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The City College of New York
City College of New York in 2010, North Campus, looking west. Wingate Hall on the left, Townsend Harris Hall in the background.
Latin: Collegium Urbis Novi Eboraci
MottoRespice, Adspice, Prospice
Motto in EnglishLook behind, look here, look ahead
Religious affiliationCUNY
Urban 13/GCU
PresidentVincent Boudreau
ProvostTony Liss
Academic staff581 (full-time)
914 (part-time)
Admin. staff401
LocationNew York City, New York, United States
ColoursLavender, gray, white[2]
SportsNCAA Division IIICUNYAC (North)
MascotBenny the Beaver
CCNY logo flush left.svg

The City College of the City University of New York (City College of New York, or simply City College, CCNY, or City) is a public college of the City University of New York (CUNY) system in New York City.[3] The institution was founded in 1847. It was the first free public institution of higher education in the United States. It is the oldest of CUNY's 24 institutions of higher learning. It is considered its flagship college.[4]


Located in Hamilton Heights overlooking Harlem in Manhattan, City College's 35-acre (14 ha) Collegiate Gothic campus spans Convent Avenue from 130th to 141st Streets.

It was initially designed by renowned architect George B. Post, and many of its buildings have achieved landmark status. It offers degree programs for working adults with classes in the evenings and Saturdays. Its satellite campus, City College Downtown in the Cunard Building at 25 Broadway, has been in operation since 1981.

The college has alumni that were awarded:

  • 10 Nobel Prize winners
  • 1 Fields Medalist
  • 1 Turing Award winner
  • 3 Pulitzer Prize winners
  • 3 Rhodes Scholars

Notable alumni


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