New York City College of Technology, known as City Tech, is a public, four-year college of technology within The City University of New York system. City Tech is located at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn. It offers 30 associate and 31 baccalaureate degrees and continuing education in programs from restorative dentistry to applied computational physics. The school focuses on providing "broad access to high quality technological and professional education for a diverse urban population."
City Tech was founded in 1946 to provide technological and specialist education to returning veterans of WWII. Originally known as New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, New York City Community College was renamed in 1953. It was the city's first community college. It became part of the CUNY system in 1964, and in 1971 it merged with Vorhees Technical Institute, a well-established trade school. In 1980 it was renamed New York City College of Technology, and in 1983 it established its first four-year degree in hotel and restaurant management.
Today, City Tech is organized into three schools. The School of Technology and Design offers programs including a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design, a five-year Bachelor Architecture degree, a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering Technology, a Bachelor of Technology in Emerging Media Technology, and many other options. The School of Professional Studies prepares students for technical careers in the medical field, fashion, hospitality, radiology, teaching, human services, and the paralegal field. Both bachelor's and associate's degrees are offered. The School of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor's of science programs in applied chemistry, applied mathematics, applied computational physics, biomedical informatics, data analytics in economics, health communications, mathematics education, and technical writing. It offers associate's degrees in chemical technology, computer science, and liberal arts and arts and sciences. Students have the opportunity to minor in subjects including African American studies.
In keeping with its mission to provide broad access to technology education, City Tech offers support to students through several initiatives. Crear Futuros is a peer-mentoring program for first-year Latinx students, offered in partnership with the Hispanic Federation. The Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program provides additional support to students from low-income households. The CUNY Service Corps provides paid, credit-bearing opportunities for students to work to better the city. City Tech also offers 36 student organizations, academic and professional clubs, and special interest groups.
Approximately 15,500 students enrolled in City Tech in the fall of 2020, a number down from the roughly 17,000 students who enrolled in pre-pandemic years. Of those enrolled, 0.4% were American Indian or Alaska Native; 20.7% Asian; 27.7% Black or African American; 33.8% Hispanic/Latino; 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 3.5% two or more races; and 10.9% white. International students make up 4.1% of the student body.
Tuition at City Tech is $3,465 per semester for full-time, in-state students. Part-time, in-state students pay $305 per credit. Out-of-state students pay $620 per credit regardless of full- or part-time status. Out-of-status (undocumented) students are eligible for in-state tuition providing they meet specific requirements.
City Tech boasts over 90,000 alumni across the world. Notable alumni include the 110th Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, and William Yosses, co-author of Desserts For Dummies. Visual artist Samuel E Vázquez is another renowned graduate of City Tech, who is known for abstract expressionist paintings and participated in the New York City Subway graffiti art movement of the 1980s.
City Tech's campus consists of eight buildings, all located in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, near the Metro Tech Center. The college's newest building, the 350,000 square foot Academic Complex, opened in 2018 and houses the sciences and health-related programs. The campus offers two full-service cafeterias, a library, multiple computer and technology labs, a dental hygiene clinic, an eye clinic, and a childcare center.
City Tech currently doesn't have any on-campus housing, and the college does not field any sports teams.
City Tech students can be seen across all five NYC boroughs. For those looking for housing, neighborhoods in Brooklyn tend to be some of the most popular options among City Tech students. Check out Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, and Clinton Hill. Another great option is Bushwick if you're looking to share a unit with roommates. Check out RentHop's subway rent map and see which subway stops on the A, C, and F trains are the cheapest.
Most City Tech alumni who stay in the city are spread throughout all five boroughs, with the majority in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and parts of Manhattan. Thanks to the New York City public transit system, students and alumni alike can choose to live anywhere they'd like.
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