The City College
The City College of New York, the flagship college of The City University of New York, is a comprehensive teaching, research, and service institution dedicated to accessibility and excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Requiring demonstrated potential for admission and a high level of accomplishment for graduation, the College provides a diverse student body with opportunities to achieve academically, creatively, and professionally in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional fields such as engineering, education, architecture, and biomedical education. The College is committed to fostering student-centered education and advancing knowledge through scholarly research. As a public university with public purposes, it also seeks to contribute to the cultural, social, and economic life of New York.
Since its founding in 1847, The City College of New York has provided a world-class higher education to an increasingly diverse student body – serving as one of the single most important avenues to upward mobility in the nation. Access to excellence remains the vision of the College today.
The College strives for excellence in its wide-ranging undergraduate and masters programs (including programs in the only public schools of engineering, architecture, and biomedical education in the city) and in its 13 on-site CUNY doctoral programs – all of which are designed to prepare students for successful careers as well as for continuing graduate and post-graduate education. The College's commitment to excellence is further exemplified by its emphasis on scholarly research and the integration of this research with teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
City College's commitment to access is two-fold. It strives to offer an affordable education and to recruit and support a diverse student population, reflective of both New York City and the global society in which we live. This commitment to access stems not only from a belief that every student prepared for a rigorous college education deserves access to and support for it, but also that excellence itself requires the broad inclusion of, in the words of Townsend Harris, "the children of the whole people." Finally, the College will strive always to use its most valuable resources – a talented and dedicated faculty and staff and an inclusive and ambitious student body – to take a leadership role in the immediate community and across the nation.
The flagship of the City University of New York, City College offers outstanding teaching, learning and research on a beautiful campus in the heart of the world's most dynamic city. Our classrooms are equipped with the technology for a truly interactive learning environment. Our libraries hold 1.5 million volumes and provide online access to the resources of the entire university. Our laboratories are engines of innovation, where students and faculty push the boundaries of knowledge.
Outstanding programs in architecture, engineering, education and the liberal arts and sciences prepare our students for the future, and produce outstanding leaders in every field. Whether they are drawn to the traditional, like philosophy or sociology, or emerging fields like sonic arts or biomedical engineering, our baccalaureate graduates go on to graduate programs at Stanford, Columbia or MIT – or they stay right here in one of our fifty masters programs or our doctoral programs in engineering, the laboratory sciences, and psychology.
Nowhere else in the city do undergraduates have so many opportunities to conduct research with professors and publish and present their findings. In our science, engineering and social science programs, more than 300 undergrads work alongside senior researchers in funded projects.
Leading CUNY in funded research, we house a number of research centers, and soon two new advanced research centers will rise on South Campus. Nearly all of our full-time faculty hold PHD's or – like our architecture faculty, maintain professional practices. Art professors exhibit their work, film professors make films, and music professors perform in venues around the country.
The campus is alive with student activity. City College fields 14 varsity teams that compete in NCAA Division III – and students work out in an equipment rich fitness center, relax in the Marshak swimming pool, and socialize in more than 100 student clubs. And our students come from around the corner and world, representing 160 nationalities, and speaking 90 languages.
City College is an integral part of the civic, urban and artistic energy of New York and inseparable from its history. We are the City that built this city.
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