In September 2012, The New Community College at CUNY opened its doors to its inaugural cohort of students. About five years prior, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein had issued a challenge to a CUNY-wide planning committee: Imagine a new community college that will create a research-based innovative academic program geared to moving students quickly and efficiently towards graduation. With average three-year graduation rates at public urban community colleges at just 15%, it was time for CUNY to be bold and creative.
The New Community College at CUNY welcomed its inaugural cohort of 300 students and, in June 2013, was renamed Stella and Charles Guttman Community College to honor a $25 million gift the Guttman Foundation gave to CUNY. The Guttman Foundation wanted $15 million of the $25 million gift dedicated to a Student Success and Engagement Fund for the College. From this endowment, the College has been able to create a host of programs that provide transformative learning experiences for our students.
In 2020, just seven years after opening, the College was voted the best community college in the nation by Niche.com, thanks to our innovative academic model and the dedication of our faculty and staff to student success.