Student Development and Leadership
Co-Curricular activities at Queens College play an important part in your education. Because there are so many different activities going on each semester, you are sure to find a club, concert, film, or speaker that interests you. Announcements of activities can be found in the student press, posted around the campus, and on the student events calendar on the QC Student Life Facebook page.
The goal of the Student Life Office is to create and support co-curricular opportunities for students. This is accomplished through a series of programs, including those that are social and educational in nature, as well as through structured leadership development workshops and small group and individual advisement.
The Student Life Office is the center of student club activity on campus. All clubs must register with the office each semester. Information is available in this office about student governments, leadership development, and volunteer opportunities
The Student Union
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 7am–10:30pm; Friday–Sunday, 7am–5pm
The Student Union is the hub of campus life. Containing major social, cultural, recreational, and educational facilities and services, the Student Union adds greatly to student development, enrichment, and pleasure. More than 45 student organizations have office space here, and another 90 use the Union for meetings, events, and seminars.
Various food choices are available at the Student Union. Starbucks Coffee Shop offers a variety of espresso and coffee beverages and freshly prepared sandwiches and soups. Avenue Q is a convenience store that offers prepared meals and snacks. Other services include a parking garage and a branch of the Queens County Savings Bank. Catering facilities, meeting rooms, and the fourth-floor ballroom are available for lectures, movies, music performances, conferences, and dinner or dance events.
Financed through Student Union fees and revenue- producing enterprises, the Student Union is committed to meeting the needs of the entire college and greater New York communities.
The Queens College Association administers that portion of the Student Activity Fee used by student organizations. Its administrative functions are handled by the Student Life Office. More than 150 student organizations receive funding from the QCA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Queens College Auxiliary Enterprise Association is a nonprofit organization responsible for the operation of the bookstore and food services located on campus. The Dining Hall houses various food services. Adjacent to Armstrong Alley, the Q Café (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner) features a buffet of hot foods, a salad bar, a fresh sandwich station, and a grill with cooked-to-order items. An ATM is available.
The Midway Court includes a We Proudly Serve Starbucks that sells espresso and coffee, On the Go Grab and Go, Shah’s Halal, and the Dairy Stop, which serves only kosher food provided under strict rabbinical supervision.
The Corner Pocket, a recreation center, offers billiards, ping-pong, video games, and copy services.
Adjacent to the Corner Pocket is the Q-Tips Information Center, a one-stop location for everything you need to know on campus. Items available include brochures, event fliers, and the opportunity to purchase movie tickets.
Two additional food service areas operate on campus.
The Science Building has a café on the second-floor landing, which provides a full line of Starbucks beverages as well as bagels and made-to-order sandwiches.
Rosenthal Library is home to an Internet café, Books and Bytes, with coffee, snacks, and light meals.
The Summit Office of Housing & Residence Life Summit Apartments, Room 138
718-997-4881; fax: 718-997-4882
Queens College offers all students the opportunity to live on campus in an apartment-style residence hall. The Summit Apartments provide luxury housing and support services to assist students in being successful. The building offers the privacy, amenities, services, and conveniences that today’s college students seek:
Fully furnished apartments.
Private and shared bedrooms.
All utilities included.
Stove, microwave, and full-size refrigerator.
Individual controls for heat and air-conditioning.
Digital cable TV and wireless high-speed Internet.
24-hour computer lab access.
Professional live-in staff.
Safety cameras in corridors and common areas.
24-hour staffed courtesy desk.
Queens College Online Bookstore
By logging in through CUNYfirst, students may obtain a customized list of books and materials that are required for courses in which they are registered. They are given comparison prices for new, used, rental, and eBook options, which can be shipped to either home or campus addresses. Buying books and materials through the online bookstore benefits student-focused programs and services throughout Queens College.
Queens College Shuttle
All students may ride the Queens College Shuttle, which travels between the college and mass-transit hubs at Jamaica Station and the Flushing–Main Street Station. For routes and schedules, visit https://www.qc.cuny.edu/a/shuttle/.
The Student Association
Student Union, Room 319 718-997-4862
The Student Association (SA) represents all students, clubs, organizations, and interest groups at Queens College. It offers a variety of services, programs, and events to undergraduate and graduate students. It is home to the Student Senate and student leaders all across campus, and is the backbone of student-run initiatives and involvement on campus. The SA office provides an open student lounge where all students can go to socialize and relax. Any student interested in joining may come to the office and pick up an application Mon- day through Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm.
The Academic Senate is the chief legislative body of the college and, subject to the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the formulation of policy relating to the admission and retention of students, curriculum, granting of degrees, campus life, and the nomination and review of academic (full) deans. It also establishes rules governing the use of the college name by organizations and clubs, and conducts all educational affairs customarily cared for by a college faculty. There are twenty student representatives and forty faculty delegates/senators. Student representatives are elected every Spring by the student body. In addition, there are eleven active Academic Senate standing committees, three special committees, and two college committees, all of which have student members. These committees deal with issues ranging from curriculum and academic standards to campus beautification. Applications for committee membership are available at https://www.qc.cuny.edu/academics/acasen/.
The Academic Senate usually meets one Thursday of each month from September through May. Meetings are held in Kiely Hall 170 and are open to all. Members of the college community—faculty, staff, and students— are encouraged to participate in discussions. A complete description of the Academic Senate is available in the Senate office in Kiely Hall 141 (718-997-5880; https://www.qc.cuny.edu/academics/acasen/)
The Welcome Center, located in the lobby of Jefferson Hall, provides visitors, new students, and their families with general information about the college, admissions criteria and applications, and directions to department offices. It also serves current students by providing information on course scheduling and anything else that will help them during their stay at the college (718-997-5411).
Identification Card (QCard). The college supplies each student with an identification card called the QCard. Students must carry these cards on campus and present them to a member of the faculty or staff if requested to do so. The QCard not only protects the college from persons not authorized to be on campus or to use college facilities but also extends to registered students all the privileges of membership in the college community. You must show a valid QCard when collecting any checks from the Bursar’s Office and when using the library. The QCard is also a quick and convenient method for buying things on campus.
Incoming students must acquire their QCard during their first semester. A $10 fee is charged if it is not obtained during that time. To obtain a QCard (new or replacement), you must have an active CAMS account (https://cams.qc.cuny.edu) and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license. The QCard can be obtained at the QCard Office in the Dining Hall, Room DH-116A (718-997-4240; www.qc.cuny.edu/qcard).
Disability or Pregnancy. A student who becomes disabled or pregnant and may need accommodation should contact the Office of Special Services (Frese Hall 111; 718-997-5870; https://www.qc.cuny.edu/sp/ which will provide counseling to all qualified students. A letter from a physician or official documentation identifying the disability is required to determine what accommodations are needed.
If a student wants health and wellness information concerning her pregnancy, she should make an appointment for a consultation with the nurse at the Health Service Center (Frese Hall, 3rd Floor; www.qc.cuny.edu/health).
Academic Advising Center
Kiely Hall 217; 718-997-5599
The Academic Advising Center works in partnership with undergraduate students to chart an individual course through the college’s degree requirements, services, and educational opportunities, such as the QC in 4 program, which guarantees participating freshmen graduation after four years.
After acceptance to the college, Advising begins its work with students through orientation to create an educational plan and register for the first semester’s coursework. Throughout their undergraduate experience, students are encouraged to work individually with an advisor to explore their academic and career goals and the strategies by which to achieve them; review the college’s baccalaureate degree requirements and their progress toward completion; discuss major and minor opportunities; obtain information on academic policies, procedures, and deadlines; attend workshops on course selection and long-range program and graduation planning; and seek referral to academic departments and other student service offices.
We assist our students in person (either as drop-ins or by appointment) and by email and Skype. Please check our website for hours, updates, services, and special events. Also, join us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Office of Health Professions Advisory Services offers assistance to students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, and veterinary medicine (718-997-3470). The Pre-Law Advisor counsels students who plan to study law (718- 997-3624 or 718-997-5088). Information on pre-engineering programs is available in the Physics Department (Science Building B332; 718-997-3390).
The Interdisciplinary and Special Studies Office
(Kiely Hall, Room 1105; https://www.qc.cuny.edu/academics/idp/) works directly with students in planning interdisciplinary programs.
Committee for Disabled Students
The committee, in Kiely Hall 175 (718-997-5899), is a student organization, comprising students with and without disabilities, who work together to provide advocacy to assist those with temporary or permanent disabilities. In addition, the committee helps students with disabilities to participate more fully in the social life of the campus.
Office of Student Advocacy and Appeals and Undergraduate Scholastic Standards Committee
Frese Hall 201; 718-997-4486
Staff are available to assist students with all manner of concerns, complaints, appeals, and so on as well as to discuss questions involving appeals of academic dismissal, registration for additional credits, late and retroactive course withdrawals, extensions of time to resolve temporary grades, and the reopening of closed temporary grades. Appeal forms and filing instructions may be obtained online from the USSC website on MyQC at https://www.qc.cuny.edu/saa/ default.aspx.
Financial Aid Services
718-997-5102; fax 718-997-5122
The Financial Aid Office provides information and counseling to full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate students on the various financial aid programs (grants, work, and loans) offered by New York State, the federal government, and private organizations.
Division of Student Affairs
Student Union, Room 327
718-997-5500; fax 718-997-5640; VPSA@qc.cuny.edu
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs provides a variety of services to assist students outside the classroom. The division’s professional staff is committed to facilitating students’ emotional, psychological, social, and intellectual growth and development. The offices of the division are noted below.
Counseling, Health & Wellness
Counseling Services Frese Hall, 1st Floor; 718-997-5420 https://www.qc.cuny.edu/cs/ Hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday, 9 am–5pm; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 am–7pm; Saturday, 10 am–3pm. (The center is not open on Saturdays or evenings after 5pm during the Summer and Winter sessions. Our hours are flexible while services are off campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
A student’s sense of well-being can be disrupted by many things: depression, anxiety, academic difficulty, family conflict, and troubled relationships, among others. Many students have found it helpful to talk about these things with a counselor at Counseling Services. Counselors and staff welcome students to the center. Our mission is to enhance the health and growth of our students.
Students may meet with a counselor individually or choose to join one of several groups. Counseling services are free and confidential. (Exceptions to confidentiality include intent to harm self or others, child abuse, or elder abuse.) All counselors are licensed psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors. Supervised master’s- and doctoral-level interns also are on staff.
In addition, counselors see students who are at risk of not completing college due to academic probation, suspension of financial aid, or the need for an academic appeal. All students are welcome.
Peer Support Services
Student Union LL37; 718-997-5419
Available Fall and Spring Semesters
Peer Counselors are undergraduate students who have achieved at least lower sophomore status and have learned general college information, regulations, resources, and counseling and communication skills. They are available to discuss student concerns about college adjustment, college requirements, program planning, selecting a major, exploring career choices, and personal concerns. Peer Counselors also participate in other college events. Descriptions of the Peer Program’s credit-bearing courses and the minor in Student Services and Counseling are available in the Counseling, Health & Wellness Center.
Office of Minority Student Affairs and Pre-Professional Advisement Frese Hall, 1st Floor; 718-997-5423 https://www.qc.cuny.edu/ma/ Hours: 11am–6pm
The Office of Minority Student Affairs provides direct services and works in collaboration with the academic, administrative, and support units of the college to promote the academic success and social well-being of underrepresented students. Services include:
Information on opportunities, meetings, and services available for minority students.
Graduate school planning and assistance with the application process.
Health professions and pre-law advisement.
Same-sex support groups for men and women of color.
Personal counseling (by appointment).
Academic support resources.
Assistance with course and major selection.
Assistance with academic appeals.
Mentorship and referrals.
International Students and Scholars
The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) facilitates international student and exchange visitor entry into the U.S. for the purpose of earning a degree, conducting research, or teaching at Queens College. During a visitor’s stay at the college, the ISSO staff provides international students and faculty with a variety of ongoing support services, including maintenance of U.S. visa and immigration requirements, employment eligibility assessment, and authorization for students and faculty holding the F-1 Student Visa and J-1 Exchange Scholar Visa, and academic and cross-cultural advisement.
Center for Career Engagement and Internships (Formerly the Office of Career Development and Internships)
Frese Hall 213; 718-997-4465
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
(Tuesday & Wednesday until 7pm when classes are in session)
The Center for Career Engagement and Internships’ vision is to educate, engage, and empower students and alumni in achieving career success within a transforming global workforce. Career education is fully integrated in students’ academic, personal, experiential, co-curricular, and employment activities. The career staff are educators who provide one-on-one career coaching sessions, group, and virtual career-readiness training for students and alumni.
The center offers a variety of services that are designed to engage students through the various stages of self-reflection, career exploration, and professional development. It is recommended that students start as early as their first year to complete multiple experiential learning opportunities. Internships are vital to gain related work experience and network with employers; these include for-credit, paid, or unpaid opportunities. The center also allocates a competitive QC Internship Stipend for some qualified students participating in unpaid internships. Students can upload résumés, apply online for internships and job postings on and off campus, and, in addition, view resources on the career management site HireQC at https://www.qc.cuny.edu/academics/cei/
The center also offers career classes (CO-OP 201, Orientation to the World of Work) for college credit, providing students with assessments, career-readiness skills, and workforce experience. These courses may be repeated for credit for a different experience, and may consist of traditional, online, or hybrid classes.
Health Service Center Frese Hall, 3rd Floor
718-997-2760; fax 718-997-2765
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm (when classes are in session)
A healthier lifestyle fosters better performance in academics and in your personal life. The Health Service Center’s primary emphasis is on proactive health promotion and wellness activities. Health education workshops and basic counseling are provided on a spectrum of issues, including drug and alcohol use, birth control, pregnancy, safer sex, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular health, and nutrition.
First aid, medical assessment, and referrals to free or low-cost resources in the community are provided. Pending availability, measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations are available to students.
Immunization Requirements. New York State public health law requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1957 must be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella before starting school, and must be provided with information about meningococcal disease and vaccination. Students are required to file a QC Immunization Form with the Health Service Center (Frese Hall, 3rd Floor, 718-997-2760); the form is available at https://www.qc.cuny.edu/health/immunizations/. Failure to file this form will jeopardize the student’s continuation in the undergraduate program, and registration will be blocked if the immunization requirement is not satisfied.
Health Insurance. The college offers health insurance information to students on a voluntary basis. Insurance information can be found at www.qc.cuny.edu/health.
The Child Development Center at Queens College
Kiely Hall 245; 718-997-5885
Fall & Spring Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8am–8pm; Friday, 8am–4pm
Summer Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8am–4pm (Pre-school program only)
The center provides a quality early care and education program for children (30 months to 5 years) of QC students. An after-school program also is available for children (5 to 10 years of age) from 3 to 8pm; it includes homework help as one component of a comprehensive program. Children are registered according to their parents’ class/study schedule (pre-school children must register for a minimum of 4 hours a day). Fees are based on the number of hours each child is registered.
The center is licensed by the NYC Department of Health and NYS Office of Children and Family Services, and is staffed by professional educators. Programming consists of developmentally appropriate activities to stimulate children’s intellectual and creative abilities, enhance motor development, and contribute to the acquisition of social skills. All programs offer a multicultural environment that promotes the strength and value of human diversity.
Office of Special Services
Frese Hall 111; 718-997-5870
Hours: Monday–Wednesday and Friday, 8am–5pm; Thursday 8am–6:30pm
Assistive Technology Lab: Saturday, 10am–2pm
The Office of Special Services (OSS) is the contact office for students with disabilities. It provides a full range of supportive services and accommodations according to the disability and need of the student.
These services level the playing field academically and enhance students’ academic success. They include peer mentoring, early registration, counseling, academic advisement, note takers, C-print interpreters for the deaf, an alternative testing room, and an Assistive Technology Lab. The lab accommodates students through state-of-the-art technological hardware, software, and loan equipment programs. The office also arranges parking for students with documented disabilities.
Parking on the Queens College campus is by decal only. Information on applying for and purchasing a decal is available at https://www.qc.cuny.edu/ps/. To park on college property, all vehicles must be registered with the Public Safety Office. Unregistered vehicles or those parked in violation of the college’s Parking & Traffic Regulations are subject to both ticketing and immobilization (“booting”). A fee of $75 will be charged for removal of the immobilization boot in addition to the parking violation penalty for the ticket(s).
Students with disabilities must have a license plate or tag issued by the Motor Vehicles Bureau. The tag must be displayed at all times. (This is in addition to the Queens College decal.) Disability parking must be approved by the Office of Special Services (Frese Hall, Room 111).
Day students can apply for day parking through the lottery, held once a year in May and ending in July. There is unlimited evening parking (Monday–Thursday after 2 pm and all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). A decal is good for the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. Please bring a check or money order (payable to Queens College) or cash, payable at the Bursar’s Office only, as well as a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration. Credit cards are accepted as a form of payment at the window. Students, faculty, and staff must park only in their assigned fields.
Students, faculty, and staff must park only in their assigned fields.
Student Fees. All fees and fines quoted include New York City parking tax where applicable, have been approved by the college and the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, and are subject to change without notice. Fees and fines are designed to provide a self-supporting parking program, financing construction, maintenance, lighting, security, and administration of the parking operation.
Fall/Spring/Summer (day/evening students) – $275 (parking for Summer Session(s) is included in the yearly decal)
Summit resident parking (Field 5) – $385
Summit underground parking – $440 plus $25 refundable deposit for access card
Spring Semester only – $138
Summer Session(s) only – $138
Weekends per semester – $50 (includes Fridays after 3 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday)
Motorcycles – Fall/Spring, $176; Summer only, $88
Bounced check fee – $25
For information, contact the Security & Public Safety Office in Jefferson Hall 201 (718-997-4443).
Athletics & Recreation
In the belief that an integrated curriculum should foster students’ physical as well as cognitive abilities, the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation presents students opportunities to participate in and enjoy varsity as well as intramural and recreational athletics. In addition, athletic scholarships are available to selected, talented student-athletes.
The intercollegiate athletic program provides students an opportunity to participate in sports on a high level of competition. Students also assist in organizing and conducting these events. The intercollegiate athletics program competes on the varsity level for both men and women. The following teams are open to all students who have matriculated and satisfied the necessary academic requirements as specified by the college and the NCAA: Men: baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, track & field; Women: basketball, cross- country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball, lacrosse. Dance and cheerleading teams are club teams sponsored by Athletics. Students interested in intercollegiate athletics may contact the Athletics Office in FitzGerald Gymnasium 204 (718-997-2795).
Recreation and intramural programs are run through the Office of Campus & Community Recreation. The former is made up of informal open recreation, which consists of basketball, swimming, weightlifting, running, tennis, fitness classes, and many other activities offered at specific times. Fitness classes in the past included yoga, martial arts, self-defense, and meditation, among others. Students who wish to participate in the recreation program should contact the Fitness Center in FitzGerald Gymnasium 206 (718-997-2740). Facility hours for these activities are posted in the office at the start of each semester.
The intramural program is composed of special events and activities such as flag football, volleyball, three-on-three and five-on-five basketball, indoor soccer, badminton, dodgeball, wiffleball, a one-day track event, and the Fall Fun Run. Students may enter as a team or ask to be placed on an existing team. Announcements about specific activities and the appropriate forms may be obtained in the Office of Campus & Community Recreation in FitzGerald Gymnasium 206 (718-570-0361). All intramural activities are held during club hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:30pm.
In compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, the Athletics Office prepares a report detailing participation rates, financial support, and other information related to our men’s and women’s athletic programs. This yearly report will be available in FitzGerald Gymnasium 204 by October 1.
For more details and a full description, visit www.queensknights.com.