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Rank: 115

CUNY City College

The City College of New York has a storied history: Originally called the Free Academy, it was founded in the 1800s to educate underprivileged students and the children of immigrants. Centuries later, CCNY still prides itself on effecting social change. Its president says the Manhattan campus is "a place where all people are welcome, protected, and celebrated." The majority of students are from New York City, but more than 800 undergrads are from other countries. The college has a lot of compassion: Students organized a collection drive for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, and undocumented students can qualify for in-state tuition. All CCNY students can pick from a variety of majors, including anthropology, Asian studies, and music education. Alumni say that although classes can be hard, professors care about student success. The libraries are stacked, too, with more than 1.6 million print volumes. (If you need help navigating them, check out the library newsletter, Circumspice.) Outside of class, students can participate in 16 NCAA Division III teams and more than 100 clubs, among them a badminton association, a concrete canoe club, and an organization simply called "Stuff to Do."
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$30,600
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$4,400
Average price for low-income students
$840
admissions
Acceptance rate
46%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1140/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
12,480
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
84%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$4,410
student success
Graduation rate
50%
Average time to a degree
4.9 years
Average student debt
$11,580
Average salary within 3 years
$53,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
36%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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