Nearly Half Of All Degree Students In New York City Served by the City University

The City University of New York serves nearly half of all the students enrolled in colleges and universities in New York City, according to State Education Department figures.

Of the 411,755 students enrolled this Fall at 94 institutions of higher learning in the five boroughs, 208,047, or 47.1 per cent, are enrolled in degree credit courses at CUNY’s 19 campuses. CUNY’s growth comes as the University has raised admission standards and is attracting applicants with higher test scores.

At the same time, more New Yorkers are being served by CUNY’s adult and continuing education programs. Adult and continuing education enrollment now totals 208,443, the highest number in the University’s history.

“CUNY’s historic mission is to provide the broadest access to higher education for all New Yorkers. Adult and continuing education courses provide important access to higher education whether for college preparations, career advancement, or for taking a course in a new field of study,” said CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein.

Whether they are working for a certificate in business management at Baruch College, taking an online course in creating web pages at the College of Staten Island, studying for a real estate broker’s license at New York City College of Technology or signing up for an introductory course in American sign Language at Hunter College, New Yorkers are expanding their horizons in an array of adult and continuing education courses at CUNY broad enough to accommodate almost any interest.

Courses, certificate programs, lectures and cultural events are offered at CUNY’s Graduate Center, eleven senior colleges and six community colleges located throughout the five boroughs.

Examples of courses and programs available include:

  • Computer Training/Information Technology/Web Development
  • Career Planning and Exploration
  • College Preparation in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
  • Language Instruction and English as a Second Language
  • Recreation and Wellness
  • Test Preparation (GED, SAT, GRE, LSAT)
  • Financial Planning/Retirement Planning
  • Visual Arts and Art History
  • Community and Social Issues
  • Customized Training for Local Industry
  • Enrichment opportunities for children, families and seniors

Career preparation courses are offered in many different areas. They include health and human resources, office administration, business and marketing, accounting, insurance, education, law, office administration, real estate and building services.

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