Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451,
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York is a community college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system located in the South Bronx, New York City. Hostos Community College was created by an act of the Board of Higher Education in 1968 in response to demands from the Hispanic/Puerto Rican community, which was urging for the establishment of a college to serve the people of the South Bronx. In 1970, the college admitted its first class of 623 students at the site of a former tire factory. Several years later, the college moved to a larger site nearby at 149th Street and Grand Concourse.
Hostos is the first institution of higher education on the mainland to be named after a Puerto Rican, Eugenio María de Hostos, an educator, writer, and patriot. A large proportion (approximately 60 percent) of the student population is Hispanic, thus many of the courses at Hostos are offered in Spanish, and the college also provides extensive English and ESL instruction to students.
The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture is a performing arts center contained within the college campus. It consists of a museum-grade art gallery, a 367-seat Repertory Theater, and a 900-seat Main Theater, presenting artists of national and international renown. It has been showcasing theater, dance and music artists for 33 years, with the mission "to be a cultural force in the Bronx and throughout the New York metropolitan area."
Hostos Community College teams participate as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Caimans are a member of the community college section of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), who's the most recent new member since the 2002-03 season. Men's sports include basketball and soccer; while women's sports include basketball and volleyball.
Early College Program
Hostos Community College is affiliated with Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science, a middle school and high school with an early college program as part of the Early College Initiative at CUNY. It serves students grades 6 to 12, along with special education services. The school is a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education and City University of New York. High school students at the school enter the program during the summer prior to the start their tenth grade year and can earn up to 60 credits in order to graduate with a high school diploma and associates degree. The school was originally located on campus, but was moved to a school building near Melrose, which is shared by a few other schools, due to spacing issues.