City University Opens Expanded Midtown Admissions Help Center

June 26, 2000 | The University

The City University of New York has opened a new, one-stop, admissions help center conveniently located in the heart of midtown Manhattan to serve thousands of prospective students seeking a college education at one of the University’s 20 campuses.

The CUNY Office of Admissions Services, centrally located on 42nd Street just steps from Times Square and the New York Public Library, is expected to welcome more than 30,000 students to the University in the coming year and provide advice to thousands more applicants.

“Counselors are available Monday to Friday to answer questions about how to apply to all CUNY colleges, the availability of financial aid, and the diverse academic programs CUNY offers. The office is student-friendly — no appointments in advance are necessary — and we welcome family visits. All students with a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma will find a place at CUNY,” said Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. Both senior college and community college information is now available for fall admission.

Located on the 15th floor of the W.R. Grace building — the sleek, white marble and black glass-clad tower with the distinctive sloping facade facing Bryant Park — the new center features comfortable lounges with sweeping vistas of the Manhattan skyline.

Prospective students are ushered into private interview rooms where trained specialists offer assistance and information on CUNY’s 20 campuses throughout the five boroughs. On-site SAT testing is also available.

The Grace building, with entrances on 42nd Street and at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, is served by all major New York City Transit subway lines. Access to Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road is just a short walk away.

The office is open Monday from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Counselors are also available by phone during those hours at 212-997-CUNY (997-2869) or they will return calls if messages are left after hours. Prospective students may also apply on-line at the CUNY Website.