John Jay College of Criminal Justice United States

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Founded in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) is one of the nation's most prestigious liberal arts universities. The theme of justice is at the heart of each program, ranging across the arts, sciences and humanities. The breadth and diversity of scholarship at John Jay promises a rich learning experience to our students. 30 undergraduate majors, 40 minors, 11 Master's programs, and three Doctoral programs are offered.

Academic Excellence

With a rigorous curriculum across the humanities, natural sciences, arts and social sciences, we offer our students a range of opportunities to explore their academic interests and passions. At John Jay, we place special emphasis on developing students' critical reasoning skills, intellectual abilities and competencies, and enhancing their capacity to make a difference as fierce advocates for justice.

Student Body:

Our 15,000 students represent over 130 nationalities


John Jay College of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Located the heart of New York City, John Jay occupies a newly expanded, state-of-the-art campus that provides a wealth of opportunities to cultivate student interests, leadership, civic engagement and cultural diversity. Laboratories and research facilities for forensic science, forensic psychology, emergency management and other disciplines add new and exciting enhancements to the overall educational experience.


The John Jay faculty, about 1,100 strong, includes Pulitzer Prize-winners and widely honored scholars and experts in a variety of academic fields, with credentials from the world's top universities. They have been recognized by their professional peers and at all levels of government for their research, writing, teaching and mentoring. Through their research - often in collaboration with students - they advance knowledge to help build and sustain just societies.


John Jay College and its undergraduate and graduate programs consistently rank among the nation's very best!

  • #7 in Universities with Greatest Increase in Research Support
    (Chronicle of higher Education 2016 Almanac)
  • Top 20 "Best Bang for the Buck" in the Northeast
    (Washington monthly)
  • Top 20 "Best for Vets" schools
    (Military Times)
  • Top 50 Public Schools in the North
    (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Top 10 "Overlooked Architectural Masterpieces in the US"
    (The Real Deal)
  • #1 in Student Satisfaction with Campus Support Services among CUNY senior colleges
    (Noel-levitz survey)
  • #10 Criminology Program
    (best Graduate Schools, U.S. News & World Report)

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