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CUNY City College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree programs offered at CUNY City College in New York. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About CUNY City College in New York 

Founded in 1847, CUNY City College is a public university located in New York City. It is the oldest college of the City University of New York City (CUNY) and is often called the City College or CCNY. CCNY's faculty has won numerous prestigious awards in their respective fields, including Grammys, Emmys and Pulitzers. CCNY's research program is the largest program of its kind in New York City and the surrounding area.


CCNY has nine divisions and colleges: Division of Social Sciences, Division of Science, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at Center for Worker Education, Division of Humanities, The Grove School of Engineering, School of Education, The Macaulay Honors College at City College and The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. CCNY offers 150 undergraduate, graduate and certification programs (including high-impact minors). Popular undergraduate programs include psychology, engineering, social sciences and visual and performing arts. The library system is made up of six divisions, including an art and architecture division.

CCNY also offers study-abroad opportunities, continuing education and professional studies programs. The school also participates in the Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) program, which is a state-funded program designed to help students who are disadvantaged financially or academically. CCNY offers Gatlin Education Services online programs that are designed prepare students for popular occupations, such as search engine marketing.


The application deadline for the fall semester is February 1st. After this date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Freshman applicants are required to submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores. CCNY accepts either SAT or ACT scores. In order to be considered for admission, freshman applicants must have finished at least 16 high school academic units.

CCNY accepts AP (Advanced Placement), I.B. (International baccalaureate) and A Level scores for credit. CCNY does not accept CLEP scores. Of the 20,672 undergraduate applicants for the Fall 2010 Semester, 30% were admitted and 23% of those students enrolled. In Fall 2011, 26% of undergraduate students were part-time students and 74% were full-time. 79% of these students were 24 years old or younger. In Fall 2010, the student body included students from 153 different countries.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees are dependent on a student's classification and residency status. For the Fall 2012 semester, full-time students paid $2,715 per semester if they were in-state students and $485 per credit hour if they were out-of-state students. For the 2011-2012 academic year, room and board was estimated to be $13,180 for students living on campus and $10,900 for students living off campus. Books and supplies were estimated to cost $1,179, while other expenses were estimated at $4,823.

CCNY offers several merit-based scholarships. Some of these scholarships also require financial need. The school offers a prepaid tuition plan and a tuition payment plan. Tuition for graduate students varies depending on the program.

School Type Public, 4-year***
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, certificate programs***
Religious Affiliation None***
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city***
Student Body 12,863 undergraduates, 3,142 graduates***
Student Housing Suites with shared or single bedrooms*
Schools and Programs 9 schools and divisions; 150 minors, majors and graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1***
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Bachelor's: Psychology (282) Master's: Education (596) PhDs: Education (4)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 6% in four years, 40% in six years***
Admission Rate 30% in Fall 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 86% for full-time and 81% for part-time students***
Undergraduate Application Due Date Fall semester applications due February 1st; Spring semester appliations due September 15*
Tuition (2011-2012) $24,641 for in-state students, $30,551 for out-of-state students (for students living on campus, includes all estimated student expenses)***
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grants or scholarships (82%), student loan (10%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 84% in 2010-2011***

Sources: *CUNY City College, **U.S. News and World Report, ***National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Wille Administration Building, A-101, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
  • Phone: (212) 650-6977
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