Hostos Community College

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Hostos Community College
Established 1968
Type Public
President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez
Students 6,500
Location Bronx, New York, USA
Campus Urban
Pedestrian walkway over the Grand Concourse connecting two halves of the Hostos campus.

Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York is a community college in the City University of New York 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.[1] 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.


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.


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Coordinates: 40°49′3″N 73°55′38″W / 40.81750°N 73.92722°W / 40.81750; -73.92722