• LaGuardia Community College is committed to Offering career, as well as liberal arts and science curricula, developmental education and transfer preparation, cooperative education internships, continuing education classes, and training programs serving individuals, businesses and public agencies.

School Highlights

CUNY LaGuardia Community College serves 16,971 students (54% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is higher than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 57%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 16,971 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,866
  • Out-state tuition: $7,566
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 90%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

CUNY LaGuardia Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in New York for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 1,594 teachers has grown by 147% over five years.
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
(NY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Private, non-profit
Total Faculty
1,594 staff
158 staff
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Student Body

The student population of CUNY LaGuardia Community College has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 12:1 over five years.
The CUNY LaGuardia Community College diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.72. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
16,971 students
1,442 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
10:1
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# Full-Time Students
9,179 students
869 students
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# Part-Time Students
7,792 students
511 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
109 students
428 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
9,179 students
869 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
25 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
7,792 students
642 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
42 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
408 students
% Asian
19%
8%
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% Hispanic
44%
23%
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% Black
15%
17%
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% White
10%
43%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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% Non Resident races
10%
4%
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% Unknown races
n/a
3%
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Diversity Score
0.74
0.72
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
17.69%
4.29%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.55%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,200
$35,200
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,866 is less than the state average of $5,507. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,566 is less than the state average of $10,195. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,866
$5,507
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$7,566
$10,195
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
87%
93%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$6,750
$13,841
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
72%
SAT Reading
n/a
475
SAT Math
n/a
505
SAT Writing
n/a
485
ACT Composite
n/a
22
ACT English
n/a
23
ACT Math
n/a
25
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Founded in 1971 as part of the City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College is nationally acclaimed for its commitment in preparing students to become full participants in the economic and civic life of the city, nation and world, via its tradition of academic excellence and innovative real world applications of classroom learning. 31 Majors, 3 Certificates plus an Honors Program for highly motivated students. In 2003, LaGuardia was 1 of 13 colleges nationally to be chosen by the Policy Center on the First College Year as an Institution of Excellence, along side West Point, Purdue University in Indiana and Texas A&M. Only 2 community colleges received this honor. We also have student exchange and transfer programs with Columbia University, Barnard and Vassar Colleges. Annual enrollment is approx. 13,000 students. LaGuardia students come from the United States and more than 160 countries. Our students have high educational goals: 34% plan on earning a Bachelor's degree; an additional 45% plan on earning a Master's degree. Most students have part-time or fulltime jobs during at least part of their matriculation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does CUNY LaGuardia Community College cost?

CUNY LaGuardia Community College's tuition is approximately $4,866 for In-State students and $7,566 for Out-State students.

What is CUNY LaGuardia Community College's ranking?

CUNY LaGuardia Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in New York for: Least expensive tuition, Diversity in US community colleges, Average community college minority breakdown, Largest student body and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 16,971 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,866
  • Out-state tuition: $7,566
  • Student:teacher ratio: 11:1
  • Minority enrollment: 90%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Queens County, NY community colleges have a diversity score of 0.77, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Queens County, NY is Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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