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York College is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), which is the largest city university system in the world. This public institution was founded in 1966 and is located in Queens County on a 50-acre campus.


Academic offerings include over 40 different majors dispersed among its three schools; the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Information Systems, and the School of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

There is also an Honors Program available for students with a minimum GPA of 3.5. In order for students to complete this program they must complete a minimum of 12-18 credit hours of Honors Program courses. Students enrolled in this program are also required to attend scholarly and cultural events. Transfer students who wish to be enrolled in the Honors Program must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

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The Aviation Institute is located on campus and was established in 2003. Through this program students are able to receive a B.S. in Aviation Management and an Aviation Policy Minor. Courses can also be taken on a non-credit basis.


The North East Regional Office of the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) can be found on campus. Some of the tests performed by their staff of scientists include analysis for microbial pathogens, insanitation, quality and purity in pharmaceuticals, colors, pesticides, and decomposition and heavy metals in foods. Students can benefit from this facility by participating in internships at the FDA, attending workshops on Food Safety and proper Pharmaceutical techniques, and by attending lectures and laboratory sessions taught by the FDA scientific staff in the Departments of Chemistry and Biology.


Students applying as freshmen must complete a Freshman Application online, pay a nonrefundable application fee, send SAT or ACT scores, and send official high school transcripts or GED scores and diploma.

Some applicants are good candidates for a program called Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK). This program was established to help students who are economically disadvantaged and New York City residents receive higher education. Through this program students can be accepted who would otherwise not qualify for admission. Students applying as freshmen who are found to have considerable financial need and a C average will be considered for admission through the SEEK program. These students must submit all of the required documentation for freshmen admission. In addition SEEK applicants must also file a FAFSA, see a counselor in the Student Financial Services Office, and take the CUNY Assessment Test.

Transfer Students:

Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be considered for admission. Students who wish to transfer in must complete an online application, pay a slightly higher application fee, and send official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. If the student is transferring with less than 12 credit hours official high school transcripts or GED scores and diploma must be sent as well. Transfer students who wish to transfer into the SEEK program must have participated in SEEK, EOP, HEOP, or College Discovery at a prior institution.

International Students:

All international students must be enrolled as full-time students and must also maintain a 2.0 GPA. International students must complete an application online, send in documentation of all courses taken and grades received, and are encouraged to send in SAT or ACT scores. After an international student has been accepted the student must prove financial ability by submitting a Certificate of Eligibility, also known as the SEVIS I-20. This form also contains the Affidavit of Free Room and Board. If the student was previously enrolled at a U.S. institution, a Transfer Enrollment Status Form must be forwarded from the student’s International Student Advisor at their current institution, which will allow their SEVIS record to be electronically transferred. Applicants requiring a F-1 Visa must pay a one-time fee and this fee must be paid at least three business days before the student applies for a Visa. Also international students are encouraged to attend the International Student Symposium before beginning classes.

Financial Aid

The federal and state grants available for students include: the Federal Pell Grant, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), the Aid for Part-Time Students (APTS), and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). If students must borrow money to pay for their tuition they can do so through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans and the Federal Perkins Loans.

Scholarships available for incoming freshmen include the York College Foundation Scholarships, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships, the FDA Scholars Program, the Peter Vallone Scholarship, and the Dennis Moorman Scholarship.

International students also have several scholarship opportunities and these include the Barbara Wiedner and Dorothy Vandercook Memorial Peace Scholarship, the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, the La Unidad Latino Foundation, Inc., the Donald and Mary Ellen Passantino Scholarship Award, the Ayn Rand Essay Contest, and the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund.

Students who are part of the SEEK program must apply for TAP and PELL, which can be done by submitting a FAFSA. These students can also participate in the following programs: the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program, the Federal Perkins Loans, and the Direct Stafford Loans.

Students participating in the FWS program must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours. The maximum number of hours a student is allowed to work is 20 hours a week. This program offers both on-campus and off-campus worksites. The students’ hourly wage for the on-campus sites depends on the amount of credits the student has received and the wages vary for students working at off-campus sites.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6165th for the average student loan amount.
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The athletic teams, known as the Cardinals, are a member of the NCAA Division III and the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). The athletic program also competes in the Northeast Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). There are various sports teams offered for both men and women and these include: basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Men can also compete on a soccer team and women also have the option of competing on a softball team.

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Ranks 114th in New York and 1103rd 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 2 0.02
Robbery 5 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 7 0.08
Arrest 8 0.10

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3605

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3089th 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 $366 $366 $366
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $245 $245 $510
FT Graduate Tuition $9,170 $9,170 $17,040
FT Graduate Required Fees $366 $366 $366
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $385 $385 $710
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $7,344 $7,344 $13,854
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,954 $25,954 $32,464
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,288 $11,288 $17,798

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,496 $5,796 $5,496 $5,796 $11,406 $12,006
  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 Fee$125
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 13,319 (5,456 male / 7,863 female)
Admitted 4,675 (1,959 male / 2,716 female)
Admission rate 35%
First-time Enrollment 1,111 (420 male / 691 female)
FT Enrollment 1,089 (411 male / 678 female)
PT Enrollment 22 (9 male / 13 female)
Total Enrollment8,307

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
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

1227th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 83%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 470
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 510
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 830 / 980

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 562nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $84,013 ($86,785 male / $77,497 female)
Number of FT Faculty 198 (98 male / 100 female)
Number of PT Faculty 546
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $14,743,083

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