New York, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$11,969 ($5,759)
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2 College Junior

Academics: There are not enough professors in the sophomore and freshman level who are passionate at their jobs and it really reflects in their works.

3 College Senior

Academics: education majors HAVE to see advisers every semester

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The major is difficult, but there are a lot of resources to help students excel and do research into their fields.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Good professors are hard to find. Curriculum is difficult but rewarding. The registration process is painful.

3 College Freshman

Academics: City College has very educated professors in the math and science field. They are one of the top for cunys but majority of them do not speak english clearly. This is a problem because the information you are receiving as part of your education is harder to grasp. You will need to study on your own a little more and read as much as you can.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 779th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1025th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1196th
    Best Course Variety
  • 1276th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 1305th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Melissa Charles & Garri Rivkin
New York, N.Y. & Vilnius, Lithuania
International Development of Women through Arts & English Literature
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City may be a small public college, but it kicks butt. Think of City as the poor man's Harvard or Columbia; two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, Colin Powell, and numerous high-profile men and women call City their alma matter. If that's not good enough, the school has some of the best architecture, engineering, pre-med, and international studies programs New York City has to offer. These four majors, as well as the other 50+ degrees offered by City, enable current students and graduates to obtain internships and jobs within the Big Apple. The teachers within the majors are usually laid back, but every professor is different. The workload will vary from professor to professor. An easy semester in the fall doesn't mean an easy semester in the spring.

Many of the students that attend City are commuters, so academics are their first priority and partying is the last on their list. The College has much to offer when it comes to academics. The Writing Center helps when it comes to writing essays for professors. There are many writing tutors available (by appointment and for free), the atmosphere is very chill, and there are tons of Macs for use as well. The Writing Center is only one of many resources available at City. Class assignments can be easy, hard, or just plain boring and a waste of time, but using the many resources City provides makes getting A's and B's that much simpler.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 38%
  • 20 to 49 students: 60%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
  • Division of Humanities and the Arts
  • Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at Center for Worker Education (CWE)
  • Division of Science
  • Division of Social Sciences
  • The Grove School of Engineering
  • The Macaulay Honors College at City College
  • School of Education
  • Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • English Language Studies: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
  • Psychology: 6%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Best Places to Study
  • Hoffman student lounge
  • The Library
  • Outside
Tips to Succeed
  • Be resilient in the face of the school's bureaucracy.
  • Check up with advisors frequently to make sure you are on schedule.
  • Do an internship to gain real world experience.
  • Do independent study.
  • Don't be afraid to say, "No!"
  • Don't make friends with procrastination.
  • Don't settle for taking 12 credits a semester if you want to finish college in 4 years. Instead, take 15, and if you can handle it, aim for 18.
  • Get in contact with your professors during their office hours. Let them know who you are!
  • Make friends with the Juniors and Seniors. They know a lot about scholarships, internships, and fellowships.
  • Participate in class.
  • Prepare for language classes over the intermissions.
  • Sit in the front of the class to gain the professors' attention.
  • Study abroad if possible.
  • You save more buying your morning bagels at the corner store than getting them from the cafeteria.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 56 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 55 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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