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.