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Queens College of The City University of New York
Motto Discimus ut serviamus (Latin)
("We learn so that we may serve")[1]
Established 1937
Type Public
President James L. Muyskens
Faculty 566
Location Flushing, New York,  United States
40°44′13″N 73°49′01″W / 40.737°N 73.817°W / 40.737; -73.817Coordinates: 40°44′13″N 73°49′01″W / 40.737°N 73.817°W / 40.737; -73.817
Campus Urban, 77 acres (310,000 m2)
Mascot Knights
Website qc.cuny.edu

Queens College, located in Flushing, Queens, New York City, is one of the senior colleges of the City University of New York.

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History and enrollment

Queens College was established in 1937 to serve the needs of the growing borough's population, including newly arrived immigrant families. 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.

The campus and facilities

The 77-acre (310,000 m2) campus, located off Kissena Boulevard, is on one of the highest points in the borough. Six of the original Spanish style buildings dating back to the early 20th century still stand such as Jefferson Hall, which was built in 1900. The college has since expanded to include over 40 buildings including the main classroom building, Powdermaker Hall, rebuilt in 2003 and named after the college's distinguished anthropologist Hortense Powdermaker.

The college is located on a 77-acre (310,000 m2), tree-lined campus surrounding grassy open spaces and a traditional Quad. The completely renovated Powdermaker Hall, the major classroom building, was reopened in fall 2003 with state-of-the-art technology throughout. The Benjamin Rosenthal Library, with its soaring, light-filled atrium and distinctive clock tower, features innovations in information retrieval. The college is also expanding its wireless capabilities, opening new cafés and dining areas, installing plasma boards, updating the Student Union and several other buildings, and embarking on a variety of campus-beautification projects.

Because Queens is a commuter college, the administration is dedicated to making students feel that the college is their home-away-from-home, with over 100 clubs and a full athletics program. In fact, Queens is the only CUNY college that participates in Division II sports. A Child Development Center, staffed by professionals, offers inexpensive child care services to students with children. Ongoing cultural events include readings by renowned writers, concerts, and theatre and dance performances. The college is also home to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, which houses more than 3,500 works of art.

The college holds courses at several off-campus locations, including the 43rd Street Extension Center in Manhattan and the CUNY Center for Higher Education in vibrant downtown Flushing, which opened in late 2003.

The college has a low-rise 506-room dormitory on campus called the "The Summit at Queens College", which opened for the Fall semester of 2009. Queens College is one of only three CUNY campuses with dorm facilities (the other two being Hunter College and City College). The Summit was built on what used to be the tennis courts.

The campus also maintains a well-respected and state-of-the-art library, The Benjamin Rosenthal Library. The library's Chaney-Schwerner-Goodman Clocktower was named after the three civil rights workers who were murdered in 1964, including Andrew Goodman, a Queens College student. Built in 1988, the library contains 752,900 books, 32,600 print and electronic materials, the college archives, and a growing collection of multimedia materials in its Media Center. The library is also home to the papers of Robert Morris and the Louis Armstrong archives. The library also houses the art library and art center, which has approximately 70,000 books and 5,000 bound periodicals, as well as 15,000 slides, and the rare books collection. The art center displays the works of both established and emerging artists in all media.

The college is also home to the Aaron Copland School of Music located in the music building, constructed in 1991. The building houses the music library and the 490-seat Lefrak Concert Hall with a tracker organ, electronic music studios, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and a professional-level recording studio.

CUNY Law School is located to the west of the campus of Queens College, although it is a separate administrative unit of CUNY.

Townsend Harris High School is located at the edge of the Queens College campus.

Godwin-Ternbach Museum

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is located in Klapper Hall. The museum maintains a fine collection of 3,500 pieces of art as well as artifacts from all cultures dating from ancient times to the modern day. These include works by Rembrandt Van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Georges Braque. The museum also hosts a series of exhibitions each year.

Academic centers and institutes

The College is home to many centers which focus their research on various pressing social issues facing the local communities, students, faculty and the many ethnic and religious groups of the Queens area.

  • Asian American/Asian Institute

Works to integrate the talents of individual faculty and the resources of other CUNY institutes to create a community of scholars to help focus their energies on Asia and the Asian American experience.

  • Asian/American Center

Dedicated to community-oriented research that analyzes the multi-cultural diaspora experience of Asians in global and local communities.

Fosters higher education among Italian-Americans and insures that the legacy of the Italian-American experience is documented and preserved for future generations. This is accomplished through research, counseling, lectures, symposia, and administering an exchange program with CUNY and Italian universities.

  • Center for the Biology of Natural Systems (CBNS)

Conducts research that analyzes real world environmental and resource problems and their policy implications. Recent projects include a study of the impact of air pollution on asthma sufferers in the South Bronx and a continuing examination of the health workers involved in the cleanup of ground zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies

Initiates, supports, and coordinates the teaching of Byzantine and modern Greek studies. The center also promotes Byzantine and Neo-Hellenic scholarship and publications; and relates academic research and teaching to the needs of the Greek community in Queens and beyond.

  • Center for Jewish Studies

Through outreach and research, serves as a bridge between the academic Jewish Studies program and the community. It offers numerous lectures, concerts, symposiums, and performances.

  • John Cardinal Newman Club

Run by the Catholic Newman Center, this area provides a social environment for all students of all faiths. Social and academic discussions are usually found here.

  • Center for the Improvement of Education

Forges linkages between public schools and Queens College that will allow staff from each to perform their primary functions more effectively.

  • The Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change

Promotes public discourse about social issues, advocates for social change, and works in partnerships with others to build a more just and equitable democratic society. The institute is primarily concerned with the employment, health, and educational needs of economically disadvantaged communities.

  • The Neuroscience Research Center

The goal of the center is to enhance the research and education of students at Queens College through the establishment of programs at both the under-graduate and graduate levels concerning neuroscience. Members of the center have established a five year NIH MARC program at the college for minorities in the biomedical research sciences. The faculty at the center have produced over 800 peer-reviewed publications over the past fifteen years, with nearly 300 in the past five years alone. Since 1990, the center faculty have also received funding for 51 external and 54 internal grants.

*Queens College Model United Nations Team Run by the Political Science Department in conjunction with Queens College Model United Nations team, this program provides students the opportunity to explore their interests in the international policy and the United Nations.

Rankings

In its 2006 edition of "America's Best Value Colleges," The Princeton Review ranks Queens College eighth in the United States.[1]

Queens College is ranked as one of the "25 Hottest Universities" in the Newsweek/Kaplan 2008 College Guide. [2]

The 2008 America's Best Colleges ranked by Forbes.com placed Queens College at #389. [2]

Notable alumni and faculty

The QC Quad
Rosenthal Library

References

  1. ^ Authored by Dr. Konrad Gries, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics, at the request of the first president of the college, Dr. Paul Klapper (Personal communication from Konrad Gries).
  2. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes.com. http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/94/opinions_college08_CUNY-Queens_94113.html. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  

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