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.