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
Apply Online:
Address: 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 15,816
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 50%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 15,624 (99% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,340
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,290
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,059

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

CUNY City College Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 24
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 21
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 432
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 121
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 112
Education 321926
Engineering 4795
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 23
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 92
Health Professions and Related Programs 144
History 11
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 13
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 532
Psychology 1131
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 74
Visual and Performing Arts 99
Grand total 41848110

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,340
Out-of-state $15,290
Books and supplies $1,364

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,402
Out-of-state $20,832

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,561 87%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,511 84% $10,059
Student loan aid 118 7% $6,638

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 8,907 68% $8,609
Federal student loans 1,490 11% $5,917

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 30,013 14,316 15,697
Percent admitted 100% 37% 55%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 7% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 15,816
Undergraduate enrollment 13,030
Graduate enrollment 2,786

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
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*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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