Welcome to The City University of New York.
CUNY occupies a premier place among public universities. What began as the Free Academy in 1847—“a place where the children of the people, the children of the whole people, can be educated”—has grown to become a 24-campus system that serves nearly half a million students annually across the five boroughs of New York City.
Today CUNY continues to embody the vitality and diversity of the city itself. The University remains fully committed to its historic mission of access and quality, offering a range of highly regarded and affordable academic programs and a world-class faculty.
Every student’s educational experience should be a transformative one, and at CUNY, opportunities for enrichment abound, whether research in the labs of distinguished scientists, access to a simulated trading floor, city-based civic service, or workshops with award-winning writers.
The University is proud to have prepared more than a million graduates for professional and personal advancement. Their outstanding service to the city, state, and nation is a testament to the enduring value of public higher education.
I invite you to visit our colleges and professional schools both online and in person. Each offers a unique educational experience, with programs and services to ensure challenging and rewarding learning.
We look forward to welcoming you to CUNY.
— William P. Kelly