City College of New York (CUNY)

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College Profile

Founded in 1847, The City College of New York (CCNY) is a comprehensive teaching, research, and service institution dedicated to accessibility and excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. It is the oldest college of the City University of New York.

Located on a 35-acre campus in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, the College consists of a College of Liberal Arts and Science, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership and four professional schools: The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, the City College School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering and the Sophie School of Biomedical Education, which offers a unique seven-year BS/MD program. . In addition, CCNY is one of seven CUNY campuses in the Macaulay Honors College

Collectively, CCNY’s schools and divisions offer 73 undergraduate majors and 50 masters programs, of which 10 are interdisciplinary.  In addition, CCNY grants Ph.D.s in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering; and in biology, biochemistry, chemistry and physics, jointly with the CUNY Graduate Center.

City College is home to 20 research institutes in the sciences, engineering and social sciences.  They are engaged in ongoing investigations in such areas as nanoscience, photonics, alternative energy, water resources, transportation and public policy.  For 2014-15, funded research programs at the college totaled $56  million.

Approximately 16,000 students are enrolled at City College, of whom approximately 80 percent are undergraduates. The College is ranked by “U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges” number one in diversity among masters-level universities where Hispanics are the largest ethnic group.

Eighty-seven percent of the College’s more than 550 full-time faculty members hold members hold PhDs or terminal degrees in their fields. They include Fulbright scholars, Guggenheim fellows, MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipients and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Emmy Awards, GRAMMY Awards and National Book Awards

Notable alumni of City College include: John O’Keefe, ’63, 2014 Nobel laureate Medicine;  Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), ’58; Intel Corp. Co-Founder Dr. Andrew S. Grove, ’60; painter, quilter and author Faith Ringgold, ’55, and Dr. Jonas E. Salk, ’34, who developed the first polio vaccine. In addition, ten City College graduates are Nobel laureates, the most among public colleges and universities in the United States.

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment:16,161
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 13,113
  • Graduate enrollment: 3048
  • International Student Enrollment: 1043, Female: 52%, Male: 48%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 13:1
  • Faculty: Full-Time: 520, Part-Time: 1402

English as a Second Language Program and Services

English as a Second Language Program and Services
Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?

Does your institution conditionally admit students to degree programs if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?

Please describe your services.
Undergraduate students are tested reading and writing. A student will be required to take English as Second language course(s) in order to register in regular college coursework.

International Student Housing Options

The Towers at CCNY is the first residence hall to be built on the CCNY campus in its 164-year history. The Towers, located on the corner of West 130th Street and St. Nicholas Terrace on the South Campus, opened its door in August 2006. Currently, The Towers provides accommodations for 589 residents.

The Towers consists of 164 fully-furnished, air-conditioned suites in four configurations:

  • one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite (2 residents per bedroom)
  • two-bedroom, one-bathroom suite (2 residents per bedroom)
  • three-bedroom, two-bathroom suites (1 resident per bedroom)
  • four-bedroom, two-bathroom suites (1 resident per bedroom).

The Towers also has a limited number of studio and one-bedroom suites available for faculty housing.

Is on-campus housing available for international students?

Collaborative programs

CCNY/PUC Rio, Brazil Exchange

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

International students seeking to transfer into one of your institution’s undergraduate programs:
Graduate admission information:


Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?
I-20 and DS-2019

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Tuition/Fees: Full-Time:
$13,850 ($560 per credit)  per year (full time for 12 credits per semester)
Liberal Arts/Education ($780 per credit) – $14,228 per year (9 credits per semester)
Engineering ($870 per credit)  – $15,848 per year (9 credits per semester)
Architecture: Landscape Arch. ($870 per credit) – $25,160 per year (15 credits per semester)
Architecture         ($870 per credit) -$31,632 per year (18 credits per semester)
Urban Design      ($870 per credit) -$28,152 per year (16 credits per semester)
Public Administration -(875 per credit) – $31,760 (18 credits per semester
Branding and Integrative Communication ($985) $17,918 (9 credits per semester)
Ph.D. Level 1  $12,438 (7 credits per semester)

Full time $204.95 per semester
Part-time $118.95 per semester
Full-time $155.25 per semester
Part-time $92.75  per semester

Estimated living expenses for an academic year (10 months) is $23,637.

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?
Yes. A limited number opportunities are available to International students. Check the College’s website for information. It is possible for doctoral students to receive full scholarships which will cover tuition and provide a stipend.

Student Activities and Campus Life

The majority of the students commute to the City College campus and live in the larger metropolitan area of New York City; they come from many different states across the U.S. and over one hundred different countries. Over eighty languages can be heard on campus, making CCNY a place both cosmopolitan and international.

Student activities at CCNY fall under the umbrella of the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development, which provides support for more than one hundred student clubs and organizations and 15 varsity teams that compete in NCAA Division III. Included are the undergraduate and graduate student governments, two student newspapers, a yearbook, and a stu­dent-run radio station. Clubs reflect many of the academic, recreational, religious, political, professional and ethnic interests of CCNY’s students. City College students benefit from the many cultural and educational treasures of New York City.