehensive college offering over 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees at the master's level as well as a number of advanced certificate programs. Queens College itself does not grant doctoral degrees, but is part of the consortium of the CUNY Graduate Center, and is home to a variety of doctoral programs. It is also one of seven participating schools in the CUNY Honors College, a recently inaugurated competitive program that offers exceptional students a full scholarship, a free laptop, and other benefits. Upon choosing a home campus, these students are designated as University Scholars, and enroll in Honors Seminar courses for their first two years in addition to Queens College curriculum. The department for Continuing Education offers non-credit courses and enrolls over 5,000 students.

College Specialty

Specialty

Queens College prepares students to become leaders of our global society by offering a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research. Students graduate with the ability to think critically, address complex problems, explore various cultures, and use modern technologies and information resources. With a faculty and student population that reflects the diversity of New York City, Queens College provides an unusually rich education.

Alumni

Alumni

Jerry Seinfeld, Actor and Comedian ('76) Jon Favreau - Actor and director, director of Iron Man & Iron Man 2 Adrien Brody - Actor, Academy award winner. Joy Behar, Comedienne and former co-host of The View ('64) Gary Ackerman - NY State Congressman Edwin Moise - American mathematician and mathematics education reformer (Faculty) Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian Poet (Faculty) Paul Simon, Musician, Simon and Garfunkel Robert Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer Ron Jeremy, adult film actor

Campus

Campus

Urban, 77 acres (310,000 m2)

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