John Jay College is a community of motivated and intellectually committed individuals who explore justice in its many dimensions.
There is no college anywhere in the U.S. or the world quite like John Jay. Founded in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – a senior college of The City University of New York – has evolved into the preeminent international leader in educating for justice in its many dimensions. The College offers a rich liberal arts and professional curriculum that prepares students to serve the public interest as ethical leaders and engaged citizens.
John Jay’s academic programs balance the sciences, humanities and the arts with professional studies. The College is unique in its mission, providing rigorous course work, research, internships, community service and other learning experiences to prepare students to make a difference for themselves and others and to transform ideas into social action and leadership.
The College’s community of over 15,000 students, in a diverse array of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, is the most diverse among the City University of New York’s senior colleges. The student body — 60% female 40% Hispanic and 25% African American — today produces leaders, scholars and heroes in policing and beyond, including forensic science, law, fire and emergency management, social work, teaching, private security, forensic psychology and corrections. John Jay is also a leader in educating our nation’s military veterans, with more than 500 currently enrolled.
The John Jay faculty, about 1,100 strong, includes Pulitzer Prize-winners and widely honored scholars and experts in a variety of academic fields, with credentials from the world’s top universities. They have been recognized by their professional peers and at all levels of government for their research, writing, teaching and mentoring. Through their research – often in collaboration with students – they advance knowledge to help build and sustain just societies.