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

Academics: There are mostly education and liberal arts majors in my classes, despite my being a History/Cultural Studies major. Everyone usually has a interesting perspective to offer during discussions making for a more enriching experience. I have only been there for two and a half semesters (part-time), so I am still learning many things about what the school has to offer.

4 College Junior

Academics: The only reason it is not rated as the best, is a result of the bumpy process of registration with a new system introduced recently. As for the instructors, staff and faculty.... they are phenomenal.

4 College Junior

Academics: Class sizes are average, no lecture halls. A variety of courses are available.

4 College Junior

Academics: The are over fifty majors offered. Class sizes are decent with a few lecture halls depending on your major. Typically 120 credits to graduate during which you meet certain requirements. Four classes is considered full-time, which is great so you can work while in school or do other activities. Engineering and Psychology are very popular majors at my school.

4 College Junior

Academics: Small classes. Good teachers. Professional


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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 56 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 55 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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