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CUNY LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City in Queens, New York, was established in 1968 by the Board of Higher Education of the City of New York, a precursor to the Board of Trustees to the City University of New York (CUNY), and originally identified as “Community College Number Nine”. The school is one of 24 that comprise the CUNY system and is named after former notable New York City Mayor Fiorello Henry LaGuardia. The school was once given a tract of land for a permanent home, though it was sold during the city's budget crisis in 1974, as a result the school remained at its first location at Ford Instrument Company building, though over time has expanded to nearby buildings to accommodate its growth and increased student enrollment. The school is dedicated to providing residents of its service area a quality education and service.
CUNY LaGuardia Community College offers students a large number of educational opportunities through its varied academic and career training programs. Students will be able to find a program and curriculum that suits their personal needs. Academic programs are geared toward transfer to a four year institution, allowing students to complete the freshman and sophomore years of a bachelor's at low cost prior to transfer to a four year institution. Transfers are facilitated by agreements in place with other CUNY schools, as well as man State University of New York (SUNY) schools. Career programs are aimed at developing individuals into professionals in a given field by offering training and education in the skills and abilities necessary to operate in the workforce. Graduates are able to immediately find work at the entry level upon completion, having earned a certificate or associate's degree to demonstrate qualifications. Such programs last between one and two years.
Programs offered include:
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Communication Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Business Administration
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at CUNY LaGuardia Community College must complete the general admissions application along with a non-refundable application fee. As an open enrollment institution, any individual who has earned a high school diploma or equivalent will be accepted to the school. Students should also supply transcripts and standardized test scores, as well as documents showing immunization prior to enrollment. Students should meet with an academic advisor to assist in program choice and curriculum, outlining courses and goals that meet the students' expectations. Registration for courses begins shortly prior to the start of a given semester, with tuition fees due shortly thereafter.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial aid should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility and awards. Residents of New York should also complete the TAP application to qualify for state and local funding. Students may be asked to provide additional information to the school's financial aid office prior to being awarded funds in order to ensure the accuracy of the information provided.
Clubs and Organizations
CUNY LaGuardia Community College has a large number of clubs and organizations, each with their own purpose, goals and interests, available for prospective and current students. Clubs and organizations provide a location and group for individuals with similar interests to meet in a discuss ideas, topics, or participate in events pertaining to the interest of the club. Students are encouraged to join to experience a variety of interests and meet other people of a classroom setting, which in turn may allow students to form bonds that may last long after students have graduated. Additionally, students may petition the school for the formation of a new club if an existing one does not meet the interests or focus of the proposed new club.
Clubs and Organizations include:
- Amnesty International
- Web Radio
- Film Club
- Gamer's Club
- Circle K International
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $65 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $4,800-$5,800
- Out-of-State: $7,700-$9,216
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $210-$250 per unit
- Out-of-State: $320-$380 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||83%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||82%||$6,739|
|Receiving Student Loans||3%||$3,754|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, CUNY LaGuardia Community College may provide services including:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Assisting students to find work
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how CUNY LaGuardia Community College compares against other community colleges in Queens County and the community colleges in New York as a whole.
|LaGuardia||Queens County||New York|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education) (since 2004)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education) (since 1984)
- Find all the other nursing programs in New York
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1975)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to CUNY LaGuardia Community College.
- CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, NY (4 miles away)
- Hostos Community College - CUNY in Bronx, NY (5 miles away)
- Medgar Evers College - CUNY in Brooklyn, NY (6 miles away)
- Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ (6 miles away)
- CUNY Bronx Community College in Bronx, NY (8 miles away)