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Your chances of getting into CUNY Queens College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for CUNY Queens College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Queens College is 60.8%.  Its admission rate is the 47th lowest in New York.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Queens College and can you get accepted?

Queens College is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 13,237 out of the 21,777 who applied were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 45 percent on standardized admission tests. CUNY Queens College typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.0. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Queens College?

61% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to CUNY Queens College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 1120 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Queens College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into CUNY Queens College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Queens College are to have around a 3.0 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Queens College accepts 61% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Queens College is 3.0 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #108 in New York for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Queens College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.0 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted CUNY Queens College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 0.19% Good
3.75 to 3.99 5.17% Good
3.50 to 3.74 22.91% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 39.6% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 29.13% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Queens College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by CUNY Queens College.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for CUNY Queens College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 510
Math 25th Percentile 530
Composite 25th Percentile 1040
SAT Scores for CUNY Queens College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 590
Math 75th Percentile 600
Composite 75th Percentile 1190
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to CUNY Queens College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Queens College is 1120 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1040-1190. Students who get into CUNY Queens College score in the top 53 percent of all SAT test takers..  Queens College ranks #70 in the state of New York for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1120 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Queens College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1040 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1040, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 960, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

CUNY Queens College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1120 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1115, you have around a 61% chance of being admitted. A 1190 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 75% chance of getting in.

CUNY Queens College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1190 and Above Good >75%
1115 to 1190 Avg + 61%-75%
1040 to 1115 Avg - 45%-61%
965 to 1040 Reach 30%-45%
Less than 965 Low <30%
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Queens College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for CUNY Queens College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 22
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 22
ACT Scores for CUNY Queens College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 29
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Queens College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Queens College is 24, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 22 and 27.  The school ranks #68 in New York for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 24. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 22 and score in the score in the top 37 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

0 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to CUNY Queens College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as CUNY Queens College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Queens College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 24 score has around 61% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 77% with a 27 ACT score.

CUNY Queens College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >77%
24 to 27 Avg + 61%-77%
22 to 24 Avg - 48%-61%
20 to 22 Reach 36%-48%
Less than 20 Low <36%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

CUNY Queens College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,345 9,432 21,777
Accepted 8,072 5,165 13,237
Acceptance Rate 65% 55% 61%
Enrolled 1,046 1,054 2,100
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 20% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to CUNY Queens College is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to CUNY Queens College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

CUNY Queens College Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at CUNY Queens College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Queens College is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.0 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1120 on the SAT and 24 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to CUNY Queens College often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190664 IPEDS survey data for CUNY Queens College.


Does CUNY Queens College prefer SAT or ACT?

79% of students submit their SAT scores to Queens College.

What is my chance of getting into CUNY Queens College?

61% of those who apply are granted admission to Queens College. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for CUNY Queens College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1040 and 1190. The average SAT score is 1115. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for CUNY Queens College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 27. The average ACT score is 24. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.