Queensborough Community College was established in 1959 on the 34-acre site of the former Oakland Golf and Country Club in Bayside, a picturesque residential neighborhood in northeast Queens. The College consists of 14 major buildings, including an astronomy observatory, recital hall, professional sound recording studio, art and dance studios, photography and digital art laboratories, both an 875-seat professional performing arts theater and the intimate “Shadowbox” theater. In addition, the Engineering Technology learning laboratory supports students as they train to become skilled at using 3-D printers and computer drafting soft- ware. 3-D technology enables local manufacturers to produce parts that are currently developed overseas. The skills students obtain at Queensborough ensure that they are prepared for employment opportunities in areas such as the automotive, construction and home appliance industries. The heart of the College is the Kurt R. Schmeller Library Building, where students and faculty can learn to access today’s information environment, including a care- fully selected collection of print and online materials, home to the Academic Computing Center, the Campus Writing Center and Student Learning Center.
The QCC Art Gallery adds another dimension to campus life. The Gallery hosts major exhibits and a Juried Student Exhibition each year. Its permanent collections of African Art, Pre-Columbian Art and Asian Art mirror the diversity of the student body.
The Kupferberg Holocaust Center graces the entrance to the campus as a symbol of the college’s commitment to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.
The Student Union contains facilities for student recreation as well as the Student Activities Office and offices for the Student Government, student clubs, the Veterans Center, the student newspaper, and the yearbook.
The QCC Testing Center and the CUNY Language Immersion Program are conveniently located in the Y2 Building near the Q27 bus stop. Additional service facilities on campus include the Health Services Center.
Robert F. Kennedy Hall houses a fitness center, gymnasium, and near Olympic-sized aquatic center. There are also tennis courts and a professional-quality track.
Queensborough offers both online academic advisement and online registration to its students, and provides wireless access to the Internet throughout most of the campus. Laptops are available through the Library for student use, and many faculty members utilize Blackboard and the Web to provide online course materials. A Cyber-Café is a feature of the Student Union building.
The Q27 bus, a popular mode of transport for students and staff, stops directly on the campus; and the Q30 stops across from the main entrance.