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CUNY New York City College of Technology

CUNY New York City College of Technology Rating: 3.6/5 (31 votes)

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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

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

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.

ESL Immersion

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.

Work Placement

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

Unique Programs

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.

Child Care

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.

Information Summary

Ranks 95th in New York and 903rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest N/A N/A

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5724th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Brooklyn, NY 11201
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population47,746 (47,746 urban / N/A rural)
Households21,544 (1.94 people per house)
Median Household Income$56,293
Families8,961 (2.84 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3607

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3092nd 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 $339 $339 $339
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $510
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $7,317 $7,317 $13,827
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,927 $25,927 $32,437
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,261 $11,261 $17,771

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,469 $5,769 $5,469 $5,769 $11,379 $11,979
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,179 $1,248
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
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 FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 16,870 (9,541 male / 7,329 female)
Admitted 12,957 (8,072 male / 4,885 female)
Admission rate 77%
First-time Enrollment 2,861 (1,930 male / 931 female)
FT Enrollment 2,747 (1,848 male / 899 female)
PT Enrollment 114 (82 male / 32 female)
Total Enrollment16,860

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
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 Track & Field Conference City University of New York Ath Conf

SAT Test Admission

1129th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 70%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 490
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 453 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 843 / 1030

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 74 712 542 319 7 384 2,052
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 20 12 27 1 5 67
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Applied Mathematics, General 7 3 2 12
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 1 8 19 6 3 37
Architectural Technology/Technician 14 17 14 12 20 77
Chemical Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 8 5 8 21
Commercial and Advertising Art 3 12 21 3 11 50
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 3 13 15 18 9 58
Computer Science 8 7 6 21
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 25 28 15 1 8 78
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 5 5 3 8 22
Construction Management 1 1 1 1 4
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 11 8 5 25 50
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician 1 9 5 4 20
Design and Visual Communications, General 4 20 30 11 11 76
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 14 6 7 5 34
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 11 10 3 1 3 28
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology 6 10 2 10 28
Facilities Planning and Management 15 6 4 6 31
Fashion Merchandising 2 14 11 3 32
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 5 3 8 16
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 22 6 7 13 49
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 17 42 76 38 1 40 214
Human Services, General 3 97 42 8 2 15 167
Information Science/Studies 8 41 35 33 1 38 156
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 52 12 4 7 77
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 41 55 15 8 124
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 12 7 12 9 42
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 4 1 1 2 8
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 17 3 11 5 38
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 9 11 7 23 51
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 1 11 13 10 10 45
Physical Sciences 23 24 15 4 67
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 99 23 19 51 193
Social Work
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1 1 5 8
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 4 8 6 1 2 21
Telecommunications Technology/Technician 1 10 2 8 4 25
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 703rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,395 ($81,322 male / $78,547 female)
Number of FT Faculty 415 (217 male / 198 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,053
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $28,842,360

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