SEEK & College Discovery

SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) and CD (College Discovery) are the two City University higher education opportunity programs, designed to assist high potential, low income students who otherwise might not be able to pursue a college degree because they are not academically well prepared for college level.

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The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program

stands for Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge. The higher education opportunity program at the senior (four year) CUNY colleges. Established to provide comprehensive academic support to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college.

College Discovery

is the higher education opportunity program at the two year CUNY colleges. It was established to provide comprehensive academic support to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college.


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The Percy E. Sutton Urban Male Leadership Academy (UMLA) aims to empower and support young Black and Latino male students through rigorous academic and personal support over the course of their college.


A Tragic Loss to the SEEK/CD Community - We Mourn the Passing of Oscar Hijuelos


The Office of Special Programs was saddened to learn that Oscar Hijuelos, the first Latino to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died on October 12th, 2013 at the age of 62.  Mr. Hijuelos won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for his book, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love”.

Oscar was born in New York and was of Cuban-American descent.  He loved living in New York City and loved being a member of the CUNY family of students.  He graduated from the CCNY SEEK Program with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1975, and then went on to earn a Masters Degree in 1976.  He was one of the most illustrious and successful graduates in the history of the SEEK Program. 

Over the years Mr. Hijuelos always remembered his roots in the SEEK Program.  He generously gave of his time and energy and provided much appreciated support to SEEK Program events and activities both at City College and at the University level.  He was an inspiration to all students who knew him or knew of him. The CUNY SEEK community has most certainly lost a much beloved man of exceptional talent.  He will be greatly missed.

CUNY Celebrates the Renaming of SEEK

In 1966, the honorable Percy Ellis Sutton, as a member of the New York State Assembly, spearheaded the fight to create the “Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge” (SEEK) Program within the City University of New York.  In Sutton’s words, SEEK was created to serve “the injured of our society,” students whose academic potential was not cultivated in the elementary and high schools they attended in poor neighborhoods across New York City.  Over the years, SEEK has nurtured students who might never have gone to college.  The Program provides academic, counseling, and financial support, services that have enabled thousands to obtain a college education and subsequently pursue rewarding careers.  To honor his memory, on July 1, 2011, the program Sutton envisioned officially became The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program.