The City College of New York is a comprehensive teaching, research and service institution. It is the flagship college of City University of New York and is dedicated to both excellence and accessibility in undergraduate and graduate education. It provides a diverse student body with opportunities to achieve creatively, academically and professionally in the liberal arts and sciences and in such professional fields as education, architecture, engineering and biomedical education, requiring demonstrated potential for admission and a high level of accomplishment for graduation. It is committed to fostering student-centered education and advancing knowledge through scholarly research. It also seeks to contribute to the social, cultural and economic life of New York as a public university with public purposes. The City College of New York has provided a world-class higher education to an increasingly diverse student body since its founding in 1847 – serving as one of the single most important avenues to upward mobility in the nation. Today the vision of this educational institution remains access to excellence. It strives for excellence in its wide-ranging undergraduate and master programs and in its thirteen one-site CUNY doctoral programs, all of which are designed to prepare students for successful careers as well as for continuing graduate and post-graduate education.

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                Commitment of City College of New York to excellence is further exemplified by its emphasis on scholarly research and the integration of it with teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Commitment of the college to access is two-fold and strives to offer an affordable education and to support and recruit a diverse student population, reflective of both the global society and New York City, in which people live. It steams not only from the belief that each of the students that is prepared for rigorous college education deserves access to and support for it, but also that excellence itself requires the broad inclusion of “the children of the whole people” as Townsend Harris said. The college will strive always to use its most valuable resources – an inclusive and ambitious student body and dedicated and talented faculty and staff to take a leadership role in the immediate community and across the nation. The City College of New York was originally founded as the Free Academy of the City of New York by wealthy businessman and president of the Board of Education Townsend Harris in 1847, who would go on to establish diplomatic relations between Japan and the United States. It was established to provide children of immigrants and the poor access to free higher education based on academic merit alone, ratified by a statewide referendum. Thus City College became one of the great democratic experiments in the United States, and in our days it still remains one of its great democratic achievements. The Free Academy showed tolerance for diversity even in its early years, especially in comparison to the private universities in New York City. Now the City College of New York provides students with experience, skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers.