Campus and Location

The CUNY Graduate Center, with locations on Fifth Avenue and in Harlem in NYC, features cutting-edge facilities and research centers for doctoral and master’s students.

GC flags and Empire State Building in background; Photo Credit: Ron Hester

The CUNY Graduate Center, with locations on Fifth Avenue and in Harlem in NYC, features cutting-edge facilities and research centers for doctoral and master’s students.

The CUNY Graduate Center serves as a thriving center of intellectual inquiry and exchange for the University, New York City, and the national and international academic community.

In the fall of 1999, the Graduate Center moved from its previous home on West 42nd Street to a new campus on Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. The interior of the landmark building — once the home of the B. Altman Department Store — was redesigned specifically for the Graduate Center’s needs. It now features seven floors of classrooms and space for students and faculty offices.

In 2017, the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (CUNY ASRC) at 85 St. Nicholas Terrace in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood became part of the Graduate Center. Designed to promote collaborative scientific inquiry, the CUNY ASRC offers state-of-the-art labs and core facilities as well as dedicated spaces to connect and confer.

Facilities at the Graduate Center

Students at the Graduate Center enjoy access to our cutting-edge facilities and research centers, designed with the graduate student experience in mind.

The Graduate Center on Fifth Avenue

The GC campus is located in the heart of New York City. Campus features include:

• A light-filled three-story library that features historic design elements as well as a dissertation reading room and the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library Reading Room

• A complex of presentation spaces for the school's scholarly gatherings and public programs

• A 389-seat auditorium with accompanying breakout spaces

• A 180-seat recital hall with state-of-the-art acoustic design

• A 70-seat multipurpose theater space, and an art gallery facing Fifth Avenue

• An exhibition hallway

• Music practice rooms

• Extensive computer access

• A skylight conference room

GC Building, Photo Credit: Chris Cooper

The Advanced Science Research Center (CUNY ASRC)

The Advanced Science Research Center is CUNY’s premier scientific research institute. Located in a 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building in Upper Manhattan, the CUNY ASRC fosters collaboration across disciplines and encourages groundbreaking research. Among the extraordinary resources onsite is a 5,000-square-foot cleanroom—the largest in New York City.

ASRC Building

Beyond the GC Campus

The Graduate Center student experience isn’t limited to our Fifth Avenue location. Graduate students have access to teaching and research opportunities at other CUNY campuses throughout New York City.

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Street Signs for 34th Street and Fifth Ave

Visiting The Graduate Center

Located on Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, the building is two blocks east of Penn Station, one block east of Herald Square, and two blocks west of the 33rd Street and Park Avenue subway station, served by the 6 train. The closest subway station, located at 34th Street and Sixth Avenue, is served by the B, D, F, N, R, and Q trains. Penn Station is served at Seventh Avenue by the 1, 2, 3, and 9 IRT trains, as well as the A, C, and E lines at the Eighth Avenue station one block west.

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