Since its founding in 1847, The City College of New York (CCNY) has been true to its legacy of access, opportunity, and transformation. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic, and boldly visionary as the city itself. CCNY advances knowledge and critical thinking, and fosters research, creativity, and innovation across academic, artistic, and professional disciplines. As a public institution with public purpose, CCNY produces citizens who make an impact on the cultural, social, and economic vitality of New York, the nation, and the world.


The City College of New York was founded in 1847 by Townsend Harris as the Free Academy whose mission was to provide access to higher education based on academic merit alone: “Open the doors to all. Let the children of the rich and the poor take their seats together and know of no distinction save that of industry, good conduct, and intellect.”

Unwavering in keeping its legacy alive, CCNY welcomes people from all corners of the globe to come together with mutual respect, in pursuit of intellectual engagement and excellence.


As the preeminent college of The City University of New York, CCNY captures the very energy of the international city it calls home. Over one hundred different languages are spoken here, a testament to serving the people of New York, who come to CCNY seeking a better future. Driven by curricula that emphasize the natural sciences, arts, and professions, CCNY ignites a passion to learn and a commitment to future generations that they will have access to this opportunity.

Drawn to CCNY by its powerful mission, our dedicated faculty engage in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship that pushes beyond conventional thinking. Inquiry-based learning promotes discovery, exploration, and experiential learning that cultivates a skillset honed for success in solving today’s complex challenges.


CCNY will continue to be that engine of social mobility it has been throughout its history, providing our students with an expanded perspective of social issues and the knowledge, skills, and critical faculties that enable them to thrive in their chosen fields. The intellectual curiosity fostered at CCNY will drive life-long learning.


City College stands at the intersection of its historic past and promise for a vibrant future. Building on its strong foundation of unleashing potential, a City College education integrates knowledge with experience to nurture scholars, professsionals, and leaders who are ready to meet the challenges of our contemporary society. CCNY will attract students who have a tenacious desire to learn, lead, and contribute to the greater good of society on their path to a successful future. CCNY graduates will be committed to supporting access to opportunity and mentorship for future generations of learners.

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