LaGuardia Community College, a member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, educates more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually through degree, certificate, and continuing education programs. The college is conveniently located in Long Island City, Queens, New York City’s fastest growing and most ethnically diverse borough. Students come from more than 160 countries and speak over 120 languages.
Like many community colleges nationwide, LaGuardia’s student population is largely low-income and disadvantaged—77 percent have family incomes of less than $25,000, and many students are recent immigrants, the first in their family to go to college in the U.S., or are older, or otherwise “non-traditional.”
LaGuardia offers more than 50 associate degree programs, an honors program, and extensive support services to ensure student success. In addition to granting degrees we have programs ranging from helping adults to earn their high school diploma; programs to help small businesses grow and expand; and one of NYC’s largest ESL programs.
- Many LaGuardia programs are FREE—supported by grants from generous foundations and City agencies.
- Popular majors include liberal arts, business, computers, nursing, and accounting. LaGuardia also offers several specialized programs, such as veterinary technology and occupational therapy assistant, which are available nowhere else in The City University of New York and boast high post-graduation job placement rates.
- LaGuardia offers flexible academic scheduling, including evening and weekend classes, to accommodate the needs of working adults. Students with young children also benefit from on-campus childcare (for children ages one to four) and an on-campus school (pre-kindergarten through second grade).
- LaGuardia provides students with a variety of support services that help them succeed academically. These include free tutoring labs, a recently updated Library/Media Center, learning communities, educational counseling, career counseling, personal counseling, academic advisement, academic peer instruction, and student mentors.
- Entering students who need help developing basic skills can enroll in the pre-freshman CUNY Start program for non-credit basic skills classes and workshops to help prepare them for college-level work.
- The College’s non-traditional academic calendar allows students the option of earning an associate degree on an accelerated schedule, saving time as well as money.
- All new students participate in the New Student Seminar, which is designed to help orient them to student life at LaGuardia and teach them how to make effective use of instructional technology.
- The College’s Honors Program features exchange and transfer programs with Columbia University, Barnard, and Vassar College, as well as study abroad opportunities and an Honors Society.
- Distinctive offerings at LaGuardia include the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, a repository of collections that illuminate NYC’s social and political history; the only Archives of its kind in NYC.
- The LaGuardia Community College Foundation raises more than $3.5 Million annually, and gives out nearly $1.8M annually in scholarships and emergency financial support to our primarily low-income and new-immigrant students.
- In addition to providing financial support, the LaGuardia Community College Foundation runs programs and workshops to help students develop leadership, communication, and networking skills.
- The LaGuardia Foundation also helps students find internship opportunities and jobs to help them gain valuable work experience.
- LaGuardia’s extensive support services include our on-campus food pantry, subsidized daycare for student-parents, staff dedicated to helping students access public assistance, safe housing, and more.
- LaGuardia students participate in clubs, student government, intramural sports, and student-sponsored events such as the Leadership Training Conference.
- Athletic and recreation facilities include an NCAA regulation-size swimming pool, a fitness center, and a sports gymnasium.