York Ranks 16th Among Best Value Schools



Southeast Queens’ CUNY York College has been ranked among the nation’s best value schools, coming in at number 16.

The list was compiled by BestValueSchools.com, which is dedicated to providing “clear, credible guidance” to prospective students. The website said that York students are known to get the most bang for their tuition bucks due to the numerous extracurricular activities in which they are able to partake.

“Unique opportunities at this affordable college include the chance to join a popular campus jazz band and an award-winning college newspaper staff,” the website said of York College. “From jazz to journalism, New York City’s reputation for talent and liveliness precedes its reputation for costliness. In spite of this fact, the budget-conscious need not abandon their dreams of studying in the Big Apple. CUNY’s York campus offers students the ability to acquire a top affordable university education from its vibrant Queens neighborhood.”

Founded in 1966 and originally designated as Alpha College York, the school was renamed by the college’s first President, Dr. Dumont F. Kenny. York was the first senior college founded under the City University of New York (CUNY) system and the fifth overall. Since its opening in the fall of 1967, the college has progressed significantly over the years, with nearly 50 undergraduate programs to date.

“You’ll unlock a comprehensive list of career paths in fields that span from the health sciences to business,” the BestValueSchools.com site said. “Not your forte? Look instead to CUNY York’s extensive offering liberal arts majors, which include anthropology, English and black studies.”

York costs less than $7,000 per year for students.

Dr. Marcia Keizs, the university’s president, told the PRESS of Southeast Queens that she was excited about the news.

“All of us at York College are delighted that our institution has secured a spot in on the Best Value Schools list, at number 16 of 100 no less,” Keizs said. “It speaks to the hard work and creativity that our students, faculty and staff invest in being the best at what we do.”

Dr. Panayiotis Meleties, York College’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said that the honor is reflective of what the college is all about.

“Placing in the top 20 of Best Value Schools is a recognition of York’s drive for excellence with dedicated students, faculty and innovative programs serving the Queens and New York residents,” Meleties said.

York College has been a staple of the Southeast Queens community since its opening more than half a century ago.

Looking to the future, the school is looking to play a major role in the future development of downtown Jamaica.

Reach reporter Trone Dowd via email at tdowd@queenspress.com or by phone at (718) 357-7400, ext. 123.

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