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Since 1847, The City College of New York has remained true to the vision of founder Townsend Harris: “Let the children of the rich and poor take their seats together and know of no distinction save that of industry, good conduct, and intellect.” Today, more than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees on CCNY’s landmark campus in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem.

Referred to as the “Harvard of the Proletariat” and considered the flagship school of the City University of New York, CCNY has graduated more Nobel Prize winners than any other public college in the United States. Notable alumni include Andrew Grove, Colin Powell, Jonas Salk, Upton Sinclair , Ed Koch, Mario Puzo, Oscar Hijuelos, and Linda Kaplan Thaler. Others who've attended CCNY include Russell Simmons, Woody Allen, Ira Gershwin, and Henry Kissinger.

U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States. In addition, The City College of New York has among the most diverse campuses in the nation.  Over 190 languages can be heard on the quad.