The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest urban public university in the United States, with 24 campuses spread across the city’s five boroughs, 6,700 full-time faculty, 269,000 degree students, and 270,000 adult, continuing, and professional education students.
Offering a range of post-secondary degrees from certificate to Ph.D. programmes, CUNY is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centres, institutes, and consortia. It is a premier research institution, with an array of modern facilities and a world-class faculty.
Since its origins, CUNY has provided first-rate higher education to generations of New York City residents and students from around the globe. Its history comprises well over a century and a half of commitment to its mission of offering educational opportunity to all, regardless of income or social background. Through a combination of low tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and tax credits, a CUNY education remains one of the most affordable in the country, and today nearly six in every ten full-time CUNY undergraduates enjoy tuition-free education, thanks to federal, state, and CUNY aid.
From the start, CUNY has played a major role in the economy of New York City, training skilled professionals in business, government, education, medicine, law, and technology. Surveys show that over three quarters of CUNY graduates remain in the city to pursue careers after graduation. Currently, the university’s capital investment program is responsible for 20% of all construction in New York City, and its collaborations with other city institutions, nonprofit groups, high schools, and private entities offer benefits to communities throughout the region.