Welcome to Queensborough Community College. All of us here are committed to providing you with a quality yet affordable education in a supportive environment. For more than fifty years Queensborough has served students like you, from Queens and the entire New York City region, by providing the strong foundation necessary to begin the pursuit of your academic and career goals.
Queensborough proudly reflects the unique character of the local Queens community, the most diverse county in the United States. We distinguishe ourselves from other higher education institutions in the country because of that diversity, with nearly equal populations of African Americans, Asians, Caucasions and Latinos. In fact, our students come from more than 129 countries and speak some 78 different languages.
More than 16,000 students are currently enrolled in associate degree or certificate programs, and another 10,000 students attend continuing education programs on our campus. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Queensborough, through its 17 academic departments, offers transfer and degree programs, including an Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The College also offers non-credit courses and certificate programs.
Students attend Queensborough primarily as the gateway to transfer to a four-year college or university--and over half of our studentstransfer to a four-year CUNY college after earning their Associate degree--or to obtain the necessary skills for career advancement.
A key goal is to provide an academic environment that strengthens our students' commitment to their own education, thus making it possible for them to graduate and complete their acade4mic or professional goals in a timely manner.
The Queensborough Academies are an institutional model for your success. Each of the five Academies: Business, Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) provide you with special learning opportunities and activities, as well as personalized guidance from your Academy Adviser. Queensborough is one of only a few community colleges in the country offering such a program on this scale.
Features of the initiative include re-structured academic advisement; extended outreach and intervention strategies; and expanded High Impact Practices such as service learning, writing intensive courses, internships, and educational opportunities at the College's three cultural resource centers: The Kupferberg Holocaust Center, the QCC Art Gallery and the Performing Arts Center. These enriched learning experiences serve to reinforce classroom teaching and further our students' commitment to their education.
Another hallmark of the College is research. With 81% holding doctoral degrees, our faculty is actively engaged in community college pedagogical research to study and improve the teaching methodologies to further benefit our students. They also conduct research in their academic disciplines, publish their findings and compete internationally in academic forums. The faculty is equally dedicated to the success of their students and encourages them to pursue their own intellectual development.
As an entering student, you are encouraged to think about your future beyond Queensborough--be it to earn your baccalaureate degree or to advance to a professional career. Our supportive faculty and administrative staff will help you to be successful in reaching your educational, social and professional goals. I wish you a rewarding experience while you are with us at Queensborough Community College, and I also wish you much success with the achievement of your goals and dreams ahead.
Timothy G. Lynch, Ph.D.
Interim President of Queensborough Community College