The City College of New York – CUNY

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School Overview

The City College of New York (officially the City College of the City University of New York also called CCNY or City College) is a four-year college that operates as part of the City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university system in the United States. Of CUNY’s 23 member institutions, City College of New York (founded in 1847) is the oldest.

City College is located on a 35-acre campus, situated in downtown Manhattan, bordered by 130th and 141st streets. While the campus isn’t that big when compared with other four-year colleges, it’s quite large when you consider the real estate it takes up in downtown Manhattan, one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. City College’s campus is home to several academic and administrative buildings, many historic and many on the list of national landmarks.

One of the college’s claim to fame is that this was the first free, public college in the United States.

General Information

Admission Office

160 Convent Avenue

Administration Building Room 101

New York, NY 10031

(212) 650-6977

Fax: (212) 650-6417

Contact: Joseph Fatozzi

Director of Admissions
Main Address

160 Convent Avenue

New York, NY 10031

(212) 650-7000

Total undergrads: 12,066

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,775

Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,494

Graduate enrollment: 3,336


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $65

Online application fee: $65

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 45%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Caribbean Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business – General B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Publishing C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Bilingual/Bicultural Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Comparative Literature B
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Physician Assistance B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

CUNY City College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(212) 650-7000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:16,048
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):42%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:15,938 (99% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$6,689
Out-of-state Tuition:$13,799
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,447

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

CUNY City College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at CUNY City College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services23
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences42
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services12
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters12
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics22
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences33
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences63
Visual and Performing Arts55
Grand total1449565

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at CUNY City College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at CUNY City College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,364

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,40587%
Grant or scholarship aid1,37586%$7,447
Student loan aid1338%$4,938

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid8,13962%$6,807
Federal student loans2,15216%$6,121

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for CUNY City College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled CUNY City College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants20,6429,66610,976
Percent admitted100%41%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled9%10%8%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

CUNY City College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment16,048
Undergraduate enrollment13,317
Graduate enrollment2,731

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

CUNY City College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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