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CUNY Queens College

Queens, NYwww.qc.cuny.edu
Queens College is part of the City University of New York system. One of the five boroughs of New York City, Queens is sometimes referred to as "America's most ethnically diverse county," and the university's nearly 20,000 students reflect that diversity. White, non-Hispanic students make up a minority; the student body includes people from more than 150 countries. Historically a commuter school, with both day and evening classes, Queens College also has a 506-bed residence hall called Summit Apartments. Undergraduates have their choice of nearly 70 majors. Students can choose from over 100 student organizations, including a slew of sororities and fraternities. Queens College students graduate at a rate nearly 21% higher than colleges with similar student populations, according to MONEY's calculations. They also do well once they're out in the real world: Alumni earn an average of $50,900 three years after graduation, according to PayScale. A few of the school's standout students include Jerry Seinfeld, Carole King, and Paul Simon.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$29,600
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$5,100
Average price for low-income students
$1,430
admissions
Acceptance rate
43%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1140/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
15,762
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% of need met
49%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$6,045
student success
Graduation rate
54%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$10,700
Average salary within 3 years
$50,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
35%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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