Class of 2013...
In one of the College's proudest moments in recent history, CCNY reached the top of Forbes magazine's list of the 2013 Top Colleges in the United States list, in late July 2013. The College was also listed in The Princeton Review as a "Best Value" college, as well as one of "The Best 378 Colleges".
These rankings truly reflect how hard the College has worked to revamp its image since open admissions ended decades ago. A steady increase in enrollment has been concurrent with a rise in students arriving from some of the best high schools around the city, and the country. This includes high-achieving, determined students from prestigious schools as Stuyvesant and Bronx High School of Science.
The Class of 2013 reminded everyone why CCNY is known as the Harvard of the proletariat. One example is senior Oluwadamisi "Kay" Atanda. Kay, as he is known, is a Brooklyn native of Nigerian descent, who earned a 3.8 GPA all while earning top honors in political science, and interning at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
Leaders like Kay were instructed by pioneering professors such as Dr. Z Johnny Luo, who is now one of 12 scientists working with NASA on the connection between clouds and pollutants and wildfires. Distinguished Professor of Architecture Michael Sorkin received the 2013 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.
In on-campus life, students saw the development of the CityONECard, an ID card that also serves as a library access card and debit card to be used and reloaded in the College's bookstore, cafeteria, et al. This coincided with the implementation of the city's CitiBikes bike sharing program. Construction also continued on The Advanced Science and Research Center, on the south campus. Once completed, the complex will house over 200,000 square feet of research facilities focusing on neuroscience, structural biology, and more. The Research Center will be used CUNY-wide.