The student survey
conducted by the Office of Institutional Research and
Analysis covered a broad range of topics, including
student satisfaction of services, usage of technology,
interaction with peers and faculty.
only covers a small fraction of the available data
findings, compiled from the information provided by
school registration offices and the student survey.
There are over 6,000 responses to the survey. Among
those, 700 were Asian students.
Part I –
The City University
of New York (CUNY) is a large system containing 208,000
students in 17 undergraduate institutions spread across
the five boroughs of New York City. The enrollment rate
has increased rapidly in these recent few years. Among
the 208,000 students enrolled at CUNY, 24,000 of them
are Asian students, making up 14.2% of entire student
Medgar Evers College
has the smallest number of Asian students enrolled,
compared to Baruch College’s Asian enrollment of almost
30%, making it the college with the largest Asian
student population within CUNY; followed by Hunter
College, La Guardia Community College and Queens
College. The concentration of Asian students at Queens
College may be attributed to the distribution of the
Asian population in New York City, with 52% of Asian
students residing in Queens.
In general, there
are more Asian students enrolled at senior colleges than
at community colleges within CUNY.
53% of the Asian
student population within CUNY is female, compared to
that of their non-Asian counterparts at 64%. This in
turn means there is a higher Asian male population
within CUNY, with colleges that offer technical courses
such as New York City College of Technology, attracting
more males than other colleges.
56% of Asian
students are pursuing a Bachelors Degrees, with 38% of
them pursuing an Associates Degrees. The percentage
Asian students pursuing a Bachelors Degree within CUNY
are higher than those of other students; with only 5% of
the Asian student population pursuing a certificate.
The most popular
majors in both senior colleges and community colleges
are Business Management, and Computer Information
Systems. 31% of Asian students are majoring in Business
Management, compared to 20% of non-Asian students taking
this major. 21% of Asian students are majoring Computer
Information Systems, which is three times more the
number of non-Asian students taking this major.
70.5% of Asian
students enrolled at CUNY went to high schools under the
New York City Department of Education, with only 60% of
non-Asian students coming from those high schools. A
mere 4.2% of Asian students came from a private school,
compared to 12% of students that came from a private
Asian students are
more likely than others, to have come from a foreign
Part II -
Demographic of Asian Undergraduate Population
The Asian population
is very diverse. According to registration data, the
country of identity among Asian students enrolled in
Fall 2001, based on language were: China – 23%, India –
11%, South Korea, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Philippines,
Japan and 8% for other Asian countries.
82% of Asians are
foreign born students, compared to 46% of non-Asians
foreign born students.
88% of Asian
students have a native language other than English. The
largest percentages were Chinese – 33%, followed by
Korean, Bengalis, Japanese and others.
Almost 90% of Asian
students are bilingual, compared to 54% of non-Asian
47% of Asian
students are the first generation in their family to
attend college, with 46% of students in CUNY sharing a
household income of Asian students is slightly lower
than the overall student population. 54% of Asian
students have a household income below $25,000 vs. 50%
of the overall student population.