About York College
About York College
York College, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY) in Queens, was founded in 1966 under the temporary name, Alpha College. York spent 20 nomadic years throughout Queens until pressure from students, faculty, staff and the external community of political, religious and engaged citizens, materialized in the magnificent 50-acre campus York now calls home.
The college offers baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, communications technology, computer science, social work, teacher education, aviation management and various health professions including nursing -- for which the college recently opened a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory -- and a BS/MS in Occupational Therapy, the only one of its kind within CUNY.
With an exceptionally diverse student population of more than 8,000 students, York students hail from approximately 125 different countries of birth, speaking more than 80 native languages. Almost half the students are foreign born, while for an even larger group, York provides an opportunity for immigrants and first-generation Americans to pursue the American dream with the aid of an outstanding college education.
Since its first commencement exercises in 1971, York has graduated more 20,000 students and counts among its proud graduates, hundreds of physicians, research scientists, educators, attorneys and business executives in media, finance and technology as well as high ranking members of the United States Military.
In the Fall 2012 Semester, York launched the first ROTC program within the City University of New York since the program ended at City College more than 50 years ago.
The college is now in the early stages of realizing the mandate of its Facilities Master Plan for a nine-story 163,000 square-foot addition to its campus. The Academic Village and Conference Center will be a game changer for York and a face-changer for the downtown Jamaica, Queens landscape.