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The City University of New York Queens College

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I just want to inform u guys about the ACT test is tottally not fair.
1st Year Male -- Class 2011
Scholastic Success: A, Individual Value: F
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I really question why people take comments fromBrightSociology
I really question why people take comments from the Queens College website about it being "ivy league education" and overrating it. I myself though queens would be that way , a high quality education with resources and a school on the rebound. That wasn't true, Queens College has dubious requirements in school, they mess up your curriculum sometimes, and while they do have a bit of knowledgeable coursework and faculty as a positive aspect, whether that translate into your doing well and going with a career in your life is doubtful.

Faculty, - Even if there is great faculty , they might not always be accessible or they might teach 1 class, and it may be a lab class or a training course (So much more the "look who's teaching at Cuny" ads- don't believe me? Even the knight news admits shortcomings).

Queens College is trying to be something it isn't, it isn't the worst Cuny school its much better than york, medgar evans, etc so I am not saying its a horrible school, but the curriculum isn't streamlined, it isn't following a path or well thought out. It seems that the curriculum sometimes beats around the bush. I did very well in high school, took challenging courses from ap classes, and getting a 1250 ( old sat scores) which wasn't top grade but not low either. I joined honors programs, and scholars programs. This was back in 2000 and now I still haven't graduated.

Queens College also suffers from a lack of resources , maintenance, and its location. Sure, it has a campus but the noisy crowded flushing and crowded buses make the place less ideal, expanding a few forms and a mere 200 parking spaces won't solve problems.

Queens College tries to view itself as a top-notch school by making the curriculum more "challenging" when all they are doing is giving your more work, but not more knowledge. This is true for other schools as well, cramming anything about sociology rather than having a streamlined curriculum that's well balanced with discussions, projects, research rather than just piling up essays about anything that's sociology to make it look challenging and vigorous is what Queens College is doing. They are alienating students by doing this, a lot of Cuny community college grads are reconsidering going to Queens College.

Perhaps, maybe Queens College should stop pretending its a school that its not and it will benefit everyone. I never see Queens College, admitting flaws, advertising is very heavy. Once again, it has its strengths but if you can look elsewhere . That being said, be careful about some private schools also, you don't want to spend thousands and be in debt, but there are many other public schools besides queens.I would love feedback, there is a lot to do in Manhattan but not in flushing queens so much, crowded, noisy, etc its more as a shopping, transportation, apartment area. The above poster is right, people at Queens keep to themselves a lot, and there isn't much school spirit and things that get done at Queens, ie NYPIRG is known for not doing a lot when the come to QUeens, although their agenda is positive.

5th Year Female -- Class 2008
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Very cliquish environment.AverageOther
Very cliquish environment. Most students seek out their own cultural group and stick to that. Not a social place --after class is done, everyone scurries out. You MUST join a club if you want to meet any friends. Some students simply ignore you outside of class for some reason (has happened to me several times, with different people).

As a working, evening student, I personally feel that the college is insensitive to the needs of students like myself (which is quite a high percentage here, this being a public college). Evening courses are rare for science departments, tutoring hours are impractical. Evening science/math courses tend to empty out by half (sometimes more) after exam 1. I am NOT saying college work is meant to be easy, I'm aware that it isn't -- but the work load and expectations tells me that, with regards to working students, the faculty either A) does not understand the challenges faced by many part-time students, or B) they simply don't care. Lab TA's tend to be clueless, unhelpful or bitter (sometimes all three). (look at my rating for "faculty").

Classes also close way too early; it is crucial that you find an advisor for your major and pre-register every semester.On a good note the education is of high quality. The college does have a good accounting department (based on what my Accounting major friends told me) and a decent program for prospective teachers.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2009
Surrounding City: A+, Individual Value: F
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