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The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York in Midtown Manhattan, New York Citymarker and is the only liberal arts college with a criminal justice focus in the United States. It has about 14,000 FTE (full-time equivalent) students, including traditional, pre-career undergraduate students and those pursuing master’s degrees in several disciplines. John Jay College of Criminal Justice was founded in 1964 and was originally called the College of Police Science (COPS). Classes were held at the Police Academy on East 20th Street. Eventually, the school was expanded to incorporate many liberal arts disciplines and was renamed John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

It moved to its current location in the former Charles B. J. Snyder-designed De Witt Clinton High School in 1988. After Clinton moved to the Bronx the building became Haaren High School. The building is now Haaren Hall on the campus.

Internationally recognized as a leader in criminal justice education and research, it is also a major training facility for local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel. The college regularly invites distinguished speakers such as Janet Reno and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. John Jay is one of only a handful of public colleges with two Pulitzer Prize winners (Mike Wallace and John Matteson) on its faculty.

The school's namesake, John Jay, was the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Courtmarker and one of the founding fathers of the United Statesmarker. Jay was a native of New York City, and a New York Statemarker governor.

The school also boasts a Forensic Science program, one of the few schools in the nation which offers the undergraduate degree.

The College is unique from other Criminal Justice programs across the country merely as a result of its locale. Besides local law enforcement agencies, the New York City area is host to many federal agencies not found elsewhere. The geographical location and specialization has afforded the University a pool of highly experienced instructors from which to hire. The faculty are often former high level law enforcement officers who have years of experience in the field.


May 2006
The campus consists of five buildings: Haaren Hall (also known as the Tenth Avenue building or, simply, the T building), which also contains the Lloyd George Sealy Library, the Gerald W. Lynch Threater, a gymnasium, and a swimming pool; North Hall (N building); newly-constructed Westport Building (W building) where John Jay College rents the first two floors; one floor of the BMW building (6th floor) and one floor of 619 West 54th Street (54th Street Annex). Administration offices are on the top floor of the T building, while the departmental offices are spread across the N building with the exceptions of the Foreign Language and English Departments, which are now located on West 54th Street.

The college has a student government consisting of the Student Council, the Judicial Board, and various student organizations known collectively as "Clubs".

"Club Row" is the nickname in the college for a series of hallways where the student clubs are given space. Student organizations that are given the title "Essential Service" by the City University of New York include The John Jay Times, the school's theater group known as the "John Jay Players", and the campus radio station known as WJJC.

As of December 2008, the College has been undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion project known as "Phase II", which involves the construction of an additional building on 11th Avenue between West 58th and West 59th Streets in New York City. It is anticipated that construction will be completed by 2012 at which time the N building will be relinquished to the State of New Yorkmarker.


  • Haaren Hall (T building), 899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
  • North Hall (N building), 445 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019
  • BMW Building, 555 West 57th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10019
  • Westport Building (W building), 500 West 56th Street,1st & 2nd Floors, New York, NY 10019
  • 54th Street Annex, 619 West 54th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019


John Jay College is considered a very respectable college in New York City and among the top colleges in the CUNY system. Graduate admissions are more stringent and students are required to submit GRE scores, depending on the program they are applying to.


John Jay College is primarily known for its criminal justice studies and is considered one of the best graduate schools in the United States for forensic majors. It is also one of the few schools in the country that offers undergraduate forensic majors. Many students attend JJC with the intention of joining the law enforcement community. It has also worked on the number of students attending law school. It established the Pre-Law institute to guide students that intend to go to law school, therefore increasing applications to the school.

College Life

John Jay College does not have a typical college campus. JJC consists of five buildings, with a sixth currently under construction. The school is located in northwest midtown Manhattan near Columbus Circlemarker and Lincoln Centermarker.

JJC does not have its own dorms and is considered a "commuter college" as most students still live at home. Ninety-three percent of JJC students are in-state students. Many graduate students come from out of state and often live in the City College dorm called the Towers at City College or Educational Housing Services.

Student Body

There are over 12,000 undergraduate students and nearly 2,000 graduate students. Nearly 100 different nationalities are represented in the student body. The School has a very active student government consisting of a President, Vice President, Treasurer,Secretary and four Student representatives from each of the class levels including graduate reps.


John Jay College has a number of NCAA division III sports teams which belong to the CUNYAC conference.

Fall: men's soccer, women's volleyball, women's tennis, men's and women's cross country

Winter: men's and women's basketball, women's swimming, and rifle

Spring: baseball, softball, and men's tennis

JJC baseball in 2006 and 2007 had two very successful seasons in the CUNYAC conference. In JJC baseball history, there have been two players drafted in the MLB amateur draft: Bob Mulligan in 24th round of 1979 draft by the Twins, and Sean Gargin drafted by the Yankees in the 27th round of 1987 draft.

Degrees offered

John Jay awards bachelor's, master's degrees, and a certificate in dispute resolution. It also awards, via the CUNY Graduate Centermarker two doctoral degrees. Double majors are prohibited.


  • Addiction Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Fire Science
  • Gender Studies
  • Government
  • History
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Police Studies
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Puerto Rican/Latin American Studies
  • Russian
  • Science
  • Security Management
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Media/Theatre


  • M.A. - Criminal Justice (B.A./M.A. offered)
  • M.A. - Forensic Psychology (B.A./M.A. offered)
  • M.A. - Forensic Mental Health Counseling (new)
  • M.A. - International Crime and Justice (new) [30306]
  • M.S. - Forensic Science
  • M.S. - Forensic Computing
  • M.S. - Protection Management
  • M.P.A. - Public Administration (B.A./M.P.A. offered)
  • M.P.A. - Inspector General Program


(at the CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Ph.D. - Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. - Forensic Psychology

Certificate Program

  • CUNY Dispute Resolution Certificate [30307]
  • Certificate in Terrorism Studies Awarded by the Center on Terrorism.

Notable Faculty

Notable and Known Alumni

  • Dr. Henry Lee (BS '72) - forensic scientist

  • Imette St. Guillen - a graduate student, murdered in February, 2006, studying criminal justice; a scholarship was created in her name

  • Jennings Michael Burch - Spent his childhood going through multiple foster homes and wrote the 1984 best selling novel "They Cage the Animals at Night" which is a memoir of that period of his life.


The current president of John Jay College is Jeremy Travis. He became the fourth president of John Jay College on August 16, 2004. Travis succeeds Gerald W. Lynch, who had been appointed as acting president in 1975, and then was named the third president in 1977. After 30 years as president, Lynch retired in 2004 as having tenured the longest senior-level administration in City University of New York history.

Popular Culture

From the Law & Order franchise, Lt. Anita Van Buren from Law & Order, ADA Ron Carver from Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and a detective on Law & Order: SVU are said to have graduated from John Jay College.

Rapper Nas mentions John Jay College in his song "Half-Time" from his most celebrated album, Illmatic.

Rap group The Lost Boyz also mentions John Jay in their song "Renee."

Rap group Run DMC also mentions John Jay in their song "Down with the King."

The movie Serpico makes a visual reference of a classroom at John Jay College.

The character Nina Myers from 24 is said to have graduated from John Jay College.

In the 2007 movie, "We Own the Night", Mark Walhberg's character, Capt. Joe Grusinsky, graduated as valedictorian from John Jay College.


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