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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a four-year, public university that offers a variety of degree levels in criminal justice-related fields, including undergraduate and graduate certificates and associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The college was created in 1964, and it incorporates criminal justice into the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Overview of CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

At John Jay, students will have an array of educational opportunities as diverse as the student body, which is made of over half women, nearly half Hispanic students, and at least one-quarter Black students. The diversity continues with almost half of students representing the first generation of their family to attend college, almost 500 veterans are enrolled, students represent over 130 nationalities, and one-third are foreign-born.

This CUNY school has a total of 15,880 students with nearly 14,000 of them enrolled as undergraduates. For a larger higher learning institution, the school has a reasonable student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to one. Students will have access to over 70 majors and minors, alongside 20 graduate and professional degrees. Programs at John Jay aim to balance the challenging curriculum with internships, research opportunities, community service, and additional experiential learning to produce highly qualified graduates who are engaging citizens with ethical leadership skills.

General Information

School Type Private Non-Profit - Coed
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 10:1
Graduation Rate 97%
Year Founded 1842

Student Enrollment

Total Students12,607


Undergraduate Student

Male 5,636
Female 8,110

Graduate Student

Male 875
Female 1,259

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Male 10,385
Female 9,986


Male 1,869
Female 1,697

Acceptance Rate18%

Male 18%
Female 17%

Enrollment 2,089

Male 1,086
Female 1,003
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Application Deadline January 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

John Jay is considered one of the best schools for the price on various ranking lists. The in-state resident tuition price is $7,470 and the out-of-state resident tuition cost is $15,420. The average net price is incredibly low at $3,814 and only 20% of students have to borrow funds to pay for their education. A low net price can be linked to the high amount of scholarships John Jay provides each year, which is over $3.2 million.

While the college does offer on-campus housing, many students live on off-campus. These costs and basic living expenses are not included in the price of tuition. Students can also expect to pay for additional education costs such as books, supplies, and course or lab fees. And a budget for lifestyle and entertainment may also be necessary.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $30,229
Average Total Aid $39,153
Students Receiving Financial Aid 66%
Room & Board $15,410

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $53,391
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $53,391
  • Books and Supplies - $1,050
  • Room & Board - $15,410
  • Other - $1,950


The academic realm of possibilities at John Jay are nearly endless with 31 majors, 40 minors, 17 master’s degrees, and 3 doctoral programs. Students can select from almost any criminal justice-related field including criminal justice, forensic psychology, criminology, and public administration. All programs are open to any type of students such as veterans, continuing education students, professional education, and international students. Special in-service programs also exist for the NYPD, FDNY, and the DOC.

To provide students with the best chance for success, John Jay works to offer flexible and well-rounded programs and experiences. As such, students can complete all or part of various degrees online and schedule virtual meetings with faculty for advisement. The community is a critical component of the educational experience as well, by encouraging students to participate in local events and activities. These combined experiences help students to integrate successfully into diverse and inclusive working environments upon graduation.

The wide range of degree specializations assist with the strong retention rate of 80%. However, graduation rates are quite low at 30% and 52% for four-year and six-year graduation rates, respectively. It’s highly likely these low rates are related to the fact most students work full-time jobs as they pursue higher education and other students are continuing their education over several years rather than being able to commit to a full-time student course load.

4 year
6 year
8 Year

Student Population Total

Student Population 12,607

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 647 Total Graduates / 29%
Accounting 134 Graduates
Finance, General 273 Graduates
Marketing/Management, General 104 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 373 Total Graduates / 17%
Aerospace 35 Graduates
Chemical 111 Graduates
Mechanical 141 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 221 Total Graduates / 10%
Economics, General 79 Graduates
Political Science and Government 98 Graduates
Sociology 23 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 188 Total Graduates / 9%
Neuroscience 115 Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences 54 Graduates
Biochemistry 19 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 132 Total Graduates / 6%
All Other Diplomas 29%

Outcome & Salary

Graduates of John Jay are in high demand nationwide and even on a global scale. On top of the stellar education and diverse opportunities, students have access to a Center for Career and Professional Development. The center works with students to prepare them for the demands of job searching and career development. Today, students are able to access the center online and internships are a large focus. The center will help students find the right match to meet strategic career goals.

These prestigious internships and job opportunities are available in a variety of fields such as policing, forensic science, emergency management, teaching, forensic psychology, corrections, fire, law, private security, social work, and more. Employers come from all over to pursue John Jay graduates including the FBI and CIA, international law firms, public service offices, non-profit human rights organizations, police departments, and many others. As an added bonus, there are 60,000 active alumni willing to provide mentorship, guidance, and employment.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $67,000
College Grads Average Salary $81,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $130,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $810,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $2,115,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $120,916
10 Year Projected ROI $689,084
20 Year Projected ROI $1,994,084
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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