For Give Something Back, propelling low-income students and their families into the middle class is a top priority. Queens College, a four-year college of the City University of New York (CUNY), shares this goal and excels at providing Give Back scholars with all the tools they need to achieve upward mobility.

A study of over of 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities compared parental income for about 30 million students born between 1980 and 1991 to these same students’ income as college-educated adults. As The New York Times recently reported, the results rank Queens College in the top 1% of all colleges in moving students from the bottom fifth of the income distribution to the top fifth.

Queens College provides Give Back scholars with the perfect opportunity to shine, as it encourages diversity while emphasizing academic excellence. QC offers over 78 undergraduate majors, advanced certificate programs, and a renowned honors program preparing students for a wide range of career options. Its 80-acre flushing campus, one of the few residential colleges in New York City, is home to a student body that represents more than 170 countries from around the world.

Leadership is another factor contributing to the success of Queens College. President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez is its tenth president. Prior to leading baccalaureate and community colleges, President Matos Rodriguez served as the cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. His experience and commitment to helping underprivileged students has proven vital as foster youth and children of incarcerated parents navigate the opportunities available at Queens College.

Give Back selected Queens College as a partner college in 2017 because of its commitment to serving the community and providing support to the students who need it most. Reaching beyond its campus, this institution has become a nationwide leader in the systemic goals of extending socioeconomic mobility to all. As Give Back scholars matriculate from high school to college in the years to come, the organization looks forward to developing a stronger relationship with Queens College.