CUNY York College


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 140th in New York and 1555th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 72.1
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $8,522
Admission Success rate N/A
SAT 75%ile scores 1050
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 28 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 64% / 58%
Enrollment Total (all students) 8,693


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.

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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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