From the School

We're here to help you design your future.

What do you want to be? Where do you want to go? You have so many choices we’d like to show you why City may be the right choice for you.

City is an old school with new ideas. Founded in 1847, we take pride in our tradition, eagerly embrace the present, and ride the cutting edge of the future. The College, with one of the most diverse student bodies in any college of America, is a mirror image of New York City. Our mission emphasizes access and excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research, and opportunities for internships and study abroad abound. Whether you are looking for preparation for an exciting career or graduate and doctoral studies, City College offers the path to your future. We offer over 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, education, engineering, the arts and humanities, the social sciences and science, as well as a unique BS/MD program.

Visit Us!
Come discover the diversity of our college community, the beauty of our campus and the academic excellence that is City College. Join us for a general campus tour that combines a walk through history and a peek into the future. Reservations are required and can only be made by joining our on-line community. Log-in or create your MYCCNY page now.

Graduate students looking to schedule a tour of CCNY should click here for more information about Graduate Tours.

Group Tours
If you are a school counselor or group organizer looking to bring a group of 10 or more for a campus tour you must make a reservation. Reservations for group visits can be made by contacting the Tour Line at or by calling (212) 650-6476.

Our group tours fill up quickly so we recommend that reservations be made at least 4 weeks prior to the desired visit date.

Our Illustrious History
This year the City College of New York celebrates the 166th anniversary of its founding. The need for an institution like The City College was recognized as early as 1847, when the State Legislature authorized a local referendum to determine whether a public college should be established in the City of New York; at the time, the city had a population of a half a million people and two private colleges, which had high tuition and only 247 pupils. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the proposition, and the Free Academy was established in a new building at Lexington Avenue and 23rd Street. The doors to its first entering class opened in January, 1849, and a class of seventeen young men graduated in 1853; with friends and family members, that first commencement was too large for the chapel at the Free Academy, so it was celebrated in Biblo's beer garden.

In 1866 the name of the Free Academy was changed by legislative act to The College of the City of New York. Since then, it has been called CCNY — an unofficial designation the College retained even after its name was again changed in 1929 to The City College. Students, alumni and friends call the College, simply, "City." The college colors, lavender and black, were chosen by the student body in 1866. The beaver, symbol of intelligence, industry and determination, was voted to be the College's official athletics' mascot by a student-wide poll in 1934.

The governing body of the College, originally the Board of Education, was replaced in 1900 by a separate Board of Trustees appointed by the Mayor. In 1926, the Board of Higher Education was established to govern both City and Hunter College (founded in 1870), and subsequently the entire City University system, established in 1961. After primary responsibility for funding the University became that of New York State rather than New York City, an enlarged Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor and the Mayor, assumed control in 1980.

The City College of New York, originally limited to undergraduate programs in classical and practical courses of study, has continually enlarged both the breadth and the depth of its offerings. Today it offers more than fifty undergraduate programs and majors and more than forty graduate programs, including Ph.D. programs in six disciplines.

The City College moved to its present location in 1907, and now occupies a thirty-five acre Neo-Gothic and modern campus on historic St. Nicholas Heights. It is really a small university, with a College of Liberal Arts and Science and four professional schools the School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, the School of Engineering, the School of Education, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

The City College is the nation's flagship institution of public higher education, predating the Midwestern state and land-grant colleges by two decades. For more than 165 years it has been a primary avenue of advancement for generations of New Yorkers who might not have had the chance to attend college. Today it continues to fulfill the aim of its founder, Townsend Harris, who said: "Open the doors to all Let the children of the rich and the poor take their seats together and know of no distinction save that of industry, good conduct and intellect."


Acceptance Rate

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 510
SAT Math
520 - 580
ACT Composite

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA


Students Say

As the first school of the City University of New York system, CCNY “stands for growth, education, and creativity.” Many students choose the school due to its “astonishingly low cost” and proximity to home, and its practicality is backed up by “rigorous academic programs.” “I fell in love with the school during open house, and it’s the exact way I imagined after enrolling,” says a student. The university has also made substantial new investments in science and medicine, and it is the only public college in New York City to offer engineering and architecture degrees, which is a huge draw for the school (but there is “no coddling here in the engineering school,” warns one student). A “multitude” of classes are taught by “awesome professors with experience and wonderful careers” who “are available outside of the class” and “exhibit great love for the materials they teach.” Generally, professors “go above and beyond” to ensure that students are able to grasp what they are learning. “My professors devote time and effort to making sure students understand the material being taught,” confirms a student. The diversity in the student body, as well as the faculty and administration, “is profound,” which “helps many people interact with different people from different cultures and come together to get through each semester in college.” No matter their background, all here “take our education and future careers seriously.” “There are a lot of talented people in the school overall,” says a student, not to mention the “strong ties to research collaborators and institutions.” Professors “will make you learn and work for the A,” but “It has overall been a very rewarding experience,” according to a student.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Colin Powell
former Secretary of State

Andrew Grove
founder Intel

Jonas Salk
inventor of polio vacine

Faith Ringgold
artist, children's book author

Edward Koch
former mayor New York City

Stanley Kaplan
educator, founder Kaplan schools

Mario Runco


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

State Aid

Bottom Line

With in-state tuition holding steady at $6,030and out-of-state tuition at $16,050 (15 credits per semester), for many, CCNY offers a real opportunity to realize their future at a remarkably affordable cost. Due to its “close ties to the business community of New York City,” CCNY “provides an extensive array of contacts and networking opportunities leading to internships and real-life work experiences.” Located in historic West Harlem, “students are minutes away from leading organizations in the fields of business, theatre, music, art, law, education, finance, retail, engineering, architecture, science, and medicine.” For those career-minded individuals looking to get a jumpstart in the workforce, CCNY provides “true work experience in day-to-day settings.”

Bang For Your Buck

More than 80 percent of the entering class at City College receives some type of financial aid. In addition, in the last three years, City has increased the dollar amount going to student scholarships by 35 percent. It pays to be an exceptional student when your application comes through the admissions office, as many of the students receiving merit-based awards are members of the City College Honors program. In addition, the Macaulay Honors College at City College offers students a free laptop computer, a cultural passport to New York City, and a $7,500 educational expense account. Many scholarships are awarded on the basis of the major or entrance to a specific school of the college.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


Students Say

The diversity at CCNY is not just ethnic—it is also political, economic, academic, age, and every other means of categorization—which means that there is no typical student. This large group of “diverse students seeking excellence” all feel like they fit in because “we each have something to bring to the table.” On any average day, “You can walk through the college and see people of all ages and races interacting with each other.” Students “live busy lives,” and the vast majority “works and goes to school at the same time.” Most students are commuters, and many are “immigrant or come from an immigrant family,” but “most identify first and foremost as New Yorkers.” Many subscribe to clubs and other extracurriculars “to fit in and make friends.” Most CCNY students are not looking for the “typical college experience,” but rather are interested “in the intellectual and emotional growth that comes with higher education.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


51% female
49% male
73% are full time
27% are part time


Students Say

Since so many students work and live full lives outside of classes, most students commute home each night. “The campus is nice, and there’s a lot to do, but there’s very little ’campus life,’” according to one student. CCNY has “amazing events,” but “sometimes it’s hard to partake due to our employment and fiscal priorities.” The clubs “are always having shows, fairs, and other types of events offered to all students.” People are “very respectful and helpful,” and “a new student will always be able to find help.” The library and cafeteria are both popular hangout spots, and “there is a gym, both for workout and for sports.” Let’s also not forget where the school is located: “It isn’t hard to find fun around New York City.” Harlem “is very historic,” and “there are great places to eat around City College.” The radio station WCCR “always has a ton of people having fun, hanging out, and playing music.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options


Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Beavers)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Beavers)
7 Sports

Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
LGBT Support Groups:

Army ROTC Offered on-campus


City University of New York—City College holds a prominent place in the intellectual history of New York (its list of notable alums includes Colin Powell, Andrew Grove, and Jonas Salk!). That legacy of excellence defines the college’s sustainability program. “CCNY Green” is the name of City College’s campaign to “rethink the way we teach, learn, conduct research, operate, and live.” The college has signed on to both ACUPCC and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus by 30 percent between 2007 and 2017. A Sustainability Task Force was created to “place sustainability at the forefront in all operations, outreach, and educational missions.” New hydration stations are being installed in several buildings to reduce bottled water waste, by providing chilled, filtered tap water free of charge for use with refillable containers. City College is partnering with the New York Department of Environmental Protection to install water meters and low-flow fixtures to reduce water consumption and waste on campus. Undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability are available, and research opportunities abound through the many environmentally focused centers and institutes housed on campus. CUNY’s Institute for Urban Systems, for example, is working to find ways to green existing commercial buildings by “promoting advanced building system technologies and best practices that reduce energy use and improve indoor environmental conditions and waste management practices.” In 2010, the university launched a new degree program in sustainability in the urban environment.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple, Dell, CDWG

Campus Visits Contact

Malini Dhanraj
Tour Coordinator

160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

212 650 6977


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
NAC Rotunda and Plaza
Spitzer School of Archtiecture
Wingate Hall Athletic Center
North Campus Quad in warm weather
The Towers -Residence Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Metropoitan Museum of Art
Lincoln Center
New York Theater District
Greenwich Village
New York City
Campus is in Manhattan and has access to all of New York City's cultural institutions.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Honors Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
New York City Subways and bus system, Metro North, Long Island Railroad, PATH and New Jersey Transit. College operates its own bus to subways and campus housing.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the West Side: Westside Highway traveling north, exit at 125th Street, right to Amsterdam Avenue; left to 133rd Street right one block to Convent Avenue. From the Westside Highway traveling north or south: Exit at 125th Street, cross Broadway, one block; left onto Amsterdam Avenue; right onto 133rd Street one block; left onto Convent Avenue. From the East Side: From the FDR or the Triborough Bridge to Harlem River Drive, exit at 135th Street to end, turn right on St. Nicholas Avenue, then left onto 141st Street, make left on Convent Avenue to campus.

Local Accommodations
Check New York City hotel listings.
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Acceptance Rate
SAT Scores

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