Buttressed on the west by a world class transportation hub in Jamaica and on the east by the Queens Central Library, York College offers a competitive education to comparatively small class sizes. Queens County is the most ethnically diverse borough in the world. Queens has been home to astronaut Charles Camarda, jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Count Basie, sports legends Babe Ruth and Roy Campanella, and pop musicians such as Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, LL Cool J, Run DMC and Tony Bennett.
York College is committed to academic excellence through teaching and learning, research and scholarship. It envisions service to a student body that reflects the unparalleled cultural diversity and richness of Queens and the New York metropolitan area, and to the communities in which they live. It seeks to develop habits of inquiry and communication that promote these ideas of intellectual and personal growth by embodying them in human relations within the College.
York College students are a cross-section of New York City’s diverse population, representing at least 50 countries, from Algeria to Uzbekistan, and speaking over 37 languages. The College offers baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts and the sciences, as well as in a variety of professional programs such as accounting, business, computer studies, education, health, and social work, as well as a graduate program in occupational therapy. It maximizes each student’s intellectual, professional, and personal growth by integrating studies in liberal arts and sciences, professions, knowledge of diverse cultures, and technology. It meets changing social and intellectual needs by developing undergraduate and graduate programs from its established academic strengths. The College aims to graduate students poised to meet new demands and provide leadership for human progress.
The College supports the professional growth of its faculty and staff and serves as a resource for continued advancement of the broader community. It calls upon all members of the York community to commit themselves to scholarship and learning, respect for individuals and individual differences, just and fair treatment of others, open and direct communication, ethical behavior, and involvement in the life of the College.
York’s award-winning faculty members pride themselves not just on their teaching abilities; but on their dedication to the development of their students into successful global citizens. It is not unusual for a York professor to spend countless personal hours ensuring that their students succeed in their classes and career choices.
It pays off. The Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) -- a society dedicated to “advancing the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level” -- recently awarded a precedent-setting two awards to York, making it the first college to have two professors win in the same year. Professor Farley Mawyer, Ph.D., was awarded the Association’s “Distinguished Teacher Award for 2006, while Professor Joseph Malkevitch, Ph.D., received the Distinguished Service Award for 2006 from the same organization.