The Princeton Review ranked Queens College second for “race/class interaction,” in its 2014 edition of The Best 378 Colleges.
Queens is one of the most diverse regions in the country, so it was no surprise when QC jumped from 11th place to second, this year. Queens has the second largest population of all five boroughs and is the most ethnically diverse.
QC is regularly noted for having a student body that represents a wide range of countries around the world. The student body represents over 150 countries. Demographics for the undergraduate study body consists of 46.2 percent white, 25.6 percent Asian-Pacific Islander, 18.6 percent Hispanic and 9.4 percent black, according to the QC website.
As an example of QC’s diverse spirit, each year a country is chosen and highlighted on campus for the college’s “Year of…” series.
This year is the Year of Brazil. To celebrate, there is a miniature morrinho installed on campus. The mini replica of a Brazilian shantytown is the first in an installation project in the U.S. called Projecto Morrinho.
“The diversity at QC was a pleasant surprise. I felt welcomed,” student Tiffany Unthank said. “It’s not like some other schools where everyone is separated. The people at QC are all one community and everyone is accepting of one another and our collective cultures.”