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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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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."
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