Freshman enrollment at The City University of New York rose 2.8 percent this fall to 40,768 students, a record for the University. Since 2010, the number of freshmen enrolling in CUNY’s senior and community colleges has increased by 17 percent, while freshman enrollment nationally has been flat during the same period, both at public and private institutions.
“The growth of our freshman classes is a product of CUNY’s high quality academics, extraordinary affordability and the outstanding outcomes our graduates can expect,” said Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “We are gratified that students recognize the tremendous opportunity that CUNY offers and we look forward to being part of their educational journey through graduation and beyond as proud CUNY alumni.”
Most of CUNY’s campuses saw increases in their first-time freshman enrollment this fall over last year. The number of freshmen at the 11 senior colleges went from 21,148 to 21,911. Among the seven community colleges, freshmen enrollment rose from 18,512 to 18,857.
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 26 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields.
The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.