The third-largest university system in the United States, the City University of New York (CUNY) ranks only behind the State University of New York and the California State University. CUNY houses 23 institutions across New York City's five boroughs including: the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the CUNY School of Law, Graduate School of Journalism, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Students living in university housing and off campus housing also have access to the system's 11 senior colleges and 6 community colleges.
The oldest of CUNY's institutions is the City College of New York, founded in 1847, resides upon a hill and features a neo-Gothic, 35-acre campus overlooking Harlem. Among other accolades, CCNY was originally the first free public college in the U.S and has been regarded as "the Harvard of the proletariat."
Student living at CUNY depends largely on a student's particular institution; however, it generally mixed with city living across the boroughs. College housing allows students access to New York City's extensive cultural institutions, landmarks, social life, and commercial districts. Among some of the most popular destinations are Central Park, Times Square, South Street Seaport, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yankee Stadium, and SoHo.
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