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The City College of New York

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.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)



The City College of New York was originally founded as the Free Academy of the City of New York in 1847 by wealthy businessman and president of the Board of Education, Townsend Harris, who would go on to establish diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan. It was established to provide children of immigrants and the poor access to free higher education based on academic merit alone.


 As a public institution with public purpose and a 170 year history, CCNY produces citizens who make an impact on the cultural, social, and economic vitality of New York, the nation, and the world.

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Library services

The City College Library System – seven facilities in five buildings and the affiliated CUNY Dominican Studies Library –is the largest within CUNY. The libraries are the crossroad of life at City College, offering a wide array of services to all members of the campus community, and providing leadership within the urban University in  research support,  equity of access for diverse constituencies. 

Student Life

Campus life

    The main campus of The City College of New York is comprised of 36 tree-lined acres running from 133rd Street to 140th Street in Harlem, bounded by St. Nicholas Terrace and St. Nicholas Park on the east and Amsterdam Avenue on the west.It includes 13 College buildings at present, as well as the New York State Structural Biology Center and the two new state-of-the-art research buildings rising on South Campus and due to open in 2014.The College's beautiful original five buildings, designed by George Browne Post in the Neo-Gothic style, have landmark status.