2018-08-29 / Front Page

Queens College Ranked In Top 1% In Country For Upward Mobility

The results of a recent study, as reported on this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education, provides insight into how well Queens College is propelling students up the economic ladder. The Chronicle’s list is drawn from Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility, the widely reported study in which a team led by former Stanford economics professor Raj Chetty assessed colleges’ impact on social mobility.

The study tracked students from nearly every US college, including non-graduates, and measured their subsequent earnings against millions of anonymous tax filings and financial aid records. It looked at how well colleges helped students whose parents were in the bottom 20% of income levels reach the top 20% for individual earnings. Queens College ranked in the top 1% of all colleges, public and private, and was listed 11th among the top 20 four-year public colleges.

“The Stanford University study powerfully demonstrates that when it comes to economic mobility, Queens College—now in its 81st year of serving the people of New York—is making a larger impact than virtually every other college in the country,” says Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “When our students—rich in ambition, talent, and creativity—are given the advantage of a high-quality, world-class faculty, they become the backbone of our city and state workforce.”

Queens College’s social mobility track record also helped it earn a place in the top quarter of Money magazine’s August ranking of the “Best Colleges for Your Money.” The magazine measured colleges by 27 criteria.

Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the metropolitan area. It also contributes to the city’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any New York City college. Students from across the country and around the world come to the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

The college enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its nearly 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs.


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