York College, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), was founded in 1966 and has called a 50-acre campus in the heart of Jamaica, Queens its home for the past 30 years.

York College, is a place where more than 8,500 students from approximately 125 nations of origin and diverse cultures come together to pursue the promise of a better future through higher education. Reflective of New York City, one of the most diverse cities in the world, the York College campus buzzes with conversations in these myriad languages as students and faculty assume their roles as engaged participants in the college’s vision to be, “a transformative urban institution and a cultural hub.”

More than 82% of the student population represents various minority groups (Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian /Pacific Islander, Native American, Jewish, Eastern Europeans and others).  A large percentage of the students are the first in their families to attend college.

The college offers baccalaureate degrees in nearly 50 fields of study including the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, journalism, communications technology, computer science, social work, teacher education, aviation management and various health professions including nursing and a BS/MS in Occupational Therapy, the only one of its kind within CUNY.

York recently launched two additional Master’s programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies. Since its first commencement exercises in 1971, York has graduated more 26,000 students and counts among its proud graduates, hundreds of physicians, research scientists, educators, attorneys and business executives in media, finance, technology and more.

York College’s new Academic Village and Conference Center (AVCC), included in CUNY’s five-year capital budget plan request, will be a vibrant, state-of-the-art 162,988 square-foot facility and will be a beacon of Southeast Queens and downtown Jamaica.  The nine-floor AVCC will house York’s School of Business and Information Systems.  Some of its features include a sustainable roof garden, a bookstore which will be open to the public, a café, an art gallery featuring exhibits focusing on the Tuskegee Airmen, and York’s Small Business Development Center.  Its conference center will be available to the Greater Jamaica community.

The York College Office of Economic and Workforce Development serves more than 6,000 local residents through a variety of workforce and continuing education programs; small business development assistance programs; and adult literacy programs.  York College is the designated Empire State Development StartUP NY Tax-Free Zone in Queens, an economic development initiative established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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