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160 Convent Ave
New York, NY 10031
p. 212-650-7000
w. www.ccny.cuny.edu

CUNY City College

CUNY City College Rating: 4.1/5 (16 votes)

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Introduction

Situated on 35 acres in the heart of Manhattan, New York, City College was the first free public institution of higher education in the United States. A senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), the school is composed of buildings largely constructed in the Neo-Gothic style. The campus extends along Convent Avenue between 130th and 141st Street. Today many of the buildings on the campus are designated landmarks, most of them designed by the famed George Browne Post when the college was first established. The college’s history dates back to 1847, when the it was founded as the Free Academy of the City of New York.

Since its establishment, however, the college has grown considerably. Today the college has over 11,000 undergraduate students, more than 2000 postgraduate students, and upwards of 500 full-time faculty members.

Academics

The academic departments offer a variety of undergraduate majors as well as graduate degree programs. There are 13 on-site doctoral programs as well as masters programs in architecture, engineering, biomedical education, and many other areas. For both graduate and undergraduate students, academics focus on integrating learning within the classroom and learning through work in research and internships. The college encompasses the vast array of diverse courses available through the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, the Macaulay Honors College, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Division of Humanities and the Arts, the Division of Social Sciences, the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at Center for Worker Education, the Division of Science, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Among the unique programs offered are multiple honors programs designed to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing accelerated, advanced study in a field of their choosing. The Macaulay Honors College also offers students with outstanding high school academic records the chance to pursue their Bachelor’s degree in a unique, challenging, and intellectually vibrant atmosphere. This honors college offers small, collaborative-learning classes taught by faculty members that are experts in their fields. The Macaulay Honors College also encourages its matriculates to learn in environments outside of the classroom, through providing its students with unique opportunities to pursue internships and undergraduate research.

Admissions

The admissions office maintains two admissions cycles throughout the calendar academic year. For those applying in the fall, the deadline for admissions consideration is February 1st, while for those applying in the spring the deadline for consideration is October 1st. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Prospective students are judged on the strength of their academic background and examination scores, as well as on their backgrounds in community service and extra-curricular involvement. While the majority of undergraduate matriculates do have a high school diploma, applicants with a General Equivalency Diploma will also be considered provided that they have an SAT score of 3250 or higher. Applications can be attained from the college’s website and may be submitted via mail or electronically.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid office is dedicated to helping students discern the best avenues through which to finance their education. The office administers state as well as federal funds to the undergraduate and postgraduate student body. The majority of the financial aid awards given by the financial aid office are need-based, however the college does also grant some merit-based scholarships. Regardless of whether the scholarship a student receives is merit-based, all students are required to meet certain minimal academic requirements in order to continue to receive their awards on an annual basis. The college generally advises students and potential students to apply for aid as early as possible. Although awards are not given preference based on the date of application, there are limited funds available for allocation. The deadline for applying for financial aid is April 1.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5342nd for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Men’s Intercollegiate Baseball
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate CrossvCountry
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate and Men’s Intramural Soccer
  • Women’s Intramural Softball
  • Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Track and Field
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Women’s NCAA Division III Indoor Track
  • Men’s NCAA Division III and Women’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track
  • Men’s NCAA Division III, Women’s NCAA Division III, Men’s Intercollegiate, Women’s Intercollegiate, Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball
The Beavers are a member of NCAA.

Information Summary

Ranks 30th in New York and 267th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 10 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 11 0.07

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 29,829 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 515 0.01
Forcible Rape 1,092 0.01
Robbery 19,773 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18,159 0.22
Larceny 112,864 1.37
Vehicle theft 9,434 0.11

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New York, NY 10031
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population60,221 (60,221 urban / N/A rural)
Households21,000 (2.83 people per house)
Median Household Income$24,285
Families12,686 (3.56 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3613

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1101st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,730 $5,730 $12,240
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $359 $359 $359
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $510
FT Graduate Tuition $9,170 $9,170 $17,040
FT Graduate Required Fees $260 $260 $260
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $385 $385 $710
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,631 $26,631 $33,141
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,947 $25,947 $32,457
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,281 $11,281 $17,791

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,459 $5,759 $5,459 $5,759 $11,369 $11,969
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,179 $1,248
On-Campus – Room & Board $13,180 $13,788
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,823 $4,940
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,900 $11,902
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,823 $4,940
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,824 $3,871

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$65
Graduate Application Fee$125
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 22,171 (10,433 male / 11,738 female)
Admitted 7,560 (3,222 male / 4,338 female)
Admission rate 34%
First-time Enrollment 1,397 (674 male / 723 female)
FT Enrollment 1,381 (667 male / 714 female)
PT Enrollment 16 (7 male / 9 female)
Total Enrollment15,331

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference City University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference City University of New York Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference City University of New York Ath Conf

SAT Test Admission

355th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 990 / 1230

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity589
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$11,070
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 337 631 827 425 4 821 3,059
American/United States Studies/Civilization 3 1 2 6
Anthropology 2 6 2 2 12
Applied Mathematics, General 1 5 2 4 3 15
Architecture 15 11 22 11 27 86
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1 1 3 6
Art Teacher Education 2 2 10 14
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 3 16 5 3 28
Biochemistry 2 1 3
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 14 5 7 15 10 51
Biology Teacher Education 1 1 1 2 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 11 17 42 38 24 132
Biomedical Sciences, General 16 5 13 21 55
Business Administration and Management, General 7 9 19 11 6 52
Chemical Engineering 24 5 6 12 1 8 56
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1 2
Chemistry, General 8 11 2 14 6 41
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 8 5 6 21
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 3 1 1 4 9
Civil Engineering, General 17 5 11 16 20 69
Computer Engineering, General 7 2 7 2 8 26
Computer Science 19 3 10 16 11 60
Creative Writing 1 6 5 20 32
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 3 4 9 2 4 22
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 14 14 1 4 35
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 15 31 6 11 65
Economics, General 19 24 16 22 12 93
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs 1 11 12 4 38 66
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Junior High/Middle School Special Education Programs 3 6 1 18 28
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs 12 17 5 29 63
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 5 8 17
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 27 17 15 42 27 129
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 19 34 13 33 102
Engineering/Industrial Management
English Language and Literature, General 5 43 50 13 2 49 164
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 3 3 8
Environmental Science 1 1 2
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 2 1 3 2 10
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 6 3 2 5 16
Fine/Studio Arts, General 18 25 32 15 31 122
Geology/Earth Science, General 7 5 1 2 2 17
History, General 3 18 17 17 29 84
Information Science/Studies 2 3 2 2 9
International Relations and Affairs 10 15 7 3 21 56
Landscape Architecture 3 2 5 1 6 17
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 46 54 6 1 14 124
Linguistics 2 1 2 4 9
Mathematics Teacher Education 4 9 7 4 48 72
Mathematics, General 6 2 10 4 14 37
Mechanical Engineering 18 10 12 23 16 79
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 1 6 3 2 6 18
Music Performance, General 12 2 5 1 16 37
Music, General 4 5 10 1 11 31
Philosophy 1 3 6 1 11
Physician Assistant 6 8 5 3 22
Physics Teacher Education 1 1 2
Physics, General 3 1 2 6 12
Political Science and Government, General 6 15 11 3 6 42
Pre-Law Studies 2 3 1 6
Psychology, General 18 86 120 39 61 325
Public Administration 2 10 1 13
Reading Teacher Education 8 3 1 12
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 4 22 2 28
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 1 5 8
Social Studies Teacher Education 4 7 11
Sociology 5 27 28 3 10 73
Spanish Language Teacher Education 3 2 5
Spanish Language and Literature 3 6 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6 28 38 5 15 92
Sustainability Studies 3 1 2 1 9 16
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 3 7 21 31
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 3 3 7 4 10 27
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 226th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $99,082 ($103,493 male / $91,157 female)
Number of FT Faculty 610 (364 male / 246 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,514
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $43,756,975
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