The City College of New York
New York, New York
The City College of New York, the founding institution of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, is home to eight schools and divisions, each dedicated to the advancement of research and knowledge. Since 1847, The City College of New York has been witness to countless changemakers; it hosted Albert Einstein’s first presentation of his theory of general relativity outside of Europe, and its alumni have made such revolutionary contributions as discovering the polio vaccine, building the Internet, and designing the Panama Canal. Several alumni have gone on to become Supreme Court Justices, Secretaries of State, leaders of industry, world-renowned researchers, and award-winning actors and musicians.
Get to know The City College of New York
CCNY understands that the transition to college life can be as intimidating as it is exciting. From the moment students are accepted, faculty and staff make sure they are prepared to make the most of their education. Once students have completed the online New Student Orientation, engagement continues in a variety of formats:
Leadership Retreat: Prior to the start of the fall semester, students engage in a variety of activities and leadership workshops with upperclassmen peers along with a wide array of staff.
Growth and Professional Success (GPS): This peer-mentoring program is offered to match new students with upperclassmen to assist them in their acclimation to CCNY. GPS operates under two stated program objectives:
- To facilitate the smooth transition of new students from a previous institution to City College.
- To successfully prepare new students to persist in their education from year one to year two.
Student Life Activities Program Committee (SLAPC): The mission of the SLAPC is to develop, implement, and maintain quality student programs and activities.
Freshman Convocation: The Freshman Convocation is the official induction ceremony for first-year students at The City College of New York by the President, the Academic Deans, Faculty, and Staff. The Convocation celebrates the start of a new academic year and commemorates the beginning of their collegiate experience.
The City College of New York has a rich tradition of research that all students are encouraged to continue, no matter their field of study. Research prepares students for careers in their fields and provides an authentic experience that facilitates post-graduate employment and admission to graduate programs. About 50% of undergraduates participate in research during their undergraduate career, and many majors include a capstone or senior project for graduation. All Engineering students do a senior project, and honors students in most STEM majors do research with the help of the Science Division’s excellent partnerships in the community.
The College’s new Opportunities in Research and Creative Arts (ORCA) engages non-STEM students in cutting-edge research, scholarship, and creativity at City College, making sure that every field has an outlet for further inquiry. The program provides an opportunity to work closely with a full-time faculty member in a 10-week summer immersion program that includes financial support in the form of a stipend and a supply budget.
The City College of New York Office of Study Abroad and International programs offers students from all disciplines the opportunity to access some of the best Universities and International programs in the world at affordable prices. City College students are afforded the unique opportunity to partake in any of the hundreds of study abroad programs within the CUNY system. These programs range from semester-long to summer/winter short-term lengths.
City College also offers Faculty-Led and International Service-Learning programs, which are also designed to strengthen students’ academic experience while transforming students personally and professionally.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 15%
White, non-Hispanic: 14%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 24%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
All students at the College are prepared to communicate their ideas with effectiveness and brilliance. The General Education curriculum contains two specific writing courses, English Composition I and II, and 6 additional writing-embedded courses.
FIQWS Composition, an English Composition I course, teaches basic college writing through an exploration of a subject that is taught in the partner FIQWS topic course. This in-depth engagement with the exciting subject of the two courses promotes analytical thinking and establishes research skills.
English Composition II courses come in several flavors, all of which are designed to support writing for different fields of study (Engineering, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts).The composition courses incorporate peer reviews for collaborative and social learning, student-faculty conferences for feedback and encouragement, and close collaboration with the additional resources in the Writing Center.
The six additional courses are a part of the Writing Across Curriculum (WAC) program. These courses are designated as either Level-I or Level-II writing courses with benchmark learning expectations (at the level of English Composition I or II).
All majors have the opportunity, if not a requirement, to complete capstone projects.
While there is no designated capstone course within the General Education curriculum, course capstone projects are incorporated in English Composition I and II courses. These involve a digital portfolio project as a way for students to reflect on their writing in terms of their achievement of the course learning outcomes. Students select and analyze which work best represents their learning and development through the production of a Self-Assessment Essay.
Students have a lot of opportunities to engage with inter- and cross-disciplinary work on campus. They can even major in such interdisciplinary fields as International studies (offering 4 different specialization tracks: Culture and Communications, Development, International Relations, and Comparative Public Policy), American Studies, Asian Studies, Black Studies, and Latin American and Latino Studies.
Additionally, academically strong students can pursue their own unique interdisciplinary course of study under the guidance of a faculty mentor through the CUNY Baccalaureate program (CUNY BA). The program allows students to take advantage of the resources and learning opportunities available at the City University’s 18 colleges and at the Graduate Center to create a course of study that complements their academic, professional, and personal goals.
All students in the program are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language before graduating. The requirement involves three semesters for BA majors and two for BFA and BS students. Students can also demonstrate proficiency based on high school coursework or departmental proficiency examination.
Nine languages are offered at City College: Arabic, Chinese, Latin, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
The most popular student organizations are LAESA-SHPE, NSBE, Gospel Choir, Debate Society, Chabad, Hillel, IVCF, Climb CCNY, Muslim Students’ Organization, Women in Islam, NCNW, Phillpine American Organization, Salsa Mambo, Sci-Fi Gaming and Animation, Dominican Students’ Association, Caribbean Students’ Association, and Women in Computer Science, to name a few.
Greek Life at CCNY consists of 13 recognized organizations, with 7 fraternities and 6 sororities. The Greeks engage in educational discussions of social justice and equality and are always involved in community service projects to serve the Harlem community.
Live and study in the greatest city in the world! Students are just minutes away from Central Park, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and all the museums, shopping, clubs, theaters, and excitement that New York City has to offer.
CCNY features 14 varsity sports, with seven for women and eight for men. Many sports have long histories of success and championships, both at the individual and team levels.
Women’s sports: volleyball, soccer, basketball, fencing, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track & field
Men’s sports: soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, volleyball, indoor and outdoor track & field, and lacrosse [club]
Affiliations include NCAA Division III, CUNY Athletic Conference, ECAC, NIWFA, EWFC. The Beavers hold a total of 79 CUNYAC championships since 1966.
Through the CCNY Career and Professional Development Institute (CPDI), students are assigned to a career coach at the time of enrollment to assist them with deciding on and achieving their career goals. The career coach also works with each student to ensure they have a marketable résumé and cover letter as well as strong interviewing skills. Throughout their academic careers, students are encouraged to complete multiple internships and research opportunities and, to support these efforts, CPDI works with employers to recruit CCNY students.
CPDI hosts a career fair for over 250 employers every year while also offering an online job database that houses over 600 opportunities each week. Additionally, CPDI offers programs to refer student résumés to employers who are hiring. These direct referrals open networks for students that may not have otherwise been available to them. CPDI also has a series of over 100 workshops and events to assist in bridging the gap between their academic career and professional careers.
According to the 2020 Graduation Survey, 43% of CCNY students have completed an internship, which is required for a few but encouraged for all. Through CPDI and academic departments, students do have the option to receive academic credit for an internship if they are able to get paid for an internship. Both CPDI and academic departments support the student internship initiatives and stress the importance of completing an internship.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 620
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 650
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $6,930
Tuition (out-of-state): $14,880
Room & Board: $16,164
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