Recognizing the importance of fostering an educational environment that assures timely student success, Queens College has developed “QC in 4,” a voluntary, four-year graduation plan. Available this fall for incoming freshmen, the program is the only one of its kind in New York City.
Queens College to Launch “QC in 4” in Fall 2017 to Guarantee Graduation in Four Years
Students who earn their undergraduate degrees in four years reap advantages such as ending their tuition bills and jump-starting their professional careers or entry into graduate school. They also avoid the accumulation of education-related debt. Nearly nine out of ten Queens College students who graduated in four years had no debt.
“We’re very proud of our talented, hard-working and ambitious students,” says Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, who recently announced new findings by the Equality in Opportunity Project. “Queens College was ranked in the top 1 percent of all colleges that move students from the bottom fifth of income distribution to the top fifth,” he said. “We know our graduates lose no time in achieving success, and so we expect that a great number of our incoming freshmen will want to take advantage of this opportunity to graduate in four years.”
QC in 4 is built on mutual agreements. Students who commit to the four-year plan agree to earn 30 credits a year and to enroll in at least 15 semester credit hours beginning with the Fall 2017 semester. Students are expected to enroll without interruption each fall and spring semester for all four years. The college also offers students the option of attending class during winter intersession and two available summer sessions, applying those credits toward the minimum needed each semester for their majors.
In turn, Queens College makes its own solid commitment: guarantee of graduation in four years. Developed by academic experts in the Provost’s office to best meet student needs and ensure their success, QC in 4 offers students critical tools, resources and support throughout their time at QC. This includes providing a four-year “academic map” for eligible majors; academic advising during enrollment for new students and before registration each subsequent semester; ensuring the availability of courses or their equivalent to enable students to complete their 2017 Freshman Four-Year Graduation Plan; providing such tools as an academic planner and online degree audit to help students monitor their degree progress; and providing students with an annual evaluation of their degree progress, identifying whatever steps may be needed to assure successful completion of their four-year graduation plan.
“This program is awesome,” says Japneet Singh, the college’s Student Association president. Singh, who graduated in 4 ½ years and is now a Master’s student in Accounting at QC. “Having a threshold of 30 credits to meet and advisors to keep you on track is a big help. And graduating in four years means you get to explore the next level of opportunity at a quicker pace—that’s a great advantage.”
Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the metropolitan area. It also contributes to the city’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any New York City college. It also has the third largest number of accounting and business students in all of New York State. As part of a well-rounded liberal arts education, students also have the opportunity to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music, one of the college’s oldest and most distinguished programs. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized Grammy Award-winning composers, conductors and performers.