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Metropolitan College of New York

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Metropolitan College of New York
Former names
Audrey Cohen College (1992–2002), College for Human Services (1970–1992)
TypePrivate college
Endowment$0.8 million as of January 31, 2022
ChairmanGary P. Jenkins
PresidentJoanne Passaro[1]
Location, ,
United States
ColorsRed and White

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), formerly Audrey Cohen College, is a private not-for-profit college in New York City.[3] MCNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and consists of three schools: The Audrey Cohen School for Human Services and Education, the School for Public Affairs and Administration, and the School for Business.[4]


The college was founded in 1964 by educational pioneer Audrey Cohen as the Women's Talent Corp. It was renamed the College for Human Services in 1970, when it was granted a charter by the New York State Board of Regents. In 1983, it started offering business programs and in 1988, it added its first graduate program: a Master of Administration, which today is awarded as a Master of Public Administration. In 1992, the college was renamed Audrey Cohen College in honor of its founder. It gained its current name, the Metropolitan College of New York, in 2002.[5]

In 2012, the associates and bachelor's degree in Business Administration and all MBA programs were accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. In addition, 2012 marked the MCNY re-opening of the Bronx Extension Center, located at 529 Courtlandt Avenue. This offered students living in surrounding areas a convenient campus where they could attend classes.[6]

In 2016, MCNY moved to new locations in the Financial District of Manhattan to 60 West Street and the Melrose area of the South Bronx at 463 East 149th Street.[7][8]

In 2023, the college planned to sell part of its campus to partly alleviate a debt problem as it struggledto rebuild enrollment after the pandemic and is in dire financial straits.[9] The Metropolitan College of New York is looking to sell two of its floors at the office building at 60 West Street. When the school sell that portion of its campus, it will leave Metropolitan College with only one and a half floors.[10]


The highest degrees offered are master's degrees. The college follows founder Audrey Cohen's Purpose-Centered Education philosophy. In contrast to colleges and universities that organize the school year according to semesters, MCNY refers to each term as a "purpose". Each term's purpose, or unifying theme, drives the coursework for the term, which includes a Constructive Action (CA). The Purpose determines the focus for the Constructive Action that students are required to plan, implement, and evaluate. That Action must relate to the semester’s Purpose and improve the lives of individuals and institutions outside the classroom. CAs are unique student projects that combine classroom study with research-fieldwork projects that integrate lessons learned in all of the term's courses with hands-on experience.[4]


Metropolitan College of New York has two locations, the main campus, part of a building in lower Manhattan at 60 West Street, and a second campus, also part of a building, in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street.

In 2016, the college moved into a new Manhattan campus, away from its previous rented space in Manhattan on Canal Street.[11][12] MCNY purchased three floors of the commercial condominium at 40 Rector Street in Manhattan, with 110,000 square feet of space and an entrance at 60 West Street. MCNY purchased part of the first and the sixth, seventh and eighth floors of the 19-story building with a $68 million loan.[13][14] The college also moved to a new Bronx campus at 463 East 149th Street.[15] The new Bronx campus is a 26,000 square foot, part of a building, and has the capacity to serve approximately 500 students.[16][17]


  1. ^ "President's Welcome". MCNY.edu. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Metropolitan College of NY". usnews.com. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Idealist.org:Metropolitan College of New York". Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Why MCNY web page". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Our History: MCNY". Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Metropolitan College of New York Re-Opens its Doors in the Bronx". Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "MCNY press release". June 8, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Metropolitan College opens new campus at Triangle Hub". September 20, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "NYC College Wants to Skip Debt Payments While It Sells Off Part of Campus". Bloomberg.com. 2023-08-21. Retrieved 2023-11-24.
  10. ^ "Metropolitan College Moves to Sell Part of FiDi Campus". The Real Deal. 2023-08-22. Retrieved 2023-11-24.
  11. ^ "MCNY on the MoveMCNY en movimiento". 15 June 2016.
  12. ^ "MCNY home page". Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) Officially Opens New State-of-the-Art Manhattan Campus". 8 June 2016.
  14. ^ "40 Rector St | Philips International | Rudder Property Group". 19 August 2014.
  15. ^ "MCNY opens Bronx Campus". September 7, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "Metropolitan College of New York Unveils State-of-the-Art Bronx Campus". 20 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Metropolitan College opens South Bronx Campus". 15 September 2016.

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