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Students can view their class schedule in MyQC. the way to do so would be to:

1. Click on the Login to… drop down menu at the top right hand corner of the Queens College homepage: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Pages/home.aspx


2.   From the Login to…dropdown, select MyQC.image

3. On the following page, click on Go to MyQC and enter your QC Username and password.



4. You will be navigated to your MyQC page where you will be able to view your class schedule. image


Welcome back to another (or maybe your first!) semester at Queens College!

We want to try to make this transition into the new school year as easy for you as possible, so one way to do that is to make sure that you are all set up with your Computer Accounts that you will need here at the college.

1. CUNYfirst: https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/

CUNYfirst is used by all members at Queens College.

Students use CUNYfirst as a way to register and view their class schedule, pay their bill, check grades, and much more!

Faculty need CUNYfirst to view and print their class roster, complete the verification of attendance roster and the grade roster.

To sign up for CUNYfirst:

  • Go to the link provided above and click on First Time User.
  • From there, you will be taken to the Account Activation page where you will need to enter your:First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth (including the slashes!!), the last four digits of your SSN, and the numbers and letters from the Captcha box below.
  • You will be redirected to another page where you will need to pick  and answer 5 security questions.
  • Finally, you will be asked to set up your password. Make sure that your password meets the criteria: 8-12 characters in length, at least one upper case letter, and at least one numeric or special character. Make sure you write and store your CUNYfirst Username and EmplID in a safe location!

2. QC Username and Email: cams.qc.cuny.edu

This account gives you access to the wi-fi on campus, the computers in all the labs, and your email.

To claim your QC Username account please go to the link above:

  • Select Get Started and Sign Up.
  • From there, you will be asked to input your full SSN, your PIN (which is the last 6 digits of your CUNYfirst EmplID OR the last 6 of your SSN, try both ways!), your zip code, your status (student, faculty, staff, or guest), and then check off the agreement and sign up.

The system will generate your QC Username, but you will need to set up your password. To do so:

  • Click on Manage and follow the same format as CUNYfirst when setting up your password. 8-12 characters in length, at least one uppercase letter, and at least one numeric or special character.

If you have any issues claiming any of your accounts and you are on campus, come to the I-Building, Room 120 between 9am - 5pm and we will be able to assist you!

Summer is finally here!

When the summer is here you know that means vacation! There’s so many thing you can do this season. People can go to museums, amusement parks, and even travel to another state.

If you’re traveling to another state there will be flying. If you fly a lot, you know that there’s a lot that comes with flying like getting tickets, seats, hotels, and so on. There are also things you have to look out for such as delays or changes in flights.

Luckily for you technology is no further than in our pockets and there are plenty of apps available to make your life much easier. Plus, they’re all free! Some of the apps/websites include:

·         Hipmunk

·         FlightAware

·         SeatGuru

·         Seatalert.com

Hipmunk seems to be THE go to app to plan a trip because it’s fast and easy! It’ll help you find low-costing flights along with deals on hotels.

FlightAware is great because this app keeps you informed about all flights statuses, delays, cancellations, gate/terminal information, changes, etc.

SeatGuru eliminates any shocking surprises about your seat on the plane. You’ll find out if it’s broken, if the arm rest is gone, broken AC, and so on. This app has your back!

SeatAlert.com will let you know if any seat has opened up next to your seat before the flight. Hope for that window or aisle seat!

So if you’re planning a trip to California, Florida, or Paris even, download these and you’re set to go! Happy Traveling!!

Here are just some shortcuts to keep in mind when using your Windows computer:

F1: Help

CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu

ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs

ALT+F4: Quit program

SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently

Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using


CTRL+C: Copy


CTRL+V: Paste

CTRL+Z: Undo

CTRL+B: Bold

CTRL+U: Underline

CTRL+I: Italic

CTRL+SHIFT+ESC: Opens Windows Task Manager

CTRL+(1,2,3,…): Helps you easily scroll through the respective tabs in your web browser

F5: Refreshes the current window

CTRL+A: Select all the items in the current window

Windows Logo: Start menu

Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box

Windows Logo+M: Minimize all

SHIFT+Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all

Windows Logo+Break: System Properties dialog box

Join the millions of internet users who are celebrating World Password Day by protecting themselves!

On World Password Day, there is no need to buy presents or cook a turkey dinner to celebrate. All you need to do is change your passwords! This last year has brought to light major security breaches, the Heartbleed bug being the most recent of those and we need to make sure that we do whatever possible to protect our information and identities.

Now, changing your password requires more than just adding a number or an extra letter. You want to make sure that you are creating a moderately strong password. That means stop using password123…you know who you are.

Some tips for creating strong passwords include:

  • Using 12 or more characters, the longer the better
  • Using punctuation and spaces
  • Using case sensitive alphanumeric characters

Want to find out if your password is strong enough? Play Password Blaster and see if your password comes up. If it does, destroy it and go back to the drawing board!