Home of CUNY-wide ROTC, CCNY earns Military Friendly® designation

The City College of New York, alma mater of Colin L. Powell, the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, maintains its tradition as a military friendly school. CCNY is among the top schools nationally to earn this designation in the 2021-2022 survey by Military Friendly®. The recognition is in the “large public” school category. 

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with around 750 schools earning the designation. Of these, 162 were selected for the “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs. Military Friendly® is owned and operated by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.

Several programs offered by City College and New York State help lighten the financial load for veterans attending CCNY. They include the New York State Veterans Tuition Awards for eligible veterans matriculated full time or part time in an approved program.

CCNY also runs a veteran club, officially the City College Veterans Association, that serves as an outlet for the public service spirit instilled in members while in uniform.

In addition, CCNY is the home of the CUNY-wide ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). Colin Powell, one of CCNY’s most distinguished alumni,  participated in the ROTC program and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958.  He’d serve 35 years in the military, rising to the rank of four-star general from 1989 to 1993, and serving as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense.

There are more than 100 student veterans at CCNY whose interests are served by the Office of Veteran Affairs (OVA). It connects them to all benefits and services they have earned while serving the country.

“Our primary goal is to ensure that our student veterans succeed in the paths they’ve chosen, and we achieve this goal by focusing on all their needs,”  said OVA director Christopher Gorman. “We do our best to ensure they have housing, access to VA related services and the most recent information regarding their benefits.”

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
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