freshman enrollment at CUNYs 11 senior colleges jumped
by 7.7 per cent, the largest increase in more than two decades,
according to preliminary data released early in September.The
record growth helped to boost overall University enrollment
to more than 198,000, marking the second year of gains since
the University adopted rigorous new testing standards and
raised admission requirements at its four-year institutions.
Our newest freshmen have voted with their feet. Students
are turning to the City Universitys senior colleges
in record numbers, said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.
Gains were posted at virtually all levels. Community colleges
recorded an enrollment of 63,856, up 1.6 per cent. First-time
graduate students increased by 6.6 per cent at the ten University
institutions offering graduate degrees. Enrollment at the
CUNY Law Schoolwhich last year achieved its highest
first-time pass rates among graduates taking the New York
State Bar examinationclimbed 15.4% to 442, a record
increase for the School, founded in 1982.
University is also the choice of more transfer students seeking
to complete their undergraduate academic careers. The preliminary
tally shows the number of students transferring to CUNY this
fall increased 4.5 per cent to nearly 15,000 students.
It also indicates that incoming first-year students at the
senior colleges are scoring higher on the University-administered
skills assessment test, as well as on the Scholastic Aptitude
Test. This year, average SAT scores at the top five senior
colleges ranged from 1085 to 1136. In 1996, the range was
996 to 1074.
The Honors College, with its inaugural class of 214 academically
talented students drawn from a pool of almost 1,700 applicants,
played a role in the increased enrollment. Many of those who
unsuccessfully sought admission to the Honors College have
enrolled in traditional programs at the colleges, having discovered
the hundreds of academic offerings, first-class facilities,
affordable tuition, and numerous scholarship programs at the
Clearly attractive to prospective students this fall was the
recently occupied 17- story vertical campus at
Baruch College. At York College in Queens, student internships
with the federal Food and Drug Administration, which maintains
its Northeastern Laboratory and regional headquarters at the
colleges Jamaica campus, are being expanded.
Also drawing the notice of prospective students has been the
development of several University initiatives degree programs
in areas with expanding employment opportunities. The University
has introduced two programs in Biomedical Engineering that
promise to be among the finest in the country. The Graduate
Center now offers a Ph.D., and City College offers a Master
of Science in the field. CUNY has an exceptionally strong
faculty with expertise in Biomedical Engineering and is home
to the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering at City
Medgar Evers College has established a program in Applied
Management, leading to a bachelors in Professional Studies.
This unique program will enable experienced workers in technical,
health and human services fields to gain the advanced conceptual
skills in management and administration they need to advance
their careers at management levels.
The Graduate Center has two new programs that respond to contemporary
challenges in the field of education, where huge shortfalls
of new teachers already exist and promise to worsen. The first
is a Ph.D. in Urban Education, which will educate scholars
who focus on the curricular and policy issues that affect
contemporary education. The second is a Certificate in Interactive
Technology and Pedagogy, which enables Graduate Center doctoral
students to integrate new media technology in the college
In response to new State requirements for licensure, Hunter
College now offers a graduate program in Physical Therapy
through its Schools of Health Professions. Students will be
able to earn a Master of Physical Therapy, enabling them to
become licensed Physical Therapists.
New York City Technical College is introducing three innovative
certificate programs associated with its unique bachelors
in Entertainment Technology. Behind-the-scenes professionals
in the entertainment industry will now be able to acquire
the most advanced training in Lighting Systems Technology,
Sound Systems Technology, and Scenic Construction.