York College at a Glance
York College, a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY) in Jamaica, 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 other engaged citizens, materialized in the 50-acre state-of-the-art campus York now calls home.
The college offers baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, accounting and business, journalism, communications technology, biotechnology, computer science, social work, teacher education, aviation management and various health professions -- including Nursing 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, York students hail from approximately 125 different countries of birth and speak more than 80 native languages. More than 82% of the student population represents various minority groups (Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian /Pacific Islander, Native American, Jewish, Eastern Europeans and others). Almost half of the students are foreign born. The majority of the students will be the first generation in their families to earn a college degree.
Since its first commencement exercises in 1971, York has graduated more 26,000 students and counts among its proud graduates, hundreds of physicians, research scientists, educators, attorneys and business executives in media, finance, technology as well as high-ranking members of the United States Military.
Just to name a few local members of the alumni community, Jeremy Weinstein, '71 is a Supreme Court Justice in Queens and George Grasso, '80 is a Criminal Court Justice in Brooklyn; his son, Joseph, '11, is now an attorney as well; Patrick MacKrell, '75, is an attorney who was admitted to the United States Court of Military Appeals. He now serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New York Business Development Corporation; Dr. Belinda Miles, '83 is president of SUNY's Westchester Community College; and Donald Vernon, Esq., '91, is an attorney with his own practice in the York neighborhood; Dr. Miriam T. Vincent, '73 is professor and chair of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine; and Ray Warren, is executive vice president and chief revenue officer, at NBC Sports Regional Networks.
Dr. Collin Brathwaite, MD, was the only pre-med student who went to medical school after only three years of study at York, without completing his bachelor's degree. He received his M.D. from Howard University. Today he is chairman, Department of Surgery, at Winthrop University Hospital.
Students continue to graduate from York and into prestigious medical, law, social work, MBA and journalism schools across the country. The college is also growing not only its recognition, but also its graduate programs, which will soon include an M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies. These will be ready for student enrollment by the fall of 2016 while we continue the process of developing the M.S. in Business and in Social Work.