Since 1847, The City University of New York has provided a path to success for generations of New Yorkers. In this rich tradition, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein launched CUNY's first separate honors college in 2001 to provide a globally competitive program for the most talented and academically gifted of New York's students.
The college was designed in collaboration with CUNY senior colleges to offer exceptional advising, hands-on internships and research opportunities, global learning opportunities, and a commitment to provide the skills and experiences for each student to excel in college and beyond.
In 2006, the college was designated the William E. Macaulay Honors College after a generous gift from City College honors alumnus Bill Macaulay '66 and his wife Linda. Their support allowed Macaulay Honors College to move into its own facility, a Gothic revival structure at 35 West 67th Street formerly known as the Steinhardt Building.
The Honors College has grown from an inaugural class of 189 to a current student body of over 2,000 students.
Laura S. Schor
Laura S. Schor was appointed Founding Dean of the Macaulay (then CUNY) Honors College, serving from its inception until the graduation of the first class in 2005.
Ann Kirschner was named Dean of Macaulay in 2006 and served until 2016.
Our Building and Facilities
The Macaulay Center
In 2006, Macaulay Honors College received a generous gift from William E. Macaulay, a 1966 Honors graduate of City College. Thanks to this gift, Macaulay Honors College in 2007 moved into a new home, the Steinhardt Building, a Gothic revival structure at 35 West 67th Street.
The Macaulay Building, fully renovated for Macaulay use, includes state-of-the-art classroom space, a lecture hall, student performance space, a fully-equipped screening room, seminar and meeting rooms, administrative offices, a cafe, and other common gathering spaces for students.
The Macaulay Building is two minutes from Lincoln Center and two minutes from Central Park, in the heart of Manhattan's cultural and artistic center. The welcoming, convenient space provides an elegant learning environment and a location for cross-campus community--truly a campus and a home in the center of NYC. Please click here for a map and directions to our building.
Macaulay facilities are available for meetings, events, and celebrations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (212-729-2910) for more information.