Student Resources

Academic Advisement Center

The Academic Advisement Center, located in Room AC 2C01, houses professional academic advisors who provide comprehensive advisement to entering freshmen and students who have not declared a major.

Academic Advisors assist students to:

  • make decisions related to their academic careers at York College,
  • choose an appropriate schedule of classes,
  • understand graduation requirements, and their impact on the choice of courses,
  • begin to develop an academic plan for persisting to graduation,
  • understand York College programs, policies, procedures and resources,
  • think about life goals, values, abilities, interests and limitations, and
  • explore various majors and potential opportunities available after graduation.

In addition, the Center houses: (1) three academic Liaisons, who provide support to the faculty and staff members of the different departments and schools of the college, and (2) the Coordinator for DegreeWorks, the student audit program.

For information, visit the Academic Advisement Center in Room 2C01, or contact us at Tel: 718-262-2280 or email: advisement@york.cuny.edu.

Academic Achievement Center

The Academic Achievement Center assists in deepening students' learning and understanding of course-content materials, and in increasing students' satisfaction and appreciation of their educational experience at York College. The Center's tutors help students achieve higher grades and ultimately make satisfactory progress to on time graduation.

The Academic Achievement Center provides comprehensive, centralized college-wide tutorial services to all York College registered students. The Center academically supports students at all levels and in all disciplines. The Center's knowledgeable, courteous, and caring tutors encourage higher levels of critical thinking and learning, offer an individualized, systematic, and structured learning experience, motivate self-paced and self-directed learning, increase deeper understanding of course content materials, increase studying and learning strategies, and assist in improving grades. The Center also provides workshops on strategies in time management, good note taking, reading textbooks, preparing for exams, taking exams, and recognizing one's learning style(s).

Center Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

For more information visit the Academic Achievement Center,Room 3H13, Academic Core Building, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11451. Telephone: (718) 262-2831, (718) 262-2303 (General Office), (718) 262-2307 (Director's Office) E-mail: aac@york.cuny.edu.

Freshman Year Experience (FYE)

The mission of the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) Program is to assist in promoting the successful transition, achievement, and retention of first-year students to college life at York. FYE is a comprehensive program of academic and co-curricular activities. The FYE program components include Freshman Advisement, The Freshman Reader, Freshman Orientation, Week of Welcome (WOW)/ Spirit Week, Convocation, First-Year Seminar/ SD110, Early-Alert System, Civic Engagement, Mentoring, and "The Freshman Pledge."

The Freshman Reader Program

The Freshman Reader Program is designed to provide first-year students with a shared academic experience and to introduce them into an educational community where intellectual engagement is fostered and valued.

The program utilizes a common book that entering freshman are given and required to read during the summer. The book is then utilized in various freshman classes and activities during the academic year.

Mentoring Program

The York College Mentoring Programis a resource to assist students with their academic and social adjustment needs to the college. The mentoring program is open to all enrolled students from all majors, especially incoming freshman. Participating students are paired with an academically successful upperclassman or faculty/staff member with similar interests, who want students to do their best in College.

Program activities include, training sessions, mentor/mentee meetings, monthly "meet and greets" and other events. Assessment of the mentoring program's success includes comparing participating students' GPA with non-participating students. And we will also compare first-year retention rates of participating students with non-participants.

Service-Learning Program

Service-Learning at York College is a teaching and learning method that engages and encourages students to make meaningful connections between course content and real-life experiences through service and community-based research. York College's aim is to deepen student learning, while increasing students' level of community engagement and responsibility.

Early-Alert System

This intervention program is designed to connect students to campus support services to ensure their academic success at the college. Moreover, the Early-Alert System serves as a resource for faculty to report and refer, at any point during the semester, students who are experiencing difficulty in their respective courses to a supportive service program and/or office. Utilizing a web-based program, the reporting instructor selects from several indicators (i.e. attendance, class participation, mid-term/final grades, and behavioral misconduct, etc.) that describe the area(s) of concern and then a message is generated and sent (email) to the appropriate office and/or program. The student is also alerted that he/she has been referred for support services. The office and/or program that receives the reporting faculty feedback can intervene and assist the student in correcting his/ her poor performance or behavior.

Jumpstart Program

Jumpstart is a national early education organization and a part of the Division of Student Development at CUNY York College that recruits and trains full time college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart Corps members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, work on a team, and build professional skills. All Corps members receive professional-caliber training to help them implement Jumpstart's outcome-based program, promote children's school success, and build family involvement. At York College all students are eligible to participate and become a Jumpstart Corps member. There is no GPA requirement and all academic majors are welcomed. Through Financial Aid qualified students have the potential to earn Federal Work-Study award money during term of service, and will be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their service term based on the hour's commitment level.

Corps members commit to an intensive training program whose purpose is to make a substantial impact in the life of a young child. During the school year, Corps members participate in the following activities:

Serve part-time, 8-12 hours per week, during the school year, including:

  • Jumpstart sessions with team and small groups of children, 4 hours per week (two sessions per week for two hours each);
  • Team planning meetings and session preparation, which includes planning, reflection, and/or training, 2-3 hours per week;
  • 2-5 hours each week in a preschool classroom during the regular school day;
  • 1 hour of individual planning and preparation for Jumpstart sessions.
  • Communicate with children's family.
  • Participate in intensive pre-service and on-going trainings.
  • To learn more visit the Jumpstart office AC-1E01 telephone: 718.262.2269 or visit Jumpstart Program website .

Intercollegiate Athletics

Statement of Philosophy

York College is a member in good standing of CUNY Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III. The York College Intercollegiate Statement of Philosophy seeks objectivity, shuns bias, fosters scholarship for life-long learning, and celebrates cultural diversity. In principle and practice, the Intercollegiate Athletic Program integrates ethical behavior and attitudes, and through competitions, promotes wellness and, as part of the athletic experience, engages the athlete in community service.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program places equal importance on the goals and objectives of competition and spectatorship, and collegiality and competitiveness as a "love and enjoyment of sport," not merely competition for the extrinsic reward. The York College Cardinals are guided by the principles of sportsmanship, mutual respect and discipline, and are challenged to achieve as individuals and as members of their respective teams.

To this end, the college places emphasis on in-region, regular season competition and the CUNYAC championships. At no time do the goals and objectives of competition out-weigh the student athletes' physical, mental and emotional well being. York College sponsors 13 competitive teams: five men's teams, six women's teams, and two varsity teams guided by the principles of fair and equitable treatment and the NCAA requirement of gender equity.

York College embraces the philosophy of Division III competition and honors academics first and athletics second. Student athletes at York College are encouraged to be scholar athletes as evidenced by the academic good standing requirement of the college, which exceeds the minimum grade point average for graduation and applies to all athletes regardless of curriculum level, and fosters life-long learning.

Sports at York College

Under the auspices of the Department of Health/Physical Education and Gerontological Studies Services, the intercollegiate athletic program at York College supports varsity teams including Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Indoor Track Field, Men's and Women's Outdoor Track Field, Men's Soccer, and Men's and Women's Swimming, Softball and Tennis. These teams compete with colleges from within CUNY and other metropolitan area colleges. York College is a member of N.C.A.A., Division III, Metropolitan Tennis Conference, CUNY Athletic Conference, North Eastern Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. It is expected that new teams will be organized in accordance with student interest and financial ability. Men and women are encouraged to participate in the intercollegiate athletic program. Practice times are usually between the hours of 4:00-6:00 pm. Potential athletes should attempt to register for early classes. Student-athletes are required to register for and maintain the minimum number of credits (12 credits/hours) during the competitive season. Athletes should also register for independent study, Physical Education 291-294 (one course per sport season). A maximum of four credits is permitted. Student-athletes must be medically and academically cleared before participating on any intercollegiate athletic team.

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine coverage is provided to all York College athletes by the Athletic Trainer (AT) or certified Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Trainer acts in conjunction with the Office of Public Safety in case of emergency or injury. The Athletic Training Office is open to all student, athletes, faculty and staff.

Intramurals at York College

York College provides a wide variety of intramural activities. These activities may include basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, swimming, weight lifting, tennis, soccer, and track and field. Students can also request other activities as well, by speaking with the aquatics, intramurals and recreation manager.

York College Office of Alumni Affairs

York College has a growing group of more than 26,000 alumni with backgrounds as diverse as their ambitions. The York College Office of Alumni Affairs is dedicated to serving this alumni community and strives to build lifelong relationships. Alumni Affairs works to strengthen the extended York College community through an active and effective network of activities and communications. The department was officially staffed in July 2009 and provides the following services:

Alumni Association

The purpose of the York College Alumni Association is to provide the means by which we can have a continuing relationship with our alma mater and fellow alumni. Through Alumni Association activities, we enjoy renewing old friendships and making new friends while providing valuable volunteer service.

Individually, as well as collectively, we maintain that York College remains the beacon on the hill. We commit ourselves to do all that is possible for York College to persevere academically, financially, morally and aesthetically.