CCNY-Any reviews of the schools?

<p>My daughter was considering Hunter College but she may have a housing issue. </p>

<p>She also applied to:</p>

<p>Baruch
CCNY
Lehman
Brooklyn</p>

<p>Notwithstanding her major, how do these schools compare to each other.</p>

<p>Is housing easier to get into at other schools?</p>

<p>She will be a freshman coming from out of state looking to live on campus.</p>

<p>Bump</p>

<p>Not one Ny'er out there who can give a clueless Californian some input on CCNY schools?</p>

<p>Sockher Mom -</p>

<p>CCNY is one of the branches of CUNY, as are Hunter, Queens, Lehman and Baruch.</p>

<p>Hunter is an excellent school but as I suggested on your other thread, you should look at Queens, which has dorms that are new (opened in 2009). You can take an express bus into the city or take the bus to LIRR or the subway.</p>

<p>It also depends on what she wants to study. Hunter and Lehman are good for nursing but Lehman is not in the best area (and I grew up in that area), Baruch is for business and accounting, Queens and Hunter for teaching, etc.</p>

<p>Good luck,</p>

<p>CCnY- City College of N
CUNY ( I assume what you mean) isThe City university of new york which is a system of schools </p>

<p>city college is a really, really good school. One of the better CUNY schools. Housing is expensive anywhere in NYC. I will see if I can find the link where a guy pays 800 a month for a 12x5 space. Housing in City college, is apartments- suite style apartments. It's in a seperate building about a block or 2 from campus the rooms range from
1 BR 2 ppl
2 BR 4 ppl
3 BR 6 ppl
4 BR 2 ppl</p>

<p>With a fully furnished living room and kitchen (so she has to pay for groceries) </p>

<p>Lehman College area is actually pretty good (I also grew up around there, but I am young, so maybe it has changed since you were a kid?) </p>

<p>Lehman is under a pilot program, so housing is limited, but there are other options
Lehman</a> College - The Division of Student Affairs: Student Housing</p>

<p>ANY CUNY school you look at will have limited or NO on campus housing. CUNY schools as I said in your other tread are commuter schools so most do not have dorms, and if they do they are very limited in space with the exception of CITY COLLEGE because they lease a building for housing.
There are a ton of other options for housing but it seems to me ( I apologize if this is not the case, and please do not take offense) like you do not want her living anywhere in the city but on campus and I don't know if you have a fear of area or public transportation (I've seen people who are afraid) but with this criteria you will find it very hard to cme to NY. She only applied to CUNY schools? If she did, that alone is a very limiting factor.</p>

<p>Here is a link to a thread about CUNY schools. but here is a quote first:</p>

<p>"Having both my BS and my MS from Hunter I would also recommend it. However City's education program is also good. City also has an excellent engineering and computer science program. City is also the only CUNY in Manhattan that has an actual campus. All the buildings are located on one campus setting that is about 1/3 of a mile. It is very quiet and like you are another world from the rest of the neighborhood. It is also very safe walking to and from the public transportation. It may be good for you if you need housing."</p>

<p>CUNY City College (New York, York, Hunter: best neighborhood, rent, dorms) - City-Data Forum</p>

<p>I think you will get more answers on City Data, in the new york section, it is very popular more than on this website.</p>

<p>New York City Forum - Relocation, Moving, Local City Discussions - City-Data Forum </p>

<p>I don't mean to overstep any boundary here but i do help you figure this out, and if you need any info feel free to PM, I have lived in the city forever and I may be of some help</p>

<p>If it's not too late maybe she could appy to a few SUNY schools as well. They ALL have housing and are ALL in NY just not in NYC</p>

<p>I meant
4BR 4 ppl</p>

<p>Jazzii--You are awesome!! Thanks so much for your reply..it really helps. She has applied to 5 colleges listed. She is interested in Business or Psychology..so whatever school she gets into will determine her options...and then we will look at housing. She does have other options outside of NYC bu her heart is in the city...this is from a girl growing up on a So Cal beach...I guess the grass is always greener...</p>

<p>I guess she will hear sometime in November and then the housing hunt will continue...</p>

<p>Best of luck!!!!</p>

<p>And yes, I know city data is helpful, I use it all the Time!! Lol</p>

<p>If you are considering CUNY options, personally I would only consider schools that offer dorm housing so at least your D may have some sense of community from that.</p>

<p>I think it would be extremely hard to develop an active social life on a CUNY campus otherwise. Not to say there will be no social life, but for most people attending classes at a Cuny, it is not going to be their primary social life.</p>

<p>A friend of my D's attempted it and went to Baruch. Understand that she grew up on Long Island which really is commuting distance away from the city. She had to rely on friends that still lived at home or went to schools in the city for her social life. And she always had the option of returning home if she was too lonely. She rented an apartemt in a dorm in the city, but that was an expensive option. She now has an apartment in the city and a much older bf who she met at a club. It was far from a typical college experience. She very much regrets not keeping her grades up in hs, wishing she had gone to NYU instead. </p>

<p>Most CUNY students who are 18 live at home, take classes at very random times, commute, work p/t and stick with the friends they made in high school. </p>

<p>My understanding is that many of the students who live in the dorms of Queens College have been recruited by sports teams. They may have busy schedules with practice and games and again it may be hard for your D to establish a social life.</p>

<p>I think Hunter is your best bet, but it may not be easy to get into those dorms. Keep in mind though, that for many kids in the dorms, it is a "suitcase" school--meaning they live in the boroughs or suburbs of the city and don't want to deal with the daily commute because they have free housing through the honors program--but they leave to go home on weekends.</p>

<p>I really suggest you come and visit. Also keep in mind that many students at CUNY's are older and attending part time. They will just not be looking for the "college" experience your D will want.</p>

<p>I agree with the poster who suggested looking at the SUNY's. However, the only one that will give your D a city experience would be FIT--but it would not work for her major (s.)</p>

<p>Personally, I think your D's plan looks good on paper, but might not work in reality, unless she sees moving independently to the city as her primary goal. If she is looking for a college experience, she needs to look into more traditional schools--NYU, Pace, Fordham, etc.</p>

<p>I know kids who dorm at Queens and none of them is a sports kid. I honestly don't know sports kids because everyone in my family has defective sports genes. Of course, there might be some but not all.</p>

<p>Queens College is in a nice enough residential area. It's very close to an Orthodox Jewish community one way and to Flushing Chinatown the other. Getting in to the city is fairly easy.</p>

<p>Joan52--I went to Brooklyn College myself, and then to Hunter College for my MS in Ed in the late 1990's--so I am a big proponent of CUNY.</p>

<p>But still, given the situation of the poster, I would have real reservations on whether Queens or Brooklyn College would offer the urban experience in NYC that the poster wants.</p>

<p>I think it would be very difficult to attend any of the CUNY schools from Southern California because I think the student would feel very isolated in a school that is primarily for commuters living at home. At least Hunter (or Baruch) would offer the Manhattan experience if she could get into those dorms, but living in Queens or Brooklyn (near Brooklyn College) would add to the isolation.</p>

<p>If you look at the link here, Queens</a> College?s Dorm Is Relief From Commuter Life - NYTimes.com you will see that there are 500 students living in dorms..a very small percent of the school's 20,000 students. Of those, 400 are city residents or are from Long Island..which means they will have established lives nearby and may go home on weekends. The other 100 are from outside the NYC area. </p>

<p>Several years ago I read an article that stated that of those 100 out of town students, many are on sports teams. The article I posted speaks of a soccer player from Guinea.</p>

<p>Again, I thinks the OP would get an excellent reasonably priced education at many of the CUNY schools, but I have doubts it would offer the college experience she wants.</p>

<p>Ok, here is the story. My daughter is very interested in the "business" of fashion and her original idea (a few years back) was to try to go to a fashion school, FIT was one of her top choices. Then, she decided that it would be best for her to get a 4 year degree, in business (marketing or merchandising) or industrial psychology, and use her education in the fashion industry. </p>

<p>uskoolfish...You opened up the discussion again. We looked at the FIT website this evening, because she is a freshman applying to schools for the spring, she has been limited to the schools she has applied to. It appears that FIT does not accept freshman into the 4 year program in the spring...but, FIT does have an AA degree program that does accept freshman in the spring, and the website basically indicates that if you have a minimum GPA while in the 2 year program, they will accept you into the 4 year degree program. </p>

<p>This is a very interesting alternative for her but the next problem, the application period ended on 10/1. She decided to try to apply and she was able to process the application on-line. I don't know what that means but in either case it has possibly opened up a new option for her. We also looked at the FIT housing website and it appears that there are many more options than any of the CCNY schools...and maybe more of a college feel for her.</p>

<p>Thanks for your suggestion, it may be a viable alternative and we will see what happens, the more options the better.</p>

<p>She has also been accepted to a bunch of schools on the west coast and she does not want to make any decisions until she has all her acceptances...but i will keep you all informed.</p>

<p>Thanks again!!</p>

<p>You should see if she has any friends that are interested in sharing a small apartment. They're not cheap, but in the long run if you split it in half it's actually less than paying for room and board.</p>

<p>Uschool -</p>

<p>I agree with you about the dorms at Queens being primarily for quasi-commuters but I bet a Socal girl would make plenty of friends. My D's friends who are at Queens have access to family cars for going into the city on weekends or they take LIRR or the subway.</p>

<p>Unless the OP's D can get cheap and safe housing in the city, Queens might be a decent choice. Brooklyn is too far to get in.</p>

<p>I went to Lehman but I lived 15 minutes away. Ironically, I never set foot on the campus until the day I went to register for freshman classes.</p>

<p>The OP and her family really need to visit and see what they think. When people dream of life in NYC, it's hard to know how flexible (or realistic) their concept is.</p>

<p>Yes, you are so right. The OP and her family should visit and should do so in the depths of winter.</p>

<p>When I was in my 20's, I thought of moving to California as I have lots of family there. After 2 weeks (one on business, the other with my extended family) I realized that as much as I loved the weather, etc., I could not live anywhere that I would have to do so much driving. I have a license but really dislike driving. So I sadly got on my flight back to NY even though I had already been thinking about putting in for a transfer to my office's LA office.</p>

<p>I had a great job offer in LA years ago. I had a license but hardly drove since I didn't own a car. Decided to stay in NYC and put up with subways and taxis. D who is a college senior considered an internship in LA this summer. I googled the highway system around LA and asked her when she wanted to start taking driving lessons. She has her license, but being an NYU student, has hardly had driving experience, let alone practically zero highway expereince. Luckily she put in for an internship with the same company in NY only and got it!</p>

<p>I have a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid--just hit 120,000 miles ;)</p>

<p>This info is helpful. The dorms of City college don't sound too bad..</p>