The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university. CUNY comprises 23 institutions: 11 senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the Sophie B. Davis School of Biomedical Education. The university serves more than 243,000 degreecredit students and 240,000 adult, continuing-education and professional-education students. College Now, the university’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. The university offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and individualized baccalaureate degrees through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. The University Teacher Academy provides free tuition for highly motivated mathematics and science majors who seek teaching careers in the city. CUNY traces its beginnings to the founding in 1847 of the Free Academy, which later became The City College, the first CUNY college. According to New York State education law, CUNY is “supported as an independent and integrated system of higher education on the assumption that the University will continue to maintain and expand its commitment to academic excellence and to the provision of equal access and opportunity for students, faculty and staff from all ethnic and racial groups and from both sexes.”

Invest in CUNY, Invest in New York, The Campaign for the Colleges of The City University of New York was launched in 2004 as the most ambitious comprehensive campaign undertaken by a public, urban university in the United States. The overwhelming response from alumni, businesses, foundations and friends in support of the colleges of CUNY has helped the campaign surpass its goal of $1.2 billion four years ahead of the 2012 target date. This unprecedented level of philanthropic investment has grown past $1.436 billion, including funds raised by each of the 23 colleges and professional schools. The colleges and university have received more than 175 leadership gifts that represent almost 70 percent of the total. This investment in CUNY and the City of New York is providing:

  • Student Support in the form of endowments and scholarships to help attract top students, encourage diversity and educate the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Faculty Support to assist in the recruitment and retention of eminent scholars, scientists, artists and professionals as full-time faculty.
  • Program Support to foster a research environment, promote interdisciplinary approaches, facilitate ground-breaking research, leverage connections to industry and lead the nation in creating the latest educational technologies.
  • Facilities and Equipment to supplement implementation of the Master Facilities Plan, create an environment that supports the work of students and scholars, renovate buildings, equip new scientific facilities and build strong and diverse communities within the commuter colleges.

The success is driven by initiatives at the campuses. Colleges are strategically identifying program priorities, determining their timelines and establishing targets. Invest in CUNY also includes fund-raising to support university-wide initiatives such as the School of Professional Studies, the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Decade of Science, the Black Male Initiative and the Graduate School of Journalism. The university’s leadership is embarking on a bold and ambitious second phase. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Chairman Benno C. Schmidt Jr. and the presidents of the colleges have announced the launch of Invest in CUNY: Expanding the Vision, which sets a new total goal of $3 billion by 2015.