keeping Our Eyes on the Future

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Gateway to the Future
recalls early descriptions of QC as "the College of the Future"—of the time in 1937 when we first opened our gates to the children of the newest Americans and to students of all backgrounds who knew that an excellent liberal arts education could help them build a fulfilling life and career.

We have now raised $139 million toward our goal of $150 million. Success is within our reach, and with your support we will meet this goal and secure Queens College's limitless future.

We have done much in the last few years thanks to your generosity during this campaign. We have added over 80 new faculty members—eight of whom have won the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award. We have also added six endowed professorships, covering areas from economics to geology. And as outstanding faculty attract remarkable applicants, each year we have been enrolling more of the city's top students, thanks to our expanded scholarship program.

We have accomplished much, but we still need to do more to reach our long-range goal of being acknowledged as one of the world's great liberal arts colleges by the time of our centennial in 2037.

As you may know, city and state funding along with private matching funds support many exciting programs on campus. But city and state funding has been declining for years and now covers only a third of the college's expenses. This is why we rely more and more on the private funding we receive in campaigns like Gateway to the Future, and will be acknowledging all our generous donors in the spring issue of Queens Magazine.

I look forward to celebrating a successful conclusion to our campaign in 2015 and ask that you continue to invest in Queens College. Our gates have been open for 75 years, and each year they open wider—come in and be a part of our exceptional community.


Laurie Dorf, Vice President for Institutional Advancement




  • Your support over the last six years has helped us expand our programs and hire and retain the finest scholars. These accomplishments have been cited in such publications as the Princeton Review's Best 377 U.S Colleges, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and U.S News and World Report's America's Best Colleges.
  • A study on salary data by former Secretary of Education William Bennett found that among more than 3,500 U.S. colleges and universities, QC ranks 37th in terms of return on investment - which means the college enables its graduates to succeed without burying them in debt.

  • Queens College opened its first residence hall, The Summit, in 2009.To learn more about the 506-bed facility houses students from as far away as China and as close as Forest Hills. Its design met Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements for gold certification.
  • The Charles J. Tannenbaum Room in Rosenthal Library now provides a state-of-art learning space for the Department of Special Collections and Archives. The library also added a computer lab and a beautiful lobby area in the Carole and Norman Barham Rotunda.
  • Six new endowed professorships were named at Queens College covering areas from Economics to Urban Studies and Geology. These will help us recruit, hire, and retain the best scholars from around the world.
  • A generous donation from the namesakes of the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts allowed us to renovate Colden Auditorium, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, the Aaron Copland School of Music building and the Goldstein Theatre. 
  • Support has enhanced our Division of Education, which recently won the highest praise from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Donations help support numerous faculty and undergraduate research projects across all four divisions.
  • The college has added MAs in risk management, behavioral neuroscience, and applied behavior analysis, and the only MFA program in the borough of Queens.
  • Global education initiatives allow students to participate in high-level academic programs from Italy and France to China and Turkey.
  • Thousands of students benefited from career development opportunities including internships, career placements, pre-med and pre-law advisement, mentoring sessions, lectures by key practitioners, and service learning programs.
  • "Year of" initiative offers a full cultural and academic program to students and faculty. Highlighting a different nation each year, this initiative offers everything from sports and films to lectures by Nobel laureates.



  • Capital projects under way include renovations to and modernization of Kiely Hall, lab   conversions and major upgrades to the Science Building, an enhanced QCTV production facility in King Hall,a visitor’s center at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, a seminar room in Queens Hall, and rain gardens outside the cafeteria. We also plan upgrades to Remsen Hall, renovation of FitzGerald Gym and Queens Hall, as well as upgrades and maintenance of other facilities.


  • To attract and retain the finest students, we will launch the Charles Colden Scholars Program, an honors program that will provide scholarship and internship opportunities to our hardest working students.


  • To become a leader in experiential learning among top liberal arts colleges, we are developing an Office of Academic Innovation and Experiential Learning. It will oversee the expansion of programs that allow students to supplement their education with job related skills and experiences, giving them an edge in landing jobs when they graduate.


  • We are developing a wide range of professional master’s programs to increase our graduate enrollment. These include a number of accelerated master’s and professional certificate programs. In addition, the Education Division will offer new certificate programs designed to meet the changing needs of teachers.


  • To provide continued financial sustainability and access to life-changing scholarships for future generations of QC students, we will continue to grow our endowment, which, with your support,will allow our gates to remain open for years to come.











Thanks to you, we have raised $139 million toward our goal of $150 million.

Your gifts have supported the following areas:






QC offers much-needed services to the community. The college offers; Speech-Language-Hearing Center, serving those who have communication disorders. The QC Psychological Center, which provides low-/no-cost mental health care.Women and Work, which offers job training and life skills. The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding (CERRU). The college hosts events and conferences, including the Business Forum and the Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference.


Your donations help us maintain our beautiful and vibrant campus. Attractive landscaping and over 400 new trees were added throughout our sprawling 80-acre, smoke-free grounds.


Scholarship support has more than doubled in the past six years, with over $12.2 million being awarded to 6,500 students.


In 2010 the college completed an award -winning $30 million expansion of the Remsen Hall. It features 11 high-tech teaching and advanced research labs, making it easier for students and faculty to collaborate on projects.




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Queens, New York 11367








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