From The New York Times: Living on campus is a privilege available to only 500 of the roughly 20,000 students at Queens College, which is primarily a commuter college in the Flushing section of New York City. For its residents, it is an enviable convenience. For the college, it is a recruitment tool. Queens College, like the other colleges that are part of the City University of New York system, has always drawn students mostly from the city and nearby areas. Provost James R. Stellar says the school 's first residence hall, which opened last year, is an effort to broaden the college's reach.