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New York State Universities -- Where The City is Your Classroom

When you're a student at one of the many terrific New York state universities, you have a unique advantage to apply all that you learn in one of the world's greatest cultural and business regions. Even more, many New York universities make learning the ins and outs of the Big Apple a requirement, in order to help acclimate you to its resources.

Discover Big City Life at New York Colleges and Universities
For hundreds of St. John's University (Queens) freshmen each year, "Discover New York" is part of the core curriculum. And although there's much to learn about New York through lecture and reading, the unique aspect of the course is its treatment of the metropolis as "a living classroom," whose culture, politics, businesses, media, and theater, offer a microcosm of the country and the world.

Even more unique is that the course is taught from a number of disciplines and approaches. For instance, a professor can use the city to explore the development of America's arts organizations, corporate institutions, ethnic and religious groups, and politics.

The perks? Students get really fun homework, like visiting art galleries, museums, the financial center, the Theater District, and various ethnic neighborhoods.

Speaking of perks, it's good to be an Honors College student within The City University of New York (CUNY) system. Besides a full scholarship and a free laptop, those accepted to this prestigious program also earn a "Cultural Passport," that provides free or discounted admission to top-notch New York City concerts, events, museums, and more. CUNY schools that are part of the Honors College program are Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, Lehman College, Queens College, and The College of Staten Island.

Universities in New York Have Small-Town Appeal, Too
Sure, the hustle and bustle of New York colleges and universities may seem intimidating, but there's more to schooling in the than fast-paced action. In fact, schooling outside the five boroughs allows for easy city access with small town surroundings.

At CHIPS Farmingdale State University of New York, the Campus Housing Informational Programs for Students (CHIPS) is designed to help freshman get acclimated to dorm life. To encourage students to attend the informational workshops sponsored by campus housing, "favor cards" are given. Farmingdale State's Housing Director likens them to a "Get out of Jail Free" cards, that can be used for special privilege, like a room change after the deadline has passed, or an extra night in housing during intersession when students have to vacate.

Elsewhere, at Rochester Institute of Technology, students are supported throughout their high school-to-college transitions through First Year Enrichment (FYE), an interactive course. Through classroom activities and individual performance coaching, students and their instructors explore academic and social success strategies that can help each student get the most of their RIT experience.

Of course, sometimes, all it takes for students to feel welcome at New York state universities is simplicity. That's the idea at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva). At each fall orientation, President Mark D. Gearan stands outside Coxe Hall to meet and shake hands with every first-year student. It's a tradition Gearan has kept up since stepping on campus in the fall of 1999.

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