CCNY Panoramic Scene
CCNY is the oldest of City University's twenty institutions of higher learning. City College's thirty-five acre campus along Convent Avenue from 131st Street to 141st Street is on a hill overlooking Harlem; its neo-Gothic campus was mostly designed by George Browne Post, and many of its buildings are landmarks. CCNY was the first free public institution of higher education in the United States. City College was originally founded as the Free Academy of the City of New York in 1847 by Townsend Harris. A combination prep school and college, it would provide children of
immigrants and the poor access to free higher education based on academic merit alone.