Dare to Do More


Welcome to LaGuardia Community College!

LaGuardia’s doors first opened on Sept. 22, 1971 as a bold experiment in making higher education available to all. Nearly 50 years later, our focus remains on educating and inspiring you, within our inclusive college community, to build the careers and lives that you want. So that you can write your own future.

Providing opportunities is what LaGuardia is all about, and LaGuardia has a lot to offer you.

This catalog details our more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, many classes throughout 2020–2021 will be taught online, hybrid or through distance learning. Our outstanding faculty and staff are working hard to provide in-classroom opportunities for programs that involve labs or other hands-on work. Despite the mostly virtual format, I am confident that the promise and spirit of LaGuardia is alive and well.

We know that the pandemic has impacted many of you personally, be it physically, emotionally, mentally or financially. So, I want you to know that LaGuardia has numerous resources to help you succeed both academically and personally. These resources, from LaGuardia Cares, the LaGuardia Foundation, and other programs, are designed to help you take care of your basic needs so you can focus on studying and doing well in your classes. These include laptop loans, help paying for rent, utilities, food, tuition, textbooks, healthcare or other expenses, and more. You can explore these resources in this catalog.

We know that many of you are coming to LaGuardia for a chance to make better lives for yourselves and your families. It is our honor to help each of you Dare to Do More, as our guiding principle states!

You will be joining our incredibly diverse student body— representing more than 150 countries and speaking nearly 90 languages. Thousands of students are served through our associate degree and certificate programs each year. Additional students are served through our continuing education programs that include NYC’s largest ESL program, high school equivalency programs, entrepreneurial and small businesses support services.

For immigrants, we are a gateway to achieving the American dream. Returning adult students, who never thought college was an option, see their families’ lives enriched. Moreover, recent high school graduates find LaGuardia to be an affordable place to start their college education and have an outstanding experience.

Many LaGuardia graduates transfer to a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree. As a member of the 25-campus strong City University of New York (CUNY), our graduates benefit from transfer agreements with CUNY’s well-regarded senior colleges. While other graduates choose to go right into the workforce.

Today you can find LaGuardians, as we fondly refer to our graduates, working throughout New York City and beyond as scientists, teachers, veterinary technicians, nurses, radiologic technicians, commercial photographers, industrial designers, website developers, computer programmers, paramedics, paralegals, Spanish-English translators, and much more.

Each day, students, faculty and staff at LaGuardia demonstrate the power of ordinary individuals making extraordinary things happen.

On behalf of our outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, current students and alumni, welcome to LaGuardia Community College and to taking charge of your future!

Best wishes, Kenneth Adams