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

Diversity: Many International Students. Many different student groups.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: My school is known for its diversity. Off of the top of my head I can't say what the majority race is on my campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: I love City College because of it's diversity. My friends are even from different states and countries! It is very interesting and curious to meet people because everyone has different stories and background! I would say it is wonderful here and you will have a chance to meet new people!

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5 College Senior

Diversity: City College is a really colorful campus in terms of ethnic diversity. There are people from all over the globe. It's a pretty LGBT+ friendly campus as well!

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: City College is amazing for the student body!!!!!!


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  • 144th
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  • 237th
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  • 1157th
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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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New York City is known for its many cultures, and CCNY is no different. The environment is very heterogeneous with a variety of student ethnicities, age groups, economic statuses, and political beliefs. Students come from all across the world.

Economically, most are middle to lower class Americans seeking the opportunity to pursue their education at an affordable price. The socio-economic similarities put students on common ground, but the diverse backgrounds allow for intercultural exploration. Ideologies are constantly clashing—capitalsits mingling with communists and atheists talking with conservative Christians, for example—but the ultimate outcome is tolerance. Sexuality and differing beliefs become less of a problem due to the atmosphere at CCNY.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 4%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 23%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 10%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The school is diverse both ethnically and sexually. The city is very tolerant, hosting the Gay Pride Parade every year, and this tolerance carries over to the school.
Political Activity
Just as we are culturally diverse, we are also politically diverse. Most students would label themselves as Democrats, but there are many who label themselves as Republicans, too. There aren't many clubs that deal with political activism in the school, but anyone can begin a club if there is enough support.
Economic Status
City College is an institution designed to provide academic opportunities to students who are intellectually capable but are not are able to afford an expensive college. Many students are working to pay for their education, while a large majority receive grants from the government to attend the school. Most are middle or lower class, as far as income goes.
Most Common Religions
Religion is important for many individuals at the College. It is not something overtly displayed, but it does act as the moral compass for many of the students. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are the three prominent religions seen at the school, but Buddhism and Hinduism are also visible.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 60 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 35% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 60 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 37% Not sure
  • 30% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 63 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 62 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 61 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 21% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 75% Very accepting.



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