City University of New York
New York City
The City University of New York - CUNY
is the nation's largest urban public university with 23 institutions: eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves more than 226,000 degree-credit students and 230,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University's academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 280 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. The University offers an on-line baccalaureate degree through the School of Professional Studies and a new Teacher Academy with free tuition for highly motivated mathematics and science majors who seek teaching careers in the city's public schools.
CUNY traces its beginnings to the founding in 1847 of the Free Academy, which later became The City College, the first CUNY college. According to New York State Education Law, CUNY is “supported as an independent and integrated system of higher education on the assumption that the University will continue to maintain and expand its commitment to academic excellence and to the provision of equal access and opportunity for students, faculty and staff from all ethnic and racial groups and from both sexes.”
More than 80 percent of CUNY’s senior college faculty hold Ph.D.s or other highest degrees in their fields. The full-time teaching faculty of 6,100 includes world-renowned experts in virtually every field of human endeavor. CUNY Distinguished Professor at Lehman College Billy Collins served as Poet Laureate of the United States. Other current CUNY faculty have won prestigious awards in recognition of their contributions to education and scholarship. Included are Guggenheim Fellowships, Pulitzer Prizes, an Academy Award, MacArthur Foundation “genius awards,” and Carnegie Teacher of the Year awards, among many other honors, fellowships and grants.