CUNY HISTORY

The College of Staten Island is a senior college within the City University of New York (CUNY). CUNY is currently comprised of eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, a graduate school, a law school, and a medical school. It is the largest municipal college system and the third largest university system in the United States. CUNY traces its beginnings to a public referendum held in 1847 that established the Free Academy, later The City College, and a tradition of free higher education for residents of New York City. The municipal college system grew rapidly. In 1961 its various colleges–four older senior colleges (Brooklyn College, The City College, Hunter College, and Queens College), newer senior colleges established during the 1960s, community colleges, and a consortially organized graduate school—were consolidated by an act of the New York State Legislature as The City University of New York.

The College of Staten Island, CUNY
Archives & Special Collections
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Staten Island, New York 10314

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Updated August 18, 2005