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.