Queens College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Queens College, CUNY. Thomas Jefferson Hall

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Queens College is a public college with an acceptance rate of 48%. Located about 10 miles east of Manhattan in Flushing, Queens College is a public university and one of the senior colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The college offers bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 100 areas with psychology, sociology, and business among the most popular with undergraduates. The college's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Traditionally a commuter school, Queens College opened its first residence hall in 2009. On the athletic front the Queens College Knights compete in the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference.

Considering applying to Queens College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Queens College had an acceptance rate of 48%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 48 students were admitted, making Queens College's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 18,862
Percent Admitted 48%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 22%

SAT and ACT Scores and Requirements

Queens College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. Most students submit SAT scores, and Queens College does not provide statistics for applicants' ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 79% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 520 600
Math 540 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Queens College's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Queens College scored between 520 and 600, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 600. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 540 and 620, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1220 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Queens College.


Queens College does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Queens College requires applicants to submit all SAT scores, but will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Queens College does not require SAT Subject tests, but they are recommended for scholarship and honors college consideration. Note that minimum score requirements for incoming freshmen include an SAT score of 1130 in critical reading and math or an ACT score of 22 or higher in English and math.


In 2019, the average high school GPA of Queens College's incoming freshmen class was 89.4. This information suggests that most successful applicants to Queens College have primarily high B grades. Note that the minimum required GPA for incoming freshmen is 80, or B-.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

CUNY Queens College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
CUNY Queens College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Queens College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Queens College, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. Applicants may apply using the Common Application or the CUNY application. Queens College wants to see high grades in rigorous courses and strong test scores. However, Queens College has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. You can improve your chances of acceptance by submitting an optional application essay, glowing letters of recommendation, and a resume of extracurricular activities. Note that specialized majors have additional admission requirements.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to Queens College. Most had SAT scores of 1050 or higher (ERW+M), an ACT composite of 21 or higher, and a high school average of a "B" or better. Standardized test scores and grades above this lower range can improve your chances measurably.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and CUNY Queens College Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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