The main campus of St. John's University is in Jamaica Estates, Central Queens, and boasts 105 acres of traditional university setting with commuter and residential students. Undergrads and graduate students number about 20,000 (at all campuses). St. John's is a leading Catholic university in the U.S., and its basketball team -- Red Storm -- is nationally competitive. Its alumni rolls are long and distinguished including two former governors of New York (Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo), a slew of NBA players, and NYPD Chief Raymond W. Kelly. Its law school is consistently rated among the best in the state.
Queens College is almost synonymous with Queens, as a leading institute of higher education in the borough. It's one of the largest colleges in CUNY (City University of New York), and one of the most highly regarded. In 2007 the Newsweek Kaplan College Guide named Queens College one of the 25 hottest colleges in the U.S. -- specifically "Hottest for First-Generation Students." It's often been cited as a great value for its relatively low tuition. Located in Flushing, the campus sports 77 acres and 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Oh, and Jerry Seinfeld is a proud alum.
Though its on the Queens College campus, officially "the CUNY School of Law at Queens College," the CUNY School of Law deserves its own mention. Publicly funded, the law school, according to The National Jurist, produces more lawyers in public interest field than any other law school in the U.S.
The closest college in Queens to Manhattan, LaGuardia Community College is a CUNY school in Long Island City offering two-year programs for commuter students. Called "The World's Community College" LaGuardia enrolls 14,000 students from nearly 150 countries, speaking more than 80 languages. In 2002 the Policy Center on the First Year of College named the college an Institution of Excellence in the First College Year, one of only two community colleges in the U.S. to receive the honor.
A four-year college in the CUNY system, York College enrolls commuter, undergraduate students in liberal arts and professional programs, including nursing and aviation. Founded in 1966, it's been at its present location in Jamaica, Queens, since 1986.
Another member of the CUNY system and a commuter school, Queensborough is in residential Bayside and enrolls 12,000 students in its two-year programs and more in its Continuing Education section.
Formerly the College of Aeronautics, Vaughn College enrolls 1,300 commuter students in bachelor and associate degree programs. It offers degrees in engineering, aviation, and management at its LaGuardia Airport campus.