CUNY York College

CUNY York College

York College of The City University of New York, also referred to as York, is a public, coeducational College located in Queens, New York, United States. It was established in 1847 as the Free Academy to provide free, higher education in New York City. In 1961, the City University of New York was established, incorporating the Free Academy, and other units, under the then Board of Higher Education. It was then that the college received its present name. The College opened its doors as York College in 1966.

The academic departments under York College are as follows:

  • Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
  • Math and Sciences
  • Professional Programs

The men's and women's sports teams of York College are known as the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals respectively. The official mascot is the Cardinal. Men participate in cross country, soccer, basketball, track & field (indoor and outdoor), swimming, volleyball, and tennis. Women participate in cross country, basketball, volleyball, track & field (indoor and outdoor), swimming, and softball.

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Contacting York College

CUNY York College
94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica , NY 11451
General Phone: (718) 262-2000

York College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management200business management, accounting, marketing
Therapy and Counseling126psychology
Liberal Arts113African-American studies, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, political science, ...
Family and Social Work70adult development and aging, social work
Medical Administration54environmental health, public health education
Medical Support and Technology53health service and sciences, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy30parks and recreation studies, occupational therapy
Science25biology, biotechnology, chemistry, geology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine24registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering23computer and info science, computer science
Education and Teaching12health teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching
Fine Arts11fine arts, art history and criticism
Media6communications tech
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for York College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree74638
Master's degree171

York College Student Body

In 2007-2008, York College had a total enrollment of 6,727 students (4,924 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 36%
Women 65%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 7%
Black 53%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 13%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 13%
18-19 21%
20-21 16%
22-24 16%
25-29 12%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York96%
(International Students)3%
State unknown1%

York College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %
Part-Time 64 %

York College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of New York, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

York College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal370460
SAT Math390470

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

York College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,312
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,952
Books and supplies $ 1,016

Financial Aid:
York College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 475900)

York College Faculty

York College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4238
Non-tenured and not on tenure track611

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$104,81014$96,802
Associate professoracademic year33$82,09830$83,832
Assistant professoracademic year37$67,37532$67,017
Instructoracademic year2*5$54,990
Lectureracademic year11$62,95115$56,864
All faculty totalacademic year109$80,13496$74,403

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

York College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Eastern College Athletic Conference
Track City University of New York Athletic Conference

York College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Adult Development and Aging
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communications Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Physician Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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York College Highlights

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What Sets York College Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 9%York College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%York College Minority % of student body
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%York College Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%York College Salaries of full-time faculty
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%York College % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%York College Number of students
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%York College % of degrees in family and social work
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%York College % of degrees in business and management
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%York College Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%York College Female % of student body
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%York College % of degrees in therapy and counseling

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checked On-campus day care
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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