About City Tech

Our History

  • 1881

    The Technical Schools of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is renamed the New York Trade School to more precisely reflect its curriculum (after the art education program is moved to a separate school).

  • 1892

    Financier J. Pierpont Morgan sizably endows the New York Trade School. Over the next 60 years it gains a reputation as the nation’s leading trade school for American young men and the model upon which other trade schools are founded.

  • 1946

    The New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences is founded in response to the needs of business, industry and the professions for highly trained technicians and other specialists for the post-war economy.

  • 1953

    The institute is renamed New York City Community College, becoming the city’s first community college.

  • 1961

    The New York Trade School’s charter is amended, making it a “technical institute.” It is renamed Voorhees Technical Institute in honor of Enders M. Voorhees, a prominent industrialist and chairman of its board of trustees. Its charter now allows the school to grant associate in applied science degrees and to operate as a two-year college.

  • 1964

    New York City Community College is made part of The City University of New York (CUNY).

  • 1965

    Voorhees Technical Institute first begins accepting female students.

  • 1971

    Voorhees Technical Institute is incorporated into New York City Community College.

  • 1980

    New York City Community College is designated “a technical institute within the CUNY system" and is renamed New York City Technical College (City Tech). It offers 27 career programs.

  • 1983

    New York City Technical College is authorized to grant its first baccalaureate degree in hotel and restaurant management.

  • 2002

    - New York City Technical College is renamed New York City College of Technology, offering career-specific baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs in the technologies of art and design, business, computer systems, engineering, entertainment, health care, hospitality, human services, the law-related professions, career and technology teacher education, and the liberal arts and sciences.

    - Introduction of B.Tech. in Architectural Technology

  • 2003

    Introduction of BS in Applied Mathematics

  • 2004

    - Introduction of BS in Health Services Administration

    - Russell K. Hotzler, PhD, becomes the eighth president of the College

  • 2005

    Introduction of BS in Nursing

  • 2010

    Introduction of B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering Technology

  • 2011

    Introduction of BS in Radiological Sciences, BS in Mathematics Education

  • 2012

    - Introduction of BS in Biomedical Informatics

    - Number of full-time faculty passes 400, an increase of 50% over 7 years.

  • 2013

    - Introduction of B.Tech. degrees in Electrical Technology and Constuction Management

    - For the first time, the number of students receiving bachelor’s degrees surpasses the number receiving associate degrees

  • 2014

    - Construction launched on new academic complex to be constructed at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets, the site of the former Klitgord Building. Expected completion date in 2017, to house healthcare and science programs, a new theater and gym, a state-of-the-practice health and wellness center and much needed faculty office space.

    - Introduction of BS degree in Professional and Technical Writing

    - Fall enrollment of 17,374 is the highest undergraduate enrollment of any of CUNY’s senior colleges.