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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 14 NCAA Division III teams and dozens of clubs, among them a women's robotics club, a cinema society, a concrete canoe club, and an amateur radio society.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The City College of New York will be offering hybrid and remote courses this fall. Key offices, including the financial aid and admissions office, are operating virtually. The school hopes to reopen its food pantries, libraries and computer labs, and provide its usual child care and counseling services.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$30,600
% of students who get any grants
68%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$4,900
Average price for low-income students
$2,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1160/NA
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
12,500
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
N/A
% of need met
N/A
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
55%
Average time to a degree
4.9 years
Average student debt
$12,500
Average salary within 5 years
$55,500
% earning more than $28,000
74%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The City College of New York will be offering hybrid and remote courses this fall. Key offices, including the financial aid and admissions office, are operating virtually. The school hopes to reopen its food pantries, libraries and computer labs, and provide its usual child care and counseling services.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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