CUNY Announces New Community College

Exciting news from CUNY:

Dear Counselor,

I am pleased to inform you of an exciting opportunity that will soon be available for your students at the City University of New York (CUNY). In July 2012, the University will open a new community college (yet unnamed) in midtown Manhattan. Upon inception, the college will enroll approximately 500 students. At capacity, it will enroll approximately 3,000 – 5,000 students.

The new college will open with six majors: Business Administration, Health Information Technology, Human Services, Information Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Urban Studies. In planning the college, the City University of New York has reflected on the educational needs of its community college students. The summer bridge program and first year of coursework are dedicated to helping students develop the study skills and critical thinking skills that are necessary for college success. All students enrolled in the first year will receive college credit for their coursework which will build these skills while simultaneously providing college-level content. Students will experience a curriculum that is supportive of the challenges they face during the transition to college and encourages them to think deeply about important issues in their lives, neighborhoods, and New York City. The goal of the new college is to ensure that students stay in college and graduate prepared to transform their educational and professional aspirations into reality. This mission drives the college’s student-centered approach to academic and student support services. It is also reflected in the practical learning opportunities provided to students which emphasize the connection between academic learning and professional skills.

The new community college will be an open admissions institution. Initially, the college will only enroll first-year students. To apply, students will use the current CUNY General Freshman admission application process. We anticipate that recruitment for the inaugural class will begin in fall 2011.

We will continue to share information as our plans for recruitment progress. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at 212.652.2045 or if you have any questions or visit our website at I look forward to working with you and your students!

Jennifer Lee
Director of Communications and School Partnerships
The New Community College Initiative

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