Sunday, May 10, 2009

Queens College dorm almost done

From NY1:

As students are preparing to take their finals, Queens College officials are putting the final touches on the college's first-ever residence hall.

Yay! 500 more people are coming to Flushing!


Anonymous said...

Dorms won't help this school attract high caliber students - this school has been on a downhill trajectory for the last 20 years. In fact it will only fill up with more C average students that would otherwise go to city Community College for the lack of being accepted anywhere else.

Anonymous said...

What is the purpose of these dorms? Queens College is supposed to be a commuter school.

Frank said...

Queens College's fraternities and sororities have been itching for this since the time I was a QC student (about ten years ago). The only thing it's going to do is facilitate partying. In a way they've removed QC's tennis courts to make room for beer pong tables.

As for the first Anonymous poster, QC is an excellent school and while it could stand some improvement (i.e. hiring less adjuncts and more full-time professors, not using non-union labor for construction projects) it is not at all going downhill. The English and Anthropology departments are world renowned and well respected. Thousands of students in Queens who would otherwise not be able to afford an education can do so through CUNY. To dismiss Queens like that is unfair and makes me wonder if you'd prefer a world where only rich kids got to go to college.

Anonymous said...

It's intended to attract CUNY Honors Students. Hunter and City are the only schools in the program that offer Honors students dorms. It's a ploy to siphon off the other school's best students. Given a choice, however, I think they'd rather live on 25th & 1st in Manhattan than in the middle of Kew Gardens Hills.

Anonymous said...

I am going to say something radical. College expenses are through the roof and some of it is due to vanity building projects.

Let's put less emphasis on catering to the elite, and more emphasis on providing an affordable education and the necessary skill sets to create the professionals of the future.

Perhaps students should not be paying student loans in their 60's.

Anonymous said...

Flushing is crowded, but Queens College is on the border of Kew Gardens Hills. Crappy tried scaring readers with gloomy lines.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but the area around Queens College is mainly apartment buildings, housing projects and Queens Crap.

Proud QC Grad said...

"Dorms won't help this school attract high caliber students - this school has been on a downhill trajectory for the last 20 years. In fact it will only fill up with more C average students that would otherwise go to city Community College for the lack of being accepted anywhere else."

You are an absolute idiot. Queens college has been on a vertical climb for years- and they are the easy leader within the CUNY system. They were ranked amongst the top public colleges in the COUNTRY, by both US News and the Princeton Review, to name a few.

QC has one of the most diverse campuses in the world, and offers solid academic programs that regarded very highly - such as their Education and Pre-Med tracks. They attrack the HIGHEST CALIBER of students- just not the richest ones.

And C average students??? Try again... QC has a rigorous admissions process and is one of the most difficult schools to get into because of the quality of education compared to price. Their admission criteria is much more stringent than St. Johns or Hofstra- for example.

Stop spewing nonsense. I graduated Queens College with a great feeling about the education I received. I am grateful to Queens College and am happy to show that gratefulness through frequent fat checks that I am able to write to them because they helped to make me a successful IVY LEAGUE ATTORNEY (high caliber enough for you?).

Stop being a jackass and think before you speak. Or at least provide some references or citations with your fabled opinions.

-Proud QC Grad

Anonymous said...

I went to Hunter from 1991-1995. That, I was told, was one of the premiere schools at the time, especially for teachers.

I went there after the open admissions policy was adopted which said that anyone graduating from a NYC public high school had the right to attend a CUNY school. Well you know the caliber of education that HS students receive. I had kids in my classes that couldn't read, count or form a complete sentence. Some of them were in remedial classes to get them up to speed. There even was a grade changing scandal in the registrar's office when I was there.

We got extra credit for writing letters to Mayor Giuliani on behalf of the faculty to protest budget cuts. If this is what was going on at the "better" CUNY school, I hate to see what was going on at some of the less prestigious ones.

It's sad that the university feels it now has to draw from a pool of applicants outside of NYC in order to raise the level of quality of the school.

Anonymous said...

Is It difficult to get into the school?

Anonymous said...

I'm a QC commuter and it is HELL. The buses are so crowded and come infrequently(esp. Q 88). I chose not to dorm but the rooms are actually spacious. You do have to share with perhaps 3 people to a room though but that just helps because you can share chores and cooking duties. The dorms in Manhattan, like for Hunter, look stifling sorry to say. The building for the dorms is basically rectangular form, steel frame and siding. I thought Queens would become a party school but I don't see it happening so fast. The atmosphere did get friendlier though. Before, it would be hard to make friends and you'd have a semester with them then not speak or see each other after that.
The professors are amazing for many departments including art (^.^), philosophy, science, math, english, history and more. Even if the professor is a tough grader, many have these quirks that you will never forget. Especially the history professors, their lectures are quite amusing (and I'm NOT a history person). I do feel it's a pity about the courts though there are still indoor and 6 outdoor courts left.