Student Services at the Graduate Center
Students selected to take the road to advanced study at the Graduate School of Journalism will join some 3,700 others who study at CUNY’s Graduate Center, all of them competitively selected from a large pool of qualified applicants. This student body, in the heart of New York City, has a remarkable range of backgrounds and interests. Evenly divided between men and women, it is one of the most diverse student bodies found in any American graduate institution, whether classified by age, ethnic background, or socioeconomic profile. Some arrive after years of professional experience, others are freshly minted graduates of public and private colleges throughout the United States and about 80 foreign countries.
The Graduate Center’s vibrant campus is housed in a landmark building located just minutes by foot from the School of Journalism campus. J-School students will be able to take advantage of an array of student services offered by the Graduate Center, and will have access to a wide range of public events, including lectures, symposia, performances, and workshops.
The Graduate Center community is enriched by the presence of students from about 80 foreign countries. These students in turn benefit from study at a distinguished American university in the midst of one of the world’s most international cities. The Office of International Students provides information and assistance to students from outside the United States. This office issues Certificates of Eligibility and advises students regarding immigration regulations for the F and J immigration categories. Prospective international students may contact the Office of International Students for information or assistance at 212.817.7490; 212.817.1626 (fax); or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A disability is any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A person is considered to be a person with a disability if he/she has the disability, has a record of the disability, or is regarded as having the disability. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified persons with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to achieve non-discriminatory access to programs, services, and activities at the Journalism School. Some examples of covered disabilities are visual and hearing impairments, mobility impairments, impairment of hand function, and such “hidden” disabilities as AIDS/HIV, learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, heart conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome, and being in recovery from substance abuse. The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission and retention of students. To ensure equal access for persons with disabilities to all academic and other programs, services, and activities of the Journalism School, as required by law, appropriate accommodations will be made. These may include auxiliary aids and services for students with visual impairments (readers/library assistants and such technology as adaptive computer software and hardware, etc.); qualified sign-language interpreters; scribes; extended or divided time on examinations for students with learning disabilities or reduced physical stamina; adjustments in course load when appropriate; voice-recognition software; use of a computer for exams; and taping classes.
To request accommodation, please complete the Disability Survey and return it to the Office of Student Services.
CUNY and the Graduate School of Journalism is committed to supporting the needs of our veterans. For more information on funding and programs that CUNY offers visit this website.
We create a listserv for the Class of 2015 to communicate with each other over the summer and throughout your time at the school. Students utilize this resource to discuss housing, insight into NYC neighborhoods. Below are two housing options for CUNY J-school students.
All students are strongly advised to have some form of health and accident coverage, as medical costs in the U.S. are high. International students still living overseas are urged to arrange for insurance in their home countries to provide coverage in the U.S., at least until an alternative plan can be arranged. The university furnishes information to help students choose an insurance plan either to continue coverage or provide new coverage. Visit CUNY’s health insurance page to learn more.
The Wellness Center provides Student Health and Psychological Counseling and Adult Development Services. Student Health Services is staffed by a nurse practitioner licensed to provide free diagnosis of simple conditions, episodic treatment, screenings, referrals, and general health and wellness programs. Students are seen by appointment or on a walk-in basis. The Psychological Counseling and Adult Development Center, through its staff of licensed psychologists and psychological counseling interns, provides free-of-charge counseling and short-term psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and referral service. The center also provides workshops and group activities and has a library containing recorded and printed information on health concerns. Telephone: 212-817-7020
CUNY has information on city services and other programs for students who are seeking temporary housing. Visit the website here.
Fitness Center at Baruch
The Graduate Center has an arrangement with Baruch’s fitness center to offer reduced pricing for students.