Established on September 20, 2011, with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s approval of A Master Plan Amendment, The New Community College at CUNY is the University’s first new community college in more than 40 years. The second community college in Manhattan was inspired by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein’s interest in improving graduation rates for CUNY’s diverse urban students with a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. “There is no more urgent task in higher education than to find ways to help more community college students succeed,” the Chancellor has said.
The New Community College enrolled its inaugural class of 300 students in the fall of 2012. As an open-admissions institution, The New Community College will accept applicants who have a high school diploma or a GED. Enrollment will grow to approximately 5,000 when the college moves to its permanent home at 59th Street and 10th Avenue.
The New Community College connects field experiences with classroom learning in a structured and supportive environment. All students begin in the Summer Bridge Program and engage in a city-centered first-year experience before starting their major coursework in one of six degree programs. Teams of faculty, staff and peer mentors create a rich classroom environment, and an integrated advisement program will help students stay on the path to graduation.