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York College is part of The City University of New York educational system which was formed in 1961. CUNY York was formed in 1966 and formally opened its doors a year later, in 1967. CUNY York College is also part of the Thurgood Marshal College Fund. The first classes were held in a Jewish center with the first class having 371 students and about 50 faculty members. By the mid-1970s, CUNY York moved to its current Jamaica, New York location. There are currently over 8,000 students at CUNY York College.

The initial liberal arts curriculum expanded to include health-related studies and continuing education. In 1990, a center for the performing arts was added along with facilities for health and physical education and athletics fields. In 2005, Marica V. Keizz became York's president. CUNY York now works with the USFDA and the aviation industry. A lecture series where leading scientists, writers and experts speak was also added. CUNY York grants bachelor's degrees in over 40 fields of study. CUNY York has three main schools. One school is for the arts and sciences, another is for business and information systems and a third school is for behavior and health. Students can get BA degrees and BS degrees in such fields as English, history, nursing, aviation management, communication technology, music, Spanish, biology, and chemistry. There are also certificate programs.

About 60 percent of the students are full time. A fair number of students are transfer students. The student to faculty ratio is 16 to one. There are 200 faculty who are full-time and 250 who are part-time. Most faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields. The school uses a semester based schedule. It's rated a Tier 2, Northern Regional College by the 2013-2014 Best Colleges edition of US News and World Report. Tuition and fees for in-state students for 2013-2014 run just over $6,000. The rate is double for students who are not from New York.

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