Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program

Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program

The Percy E. Sutton SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) is a higher education opportunity program found at each of the senior colleges of the City University of New York.

The Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program provides special academic, financial, and counseling assistance to scholars entering college for the first time. The program provides services to help scholars succeed in a college setting.

SEEK Program at York College
Room #: AC-1C08
Phone #: 718-262-2300

The Creation and Purpose of SEEK

SEEK was created in 1966 when the New York State Legislature enacted a law that mandated the creation of programs providing access and support for New York City residents and to advance the cause of equality and educational opportunity at the City University of New York. Today, the university maintains a commitment to admit scholars under the provisions of this law and accept scholars who normally would not qualify through regular admissions criteria.

The SEEK Program at York College

The SEEK Program at York began in February 1968, the first academic year of the college. This scholar-centered program employs dynamic and innovative approaches to ensuring the scholars’ success. The SEEK program is staffed by dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to helping scholars achieve.


The shared mission of the SEEK and College Discovery Programs is to assist in providing equality in higher education to scholars who otherwise would not have such access. The effort is intended to increase the level of education, social capital, and workforce expertise in our city and state.


  • Focus on increasing 2-year retention rates for SEEK scholars.
  • Promote excellence in academic achievement.
  • Provide first-year experience programming to help scholars successfully make the transition from high school to college and ultimately reach graduation.
  • Scholars who are within two semesters of graduation will graduate with their degree.

The SEEK Program is accepting applications for Spring 2024.

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