CUNY Queens College

CUNY Queens College Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

CUNY Queens College is a campus of the City University of New York system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at Queens College.

Is CUNY Queens College the School for You?

Queens College is a public, 4-year university that is a part of the City University of New York (CUNY). The school is located on 77 acres in New York City's Queens borough. The school offers 69 undergraduate and 62 master's degree programs that focus on the liberal arts and sciences. Read more to find out if this is the school for you.


  • Ranked among the Top 10 Public Schools in the North by U.S. News & World Report
  • Very low number of TAs teaching courses
  • Student debt following graduation is $8,960 lower than the national average
  • Out-of-state total cost is $1,156 lower than the national average


  • Room and board is $2,135 higher than average
  • In-state total cost is $5,685 higher than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 32.8 percentage points lower than average

Rankings & School Analysis

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that the in-state total cost (including tuition and living expenses) at Queens College was $23,545 in 2012-2013, which was almost $6,000 higher than average. Out-of-state students may be interested to know that the total out-of-state cost was $1,156 lower than the national average. Room and board costs were significantly higher than average at $11,450 for 2012-2013.

Queens College ranked ninth among top public schools in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2013, and only about 4% of all instructors are teaching assistants, meaning that students take most classes with professors. Students also carry less student debt than average; U.S. News & World Report stated that average debt for students graduating in 2011 was $17,700, compared to a national average of $26,660. Although the low admission rate of 31% may be a challenge to some applicants, it may also serve as an indication of the standards of Queens College.

The school is further listed as one of Princeton Review's Green Colleges, highlighting the school's commitment to sustainability. You can expect to attend classes in energy efficient facilities, use a minimal amount of paper resources and choose from sustainable food in the dining hall.

Getting In & Financial Aid at SUNY Queens College

Although applications to SUNY Queens College must be in by February 1st, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible, since students are admitted on a rolling basis. Your application is standard among all universities in the CUNY system. Your admission is based on your academic record, standardized test scores and an optional background section.

Slightly more than three-quarters of the student body received some financial aid in 2011, and 78.7% of students had their financial needs fully met. The average need-based award in 2011 was $4,800. Your financial aid application is due by April 15th. New York residents should also complete the TAP financial aid application for in-state students.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) February 1***
Financial Aid Priority Deadline (2013) March 15**
Notification of Acceptance (2013) By early February***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $65*
Acceptance Rate (2011) 31%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $23,545 (in-state) and $29,755 (out-of-state)*
Average Need-Based Financial Aid Package (2011) $4,800**
Percent of Students with Needs Fully Met (2011) 78.7%**
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $17,700**
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 5%*

Life at SUNY Queens College

Queens College has one residence hall that was built in 2009, and only 3% of students live on campus. Located on campus is a child development center that offers child care and early education, as well as after-school care. As a student, you can get involved in clubs, as well as varsity or intramural sports. The college is a member of the NCAA Division II conference. Although there are three libraries at Queens College, students have access to all 28 libraries in the CUNY system.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city
Student Population (2011) 20,993*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 42% male and 58% female*
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 69%*
% of In-State Students (2011) 95%*
% of International Students (2011) 2%*
Retention Rate (2011) 87% for full-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students Living on Campus 3%**
Number of Libraries 3***
Extracurricular Activities 140**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***CUNY Queens College

School Contact Information

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