Graduate Center, CUNY

The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (The Graduate Center) is a public research institution and post-graduate university in New York City. It is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. The school is situated in the landmark B. Altman and Company Building at 365 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, opposite the Empire State Building. The Graduate Center has 4,600 students, 31 doctoral programs, 14 master's programs, and 30 research centers and institutes. A core faculty of approximately 140 is supplemented by over 1,800 additional faculty members drawn from throughout CUNY's eleven senior colleges and New York City's cultural and scientific institutions.

The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
MottoThe Life of the Mind in the Heart of the City[1]
TypePublic post-graduate university
Established1961 (1961)
Academic affiliations
City University of New York
Budget$134.7 million (2018)[2]
PresidentRobin L. Garrell
ProvostSteve Everett
Academic staff
1,840 (2015)
Postgraduates4,071 (2018)[3]
Location, ,
United States

40°44′55″N 73°59′01″W
CampusUrban, 570,000 sq ft (53,000 m2)[4]
NewspaperThe Advocate
Colors   Blue & black[5]

The Graduate Center is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity".[6] The Graduate Center faculty include recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, the National Humanities Medal, the National Medal of Science, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Fellowship, the Schock Prize, the Bancroft Prize, the Wolf Prize, Grammy Awards, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, Guggenheim Fellowships, the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, and memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to academics, the Graduate Center extends its intellectual and cultural resources to the general public, offering access to a wide range of events, including lectures, symposia, performances, and workshops.

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