LaGuardia at a Glance
At LaGuardia, we challenge expectations and dare to do more – to push boundaries, close gaps, shatter misperceptions, and inspire big dreams – so that students can write their own futures.
Conveniently located in Queens, New York City’s most ethnically diverse borough, LaGuardia Community College educates students from all over the world with over 133 countries represented and 62 different languages spoken natively. More than half (54 percent) are first-generation college students.
LaGuardia’s nine academic departments offer more than 50 associate degree and certificate programs. Major areas of study include Health Sciences, STEM, Business and Technology, and Liberal Arts.
LaGuardia is the third largest producer of STEM graduates in the 25-college CUNY system.
Special programs and financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, work-study and tuition payment plans, make getting a high-quality education affordable.
Ninety-nine percent of LaGuardia students receive some form of financial aid, including COVID-related aid.
Recent graduates have transferred to some of the country’s most selective institutions, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Johns Hopkins, Sarah Lawrence, Cornell, Pepperdine, Georgetown and Vassar.
LaGuardia is also known for its workforce development programs, which prepare Queens residents for careers in high-demand sectors of the NYC economy, including healthcare, IT, and construction.
LaGuardia’s ACE Division is the largest provider of English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction and workforce training in CUNY.
Students are supported by Advising Teams, comprised of faculty, staff and peers, that help to map out the best route to graduation, a four-year college or a career.
LaGuardia offers a variety of free tutoring so students can get help or accelerate their learning.
The enhanced semester structure, along with day, evening, weekend, online and hybrid classes, allow students to complete an associate degree in two years, saving time and money.
LaGuardia ranked fifth among U.S. community colleges in economic mobility – moving low-income students into the middle class and beyond – in studies by Stanford University (2017) and the Brookings Institution (2020).
Sixty percent of our faculty hold doctoral degrees – more than twice the national average for community colleges.