Parents and Families

Parents and Families

Older woman wrapping her arm around a young womanThe Value of a John Jay Education 

As a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the preeminent leader in educating for justice, we provide students with rigorous academic and practical experiences that nurture their intellectual curiosity and open doors to meaningful careers. 

Founded in 1964, John Jay has a long history of graduating outstanding leaders and we believe that every John Jay student has the potential to make a difference in their community, the nation and the world.

Through a unique emphasis on educating for justice, John Jay students have the opportunity to choose from a broad selection of liberal arts and science majors ranging from English, Global History, Anthropology, Economics, Humanities and Justice, and Philosophy, among many others. Students also pursue criminal justice majors such as Forensic Science, International Criminal Justice and Fire Science. 

To help students explore their options, Academic Advisors work closely with students to assist them in determining which area of study, including different combinations of majors and minors, works best for them. Parents and students will feel comfortable knowing that John Jay ranked #1 out of all of CUNY’s senior colleges for academic advising.  


Career Support

John Jay offers abundant resources for career and professional development.

Through our career services center, we provide:

  • One-on-one job search assistance
  • Career counseling
  • Internship development
  • Employer information sessions
  • Workshops and events


Student Support

With student counseling services, extra-curricular activities, athletic teams and more than 40 clubs, students at John Jay are part of a strong and caring community. The Office of Student Affairs at John Jay is active and involved in students’ lives. At John Jay, your child will live and learn in an environment that is unparalleled in its ability to support them as they pursue their academic and life goals.