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4 College Student

Academics: I go to Sophie Davis. It's a medical program and the work load is hard. Nevertheless, the classes i have taken through CCNY are reasonable and the work load is not that bad.

4 College Student

Academics: The academics are very challenging and everything is well graded. I feel as though academia is their strongest field for now.

3 College Junior

Academics: The sciences are definitely challenging. All others are pretty weak

4 College Junior

Academics: There is a lot of opportunity at City College. It has programs that are challenging and beneficial to the student. I believe this college is producing well-rounded, educated, talented students.

4 College Junior

Academics: It is all hard work that has to get done. There are lots of program all very well organized but at least with my experience with the Psychology Department it has been very bad - lots of students into this program and just aren't enough classes offered. They do not offer enough attention to each student so professor are also to busy with many students work and seem to not care about going into detail about your grades. The Jewish Study Department is very good and growing to becoming popular.

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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
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
581
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
914
Total FT Faculty
581
Faculty with Terminal Degree
84%
Average Faculty Salary
$98,039
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
32%
Graduation Rate
42%
Programs/Majors Offered
68
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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 117 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 73 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 73 responses

  • 7% This was my dream school.
  • 64% This was one of my top choices.
  • 29% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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