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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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The Beavers are a member of NCAA.
- 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
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