Is City College really as bad as they say?

<p>I've been researching CCNY for some time now and I've seen tons of negative comments. This college is really appealing to me, for many reasons, and it seems like a good choice. I'd be an out of state student from the midwest.</p>

<p>Some of the comments I've read: horrible teachers, workload is too easy, CCNY degree isn't worth anything, the worst CUNY school, it goes on.</p>

<p>I plan on visiting the school possibly over spring break this year to get a feel for myself. But before I make the trip I want to know if it's really that bad??</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>I'm applying to Hunter, and I've heard bad comments about it, also. </p>

<p>When I was in NYC for spring break, one guy who worked for Good Morning America told me to definately check out the CUNYs - so I did. CHEAP tuition, New York City, Diversity</p>

<p>I think the negative comments are just coming from people who wouldn't want an urban college experience. They probably also think that just because the tuition is very cheap that the academics aren't very good, which is completely untrue.</p>

<p>Go to College ******* and see the actual reviews from students or go to Facebook and go to the City College Class of #### groups and ask actual students questions instead of getting negative comments from people who don't actually go there!</p>

<p>This is kind of an old thread. I've been around NY many times that you could say I live there. </p>

<p>CUNY is basically like the last resort for New Yorkers after community colleges. It's main appeal is affordability. But as an out-of-state student, that might not be the case since NYC is expensive.</p>

<p>If you go to City College, it would probably be for engineering. It really isn't as bad as people say it is. I've known someone who got a 4.0 GPA from CUNY and was accepted to an international university in Saudi Arabia (KAUST grad school, I believe). There are a lot of successful people graduating from CUNY; and as a general rule of thumb, the reputation of your school isn't going to make it or break it for you, rather the work you do is what matters the most. </p>

<p>Yes, the workload is VERY light. I wouldn't expect the teachers to be too amazing, though. And there are plenty of universities if you look for them.</p>

<p>There's also this thing called Macaulay Honors for all CUNY colleges. You can apply for it, and they will give you a full scholarship (except for "fees" like books, etc.), a MacBook, $7500 in "opportunities fund," and a "Cultural Passport to NY arts and cultural venues." Getting in is somewhat competitive, but hey, at least now you know that there are motivated students here. You might come across people who were Ivy rejects, got in, but couldn't afford it, etc.</p>

<p>Like all of NYC (NY State / Long Island are completely different stories), the CUNYs are extremely diverse.</p>

<p>@ borkborkbork
Are you a CCNY alumni? </p>

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Yes, the workload is VERY light. I wouldn't expect the teachers to be too amazing, though. And there are plenty of universities if you look for them.

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No disrespect. I agree for some classes - maybe. But note that when it comes to exam you have to work your butts off. No the answer is that within the engineering school we the workload is NOT LIGHT. Same truth applies to the science division too. I don't know much about other divisions since I only have contact with them through liberal art courses.</p>

<p>The professors usually receive their MS or PhD from the top Us in the States. Some of them have B.S / B.E. from the top Us also.
Our physics department is the killer - simply the professors are very smart and they make exams very difficult.</p>

<p>^ No, but I know people who are. They know people with 4.0s in the engineering dept., which is unheard of in other places. Yes, you would have to work your butt off to receive good grades on any exam. However, it's nothing compared to schools like MIT, Caltech, etc. It's COMPARATIVELY easier. I don't know about honors. But from what I've heard from students, it is more difficult. For example CUNY Sophie Davis basically gives as much work as an Ivy would. But that's Sophie and not City.</p>

<p>I guess it really comes down to what classes you take, the students, and the teacher's expectations. But there are some classes that are "easy A's" in certain CUNY's. Of course, it's not as easy as the community colleges up in NY.</p>

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The professors usually receive their MS or PhD from the top Us in the States. Some of them have B.S / B.E. from the top Us also.
Our physics department is the killer - simply the professors are very smart and they make exams very difficult

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<p>I've heard this a lot as well. To a certain extent, it is true, and the teachers at CUNY are some of the best in the nation.</p>

<p>Hmmm yes. Comparatively is easy. I absolutely agree lol
The honors requires you to take 5 honors liberal art courses which can be annoying because you don't always get easy A from the professors like in regular liberal art.
hahaha</p>

<p>Big Bump! I heard the same, I messaged a women (and the reviews I have read) that went to a CUNY and asked her about CCNY and she told me nothing but negative things. A school for bad kids, losers. etc. I like the school from what it looks (the architectural is nice for what people say about the school itself) and the program I'm looking at looks good so, idk. I heard the reputation for the schools went down after open admissions, but before that it was considered a top NYC school.</p>