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City University of New York

New York, United States



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History, Affiliations and Rankings

The City University of New York was established in 1960 as a Municipal College Systems of the City of New York. It was only a year after in 1961 when the state legislation was passed to unite the senior and community colleges, the City University of New York (CUNY) came into existence. The history of the City University of New York traces back to 1847 when Townsend Harris proposed to establish a public academy of higher education in order to help people in need, no matter who they are. With a batch of 143 young qualified young men, the institution grew quickly in enrollment and it became the City College of New York. Based on the same founding values, the City University of New York was reborn in 1961. The importance of CUNY can never be forgotten. Throughout history, the CUNY had played a vital role in shaping the American Education System. The City University of New York has pledged to provide free and affordable education to immigrants, refugees, people of colour, etc. During World War I, when a lot of Ivy Colleges were discriminating against the Jews, it was CUNY that protested against the university and helped Jews. QS has ranked CUNY at #701-750 in its QS World University Ranking. Many of its programs rank in the top 200 in the world with the Classics and Ancient History program being at #=40 in the world 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

Today, there are 25 campuses in New York City including 11 senior colleges (City College, Baruch College, Brooklyn College, Queens College, NY City College of Technology, John Jay College, York College, Lehman College, Medgar College, Hunter College, College of Staten Land), 7 community colleges (Bronx Community College, Queensborough Community College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Hostos Community College, Guttman Community College) and 7 professional and honours schools (CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Law School, Medicine School, School of Journalism, Public Health School, School of Labor and Urban Studies). CUNY provides full-time, part-time, certification, and doctoral programs in almost every field. The City University of New York offers more than 1400 academic programs, 200 majors leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees and 800 graduate degree programs

Accomplishments and Alumni 

The City University of New York is also known for its student power which used to shake the whole state administration from up to down. It is only because of its values and principles, the City University of New York has never faced any threat and has been producing young leaders. They lead CUNY in financed research and are home to a number of research facilities, with two new advanced research centres set to open on South Campus soon. Almost all of its full-time professors have PhDs or, like the architecture faculty, run their professional practices. Art professors show their art in galleries, film professors make films, and music professors play in venues across the country. CUNY graduates include 13 Nobel laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, a U.S. Secretary of State, a Supreme Court Justice, several New York City mayors, members of Congress, state legislators, scientists, artists, and Olympians. Famous alumni of The City University of New York are George M. Nemhauser, Stanley L. Sandler, Arnold F. Stancell, Phillipe Nover, Aesha Waks, Elly Gross, Michael K. Williams and many more!

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The City University of New York has long been regarded as one of the nation's most diversified university systems. By continuing to establish a varied population that enriches its academic environment, the University hopes to improve its national reputation.  The City University of New York has more than 275,000 students enrolled with 45,300 faculty members. 58% of students enrolled at CUNY are females. Roughly one out of every three students entering a City University of New York (CUNY) college was born outside of the U.S. The Student Life Department provides meeting space and support to over 200 student organizations. Academic clubs, cultural clubs, religious clubs, and social clubs are among the many interests represented by these groups. The Caribbean Student Association, LAESA-SHPE (Hispanic Engineers), Muslim Student Organization, National Council of Negro Women, Inc., InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Dominican Students Association are among our most active student clubs. The top companies to hire graduates from the City University of New York include but are not limited to Citi, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Northwell Health, IBM, Verizon, Jabian Franchise Group and Microsoft. 

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