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Queens College Increases Student Enrollment and Adds New Programs

(Queens College)

Oct. 2, 2019 By Allie Griffin

Queens College kicked off the academic year with more students and more programs.

The freshman class grew by 17 percent over last year, with 2,200 first-time students. The college also admitted 2,000 incoming transfer students for a total student body of more than 20,000.

“Queens College has always set a high standard for public higher education,” Interim President William A. Tramontano said. “That is why we continue to attract students and grow as an institution. We are proud of our strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum, and our newest programs build on it.”

New degree options introduced this year include a minor in LGBTQ studies, a minor in urban planning, and a BFA in Photography and Imaging at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, an actuarial studies concentration was added to the Risk Management MS degree and Advanced Certificates were added in Risk Management and Leadership and Management within Data Analytics.

In addition, several existing degrees and certificates can now be earned online. Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences will offer its MSEd in Family and Consumer Sciences fully online. Similarly, Special Education now offers the MSEd in Educational Leadership online. Special Education also now offers its Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate programs both online and on campus at the Birth to 2, grades 1 to 6 and grades 7 to 12 levels.

For the 28th consecutive year, Queens College was listed in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guide, where it has been featured consistently since the guide’s 1992 debut. Other 2020 designations include a “Best College for Your Money” ranking by Money, “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes, and a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to a new freshman class, the college welcomed 27 new full-time faculty members to 19 departments across all divisions of the college.

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When Amazon was planning its move to LIC, they were in talks to strengthen Queens colleges.
Of course, that all vaporized after AOC scared them off.


How is it possible that our QC enrollments continue to increase as the proportion of under-paid adjunct labor increases and yet austerity is still held to everyone’s throats as the rule of the day? Queens College faculty have been told numerous times this semester that the college is in a SEVERE budget crisis. Departments have been instructed to slash course sections for spring 2020. Extreme cuts to research funding already leave faculty supporting their own research and conference travel as well as the chalk required to teach in the many crumbling and poorly ventilated classrooms spread across campus. Elected officials must do more to support CUNY, which they are eager to tout as the pride of the city– and yet toss around like a political football whenever it’s time to actually FUND it.


I hear Cuomo has decimated the budget of CUNY & that they can no longer make tenure hires. Department programs are cut to the bone. The schools are running on adjuncts.
All so that Cuomo can brag about free tuition.


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