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Queens College Named One of the Top 20 Best Value Colleges for Teaching Degrees



A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area.

Queens College recently was named one of the top 20 best value colleges for teaching degrees on the Best Value Schools’ 2018 list, and the most affordable overall. Queens College is the highest-ranked school in the State of New York. The ranking of the 50 best, most affordable colleges for teaching degrees in the U.S. focused on four-year, public and private (non-profit) colleges and universities that offer multiple bachelor’s degrees in teaching. Ranking factors included program popularity, breadth of programs, acceptance, graduation and retention rates, and net price.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the top value schools in the nation for students to earn teaching degrees as well as being first in New York State. We take great pride that more teachers and administrators in the New York City public school system graduated from Queens College than from any other school in New York,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “Queens College has been long recognized for its prestigious education division, diverse undergraduate and graduate programs, and for equipping future teachers and school professionals with the skills they need to be successful partners with their communities.”

Queens College offers 97 registered programs that prepare teachers and other school professionals for New York State certification, including undergraduate programs in art teacher education, childhood education, English adolescent education, family and consumer science education teacher, mathematics adolescent education, music teacher education, physical education teacher, science adolescent education, social studies adolescent education, linguistics, and world languages.

In describing Queens College’s position on the list, Best Value Schools staff declared:

Not only will you find an extremely cheap bachelor’s degree in teaching at CUNY Queens College, but you’ll also find a school that seeks meaningful engagement with its community. Thanks to the Center for the Improvement of Education, you can be part of a city-wide effort to bring together schools, agencies, businesses, and other organizations to help children flourish and grow. Another benefit of these partnerships is that it helps the school design teaching degrees that meet the needs of local students. Of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to help local students yourself when you complete a field experience in the city.

Four-year public and private colleges and universities with an average annual net price below $30,000 were considered to receive the designation. In addition, schools must offer multiple bachelor’s degrees in teaching and also have retention and graduation rates greater than 50% and admission rates below 85% to be eligible.

About Queens College

Queens 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 over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility.

The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit to learn more.

A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s 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.

Edited by: JV Staff



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