NYU Steinhardt Receives $2 Million to Expand Community College Transfer Opportunity Program

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation has awarded New York University a $2 million, three-year grant to significantly expand the Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP). CCTOP is a scholarship and advising program for students transferring from local partner community colleges to NYU.

“Two-year colleges play a pivotal role in preparing students to navigate the challenges of the modern world, and CCTOP seeks to ensure that an NYU education is within reach for these students,” said Dominic Brewer, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of  the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “We are grateful to the Petrie Foundation for partnering with us to invest in our students’ futures.”

“As a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of young people in New York City through education, we are pleased to support NYU and CCTOP,” said Beth Lief, executive director of the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation. “CCTOP has enabled many talented students to successfully transfer from two-year colleges to NYU; this scholarship support will expand the number of transfer students who earn high-value, four-year NYU degrees.”

CCTOP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. More than 1,800 students have graduated from NYU through CCTOP, making it among the largest programs helping students transfer from public community colleges to a private research institution.

CCTOP's 25th Anniversary and Graduates Were Celebrated on @NYUSteinhardt Instagram

“NYU was founded in 1831 with an explicit dedication to serve the children of the working men and women of New York City,” said Ann Marcus, founder of CCTOP and director of the Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy. “Even as the University has expanded and risen to become a leading research university, it has kept that commitment to access and diversity. CCTOP students enlarge this tradition as they enrich our programs.”

Students enrolling in NYU through CCTOP receive generous scholarship support to reduce the financial barriers to a four-year degree, in addition to advising and support from before they enroll through their graduation from NYU.

CCTOP partners with 14 community colleges in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to admit transfer students. Currently, CCTOP enrolls approximately 70 community college transfer students each year. The Petrie Foundation’s grant will enable NYU to recruit and enroll 20 to 25 additional students into CCTOP in each of the next three years.

In addition, CCTOP students have historically had the option to enroll in one of three schools at NYU: the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Silver School of Social Work, or the School of Professional Studies Paul McGhee Division. Students pursue a wide variety of disciplines, including education, social work, and media and communication.

The new funding will help expand CCTOP to include NYU’s College of Nursing. New CCTOP nursing students will enroll in the fall of 2016.

“The Community College Transfer Opportunity Program brings new energy to support nursing students at NYU. Nursing is a profession that provides a career ladder for many, thus, engagement with community college graduates is key to fulfilling nursing’s contribution to the health needs of society,” said Eileen Sullivan-Marx, dean of the NYU College of Nursing and the Erline Perkins McGriff professor of nursing.

CCTOP was founded in 1990 as part of NYU Steinhardt. Its central goal is to ensure the doors to a world-class NYU education remain open to community college students who have the necessary academic talent and motivation, without regard to income or family background. To learn more, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu/cctop.