Alumni, Students & Faculty
CUNY colleges are attracting record numbers of high academic achievers, including numerous winners (http://www.cuny.edu/about/people/notable-students.html) of top national honors. The University now accepts about 20,000 applicants with a high school GPA of 85 or above — more than double the number from 10 years ago. Over the years, the winners of the prestigious student awards include seven Rhodes Scholars, six Marshall Scholars, 10 Truman Scholars and dozens of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows.
The University’s long list of distinguished alumni includes 12 Nobel Laureates, among the highest number from any public university. Overall, total full- and part-time enrollment at CUNY has soared in the last decade, increasing by more than a third. <read more>
During that same period, enrollment at the University’s community colleges increased an extraordinary 48 percent. Fully 46 percent of all college students in New York City attend the University — including nearly 270,000 in adult, continuing and professional education.
CUNY students also continue to reflect remarkably diverse backgrounds, with family heritage linked to over 205 countries. More than 40 percent of undergraduates were born outside the United States; about 44 percent are first- generation Americans; and about 20 percent are the first in their families to attend college. <read more>
In addition to rigorous classroom learning, student life has become an increasingly important part of the CUNY experience. Students enjoy a wide array of extra-curricular activities, including performing arts, cultural, social and political clubs, study-abroad programs, and community-service opportunities. While supporting the needs of a large commuting population, CUNY also has been expanding on-campus housing options for students at Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman and Queens colleges, as well as through the Educational Housing Services and the Brandon Residence for Women. To help ensure the success of all students, CUNY also provides flexible schedules, financial aid and child care.
Students can participate in an array of intercollegiate and intramural sports. Among the offerings, for both men and women: basketball, cross-country, fencing, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Baseball, water polo and wrestling are offered for men; softball for women. Four-year college varsity teams compete with schools in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, while community college teams participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association. All CUNY schools are members of the City University of New York Athletic Conference.
CUNY’s 6,700 full-time faculty features internationally recognized experts (cuny.edu/experts) in nearly every academic field. Many faculty members combine outstanding academic credentials with significant real-world experiences, and are regularly recognized with fellowships, grants and awards. <read more>
Guggenheim Fellows, winners of Pulitzer, Booker and National Book Awards and two U.S. Poet Laureates have taught or currently teach at CUNY. Among the most prominent full-time faculty are Distinguished Professors. They not only teach courses, but also mentor other faculty and spearhead cultural programs on individual campuses and University-wide campaigns to improve life and learning. Expanding the faculty ranks is a top priority in the University’s current Master Plan <pdf>.
The University’s junior faculty are also encouraged to pursue significant projects and achievements. For example, The CUNY Junior Faculty Research Award in Science and Engineering Program aims to cultivate the excellence and ensure the promise of early-career science and engineering faculty at CUNY.
By the Numbers
- Alumni include 12 Nobel Laureates, among the highest number from any public university in the country.
- Winners of prestigious student awards include seven Rhodes Scholars, six Marshall Scholars, 10 Truman Scholars and dozens of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows.
- Faculty members in clude Guggenheim Fellows, winners of Pulitzer, Booker and National Book Awards.
- Two U.S. Poet Laureates have taught or currently teach at CUNY.