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Founded in 1961, the Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). In this nationally unique consortium of over 1700 faculty members, a core faculty of 125 Graduate Center appointments is supplemented by over 1600 additional faculty members drawn from throughout CUNY's eleven senior colleges and New York City's leading cultural and scientific institutions. With 4000 doctoral students, they pursue a shared enterprise of expanding the boundaries of knowledge in over 30 doctoral programs and 7 master's programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The recently released Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index placed ten of the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. programs among the top ten in the country, and six were ranked in the top five. In the “broad” category of humanities, the Graduate Center was fourth; the first three were Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.
Augmenting this enterprise are 29 research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Also affiliated with the institution are three University Center programs: the CUNY Baccalaureate Program through which undergraduates can earn bachelor's degrees by taking courses at any of the CUNY colleges; the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the associated Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies; and the recently established CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers a master's degree in journalism.
In addition, Continuing Education and Public Programs extends the Graduate Center's intellectual and cultural resources to the general public, offering access to a wide range of events, including lectures, symposia, performances, and workshops.
Since 1999, the Graduate Center's vibrant campus has been housed in a nine-story landmark building at 365 Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. Formerly home to the B. Altman Department Store, the building has been redesigned as a new, state-of-the-art facility to meet the specific needs of a 21st-century institution of advanced learning.
The campus is at the heart of it all in New York City. Stand in front of The Graduate Center and you're facing the Empire State Building; walk around the block and you're in the quiet, residential Murray Hill neighborhood; head up Fifth Avenue and you're at the New York Public Library. And being located at the center of it all means it's easy to get around, with subway and bus lines, Grand Central, and Penn Station all nearby. But The Graduate Center is connected to New York City in more ways than its mid Manhattan location. Sciences draw on laboratories at the senior college campuses and maintain formal relationships with such institutions as the New York Botanical Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, and the NYS Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. Similarly, the City's renowned art museums and cultural institutions have close ties to The Graduate Center's arts and humanities programs, which collectively rank among the nation's best. The city's vast mosaic of neighborhoods encompass an entire world of ethnic studies, its throbbing urban environment presents a living lab of pressing social issues.