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  • 01/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Feel free to explore every part of City College! The library is usually very quiet, and I've always been able to find a computer to work on. I've encountered a number of interesting people from many different parts of the country that come a long way to attend City College. I would suggest to make positive connections with other students and groups, and make sure the professor your going to have is the one for you.

    Bang for the buck

    It's super affordable and I think the setting and education really fits the bill.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus, although situated in a large city setting, gives a comforting feeling that leaves an impression that I really am at college. I especially enjoy lounging in Shepard Hall, or in one of the small library rooms set on every library floor.

    Am learning a lot

    There will always be hard to understand professors wherever you go, but there are lots of places at the college that offer help, and in my experience, many fellow students are willing to group together to ace a class.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 2 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Architecture majors. Social science department is funded the least.

    Tips for prospective students

    A lot of trains you can take to get here. 1, A, B, C, D.

    Bang for the buck

    Hey, it's a CUNY.

    Am enjoying being here

    Especially love the main library. Can sleep there as long as you want and there are tons of places to charge electronics. Also a lot of computers to use.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are easy to talk to and approachable

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 3 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that are also working will have an easy time finding classes that fit into their schedule; many late night and early morning classes are offered in almost every subject matter. Students interested in conducting research will be able to choose from many labs in the fields of science, engineering, and psychology.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before registering for your courses, cross check the professors with ratemyprofessors.com! You'll have a much better idea of what to expect; as I said before, not everyone is a winner. In addition, if you are planning to have two classes in a row, try to ensure that they're in the same building. The campus doesn't look big at first, but if you only have 5 minutes to get to where you need to go, it may not happen.

    Bang for the buck

    Although there are occasional tuition increases, City College still has excellent value. The courses offered are what you would expect in any school, including a state school or private university, and the facilities are well kept considering the budget they have to work with.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful, and the staff is generally friendly. The only downside is the fact that this is a commuter campus, and many students have a I just want to get my degree and leave mentality. However, this can be counteracted by joining the many clubs and organizations the school has to offer.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a good amount of professors that are dedicated to your education and truly care about your success. They will have have convenient office hours, regularly send e-mails regarding the course, and some of them will even have weekend tutoring sessions the week before the exam. However, that doesn't go for everyone; sometimes you will have to solely rely on your textbook for information. Additional resources for many courses will be available online through Blackboard, which is very useful for studying purposes. If you can't find what you're looking for through your professor, textbook, or online, you will have access to a large number of online periodical subscriptions, in addition to 4 well stocked libraries. If you come here wanting to learn, you will.

  • 02/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    City College is great for all kinds of students. Since it is located in New York City, you will encounter people from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on attending City College know that it is a great CUNY school. The campus offers a lot of services. So far I have been using the Career Center to help me choose a major, and it has been very beneficial for me.

    Bang for the buck

    I can only speak for those receiving financial aid and who are living in the city. If you are in his situation, then City College is definitely a bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy attending City College. It is a beautiful campus situated in Harlem on a hill. There are numerous buildings to go to which fit all sorts of personality types. Also, the neighborhood in which City College is located is very rich with culture.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a second semester freshman at City College and I am already learning a lot in my classes. Many of the professors are passionate about what they are teaching which is great since it helps the students understand the material.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    City College is great for everyone. It is really helpful for those who want to get a great education without having to deal with a large amount of debt upon graduating. I am glad that I will be able to get a degree without having to worry about student loans once I get a career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate. Take advantage of your professor's syllabus to plan out how and when you'll get assignments done. For example, a 12-page paper won't seem very daunting if you write a page a day or outline it weeks before it is due.

    Bang for the buck

    City College is a great way to get a good education for a relatively low price compared to other colleges. The facilities at City College of New York, such as their computer labs and the library, often make you feel like you're on the winning end of a bargain.

    Am enjoying being here

    City College of New York has many helpful professors who are willing to go out of their way to help you. You also get many ways to get the help you need through tutoring sessions that are offered by the campus. City College also provides many tranquil areas to sit and study as well as many areas to hang out with friends or make new friends. The people here are really friendly and helpful. Socializing on campus can often take your frown and turn it upside down.

    Am learning a lot

    Once you graduate from high school, many people will tell you that college will be a learning experience. You may think that this is a tasteless cliche that doesn't apply to you, but City College will prove you wrong. Classes may be tough at times and the workload may seem daunting. However, you will not only learn the course material and professional skills on every professor's syllabus, you will also learn skills that will help you in your career, such as time management, public speaking, proper writing and much more.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 6 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    yeah, they are serious about it. id checked every time you enter the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    a lot! different kinds. you name it they have it.

    Great for these types of students

    hard working.

    Bang for the buck

    convenient location, easy to get there.

    What to do for fun

    student clubs, play rooms, and more...

    Food and Dining

    poor, they need to work on it, and i mean it!

    Academic Rigor

    yeah

    Tips for prospective students

    study from the very beginning of the semester, so cumulative finals will be aced by you.

    In three sentences

    pretty decent engineering school. big competition. if you want to do architecture its a good school too.

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    in addition to the three guard stations at the street entrances to ccny, there are guards stationed at the entrances of every building. id's are required for entry, which makes it very safe but also annoying if you've left your id at home or have lost it. the id office is efficient enough to take care of it quickly as long as you have a print out of your bill.

    Greek Life

    i can't really say for sure, but there are tabling events during club hours every thursday, so there is definitely a presence on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    as i mentioned before, ccny has a club for every interest. if i'm not mistaken, there is already a quidditch club and if not, the process of creating a club is very easy. the office of student life has been exceedingly helpful every time i've had issues with my club.

    Great for these types of students

    honestly, i'd say it's great for any career path! though the main emphasis is science and engineering, the humanities are definitely not neglected in quality of instruction.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a bust of lincoln in one of our buildings on campus, and the tradition is to rub his nose for luck; the oils on people's hands have worn the outer layer away, so his nose is bright gold! i will also mention that ccny has some of the most beautiful architecture of new york city, and if you're a fan of neo-gothic architecture or even just gargoyles, you'll love coming to this little oasis in the city.

    Bang for the buck

    this section is actually what made ccny one of my prospective colleges when i was in high school; it was voted one of the best bang for your buck engineering schools, with great professors for a great price! michio kaku is actually one of the professors available for classes, though i've heard he seldom attends his classes due to his fame. even the non-engineering and science programs have phenomenal professors for a great price, making this a great school for any intended degree path.

    What to do for fun

    there are probably around 100 clubs on campus focusing on various subjects; engineers without borders, latin dancing, english students' voice, and many others i can't name! our campus is also home to a professional theatre at aaron davis hall, which hosts dance companies, theatre shows, and other varied events. if these aren't your style, there are several subway lines nearby with easy access to entertainment all over the city!

    Food and Dining

    ccny recently updated all of its dining areas, which includes a cafeteria with several different kinds of food as well as coffee shops scattered across campus. there are also a couple halal food carts at the edges of campus which are my favorite place to get a quick bite to eat!

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are great, though a little expensive compared to living in an apartment off-campus. i would suggest you follow what i did: freshman year, i lived on campus, but i got an apartment after that. it's a good way to get acclimated to life on campus without spending so much money!

    Academic Rigor

    the difficulty of classes is generally above average, but it really depends on the major you're in; engineering and science classes involve a lot more studying than humanities, but the humanities involve a lot of writing.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you need to work with the staff in the administration building, give yourself enough time to get everything done; there can be a lot of leg work when getting new id's, printing a bill, etc.

    In three sentences

    this school is fantastic! the professors of my major are phenomenal, interesting, and engaged in what they do. the cost is reasonable, even for out of state students, and i haven't met a student here that was inconsiderate or brash.

  • 09/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CCNY is a highly diverse college. Any person applying won't have to worrying about ones ethnicity dominating the other, because this school is certainly a melting pot! It is very unlikely that you'll find someone at CCNY who shares the same interests as you or shares the same cultural background.

    Tips for prospective students

    CCNY offers a lot of programs and services to help students advance in learning. This college contains a Daycare, Disability Services, Career Center, Counseling Center, and many others. I have even used the online Writing Center's service to ask questions a tutor live!

    Bang for the buck

    I did not receive any financial aid nor scholarships directly from City College, only outside scholarships. Although, I can say that every penny spent in the end is worth paying for your education at CCNY.

    Am enjoying being here

    City College offers a wonderful life, learning, and community for all students. From programs to enhance advance student learning to a variety of clubs and sports to join, CCNY has it all. I am apart of CCNY's Gospel Choir and am meeting lots of wonderful and talented people. Joining clubs are a great way to network and make new friends so do not hesitate to join them!

    Am learning a lot

    I am enrolled in all music classes this current semester and loving every bit of it! All the music classes I took in high school set a firm foundation for me once I entered college. I feel I can never learn enough when it comes to music, and City College is broadening my knowledge in it even further.

  • 12/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There are no specific types of students that great for this school because there is such a diversity. It is one of the most diverse colleges in the city. There are so many different people that it is easy to make a lot of friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you are not sure of what major you want to choose, you can start off by taking classes that almost every major is required to take. As well as free electives. After 2 semesters, I am sure that you will find out what major you are really interested in. If you are already positive of your major, everything is much easier. You will be able to take all the classes you need without wasting any time or money.

    Bang for the buck

    As a CUNY, City College is much cheaper than other colleges, but many still cannot afford it. I know many people that receive a lot of financial aid and are able to go to school for very little money if not for free. They also have different loans that one can use.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am currently living on campus. It makes life a lot easier rather than commuting for about 2 hours everyday. Many may say that they cannot afford it but I apply for as many scholarships that I find because my financial aid does not even cover my whole tuition. For the rest, I use a loan. To me it is worth the investment because I am constantly on campus 24/7. I am usually in the Architecture building over nights so it is much safer and worth it to be living at the dorms; I can quickly grab something to eat and shower then return to school.

    Am learning a lot

    City College is meant to help you out in every way possible. The professors are great; they will help you improve and usually available office hours or are available through email. The advisors are of great help as well. They speak to you one-on-one about the required classes and they make sure you are taking a good amount of classes/ credits each semester in order to keep yourself at a good pace.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is fairly safe. It could be safer, but it's good for Harlem.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is nonexistent at CCNY. Members of frats and sororities will try to convince you otherwise, but honestly, there's nothing even close to standard Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons and tons of clubs on campus. There are musical clubs, student government, a Harry Potter fan club, clubs for majors, LGBT support clubs, and everything in between.

    Great for these types of students

    CCNY is great for everyone, because the student body is sooooo diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There really isn't anything unusual about CCNY. It's very cliquey. But, there are a lot of really cool roof spaces and there are tunnels connecting all of the buildings on campus. Find them if you dare.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as tuition, CCNY is extremely affordable. However, the dorms are NOT.

    What to do for fun

    CCNY is smack dab in the middle of Harlem, on Manhattan. Anything you could possibly want to do is no more than a walk and/or train ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Stay away from the NAC cafeteria. Just stay away. There are a few great restaurants on Amsterdam that are so much better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is decidedly sub-par. The maintenance staff is very unreachable, and the quality of the building and people who staff it is a little pathetic--not to mention the place is insanely expensive. However, if you can afford it, I would suggest living there for at least one year. The dorms provide a means of getting to know others that commuting just can't.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at City College, as, I presume, with any university, varies by subject, class, and professor. I can honestly say none of my classes have just been a walk in the park, and I'm a die-hard humanities major. None of my classes have been a 'joke,' and have all challenged me in several different ways.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come here. It isn't particularly difficult to get in to the school as long as you complete the application correctly and have fulfilled all of the applicant requirements. It's also a very affordable university, about $2000 per semester for in-state, $8000 for out of state, and there are plenty of Honors programs and scholarships to be had!

    In three sentences

    City College offers a wide variety of courses and majors, fitting for anyone. Their teachers are among the best in their field without being overly pretentious or over the top as far as their success. The student body, over 20,000 strong, is among the most diverse and nonjudgmental in the world, with over 90 languages being spoken throughout the beautiful Harlem campus.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    100% Safety. I have stayed late at night in the Campus I always feel like I am in my home.

    Clubs and Activities

    Engineers Without Borders Robotics Club Women in Islam Harry Potter Fan Club NSBE

    Great for these types of students

    If you are sleepy and tired, there is a best place to take a nap, in the Library. As well as, it is a best place to study with groups as well. There are study rooms, computer labs, group rooms, and many more. It is a BEST Place to study. Enjoy!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a prayer hall in Wingate Building. Also the roof of Architecture building is also The Best place to hang out with friends and to study, Its great view from there.

    Bang for the buck

    You can apply for campus jobs. (Work Study)

    What to do for fun

    Well there is game room in my college, it is a best place to visit and they have plenty of games from pool table to table tennis, x-box to wii and PlayStation. I have tried almost every game. But one thing you need bring your own game CD.

    Food and Dining

    It is a best place to hang out with your friends. Don't worry there are variety of food from pancakes to mac & Cheese. I love the Shakes and Yogurt they're indeed tasty!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorm but my friends who are living there are having a great time. Have more time to spend time in the campus where they have met many people and joined clubs. Living there is a GREAT LIFE!

    Academic Rigor

    I have managed to take notes from textbooks which really helped to me to study for finals. I have made plans for the whole month which helped me to organize my time on working with my final papers, study for exams and spend time with my family members. Planning ahead helped me a LOT and it will help you too!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Guys ready to work on your own! Read your Textbooks!!

    In three sentences

    City College is one of the Best College. I love the Campus and Staffs they are really supportive and helpful.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS

    What to do for fun

    Game room. Athletic facilities

    Food and Dining

    Super expensive not that great A lot of diversity of foods though

    Dorm Life

    Not dorming so i wouldn't know. but from what i've heard they aren't that great

    Academic Rigor

    Good Teachers

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring Food from home or head of campus

    In three sentences

    Great Campus Great Atmosphere Expensive Cafeteria

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that know and love the city, and have the money to go out and about in it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a party school, or for a lot of fun with friends and a great time then this probably isn't the school for you. If you are just looking for a great education at an inexpensive price and do not care about the social atmosphere, or have the money to explore the city, then City College is what you're looking for.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is relatively inexpensive and you receive a great education for your money. If you live on campus, or if you rent an apartment near campus, this can get pricey, but no more pricey than living on or near campus at most other schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am not a fan of the city atmosphere. I thought it would be fun but everything is very expensive and I'm broke. Also the students do not associate much outside of their small groups, as most people are just commuting and wanting to get in and out of the school.

    Am learning a lot

    Having small classrooms and individual attention is a plus at City College. Some of the teachers however do not speak English very well and so it is hard to understand them.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 81

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    The City College of New York has some great teachers. I feel that one you put time in to your work, you will be able to do well in the class. The only problem is it is hard to find open sections, especially when most of the school needs that class for their major

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CUNY beefed up security after the tuition protests. Also the CCNY department has strong ties with the NYPD. The campus is open to everyone, but it is not a place to screw around in.

    Greek Life

    Not really existing, but not really important in New York

    Clubs and Activities

    There really are so many clubs, also starting one is not entirely difficult.

    Great for these types of students

    Future Engineers, Architects, Science geeks, Lawyers, pundit-heads, alternative students, New York enthusiasts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shepard Hall's labyrithian layout is kind of like a real life hogwarts, you always end up finding something new. Also Saint Nick's park is really cool to walk through after class.

    Bang for the buck

    5,680$, while the tuition is rising by 300$ a year it still is the cheapest public university system in the country.

    What to do for fun

    Its New York City, unlike other schools in the country access to virtually anything worthwhile is a subway stop away.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely better than most schools, but not entirely recommended. Honestly Hamilton Heights has great neighborhood deli's and dinners that are both affordable and delicious. Although the new CCNY id cards have a debit card access to purchase items in the school, a smart way to perhaps focus on just school dining would be to streamline cash and save in the cafeteria or the other cafes in the school.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are extremely expensive. Financial aid can cover it, but if you are more independent you will have to pay a fairly hefty sum of money for a room in a 4 bedroom apt in the 'Towers'. Apartment living, honestly, is a lot better, and harlem is a great neighborhood to set up shop and commute.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely among the best. Classes can be hard, but the outcome is better for graduate school applications and exams. Reading and comprehensive exercises account to a higher LSAT score, also the college tailors your major with individualized programs for a fast-track career placement, or graduate school placement.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect a fleshed out greek life, there are a million clubs in the college but if greek life is everything for you, this may not be the best location. Also explore the neighborhood and know where you want to live, dorms are ridiculously expensive and the local rent is relatively cheap. Just make sure you know what is around to make an intelligent decision.

    In three sentences

    A great institution with an outstanding history. City College has an outstanding vibrant intellectual environment in its classrooms and its campus. Highly recommended and very inexpensive in contrast to other schools in the city.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 81

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there is lots of activities and clubs

    Food and Dining

    food is not bad

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in a dorm

    Tips for prospective students

    explore the areas you are interested in. the major you want when you enter is not the one you will probably end with.

    In three sentences

    it's a good college the professors are great. the classes are interesting. they give importance science majors.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are police cars and securities in every building and around the campus all the time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every thursdays ton my campus, it's club hours. I always meet new people and interact with many people.

    What to do for fun

    For entertainment I have joined a bollywood dance team. I made many close friends in the past few months. There is also game room on campus or students to play other sports in.

    Food and Dining

    Since, I am a vegetarian there are places where I barely find anything to eat, however CCNY campus and the food stores around it makes it easier for me. The food in the cafeteria is very warm and fresh. The stores around such as pizzerias or subways also have fresh food.

    Dorm Life

    I communte.

    Academic Rigor

    From the beginning of Fall 2011 semester till now, I have learned about many aspects about my major. Advisers and professors always aid in choosing the right classes for my major. And my fellow classmates and friends from previous years have also guided me on the campus about the questions I may have.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your high school transcript average and SAT scores decently high and you should get in without an issue.

    In three sentences

    CCNY has attracted an extremely diverse student body; it is often said that CCNY is one of the most diverse colleges in the nation. It also draws students with differing interests, such as music, engineering, and medicine.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The college itself is pretty safe, though it is in Harlem and sometimes outside the campus things are a bit more risky

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in living in NYC but not paying an arm and a leg for tuition

    What to do for fun

    club hours every Thursday, tons of clubs for after class time

    Food and Dining

    Tons and tons of options both in campus and outside.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the class and professor

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends with people in your class and get to know your professors

    In three sentences

    Great campus, great classes, but really crappy wifi. The professors are always willing to help and the campus is always full of activities.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    20 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's a CUNY school, with Ivy League education, making it affordable and your money is well spent.

    What to do for fun

    It's Harlem, so there is a lot to do.

    Food and Dining

    The area is nicely placed with a lot of food options.

    Dorm Life

    I've visited the dorms a few times and I love it

    Academic Rigor

    They truly cater to your academic and social needs, making learning easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT THE CAMPUS!! Once you do, you'll LOVE it, just like I did.

    In three sentences

    I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! It is full of life and adventure. I truly hope I will be attending here in the fall.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    In the Broadway campus there is no lunch room, only vender maching and tables in the hallway with a microwave oven.

    Dorm Life

    City college has a main campus on 138 street in Harlem. That campus is bigger and has more students. I don't live in dorm,

    Academic Rigor

    In City College/ CWE the Professors are great. You will label your favorite Professor. You will learn most of the Professors there are Doctors. In my Law and Lit class i wanted to change that class because that Professor was talking a lot. I went to my advisor to and asked to change class, but he talked me out of my decision and it was one of the best things that happened to me. I learned so much Law and Literature , it became very interesting. I thanked my advisor for convincing me in staying put. There is a challenge in learning and it's worth it. You just have to be focus and be ready to learn. When the semester is over, you will have a great feeling, you won't feel like it was a waste of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students are students who wants to continue they education or start off fresh at City college is fantastic idea. City college is an accredited school and is willing to take credits from your previous accredited college. When I first started, i transferred 40 credits from my previous college, which was wonderful. However, city college/ CWE campus is on Broadway. They only offer Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in Human Services, communication , business act...and it also offers New York teachers degree in early childhood education. This school is about completing what you started. Everyone is serious in cwe and that's what i love about it. Most students that goes to cwe are parents and employees. It's not a fashion show or who has a crush on who. We only attend there for one thing.

    In three sentences

    I attend CWE , center for workers educations in City college and i like it. CWE is for working adults who wants to continue their education. All students are adults and we all there for the same purpose.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    If you're a resident of NYS, you can't do better than CUNY tuition and I think City is the best academically of all the CUNYs.

    Food and Dining

    Overpriced food on campus! Since there are so many delis and a couple of food spots around campus, I don't see a point in ever eating the food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know, I don't live in the Towers but I know people that do and they say its nice.

    In three sentences

    Its a place for serious students, not people that are going through the motions in life and just attending college just to attend college. Don't bother coming to City if you're not going to be a physical science, engineering, or architecture major.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    23 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at CCNY sounds pretty awesome. Though this mostly a commuter college, there is a big group that stays at the dorms. They match you up with people who are usually very respectful to your needs. The dorms people definitely work hard to make sure that you are pleased with the accommodation.

    Academic Rigor

    Though I have not yet started, I have heard that the academics are top notch. Their engineering and math department are extremely highly rated! City College was actually called poor mans Harvard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply! CCNY definitely has it all, from all the majors to all the demographics. Make sure that when you apply you put in exactly what major you want, or undecided (if that is the case). If you ever have a question don't hesitate call them, and they will help you out 99% of the time, or transfer you to someone who can help you.

    In three sentences

    City College is an amazing place, it is in Manhattan but still a campus school. There is grass and old buildings that give the school a great feel. The teachers and faculty are all extremely nice, and you really feel that they want you to succeed!

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a campus safety number and office to go to. If you are feeling unsafe for any reason there are security escorts available to walk or drive you were you need to go. Also shuttle buses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are official and plan events during club hours. There is always some bake sale for some club.

    Great for these types of students

    Humanities, Art, Music, Biology

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Finals week the library is open 24hours and the students spend the night with sleeping bags studying and conversing together.

    Bang for the buck

    City College is inexpensive but provides a priceless opportunity. I fell in love with the campus, the friendly students and Professors, and last but certainly not the least the beautiful structure of the old buildings.

    What to do for fun

    Local book and Cafe spots, shopping, lounges, clubs, College spring fair is awesome and free! Access to the City life down the street to the 1 train so pretty much anything you can think of.

    Food and Dining

    Ugh food could be better...but at least they have vegetarian options!

    Dorm Life

    City life is thee Life. Oh and Columbia is 10 blocks down Amsterdam...can we say Party?

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of reading and writing, but this will only improve you as a student. Professors are serious about their work, and want it on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the dos and don'ts of your professors, they are the key to your success. Go to all the free events, there is always really good food! Immerse yourself in your work as if you breathe it, you will inspire your Professor to teach you in a way that is ineffable. Find out if your Professor is an adjunct or contracted Professor who they know may help you.

    In three sentences

    Cuny City College offers a friendly, diverse, and united learning environment. The students are surrounded by faculty who are ready to aid and inspire you on a academic journey. The campus is beautiful.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is crawling with campus security, and if yous till not safe, NYPD, FDNY and the US Coastal Guard are within an arms reach. Alright, maybe not the FDNY...

    Clubs and Activities

    CCNY has a lot of clubs and organizations. I'm excited because I want to be involved in CCNY's student life. Being an out-of-state private high school student, its really nice to meet people and to connect through culture, career, or simple interests via clubs and organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    CCNY is known for pushing out successful students. I wish I knew that when applying there, because I don't think I deserve to attend this school, honestly. Being enrolled in this school definitely helped me realize that you have to be ambitious. You also have to know what you want,. You have to be resourceful, because like any first time college student, you're off on your own. CCNY will prepare you, but you will have to apply it to NYC, and NYC is a tough city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CCNY is located in a beautiful section in Harlem, on top of the spacious, scenic St. Nicholas park. However, it is located on a hill. If you like the hike and working on your gluts, then this is the perfect school for you. I like the school a lot because of St. Nicholas. The park is so nice to picnic in, to hang out, or to study between classes on a nice day.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely CCNY is so cheap, considering that it is an amazing school. I've been to a lot of college campuses, and CCNY definitely has that diamond that I've been searching for quality. CCNY has that quiet, Ivy League vibe to it, without the Harvard prices.

    What to do for fun

    Well, like I said, CCNY is located in Harlem, a section of Manhattan known for its empowering history and colorful black culture. The famous Apollo theatre, located in Harlem, is great for entertainment and learning about Harlem's history. If you are not into that, there are plenty of things in not only Manhattan, in NYC. Shopping, volunteering, Career searching, Movies and plays, whatever you want to do, NYC and CCNY has so much to offer.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't eaten there, but I hope the cafeteria food is good. If not, CCNY is located in the perfect place for dining out. You could eat a lot of tantalizing, glutenous and exotic foods in NYC that could make you enjoy the college experience more.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student, so I don't know the dorm life. (I'm only rating this category one star because I don't have a dorm.)

    Academic Rigor

    I don't really know the academic rigor, but I did hear that the school lets in top students (which is a HUGE compliment) that are academically capable. I wish I could meet one of the professors to gage the curriculum off of them. I am definitely excited to be intellectually challenged at CCNY.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Financial Aid and everything right. Although they are helpful, the admissions building reminds me of a check-cashing place.

    In three sentences

    The vibe I got from this school was welcoming. Because this is an urban school and being from NYC, I can still get a college experience without being too far from my home.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Tthere are some food stands around campus and the food they give is quite good.

    Dorm Life

    I am not entering the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I really look forward to getting my degree and leaving college with excellent results.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and make sure you visit the campus.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school and there campus feels very comfortable. The environment is neat and I like it. I think the people are kind of snobby though.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Commuter students, Pre-med students, Engineering students, Architectural students, students who love diversity and the city life

    Bang for the buck

    Being a City University school, City College is not as expensive as other school on state, private or ivy league level. In addition, City College accepts many forms of financial aid (federal, state, loans, scholarships, grants, etc.).

    What to do for fun

    One of the best things about City College of New York is that you could always find something to do during your free time. There are tons of student organizations/clubs and activities. There's also a gym with lots of equipment, and an upstairs track area. The campus has several green areas, as well as tables and benches, where students can do their work, hang-out with peers, or simply relax.

    Tips for prospective students

    City College is a large school with a large student body. Do not expect things to be handed to you, as there are not enough staff members to take care of all the students in such a way. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

    In three sentences

    City College of New York is an extremely diverse campus, with students, professors, and staff from all over the world, speaking many different languages. It provides students with the opportunity to study anything and everything there is out there; including medicine, engineering, architecture, business, healthcare, social sciences, mathematics, etc.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The school has a great staff that is willing to help you through any problems that you have. The school also has an amazing campus that not many CUNY's have. The teachers are also very helpful

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The are many activities that takes place in city college. Students are emailed with the information weekly. Also there are many clubs and Greek life(Sororities and fraternities) people can join.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining in City College needs improvement. The food is pretty good, but can be expensive. The dining by lunch time (Around 12-3 Pm) is overpopulated. To get a seat is often difficult, Mostly because of the high school that is located in our campus, coming into our campus and dining also.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to City College, so i do not live in the dorms. I heard that the dorms are great. I believe they are coed but i am not too sure. In the dorms you will meet many students that you are taking classes with

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor for city college is pretty intense. Many classes are difficult and challenging. To a get a good grade, studying, handing in assignments, and attending classes is a must. Also final exams are worth a large portion of the grading system, so as I stressed before study!

    Tips for prospective students

    I will advice that prospective students should attempt to get rid of their old high school habits. College is nothing like high school. The professors are strict about getting assignments done by the deadline. Also attending classes is a must. You can get away with a absence or two, but beyond that will reflect on your grade.

    In three sentences

    City College is very diverse college. The campus is really nice and there are many activities that is done throughout the year. At City College you will meet many wonder professors, counselors and people.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I just sit in the library and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't hesitate to come here.

    In three sentences

    I had to swallow my pride to attend school here. I'm glad I did because I love it here. I've made some amazing friends and met some awesome professors who are willing to help me succeed.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very good shuttle service to the dorms and all subways. ID's are always checked when coming in the school.

    Greek Life

    Tries to hard

    Clubs and Activities

    It takes a while to get into them and find a good match for you. But it helps you create a community.

    Great for these types of students

    Determined, out-going, lots of energy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not that I know of

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely the best school for what you pay.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club!

    Food and Dining

    It has been getting better and better over the years. There are more healthy choices in the cafeteria and cafe than before.

    Dorm Life

    Not much of a community, not very large.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class you take but for the most part it is a challenging school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to dig and talk. Meet with every and any department you are interested in and talk to everyone you can. Keep a high GPA and you will get more individualized attention from all your professors.

    In three sentences

    City College is a school easy to get lost in. That being said, it has some of the best and most notable professors in the country who are enthusiastic about teaching. It is a great school at a great cost.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very good, diligent security services (though more so at night).

    Greek Life

    Nominal, almost none.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, but not all are active.

    Great for these types of students

    Night-time or weekend students, those who work, etc. However, most students are average college students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lavender Week, a week of different events (amusement park attractions, scavenger hunts, cookouts, etc.) thrown by the university.

    Bang for the buck

    The best thing about it. Affordable for single students who work for themselves.

    What to do for fun

    Well-equipped workout gym, standard basketball gym, olympic-sized pool. Not very active student organizations. No nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    One dining hall, very overpriced. Most students dine out at a limited number of local delis and restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    One dorm, never full. Good amenities (private bathrooms, kitchen, etc.), but very expensive. Not much student life.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends largely on the course and professor, but generally quite difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Over anything, make sure you don't fall behind. Keep up with your work, don't become complacent, and put your all in. Although it might seem like this isn't always necessary, it honestly is. Work for yourself, and you'll reap the benefits.

    In three sentences

    Though rigorous in its course offerings, many students feel drowned out by departments that often don't offer personal attention or friendly ears. Class and professor quality is very hit and miss. Overall, a good value for the cost of tuition, but it's hard to see that when a student feels that everything is pressing in on them unfairly.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I'm eager to go here as it actually looks quite nice. The staff are friendly and all :)

  • 11/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is in Harlem, which isn't that great of a neighborhood. I'm usually always on campus, and I've never had a problem with safety. My walk from the train station to the campus is about 5 minutes long. I've never felt threatened along the way and my latest class ends at 7:45 PM. I actually walk past an elementary school so there usually isn't any funny business going on. For late hours, however, I know that there is a public safety number to call. Apparently a patrol officer will escort you to the train station, or wherever you need to be that is within a reasonable proximity to the campus. The number is located on our ID cards.

    Greek Life

    I've seen a few sororities and fraternities sporting their hoodies around campus. I don't really know what they're like, though.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to participate in any clubs. I'm a full time student and I also work at an afters school so I haven't had the time.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for what types of students?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are 5 of Lincoln's Busts in the nation-- one being here at CCNY. Apparently you can rub his nose for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm actually here on a full scholarship.. But I could use extra money to cover the costs of my commute and textbooks. Tuition is $2,715 per semester... I don't think I know how to measure education in terms of money, or if I actually can. Sorry.

    What to do for fun

    I don't really have time to check out CCNY's fun spots... But there's a game room with game consoles, a ping pong table, pool tables, foosball tables, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The main cafeteria was actually closed in the beginning of this semester for failing health inspection. It's up and running again, but my skepticism will always linger. I usually purchase packaged foods.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm here, so I cannot really rate it. However, I've visited. The dorms seem nice and accommodating.

    Academic Rigor

    It isn't Harvard, but it ain't a joke either. You still need to take your classes seriously to get the grades you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take it for granted. You might not always be around the brightest or motivated students, but that doesn't mean you should slack. Take advantage of that and really make yourself stand out. It's honestly a school bursting with opportunities.

    In three sentences

    City College is a historically prominent university with many resources and opportunities for its students. Though its caliber of admitted students isn't for the most part very high, a good percentage of its students hold great potential. It's basically a university with a big stage and spotlight up for grabs.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's not that hard to sneak into buildings here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's an interesting and diverse pool of clubs at City College.

    Great for these types of students

    Sophie Davis students

    Bang for the buck

    You will feel like you've been cheated out of your money, even though this college is cheaper than others.

    What to do for fun

    The people here are nice. It's easy to have a social life here.

    Food and Dining

    Always expect the cafeteria to be closed down by the FDA.

    Dorm Life

    Get an apartment. The dorms are overpriced.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can do better. Get scholarships and go to a better college.

    In three sentences

    This college is the epitome of the phrase you get what you paid for. If you're a Sophie Davis student, you'll have a great time here. If not, enjoy a mostly mediocre faculty, especially in the engineering department, which will make you feel bad and try to weed you out.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    City College offers even more recreational services for students to utilize outside classrooms.

    Food and Dining

    The Metropolitan Food Service at City College maintains a clean environment in their dining rooms and provides valuable products and services to students and faculty. The food service offers a variety of foods that are of good quality.

    Dorm Life

    The Towers is City College's modern on-campus student resident located just a stone throw from classrooms. It houses hundreds of students and provides a comfortable living environment with strict security for students.

    Academic Rigor

    City College's academic policies are built on intellectual honesty. The policies enforce all students and faculty to lead disciplinary lives on campus and in class and, do not tolerate any violation of the policies by students or faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students will gain the ability to achieve their dreams, improve their understanding in their respective fields and gain further self-esteem, which will allow them function as role models.

    In three sentences

    City College is a comprehensive service institution dedicated to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education. The college demonstrates the ability to offer students with opportunities to achieve excellence not only in the field of education, but also in the preparation of people to function as important components of an integrated society through its numerous educational programs. The college is committed to a high level of academic accomplishment, yet creates a favorable atmosphere for students to live in. As a public university, the college bears the flagship of CUNY, and the citizens of New York. Additionally, since the college is for the people, it participates in cultural, social and economic lives of New York. Finally City College teaches a diverse student body and therefore treats students equally irrespective of individual backgrounds.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are shuttle buses in front of the Marshak building that picks up students and takes them to 135th Street train Station and 145th street train station. Also, in front of the Marshak building there is an information system that locates the buses and predicts their arrival time.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice is to work hard, study hard, take advantage of the tutors, Writing Center, and the professors office hours it is very helpful. Lastly, pray.

    In three sentences

    City College is a good school. Anyone who attends this school, knows that you have to work hard to obtain the grade you want. The professors are good and also well knowledgeable in their subjects.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, you can enjoy the scenery at the campus, with its Gothic architecture, and large spaces of serenity. They have the theater, which always has new shows, and the College also holds fairs, and dances for different occasions.

    Food and Dining

    Food is exquisite, delicious varieties of different foods, well cooked, great service. Only downfall are mildly high prices.

    Dorm Life

    I heard its quite safe and an awesome experience especially for those who are away from home for the first time.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are strict in the sense that they want you to exceed your work ethics. They want their work on time, and completed their way, however, they are understanding to personal issues, when it comes to handing in work late.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always come into class on time. Make sure to take notes in class even if you are the only one with a notebook out. It helps to do this for future quizzes or if you missed something in the book that you were reading. Writing down what fellow classmates say help you understand the concept of what your studying better.

    In three sentences

    City College has a variety of amazing professors that find ways to connect with students, and keep them motivated to attending classes. They keep students involved not only with their class, but also inspired to do better with their lives for the world. The professors are a big factor in helping students continue studying and working hard towards their goals.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    secure

    Greek Life

    great

    Clubs and Activities

    thousands of clubs.....

    Great for these types of students

    Scholars

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Little far

    Bang for the buck

    Use it maximum

    What to do for fun

    Library

    Food and Dining

    Fantastic

    Dorm Life

    Awesome

    Academic Rigor

    good

    Tips for prospective students

    Very reasonable in fees

    In three sentences

    - Best Professors - Best Teaching - Best Student life style

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 81

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There's a game room, clubs, concerts, plays and musicals, Lavender Week (spirit week) and many other events that happen all over campus!

    Food and Dining

    The food is not spectacular and the health rating is not great in the cafeteria, Hoffman Lounge is a hotspot, as well as the 3 Starbucks locations on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't currently dorm, but as a testimony from my friends, it's a great place to sleep and study. If you're looking for party central, this is not the place. With 24-hour security, sign-in/out, and a seminar/game room, you not only feel safe and secure bu you can enjoy yourself as well.

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely getting harder to get in the school, and it gets tough in each semester so study hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    -Join a club! It's one of the best things you can do to connect yourself to other people, especially those with the same beliefs (InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Muslim Students Organization) and majors (Psych Club) as you. There are also clubs that cater to other cultures like Bellydancing, Black Student Union and -Meet, and keep in constant contact with an advisor. They can help you decide what path to take and what classes will be best for each semester. Career advisors are also great in helping you get internships and even jobs in your field! -STUDY! You may be a braniac, but each class and professor is different. They may require something that another does not, so be prepared, look over your notes and study!

    In three sentences

    This beautiful campus is home to over 16,000 students, all pursuing degrees for everything from architecture to music. Although administration may not be the best, some of the best friends I've made were here. As one of the best colleges in the CUNY system, I'm actually proud to be a part of the CCNY student body.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. It is patrolled at all times by security guards.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not prominent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a whole list of student organizations on the CCNY website.

    Great for these types of students

    CCNY is great for students who want to be close to the heart of New York City.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a mysterious planetarium.

    Bang for the buck

    A CCNY education is very affordable, a LOT less than that for a private university.

    What to do for fun

    145th Street and 125th Street, which are a campus bus trip or a fifteen minute walk away, have lots of food stores. There are usually bake sales and other interactive events in the North Academic Building. There are some grass plots and lounges for spending time with friends.

    Food and Dining

    CCNY's cafeteria has been closed down a few times by the Health Department.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm floor tends to have its own personality. Living in dorms can become very distracting, but it is convenient in terms of socializing and traveling to school. Many students are commuters from home since CCNY is very accessible by train.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic intensity depends on the professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many competitive schools on the City College campus that are worth looking into depending on the applicants' interests. They include the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, and the Macaulay Honors College.

    In three sentences

    City College offers an education that combines quality and affordability. There are numerous areas of study with professors who care about their students. As depicted in its diverse student body, it exhibits a multiculturalism, which is a value in today's globalized society.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Everyday I was at school, I went straight to the salad bar and indulged myself in lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and grilled chicken under a creamy, tasty 'Caesar Cheese' dressing. It was LOVELY! They have an express Starbucks, Shake Shack, Sushi Bar, Pizza, Breakfast section, Ice cream section, etc. Basically anything you would want in a day's meal, is there!

    Dorm Life

    I, personally, have not lived in the dorms, but on my tour earlier in the school year and from classmates who do experience dorm life, says that it is totally worth it!

    Academic Rigor

    There are son many different classes at CITY that students in other colleges would not find at all listed on their 'available classes' list. This past semester i took a class called, Erotic and Romantic Love which was SPECTACULAR. It was based on a psychological perspective which made it all the more better, other than it's uniqueness in itself. Academic studies, at CITY are so diverse and one-of-a-kind, the feeling of having the upper-hand or a different viewpoint on certain subjects is constant.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, just do not underestimate your schoolwork and the environment you are surrounded by. There is competition everywhere and in order to be successful, keep your head on straight and do what you have to do. If you find yourself slacking, don't get stressed and start picking out gray hairs...just find your path and keep focused.

    In three sentences

    Currently, I am enrolling in my second semester of my freshman year at CUNY CIty College and on a scale from 1-10, I have to give it a 8. Throughout the four classes I took, 3 out of 4 of my teachers were AMAZING, which ideally makes the overall learning experience AMAZING. Finally, the environment and area that this college is set in, is quiet, peaceful and the campus is beautiful and gives an antique feel.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is very safe on campus, and there are many security guards available for help, although there could be more on the campus itself, or help call boxes could be placed on campus in case of an emergency.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student is encouraged to come to CCNY.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Usually in the summer or on Thursdays they have bbq's outside and health stands. I really like these events because this is the only college i know of that gives back to its students.

    What to do for fun

    I don't do anything for fun. My schedule is very bus especially that I have a daughter.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the NAC building is great, so are the prices. The food in the cafeteria is very tasty and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    Im not living in the dorm but I heard it is very good.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Have all of your paperwork ready. make sure to bring in all of your documents to admission, such as social security, proof of address and so forth.

    In three sentences

    City College is amazing. They have very professional and knowledgeable professors. The atmosphere is very quiet and inviting.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Look for scholarships !

    In three sentences

    Very diverse school, your bound to meet people from all backgrounds.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is security for every building entry to check ID's and on the perimeters there is security. Also there is 24 hour shuttle and escort vehicle service.

    Greek Life

    There's not to many but if you look hard there's a few you could join.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't joined any clubs, I'm an architecture student so I don't have much time for other things.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody looking for good professors, diversity, and city life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's always event ran by clubs going on.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is amazing! Dorm living is expensive but there 24 hour guards and its difficult for anyone that doesn't live there to get in.

    What to do for fun

    It's the city! There's anything you want to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but it is a little bit pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I have the four bedroom suite. The bedroom is a decent size with any of the floor plans. I don't enjoy the guest policy of only two people at a time and there is no oven in the kitchen although you can use the public one in the lounge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best on the application and rock your SAT!

    In three sentences

    There is amazing diversity here. The professors are truly invested in their students. The campus is an escape from crowded city life and it's beautiful.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Excellent environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many activities and clubs in the CCNY.

    What to do for fun

    Listen music.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any students.

    In three sentences

    Academic, great and success.

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 81

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although the campus is located in Harlem, a word that puts fear into the minds of many, the great lengths that this school goes to in order to keep its students safe is commendable. CCNY works with local precincts to have patrol cars roaming the streets around the campus, which is advantageous to commuters who have to use the subway/buses and off-campus students. Crime rates are pretty low compared to the universities near my suburban home in eastern Long Island.

    Greek Life

    CCNY isn't very big on Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    During club hours (Thursdays from 12-2) is where clubs line up the campus at the start of the semester, giving out free food and information. Although there is a slew of clubs to choose from, the disadvantage is that many run at the same exact time during club hours.

    Great for these types of students

    Future doctors (Sophie Davis program) CCNY is pretty much a well-rounded college, but their classical music program is the worst I've ever seen.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shepherd Hall (music/arts building) has some of the most beautiful paintings I have ever seen.

    Bang for the buck

    I might be in debt until my late 40s at the end of my medical education if it weren't for CCNY.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything, all you have to do is walk 10 minutes to the 1 train and you have access to all of NYC.

    Food and Dining

    Kind of pricey, but CCNY has a nice salad bar =) I give it 5 stars only because you can simply step right outside the campus and a variety of cheap places to eat are lined down the block.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms (the Towers), but from what I've seen going to visit people who do live there, it's not the best living area for the high price these students have to pay. Luckily, you could always live off campus but the apartment search is pretty grueling since the area around the school is pretty desirable.

    Academic Rigor

    Being in the accelerated medical program offered at City College is academically challenging in itself and if you are pursuing smething otherthan medicine there is always Macaulay Honors. I have friends who are regular biology majors and the requirements are not a walk in the park, so you'll definitely be challenged one way or another here at City College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Nights out in the city are fun, but don't be tempted to push your studies off for too many parties ;)

    In three sentences

    City College is a caompetitive school for the reason that it provides a good education at such a low tuition rate. There are many specialized programs that add to this college such as the Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education and Macaulay Honors. You'll never get bored after studying hard for midterms because though the subway you have access to the greatest city in the world.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I think there's something here for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lavender Week- the school's color is purple so we wear it and it's a week of festivities. Beginning of Fall Semester- Plenty of parties and free events and a lot of music, DJ, and fun

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, Exorcise room, Indoor Pool, HUGE Library, Friendly people, etc. It is what you make of it. Attending School in the city, plenty to do as long as you have money.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria here has many options and there are several options to choose from inside the main building. Also a cafe in Marshack. Mind you, there are also plenty of small shops around the area so you can always grab bite to eat and satisfy almost any palette.

    Dorm Life

    Can't Say. I'm a commuting student but from what I've heard, it's highly pricey and it's recommended to commute from your parents or find a job and rent an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    It really in all honesty depends on the class you take. Some classes are extremely easy. Others are more challenging. Either way, never underestimate the course because when you do, you gonna slip up cause you won't make the class a priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for TAP and FAFSA! Don't Forget! Think about if you will be commuting or living on campus and if you would be willing to do so daily. Don't be afraid to seek help and reach out!

    In three sentences

    The college is highly accessible and even offers shuttle service between the B/D Train stations at 125th and 145th. The food and book store is pricey but there are plenty of stores to eat in for a good price! Only thing is that in Fall, it's a bit crowded. Also this is one of the best in CUNY as well as one of the more pricier ones. Overall, I'm very happy here.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NYPD is campus security

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs available

    Bang for the buck

    for sure

    Food and Dining

    I dont know. I only eat kosher. No kosher food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know. I don't dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Again, it depends on the major. Engineering is pretty rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a good GPA, look into applying for Macaulay Honor's program.

    In three sentences

    Depending on the major, it's a decent school. The best part is the tuition is so much cheaper than private schools. Establish connections with professor's, many of them have good connections outside of the school.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I have a full ride, but even if I didn't, CUNYs are still cheaper than pretty much any college you could go to if you're a New York State resident and City in particular is actually a pretty good school =.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is really just for grabbing a bite between classes since it's nowhere near the dorm and we all have kitchenettes anyway. I try to avoid going there since it's overpriced, but people seem to enjoy it.

    Dorm Life

    I'm in a two bedroom suite and I love having a suite and my roommate is great, but the suite mates seem to almost universally be a different story. There's also no sink in our bathroom and the kitchen is TINY. Also, hope that your next door neighbors don't do anything that smells too awful. The smell travels easily!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes and your professor, honestly. I'm an English major, so it hasn't been horribly difficult. The honors classes can be a challenge, especially if you have certain professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Either make friends in classes, or join clubs. It is a commuter school, so it's not as easy to get to know people. A lot of my friends are people I dorm with or just people in the honors program/college, which is like its own club.

    In three sentences

    I'm in the Macaulay Honors College, so my experience isn't the same as most students, but I've really enjoyed it. My courses are challenging, but not overly so, and most of my professors have been wonderful. It's a really supportive, friendly place, even if it's not perfect.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Game room, fraternities and sports clubs

    Dorm Life

    If you live in the towers at city college then you have a dorm life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Best liberal art classes are in the psychology and anthropology department.

    In three sentences

    Rigorous and competitive college for engineering majors. Professors are average and tuition is very affordable.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe for an open campus. Always see security. Also, you need ID to get into every building, love that!

    Greek Life

    Some Greek life, but not compared to the more traditional college or HBCU.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and Activities, guarantee that's where you'll meet most of your friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Every student, the campus is so diverse. Although if you are looking for the traditional college experience this isn't it, this school is def for the commuter.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During club hours sometimes different clubs will put on a show in the NAC rotunda or outside of the NAC which is our main building, pretty cool!

    What to do for fun

    Mostly a commuter campus. But you have the whole New York to explore so that makes the school great since it is in Manhattan!

    Food and Dining

    The NAC cafeteria is a NO,do not enter! Well, some students do eat in there. But the surrounding area has student favorites. The food choices around campus are numerable and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't heard great reviews about our campus. Just over priced and not worth it. Its definitely a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the academics can get really extensive. The engineering and Pr/advertising majors primarily.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should pick your classes early. Join the many activities on campus, great experience and internship opportunities.

    In three sentences

    City College is a great school. Its affordable and you get a great education. The CUNY system is recognized in New York and the programs are phenomenal.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    v v v safe

    Greek Life

    v good

    Clubs and Activities

    plenty

    Great for these types of students

    familied, working, older slower students who want a degree

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    100%

    What to do for fun

    hang out in cafeteris and outside

    Food and Dining

    not good

    Academic Rigor

    none

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here by all means

    In three sentences

    v.good, v.easy, v friendly

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a lot of security guards stationed at every entrance. However, they usually don't even look at the student ID card which we're supposed to flash as we enter.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school has many activities that involve free giveaways. This with the low level CUNY budget is something I'm still awed by. The activities are hosted either during club hours between 12-2 when most people are on break or in the evenings to ensure max student attendance.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing and social student will love the many activities. Students concerned about the environment will also like the measures taken to help the environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a balcony area perfect for lunch on hot days. It connects two of the main buildings on campus. On event days, students can view the large crowds bellow on the streets.

    Bang for the buck

    It really depends on the teachers and the major you are pursuing. The engineering department has some pretty smart people. The teachers are a bit rough though..

    What to do for fun

    Attend the many events held on campus, you will receive notification via email or fliers.

    Food and Dining

    There's only one decent place to eat in the 2nd floor NAC cafeteria. There is also the cafe in the marshak and the 1st floor of the NAC. The halal food carts are awful, though they smell good. However, there are several good delis and take out places in the vicinity.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, but from what I hear from my friends and what I gathered from visits is that they are pretty easy going. The RA's are pretty chill if you don't drink or do drugs and stuff.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering classes require a lot of work. Especially because there are a fair number of teachers that aren't as good, leaving most of the learning up to you.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of diversity

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, Parties, Out of school events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what major you want to do.

    In three sentences

    City College has a lovely campus. It has a a lot of extracurricular activities and clubs. Lots of security on campus.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers

    What to do for fun

    They have a large gymnasium to attend

    Tips for prospective students

    Begin thinking about your major before entering the school because you will find out the students are well prepared when they enter college.

    In three sentences

    Very good school to pursue Engineering or science majors. The teachers are great but require a lot of work. In addition, the school has a great campus.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on, on campus so be aware of what is happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I have not had any campus food because I am a commuter and I take my own lunch, but I have heard that the food is really good. I believe there are three places you can eat. There is even a cafe that serves healthier options.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm, but I have heard that the dorms are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    City does have some really great Prof that make learning interesting and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    When picking classes always go on ratemyprofessers.com. That site is really helpful. But there are times that some Prof's get really bad reviews and when you go to the class they are not as bad as the review made them seem to be. So make your own call on that.

    In three sentences

    First of all City has a beautiful campus. The students and most of the staff are friendly people. The professors, well you have really good ones..and some that are not so great.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so many. Get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    For Science, music and engineering.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not many.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes for the prices compared to private schools, worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Study!

    Food and Dining

    G outside, off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dont dorm, but heard its not that great.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are an engineer, good luck!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for hard and rigorous courses.

    In three sentences

    One of the most diverse schools in NYC.

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a game room. Mostly joining clubs can be very fun, entertaining and engaging.

    Food and Dining

    the campus is amazing, but the food is not the best. CCNY could do much better

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm

    Academic Rigor

    It is a fairly strict school. Students earn what they worked for.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say, it is a great school for engineering and sciences in particularly psychology

    In three sentences

    City College of New York is a diverse school with people from all over the world, this helped to agin perspective about different cultures and religions. Professors are most very talented and helpful. On the other hand, admission is not always there to respond to students needs and the process system is very long

  • 07/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is secure. Security guards promptly asks each person entering any of the buildings for ID. If you're a student or an employee from another CUNY school, you won't be asked to sign in at the front desk. Just show your college ID card. But if you're not affiliated with the CUNY community, then you'll be asked to sign in and state your business.

    Greek Life

    Lots of fraternities and sororities. Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Lambda Pi Upsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and many others.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many! There are two student newspapers, The Paper (which pertains to students of the African diaspora) and The Campus (a paper with a general audience). CCNY has the Muslim Students Association, a CUNY Bible Fellowship chapter, organizations formed by engineering, pre-medical, and architecture students. If you like poetry, video games, art, music, dancing, there's a club for you too.

    Great for these types of students

    CCNY is great for people who are studious, brilliant, worldly, and willing to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best time of the year is Lavender Week. It's a week-long celebration of the school year's end. On the final day of Lavender Week, which falls on a Thursday, City College has a festival on its plaza.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes! Tuition is around $3,000 per semester, not including the costs of books, supplies, and fees.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the game room. Hang out on the lawns with your friends when spring comes.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at City College has a nice salad bar which serves hot food on one side and cold food on the other. It also has an ice cream parlor, Chinese take-out, and a small deli. If you don't want to buy from the cafeteria, there's a variety of places to eat on Amsterdam Avenue. There's a sandwich shop located on Amsterdam Avenue near 140th Street, which makes delicious sandwiches and salads. It's very popular among the student body and City College employees.

    Dorm Life

    I was a commuter student. It wasn't necessary that I spend money on a dorm. But when I visited them I wasn't too impressed. And I've heard not many positive things about the dorms either. Like they have poor insulation, for instance. And if I recall, the rooms were a little small.

    Academic Rigor

    You won't be treated like a baby here. I can't think of any classes that give people easy As. However, you'll have professors who want to encourage you, and are open to listening to your ideas.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn time management skills. And join a club. Thousands of people attend City College, and it can be lonely if you're not an outgoing person. Join a club or two, based on your interests and/or goals. If you plan on living off campus but still in New York City, make sure you have a living arrangement that is suitable to you and within your budget. The cost of living in New York is high. Traffic can be a problem in the morning. On the bright side, public transportation is reliable. Make sure to learn the subway map.

    In three sentences

    The school has a beautiful campus: lush green lawns and old Gothic buildings. City College has an excellent engineering program, and is good for people interested in the 'hard' sciences and mathematics. However, if you like the humanities, arts, or social sciences, there is a variety of classes that you can take here too.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Because it is in such a high crime area, public safety is on top of everything. Always driving and riding around making sure nothing is going on. They also provide shuttle service to the towers, 125th street, and 145st in order to avoid walking.

    Greek Life

    There are some, not much.

    Clubs and Activities

    During club hours, the rotunda is poppin'!!

    Great for these types of students

    Take your academics seriously. This is not a party school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is beautiful. It has a lot of history.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get what you pay for. The offices are annoying and its difficult to find someone who wants to listen and resolve your problem. As far as academics, you get a great education for a minimal price. Athletics aren't so big at city but I am on the Women's Basketball team and I think its great!

    What to do for fun

    Your in New York City. Theres always things to do. You can be downtown in about 15 minutes. Or if your looking to stay close, you can always find a party to go to.

    Food and Dining

    I guess its okay. Most people go to the deli across the street to get food. Theres a lot to choose from though.

    Dorm Life

    The towers are great. I am a second year dorm resident and there was never a problem. If you need something done, fill out a work order and by the time you get back from class, it is done and there is a package of popcorn on your counter to tell you that they popped in for your request. Hall meetings are fun. They allow you to meet new people. The common area is the best. Theres always things to do every night.

    Academic Rigor

    CCNY is no joke. Don't come here expecting to not work hard. They force you to do your best and push you to work harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find what you enjoy, theres something for everyone at CCNY!

    In three sentences

    City College is the most diverse school I have ever attended. There is always something going on. The professors enjoy teaching their various subjects.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Located in Harlem. But the campus is surrounded by walls and the campus has plenty of security.

    Greek Life

    No greek life. Which makes the atmosphere a little safer.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap!

    What to do for fun

    It's NYC! You can do anything!

    Food and Dining

    Currently no meal plans, but they do have cafes all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    The sample dorms are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades!

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. It's in a slightly unattractive area, but the campus has great security. The people at the campus seem to be really nice as well.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards at every building entrance, and at entrances to some of the facilities. They are on duty until night.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a school where you will meet people from all walks of life, If you want a unique learning experience with a diverse population, this school will suit you well.

    Bang for the buck

    The school has numerous buildings with different types of architecture, and CCNY is also the only CUNY to offer an engineering program.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the quad when the weather is nice, or generally whenever it is not raining. There is also a gym, swimming pool, and various computer labs for student use. The gaming room is also great for socializing.

    Food and Dining

    This varies. Sometimes the food is great, sometimes okay, and other times awful. Really is a matter of timing and luck.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the class you take and with which professor. There are professors who have a reputation for making classes difficult, whilst others are more lenient, and there are those who give large amounts of work but you truly learn the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you receive your acceptance letter, go for the earliest orientation date, because you will also register for classes during the orientation.

    In three sentences

    There are a wide range of classes and the alumni is very diverse. The campus is huge and there are numerous amenities from gyms to computer labs. Easy to reach by train and school provided buses.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ehh, the security guards are honestly pretty lazy. They are notorious for either not checking IDs at all or hounding the poor students that forgot them at home. I, personally, do not mind them, but try to interact with them as little as possible. I do feel safe late at night because I have been driven to the train by a cop on campus and they make their rounds. So, they get their job done.

    Clubs and Activities

    I stated earlier, that the school has club hours from 12-2 every Thursday. During this time, most clubs meet, and there is a DJ in our main building. If you want to know more, visit the college on a Thursday afternoon.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that aren't afraid of diversity and differing views. You learn a lot about different cultures by being around them, but you also can find your own clique if that is what you prefer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are secret tunnels underneath the old buildings. I have yet to explore them, since they are restricted, but I do have some friends who have traveled from building to building without getting caught! ;)

    Bang for the buck

    I think City College definitely gives students an education that can help them move on to graduate school. The school might not be the cleanliest nor have the nicest security guards, but it does try its best to get feedback from the students on professors. Thus, it is always a necessity for the professors to be knowledgeable and accessible to the students. With student loans being outrageous, a CUNY school is a good investment and a great start to a prosperous debt-free future.

    What to do for fun

    City College has a gym, a swimming pool, and a bunch of teams that you could join if you are athletic. If not, there are so many clubs that have weekly meetings and plan events from fundraising to rallies. Every Thursday, we have club hours between 12-2 and there is usually music blasting in our main building, the NAC. There is a hookah place right down the street if you are interested and since you are in the City after all, you can always go off-campus to explore. By the way, if you like to just sit around, there are few quaint parks around the school too.

    Food and Dining

    Well, I rated food and dining a two because the cafeteria is unsanitary. There are horror stories about the bugs getting into the food and rusty soda bottles. So I wouldn't suggest ever eating there. I give the dining two stars, though, because there is good food right outside of campus. There is a huge assortment of restaurants and quick bites to eat within a 5 block radius and because it is New York City is not hard to find food elsewhere if you aren't afraid to take a train downtown. My favorite place to eat is Cafe One, and if you visit the college- be sure to check it out.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot really comment on dorm life, since I do commute. I can only speak of dorm-life from what I hear. I do know that it is pretty safe because there is a security guard outside 24/7 as well as 24/7 loop bus from campus to the dorm building. This is because it is located about a 10 minute walk downtown. This would be fine if the campus was not situated in the middle of Spanish Harlem. Regardless, the price is a bit steep, but Macaulay students get free dorm so that isn't a problem if you are accepted. It is nice to live 10 minutes away from school though, or so I have heard.

    Academic Rigor

    With any college, the academic rigor is also based on the type of courses you take and the professors you choose. I have taken low and higher level courses in English, Science, and Math, and my teachers have ranged from being treacherously maniacal in their unrealistic standards to completely unbelievably reasonable in their demands. So, it is always smart to check online to see what kind of mess you are getting yourself into. Generally, though, the professors do not want to see you fail, and there are many different tutoring workshops for help in each subject, so just get help if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend prospective students to make friends and try not to feel intimidated in the new atmosphere. There are people from all backgrounds and ages at City College and each person has there own story to tell, so if you do not like one person- don't let it stop you from talking to other people. Don't listen to the stereotypes of those in the special programs either. Macaulay, Grove, and Sophie students are not all the same- believe me, I am one of them. If you study hard, and follow your professor's demands, your experience at City will be a blast!

    In three sentences

    I have found the teachers to be great at what they do and wonderful in the fields they represent. The actual school facilities are not the best- we do have a bit of a roach and mouse problem. Overall, though, it is a great education for the price you pay compared to other colleges in New York City.

  • 10/15/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe. There are security guards at every building and you need to show your ID to enter. Although 5 blocks down can be sketchy at night.

    Greek Life

    They have many different greek organization

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shephard Hall is pretty beuatiful

    Bang for the buck

    Superb education for the price!

    What to do for fun

    Go see a play! CCNY has an amazing theater and play writing program.

    Food and Dining

    Your in NYC! You have a ton of better options right next door.

    Dorm Life

    Cuny towers are very nice although in a sketchy part of town.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but with a medical and engineering program on campus there is many examples of what hard work looks like.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun!

    In three sentences

    Great School with wonderful professors. English department has a lot of graduate students teaching the majority of classes which makes it hard to develop relationships with professors to give you letters of recommendation. Overall great atmosphere and student body.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It is the best education you can receive at the price of about $5000 per semester, which Financial Aid can cover for most. If you want to go to college without the loans, consider any Cuny which are highly underrated.

    What to do for fun

    There are always fun activities planned by the week and at least one major party per month. There are tons of clubs that can carter your interest & just hanging out with friends is great.

    Food and Dining

    The food has not been rated as the best in the past but the cafe offers a variety of choices, and I love their Mac&cheese.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm but the Towers house many of the students, and i have a couple of friends who do dorm and seem to enjoy it. It is mainly a commuter school but the Towers do provide a nice alternative for some people who come all the way from Cali or even live in Staten Island.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want to be an Engineering student its harder than you think, If you want to be a Liberal Arts student, its harder than you think. City College can provide you with the rigorous curriculum to to earn a proper degree. It has become one of the more respected CUNY's and school in general.

    Tips for prospective students

    It will be confusing at first, but every college is, you need to find the proper adviser or mentor to guide you through the beginning. There are many helpful workshops held on Stress Management, Time Management and Test Anxiety, all problems that college brings.

    In three sentences

    City College is a diverse campus, where you can find a little bit of everything. Yes that includes the bad, which is significantly outweighed by the good. It provides so many resources, clubs, opportunities if you take the time to look.

  • 11/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is open, and whenever you enter a building you have to show your ID to one security officer who monitors students coming from three different doors. Sometimes they are dealing with one student, and they don't check the other 25 student's IDs. ID checking in the library is pretty good though. There is a shuttle bus that takes students to the dorms, and to 125 and 145th street subway stations at all times.

    Greek Life

    We do have Greek life here on campus, however it is fairly new. The greeks usually go on trips to other campuses where they have greek houses. Besides that, I'm not sure what else they do.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 100 clubs on campus and they meet every Thursday during club hours. They do activities outside of school and inside of school.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't really care about partying on campus. Listen, you're going to be in NYC, there is plenty to do off campus. Also, this school is perfect for students who don't want to be in $5000000000000000 of debt when they graduate (which is everyone, I hope).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The identity of the man/woman in the school's mascot suit (The Beaver) is unknown. No one knows who is in that suit, and it seems like no body is supposed to find out.

    Bang for the buck

    People come to CCNY (and CUNYS in general) because of it's low tuition cost. CCNY is about $2500-$3000 a semester (about $5000 a year) and it is ranked as one of Princeton Review's and US news best colleges. CCNY is a good school, for very cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Student life has over 100 clubs you can join, and there is something for everybody.

    Food and Dining

    The fries are the best thing in the cafeteria. However, many students eat at one of the many surrounding delis and restaurants. The cafeteria had a bug problem a while back, so I try to avoid eating there.

    Dorm Life

    Basically non-existent . CCNY does have dorms, but about 90% of the students here commute. I hear dorm parties are pretty lame and there isn't a lot going on. However, the dorms themselves are above average.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes require a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make of it strongly applies here. Although there a lot of programs you can be involved in, you have to make sure you actually try to attend them and be a part of them. Since CCNY is mostly a commuter college, no one is going to be knocking on your dorm room for a party down the hall or random things going on around campus. You will probably be going straight to school and straight back home if you don't try to be involved.

    In three sentences

    CCNY is okay (you ask any one on campus and that is the exact response they will give you). The classes here (especially the sciences) are vigorous and require a lot of work. However, the amount of programs and activities you can get involved in on campus can make your college experience worthwhile.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There a lot of different clubs you can participate in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to teach yourself because the professors are not going to teach you everything.

    In three sentences

    City College is a pretty small school overall. I currently travel to school using public transportation and the only problem with that is that the bus takes forever. The professors i have had my first semester have treated me pretty well but i have heard there are other professors that just don't care.

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The amount of friends that you will make there is gonna be fun in itself.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe at City College is a ton of variety. There is sushi, Jamba Juice, to Italian food. Whatever you tastebuds desire, i's there. Although it is quite pricey. There are many places to eat around the college as well. Many delis to order sandwiches or if you want, Subway, Dunkin Donuts around the corner. If you want you can also take a train down to 125th street where there is even more variety.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm, I'm a commuter but the Towers in City College are new and have just been built.

    Academic Rigor

    Im currently a college freshaman so everything I do is completely new to me. The academic rigor really depends on your major. Since I'm a freshman, I take basic core classes I'm required to take for the first two years although I do take courses pertaining to my major. There is something called FIQWS which all freshmen are required to take. It coincides with your elective so you get one grade for both classes which is a great thing if you're doing well. The classes work together and so do the professors. City College is known for their prestigious math and science classes which is what I'm currently taking. My calculus and chemistry professor bit did not speak english very well. They had a thick accent and taught to their best ability. They both knew their topics very well but did not teach to my full capability. I had to read the textbook and do my homework to fully understand a topic well.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many tips I can give out but it all depends on you as a person. First off, always make sure you do not procrastinate. Procrasitnating will ruin your grade and deprive you of sleep, of course. I know it's hard to not drag along your assignments but trust me you'll regret you did so the night before. Second, when you know your next exam is coming up make sure you start studying before hand. You may not know what will come up that week or how busy you will get so start early just in case. Plus you will not have to cram and cramming can really exhaust you. Make sure you READ as much as you can of the chapters given. Your understanding of the topic is really important especially if it's your major. Pay attention in class as well. Some things are clearer coming from the professor than reading it from the textbook.

    In three sentences

    It's a very diverse and friendly school The people there are amazing and want to engage you in whatever they do. Advisors and most professors genuinely care about you.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    clubs, student societies.

    Tips for prospective students

    good high school grade students should apply.

    In three sentences

    its an high ranked college with a lot of facilities.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a game room in the school which is always fun to go to. There are also club Thursdays where students get to look at clubs and listen to music in one of the buildings.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the College isn't that good, but on the bright side there are many options in the school's neighborhood.

    Dorm Life

    I have never been to the dorms, but my friends like it well enough.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy, but there are those that you would just want to pull your hair out. Put in effort and you will good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and you will get good grades.

    In three sentences

    Very friendly people. Diverse student background. Many clubs you can join.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    clubs and intermural sports campus has a great gym and pool also ther area is no to far from some great bars on amsterdamn ave

    Food and Dining

    food is pretty good but the cafeteria is only open lunch and dinner

    Dorm Life

    Do not get a dorm just rent a apartment room near by, the dorms are a rip off go to Craig's list use the map option and factor in commute, its pretty easy

    Academic Rigor

    depends on your professor, I have had ridiculesly hard classes that I thought were going to be breeze and vice versa

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the campus, attend clubs and get a writing tutor if you don't like to write and or are not good at it. Print form home and write it off on your taxes don't be afraid to drop a class if you are not satisfied with the teacher

    In three sentences

    The City College of New York has some great Professors. Although their administration is crappy. Also the building infrastructure is archaic , Professors making presentation are always on pins in needles praying for the wifi to work and god help you if you need to print something. One thing I learned is a great Professor is hard to come by everything else is gravy.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very well lit and very safe. Campus security is in every building and in every entrance.

    Greek Life

    There are fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities for every interest and for every major. There are too many to list, and if you don't see one you like you have to opportunity to start your own.

    Bang for the buck

    Lunch at the local Chinese diners are five dollars for a full meal with drink. There is a weekly newsletter that points out the next restaurants with budget on mind.

    What to do for fun

    City College has a game room with billiards tables ping pong, air hockey, foosball, T.V's for game systems, etc... There are events that are hosted very frequently with live music and free food and beverage.

    Food and Dining

    City College has several dining options on campus, which features Mexican cuisine like burritos, Japanese cuisine like sushi, pizza, frozen yogurt, burgers, Chinese cuisine, and a plethora of other food options. Outside of campus there are many restaurants and the subway/buses are right around the corner.

    Dorm Life

    Living in New York while attending City College has a multitude of benefits. You are in constant exposure of new and interesting people and opportunities. Diversity is a major benefit.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is difficult but, with tutoring and many other programs designed to help the students, the course work is manageable. Many of the professors care about their respective fields and are very enthusiastic about teaching. If you manage your time well, you will be successful in your academic career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your course work and do not be afraid to communicate with your professors and the administration. Work hard in high school and take as many college leveled courses to save both time and money in college with your credits. Don't be afraid when it comes to declaring a major because your general requirements will allow you to explore possible careers. Your advisors are some of the nicest and most helpful human beings. Also, tutoring is offered extensively with many programs that are dedicated towards helping you.

    In three sentences

    CUNY City College has a diverse community of scholars focused on achievement. The administration and professors are incredibly caring towards the students and they strive to make the college experience worth your while. City College is a melting pot of fun, studious and exciting people.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The 24hrs security guards are great. They are constantly patrolling the area and there are phone booths on the campus streets in case there's an emergency.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great its like a buffet! Every section of the cafeteria is a different style of food. On side there's Mexican food, then Japanese, across from that Italian, and Spanish food. There's also a snack stand and lets not forget the ice cream and yogurt stand!

    Dorm Life

    What I love about the dorms is the 24hrs security! Everything is clean I love that I can check the status of a washing machine online and not have to constantly run downstairs to see whether or not I could wash my clothes.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you are paying attention and you are doing all your assignments you have nothing to worry about! The professors are great and understand you during hard and tough situations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Communication, communication, communication! Oh and please attend the orientations and tours not only does it make life easier for the first day of school but its the perfect time to ask questions and make new friends!

    In three sentences

    The City College of New York is very diverse and friendly. The diversity in this college is what will make the world a better place in the future since we as students are constantly learning not only from our class work but from our diverse classmates. I absolutely love the free school bus that picks me up from the train station I'm never late and it makes horrible morning commutes so much easier! Thank You City College.

  • 02/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, there are security guards all over camp that are very helpful.

    Greek Life

    It is existent but not as big as in other schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many interesting extracurriculars, but you have to look for them.

    Great for these types of students

    It has a very diverse student population, it is great for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The end of the semester party is great!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a very reasonably priced school. Scholarships and financial aid go a long way.

    What to do for fun

    Many clubs, activities, study abroad is always an option.

    Food and Dining

    Food is terrible, it may be best to bring your own food.

    Dorm Life

    There are very fee dorms, they are beautiful but very expensive and hard to get a room in.

    Academic Rigor

    The exams and work is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are proactive about your education. Try to get things done early. When buying books for the semester, first see if your friends have either the same edition or previous editions of the book.

    In three sentences

    It is a safe environment. The library is open 24/7 during mid-terms and finals, which is very helpful. Staff is helpful.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I commute to City College so I am unable to provide perspective on Food and Dining being that I don't eat on campus so the stars don't apply here.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to City College so I am unable to provide perspective on dorm life so the stars rely don't apply here.

    Academic Rigor

    City College does challenge you in your classes to think and create new ideas. It can be hard at times but those challenges I think will help you and myself in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let applying and the process of applying discourage you from coming to city college. The process with administration and the CUNY system can be very frustrating at times but don't let that get to you. Once your in and accepted things become a lot smoother.

    In three sentences

    CUNY City College is a great college to attend if your looking for a low tuition college with great acdemaic challenges and a lot of different majors to major in. A lot of diversity on campus with the campus being located in Harlem NY. CUNY City College is definitely a school to have on your wanting to attend list.

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Generally safe, but it's an urban campus, so just use appropriate street smarts and you'll be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many engineering clubs, as well as others.

    Great for these types of students

    Goal-oriented.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of fast food in the area (halal carts, Dominican food, etc)

    Dorm Life

    Don't dorm on campus (most students commute). Some rent apartments in the surrounding neighborhood.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the math & science classes are challenging, though a few of them are easy. Be prepared to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure not to slack off. A lot of the math & science classes may seem easy in the beginning, but many of them get hard quickly.

    In three sentences

    A lot of classes are challenging. The student body is diverse, with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and interests represented. Lots of interesting people.

  • 05/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club! There are so many club opportunities with loads of people to meet. Plus, you are in Manhattan! Do some exploring, find something new, and make your college experience unique.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not expect to skate by in this school. The courses are designed to challenge you, but you will be good at what you do by the end of it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active! College is about so much more than grades! Join a club, find your passion, and network! CCNY is one of the best places to build a strong network of diverse students and grow together as rising world changers.

    In three sentences

    I love CCNY. This school provides you with one of the most diverse environments in the United States and overflowing opportunities for those with initiative. This school has proven to be more than I could have wished for.

  • 06/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Musicians, Actors, Scientist, Engineers, Mathematicians

    Bang for the buck

    The teachers are amazing! The campus is beautiful! The gym on campus and courts are huge!

    What to do for fun

    Many clubs, sororities and fraternities, volunteering activities, concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Many eating areas for all types.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazingly persistent and caring.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask questions. Go To your student center, and volunteer.

    In three sentences

    CUNY City College is an amazing institution. They proved great financial assistance and educational help. The teachers are dedicated in making their students learn, obtain the knowledge, and create a career path.

  • 06/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs but if you are a Christian, check out their Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. They make you feel like family.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of stores and restaurants around City College where you can dine. The food is great around City College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the clubs and make a friend. It will help you deal with the stresses of college life here. The science classes are hard so study, study ,study.

    In three sentences

    CUNY City College is a great college if you are an engineering or science major. There are many opportunities for science majors to do research. There is an abundance of clubs.

  • 07/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a safety officer in every building guarding every door and hallway. Very safe and strictly protective officers .

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs and different activities to do on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are clubs and free food on campus every Thursday . A lot of people from other campuses in New York come and mingle.

    What to do for fun

    The city is a beautiful place, There are a lot of places to go shopping and dining out. you can go for a walk in the park or go bike riding or go to a movie near by. Also, there are various coupons on campus which offer a discount for these activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is horrible, I prefer purchasing the ingredients and cooking in the kitchen in the dorm or just buying food from the grocery stores and deli's near by.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small but are beautiful. The view from the towers is breath taking. It is very convenient to travel from the campus to the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    I am very satisfied with the grading system. The classes are small and the students are very amicable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your focus and everything is possible.

    In three sentences

    This is a very good college. The professors and staff are very helpful. I would highly recommend this college.