New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is a large public college of technology in downtown Brooklyn. It was founded in 1946 to provide training to GIs returning home from World War II. It has grown from a few hundred students at that time to over 14,000 degree students and an additional 15,000 students of continuing education today. The school is non-residential and located steps from a subway stop and several bus lines.
The college offers over 60 pre-professional, professional, and technical programs in fields such as architectural and engineering technologies, human services, advertising and publishing, hospitality, business, and computer science. The college also offers 14 credit-bearing certificate programs in a broad range of subjects, to allow specialized work of limited duration. In total, there are 28 associate degrees and 19 bachelor’s degrees offered by the university.
Highly Rated Programs
The culinary arts program is the most award-winning public program of its kind in the world. The percentage of its graduates passing licensing exams in the health-related professions is significantly higher than the average for New York State. The college ranks at or near the top of all colleges in the nation in the number of African American, Asian American, and Latino American students studying engineering technologies. The African American Studies program also has a strong national reputation.
Learning communities help students build academic and personal connections to one another. Cohorts of a learning community take at least two classes at a time together, including several multi-disciplinary subjects.
Continuing education programs include partnerships with businesses and associations to train and retrain their employees through the Business and Industry Training Center.
Coordinated Undergraduate Education
Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE), sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office of the City of New York, integrates programs across the wide curriculum offerings and diverse student body. Students also receive support through the Learning Center, the New Student Center, the Counseling Services Center, and Freshman Year Program.
Immersion programs are offered to students who need help with one or more basic skills areas. Summer classes are held for remedial math, reading, writing, and English as a Second Language (ESL). These classes are offered tuition-free.
The placement office provides extensive work placement opportunities for students and alumni. Students are encouraged to participate in internship and service learning programs throughout the city.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Among other unique technical strengths, City Tech is well-known for their strong Solar Sailing Program. In addition to their academic program, the college holds symposiums on the topic for an international audience, an event which provides many opportunities for students to learn about innovations in their field, connect with potential employers, and learn about professional life beyond college. The college also has the only program in entertainment technology east of the Mississippi.
In keeping with their mission to offer technical education to any adult who wishes to receive it, admissions are open. To apply, prospective students must submit a formal application, modest fee, high school diploma or equivalency, and proof of immunization. In addition, students must select their intended major area and session (day or evening) on their application, as space in many programs is limited.
The student body is one of the most diverse of any university anywhere. Nearly 42% of students were born outside the US and come from nearly 140 countries. About 61% of students report that a language other than English is spoken at home. About 34% of the student body self-identifies as African American, 32% as Latino American 11% as Asian American, and 11% as European American.
Approximately 64% of degree-seeking students are enrolled full time; the other 36% attend part time. About 35% of students work more than 20 hours a week while attending school. The average age of students is 21. Roughly 53% of the student population is male and 47% is female.
The campus has its own child care center for the children of students who are enrolled in classes, internships, and federal work-study programs. The center is open for children age 2-6 from 7:45 AM to 5:45 PM weekdays; children aged 3-10 from 5:30 PM to 10 PM; and children aged 3-10 from 8 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays. A reasonable fee is charged for this service.
Clubs and Activities
The college hosts several academic, cultural, and social clubs. As it is a non-residential school, “club hours” are held every Thursday afternoon. There are a wide variety of academic, religious, recreational, and professional organizations to meet student interests and needs.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The athletic department competes in 14 intercollegiate sports in NCAA Division III and the CUNY Athletic Conference. Men’s sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, track and field, tennis, and volleyball. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, softball, track and field, tennis, and volleyball. The school colors are blue and gold, and the mascot is the Yellow Jacket.
Notable alumni include:
- Hiroaki Aoki, founder of Benihana
- Former Black Panther and New York City Council member Charles Barron
- Orthodox Jewish radio personality Zev Brenner
- Chef Michael Lomonaco
- White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses.
Elisabeth Bailey is a freelance writer and editor with particular interests in academics, food,and sustainability . She is also the author of A Taste of the Maritimes: Local, Seasonal Recipes the Whole Year Round and writes regularly for Canadian Farmers’ Almanac and the National Wildlife Federation. Elisabeth and her family live and enjoy great local food in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.