CCNY: The City College of New York

An old school with new ideas

City College (CCNY) is an old school with new ideas. Founded in 1847, we take pride in our future, eagerly
embracing the present and riding the cutting edge of the future.

A commuter school throughout our history, this year the first residence hall ever built on our campus opened to 600 students and faculty members. The Towers at The City College of New York offers you something special: residential life at a public college just minutes from Midtown Manhattan.

At CCNY, you can choose from among more than 100 majors and concentrations in architecture, biomedical education, education, engineering, and the liberal arts and sciences. New interdisciplinary programs, such as our BS in Environmental Science and Engineering, prepare you to enter emerging fields with great demand for specialized training.

You’ll have ample opportunity to engage in independent study and conduct student research, especially in the sciences and engineering, and work one-on-one with world-class faculty. Many programs offer study abroad options, and you can participate in service learning courses that give college credit for fieldwork under the auspices of the Colin Powell Center for Public Policy.

If you are a high achiever, our various honors programs, including the CUNY Honors College, offer specialized classes and give you individual attention. We even prepare students to compete for prestigious national awards, such as the Rhodes Scholarship, Truman Scholarship and Javits Fellowship, all of which CCNY graduates have won over the past two years.

More than 100 clubs and organizations offer you opportunities to explore personal interests, make new friends, build skills, and develop leadership capabilities. In addition, the CCNY Beavers compete at the NCAA Division III level in 15 different men’s and women’s sports. In 2006, our women’s track team took third place in the NCAA championship. 

With an enrollment of just more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students, CCNY is one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan schools in the United States. Our students represent more than 150 nationalities, and more than 80 languages are spoken on campus.

Find out if you belong here, too. Contact our admissions office at (212) 650-6977,
(undergraduate), or
(graduate) for additional information or sign up for a campus tour by calling (212) 650-6476 or writing

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This article was written by Trisha Webb

Trisha Webb is a former staff editor for Trisha writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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