The Complete List of the 25 CUNY Colleges



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The City University of New York system is the lesser-known member of New York State’s public university system.

Unlike New York’s

SUNY colleges and universities

, however, all the CUNY schools are located in NYC.

In this article, we’ll go over a list of CUNY schools in NYC and CUNY locations along with what to consider when choosing which CUNYs to apply to.


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Ajay Suresh

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What Are the CUNY Colleges? How Many CUNY Schools Are There?


The City University of New York college system, or CUNY, is a public university system with branches in all five boroughs of New York City.

Because all CUNY schools are public colleges, tuition is significantly cheaper for residents of New York City (for the community colleges) and New York State (for all other CUNYs) than at comparable private schools;

for 2020-2021, tuition is $6,930 per year for undergraduates at 4-year CUNY colleges

.

CUNY colleges range from community colleges offering two-year associate’s degrees to 4-year undergraduate colleges to graduate and professional schools (offering masters, doctorates, JDs, and certificates).


Altogether, there are 25 CUNY campuses, 12 of which have 4-year bachelor’s degree programs

(and another two of which allow you to finish up a BA you started at another school or community college).

In the next section, we’ll go over a list of CUNY schools in NYC.

List of CUNY Schools in NYC


We’ve divided up the different CUNYs into three lists based on location and type of degree offered (

associate’s

,

bachelor’s

, or

graduate

). (Note that many of the schools below also offer certificate programs or individual classes for those with a high school diploma who don’t want to complete a full degree.)

CUNY Community Colleges


Name


Location


Degrees Offered


Bronx Community College
Bronx Associate’s

Hostos Community College
Bronx Associate’s

Kingsborough Community College
Brooklyn Associate’s

Borough of Manhattan Community College
Manhattan Associate’s

Guttman Community College
Manhattan Associate’s

LaGuardia Community College
Queens Associate’s

Queensborough Community College
Queens Associate’s

CUNY community colleges are open to students who have completed high school or have a high school diploma and offer

2-year associate’s degree programs

(although if you attend part-time, it may take longer than two years).

As with other

community colleges

, CUNY community colleges prepare students to either enter the workforce after completing their associate’s degrees or apply to a 4-year college as juniors and complete their bachelor’s degrees.

4-Year CUNY Colleges


Name


Location


Degrees Offered


Lehman College
Bronx Bachelor’s

Brooklyn College
Brooklyn Bachelor’s

Medgar Evers College
Brooklyn Bachelor’s

New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
Brooklyn Bachelor’s

Baruch College
Manhattan Bachelor’s

The City College of New York (CCNY)
Manhattan Bachelor’s

Hunter College
Manhattan Bachelor’s

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Manhattan Bachelor’s

Macaulay Honors College

*
Manhattan Bachelor’s

Queens College
Queens Bachelor’s

York College
Queens Bachelor’s

College of Staten Island
Staten Island Bachelor’s

*Students applying to Macaulay Honors College must choose a home campus to attend most of their classes at; this home campus can be any of the above CUNY 4-year colleges except Medgar Evers, City Tech, or York College.

CUNY Graduate and Professional Schools


Name


Location


Degrees Offered


Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY
Manhattan Master’s

CUNY Graduate Center
Manhattan Master’s, Doctorate

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Manhattan Master’s, Doctorate

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

*
Manhattan Bachelor’s*, Master’s

CUNY School of Professional Studies

*
Manhattan Bachelor’s*, Master’s

CUNY School of Law
Queens JD

*For undergraduate students, only open to those who have already completed at least 24 credits from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

In total, there are

over 270,000 students

across all the CUNY campuses, of which

nearly 170,000

are full-time undergraduates earning a bachelor’s degree.


Two of the graduate and professional CUNY schools (School of Labor and Urban Studies and School of Professional Studies) do also grant bachelor’s degrees, but only to students who transfer in to complete their final two years there.

Essentially, the undergraduate programs at the SLU and SPS are the complements to the 2-year associate’s programs at all the CUNY community colleges.

Leaving the community colleges and graduate and professional schools aside, we’re next going to go a bit more in depth to the different 4-year CUNY colleges and discuss how to choose which ones to apply to.

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Hunter College

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Which CUNYs Should You Apply To? How to Choose

As we discuss at length in our articles on

how to choose which colleges to apply to

and

how to research colleges

, there are many factors that go into influencing what schools you should apply to (and which schools should be your

safety schools

,

target schools

, or

reach schools

). These factors include

school location

,

cost

,

academics

,

acceptance rate

/

admission requirements

,

job prospects post-college

, and many others. Furthermore, the degree to which each factor matters will differ for each student.

For CUNY colleges, however, at least some of the variables are set: all the schools are located in one of the five NYC boroughs, and

all the 4-year colleges have the same $6,930 per tuition cost for in-state residents (except Macaulay Honors College, which has free tuition for in-state residents)

.

So what’s left to judge the different CUNY colleges on?

Even though all the CUNY schools are in New York City, which part of the city they’re in might still be a factor

, particularly if you’re commuting from home (or work) to go to school: it’s one thing to live in Forest Hills and go to Queens College or York College and quite another to have to schlep all the way to Staten Island or the Bronx each day.


Academic reputation

and

what percentage of students graduate

are important for any school but are particularly important for CUNYs if you’re thinking about getting a job in New York City after (or during) school—people who live and work in the city know the reputation of the different CUNY schools.


25th/75th percentile SAT

and

ACT scores

are important to know as well, not just because they can indicate (to some extent) a school’s academic rigor, but because they can tell you how likely you are to get in with your SAT/ACT score.

If your SAT/ACT score is at or above a school’s 75th percentile score, you’re more likely to get in

; if it’s at or below a school’s 25th percentile score, you have much lower chances.

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The only CUNYs where you don’t have to worry too much about SAT/ACT scores are the College of Staten Island and Medgar Evers College (above), which both have 100% admissions rates.



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To help you decide which CUNYs to apply to, we’ve grouped all the 4-year CUNY colleges by location and listed for each relevant stats, including

enrollment numbers

,

admission rate

,

25th and 75th percentile SAT/ACT scores

,

neighborhood

, and

what percent of students graduate within four years

.

We’ve also included the

US News & World Report ranking

for each school when applicable; while this is by no means a perfect measure of how good each school is, it does help to give a sense of how all the schools compare to each other overall (although we have more specific details on

which CUNY schools are best in this article

).

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Mosaic at Bedford Park Boulevard-Lehman College subway station

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CUNY Colleges in the Bronx

Of the 11 4-year CUNY colleges, there is only one located in the Bronx:

Lehman College

. We have the rundown on stats for Lehman College below.


Lehman College

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
970 1100

ACT
17 21

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New York City College of Technology

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Ajay Suresh

/Flickr

CUNY Colleges in Brooklyn

Three of the four-year CUNYs are located in Brooklyn:

City Tech

,

Megar Evers College

, and

Brooklyn College

. Of the three CUNY schools in Brooklyn, City Tech has the largest undergraduate student population (17,000+), Medgar Evers has the highest admit rate (90%), and Brooklyn College by far both admits a lower and graduates a higher percentage of students than the other Brooklyn CUNYs.


Brooklyn

College Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
1040 1220

ACT
20 26


New York City College of Technology (City Tech)

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
820 1020

ACT
14 19


Medgar Evers College

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
810 1000

ACT
13 16

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CUNY Colleges in Manhattan

The most 4-year CUNYs are located in New York, New York (aka Manhattan):

City College

,

CUNY Baruch

,

Hunter

, and

John Jay College

.

In addition,

Macaulay Honors College

is also headquartered in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. We’ll spend some time discussing Macaulay first, as it’s a little different from the rest of the CUNY 4-year colleges.

Macaulay Honors College


  • Neighborhood:

    Upper West Side.

Aside from some seminars and lectures, Macaulay students don’t spend much classroom time in the Macaulay building.

Instead, Macaulay students also have a “home campus” where they take most of their classes and meet with advisors.

Students applying to Macaulay are asked to pick two schools they’d want as their home campus from a pool of eight (Lehman, Brooklyn College, Baruch, City College, Hunter, John Jay, Queens College, or the College of Staten Island) and are assigned a home campus once accepted to Macaulay Honors College.

Here’s the most recent breakdown of what percentage of Macaulay students have each of those eight campuses as their home campus.


Home Campus

% of total Macaulay students (rounded)
Hunter College 23%
Baruch College 18%
City College 17%
Brooklyn College 15%
Queens College 12%
College of Staten Island 8%
John Jay College 4%
Lehman College 3%

The chart above shows that the majority (62%) of Macaulay students have Manhattan home campuses (which makes sense, considering the Manhattan location of Macaulay’s building).

Macaulay Honors College doesn’t provide the same public admissions statistics as the other CUNY 4-year colleges, so we don’t have specific information about admission rate, total enrollment, and how many students graduate within 4 and 6 years.

Based on

this fact sheet

released by Macaulay, we can estimate that

about 2,122 students are currently enrolled at Macaulay

, but because students mostly will be attending classes on their home campuses, the more relevant enrollment numbers for most Macaulay Honors College students will be those of their home campuses.

Macaulay also doesn’t provide 25th/75th percentile scores; however, its fact sheet does note that  the average SAT score for

Macaulay students is 1386

.


The City College of New York (CCNY)

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
950 1190

ACT
20 28


CUNY Baruch

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
1130 1330

ACT
24 29


Hunter College

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
1090 1260

ACT
21 27


John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
960 1130

ACT
17 21

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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Ajay Suresh

/Flickr

CUNY Colleges in Queens

There are two CUNY senior colleges located in the Queens borough of New York City:

Queens College

and

York College

. Of the two, Queens College is both larger and more selective than York College, accepting only 49% of students who apply (compared to York’s 73% acceptance rate).


Queens College

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
1040 1200

ACT
21 25


York College

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
880 1040

ACT
not reported not reported

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Want to get a scholarship to Queens College? You probably shouldn’t brag, but try to amaze and astonish.



Muhammad Ghouri

/Flickr

CUNY Colleges in Staten Island

There is only one CUNY 4-year college in Staten Island: the

College of Staten Island

. Like Medgar Evers College, the College of Staten Island admits every student who applies.


College of Staten Island

Vital Stats


25th %ile Score

75th %ile Score

SAT
1010 1190

ACT
17 22

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The College of Staten Island campus

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CUNY Academic Commons



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What’s Next?


Want to learn more about the City University of New York system?

Try our articles on

what CUNY is

and

the best CUNY colleges

.


Why attend a CUNY school instead of a SUNY school, besides location?

Learn more with

our guide to CUNY vs. SUNY

. You can also find out more about

SUNY schools with our complete list

and

SUNY schools application tips

.


Considering attending other public universities?

We go into the differences between

public vs. private colleges here

. If you’re a high-achieving student, be sure to also check out our articles on

the Public Ivies

and

top public universities

.



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