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Come explore the City Experience.

City College is ranked among the nation's best colleges and provides an outstanding education by an award-winning faculty in the heart of the world's most exciting city. Founded in 1847, City College is the flagship of the City University of New York and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal arts, science, interdisciplinary studies, education, architecture, engineering, and biomedical education.

Get to Know City College
At City College, 13,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students pursue a world-class education at tuition rates that are designed to be affordable. Undergraduate majors and minors provide a full spectrum of choices, from biomedical engineering to economics and business to theatre, computer science, advertising/PR, environmental earth system science, electronic design and multimedia, and journalism. Research opportunities and mentoring are hallmarks of a City College undergraduate education, and City College students in all disciplines frequently achieve prestigious national recognition. Access to excellence is the mission.

Visit Us in New York City
Prospective students are encouraged to tour City College's large, leafy campus in Harlem, one of New York's most historic and dynamic neighborhoods. Discover the abundant resources and facilities, the diversity of the college community, and the advantages of studying at one of New York's most celebrated public institutions. To tour City College, reserving in advance is requested. Please visit the City College website and Admissions office pages for further information and to make quick and simple online reservations.

Overview

Applicants
25,445
Acceptance Rate
38%

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 580
SAT Math
520 - 640
SAT Writing
450 - 580

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

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

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
1,611
with Terminal Degree
625

947
Men
664
Women
371
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
10%
Graduate in 5 years
20%
Graduate in 6 years
42%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biotechnology

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Publishing

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Graphic Communications, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other
  • Computer Graphics

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Superintendency and Educational System Administration
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Romanian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
  • Physician Assistant

  • History

  • American History (United States)
  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Art
  • Music
  • Theatre/Theater

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Museology/Museum Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

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
astronaut

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
82
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
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
$8

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,020

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,842

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
21%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,645

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,030
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$16,050
Required Fees
$442
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,404

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,268
Transportation for Commuters
$1,020

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

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
13,626
Out of State

International
Foreign Countries Represented
100

Demographics

52% female
48% male
75% are full time
25% are part time

Overview

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
4%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
98

Housing Options

Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
145
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Beavers)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Beavers)
7 Sports

Basketball
Fencing
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups: SAGA@ccny.cuny.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

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
96
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
50%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

Phone
212 650 6977

Email
tours@ccny.cuny.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
City College Center for Discovery and Innovation
Spitzer School of Archtiecture
Wingate Hall Athletic Center
CUNY Advanced Research Center
The Towers -Residence Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Metropoitan Museum of Art
Lincoln Center
Apollo Theater
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
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@cnny.cuny.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Honors Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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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Key Stats

25,445
Applicants
13,626
Size
38%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists