Since its founding in 1847, The City College of New York (CCNY) has been true to its legacy of access, opportunity, and transformation. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic, and boldly visionary as the city itself. CCNY advances knowledge and critical thinking, and fosters research, creativity, and innovation across academic, artistic, and professional disciplines. As a public institution with public purpose and a 170 year history, CCNY produces citizens who make an impact on the cultural, social, and economic vitality of New York, the nation, and the world.
City College stands at the intersection of its historical past and promise for a vibrant future. Building on its strong foundation of unleashing potential, a City College education integrates knowledge with experience to nurture scholars, professionals, and leaders who are ready to meet the challenges of our contemporary society. CCNY will attract students who have a tenacious desire to learn, lead, and contribute to the greater good of society on their path to a successful future. CCNY graduates will be committed to supporting access to opportunity and mentorship for future generations of learners.
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"The experiment is to be tried, whether the children of the people, the children of the whole people, can be educated; and whether an institution of the highest grade, can be successfully controlled by the popular will, not by the privileged few."
Dr. Horace Webster