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Encyclopedia > John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Established 1964
Type Public
President Jeremy Travis
Faculty 1,000+ (includes adjuncts)
Undergraduates 14,000+
Location New York, NY, Flag of United States United States
Campus Urban
Sports 14 teams
Colors Blue and Gold
Mascot Bloodhound
Website jjay.cuny.edu

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a criminal justice college in New York City which has about 12,000 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). Eventually, the school was expanded to incorporate many liberal arts disciplines and was renamed John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "John Jay" is a senior college of the City University of New York and is the only liberal arts college with a criminal justice focus in the United States. Internationally recognized as a leader in criminal justice education and research, John Jay 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 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Image File history File links Jjay1. ... Image File history File links Jjay. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The term public school has different (and in some cases contradictory) meanings due to regional differences. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... An urban area is a term used to define an area where there is an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Mascots at the Mascot Olympics in Orlando, Florida. ... A Bloodhound (also known as the St. ... This page as shown in the AOL 9. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... The City University of New York (CUNY; acronym: IPA pronunciation: ), is the public university system of New York City. ... Janet Reno (born July 21, 1938) was the 78th Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001), and was the first woman to hold that post. ... Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933) has served as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1993. ...

The school's namesake, John Jay, was the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court and one of the founding fathers of the United States. Jay was a native of New York City, and a New York State governor. John Jay (December 12, 1745 – May 17, 1829) was an American politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat, writer, and a jurist. ... The Chief Justice in many countries is the name for the presiding member of a Supreme Court in Commonwealth- or other countries with an Anglosaxon type of justice, such as the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of New Zealand, the Supreme... The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ...

The school also boasts a Forensic Science program, one of the few schools in the nation which offers the undergraduate degree. Forensics or forensic science is the application of science to questions which are of interest to the legal system. ...



Consisting of three buildings, The Tenth Avenue Building (The T building) which also contains The Lloyd George Sealy Library, North Hall (The N building) and the newly constructed Westport Building (The W building) where John Jay College rents the first two floors.

"Club Row" is the nickname in the college for a series of hallways where the student clubs are given space. [1] Student organizations that are given the title "Essential Service" by the City University of New York include The John Jay Times, the Judicial Board ("JB"), the Student Government, the radio station, and the theater group. [2] The City University of New York (CUNY; acronym: IPA pronunciation: ), is the public university system of New York City. ...

The school is working on a project known as "Phase II" which involves building an additional building on 11th Avenue in New York City. The N building will also be torn down as it is old and delapidated. As part of "Phase II", the college built "Safety Zones" in the N building, areas which were structurally reinforced so that students could be brought to them rather than evacuated in the event of an emergency. [3]

Student Life and Activities

With a new era dawning upon John Jay, it is rapidly become one of the best schools within the Northeastern region. To promote this and support student envolvment within the institution there was a recent reformation of Student Activities. With new administration the department experienced a rejuvenation of club envolvement.


John Jay College consists of Men's soccer, Women's volleyball, Women's tennis, Men and women's Cross Country in the fall. In the winter, Men and Women's basketball teams, women's swimming team and the Rifle team are in action during that time. Baseball, Softball and Men's tennis are played during the Spring.

All these sports are played at the level of NCAA division 3, belonging in the CUNYAC conference.


  • 899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
  • 445 West 59th street, New York, NY 10019
  • 555 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019

Degrees offered

John Jay awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s degrees, and a certificate in dispute resolution. It also awards, via the CUNY Graduate Center two doctoral degrees. The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York (known more commonly as the CUNY Graduate Center or the GC) is the sole doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York. ...


  • A.S. - Correction Administration
  • A.S. - Police Studies
  • A.S. - Security Management
  • A.S. - Criminal Justice

As of 2006, the College has brought up an issue of removing the Associate's Degree Program from the College. However, currently the Associate's Program is still available to students.


  • B.S. - Computer Information Systems in Criminal Justice and Public Administration
  • B.A. - Correctional Studies
  • B.S. - Criminal Justice
  • B.A. - Criminal Justice (B.A./M.A. offered)
  • B.S. - Criminal Justice Administration and Planning (B.S./M.A. offered; B.S./M.P.A. offered)
  • B.A. - Criminology
  • B.A. - Deviant Behavior and Social Control
  • B.S. - Fire Science
  • B.A. - Fire and Emergency Services
  • B.A. - Forensic Psychology (B.A./M.A. offered)
  • B.S. - Forensic Science
  • B.A. - Government
  • B.A. - International Criminal Justice
  • B.A. - Judicial Studies
  • B.A. - Justice Studies (Humanities and Justice)
  • B.S. - Legal Studies
  • B.S. - Police Studies
  • B.A. - Public Administration (B.A./M.P.A. offered)
  • B.S. - Security Management


  • M.A. - Criminal Justice (B.A./M.A. offered)
  • M.P.A. - Public Administration (B.A./M.P.A. offered)
  • M.P.A. - Inspector General Program
  • M.A. - Forensic Psychology (B.A./M.A. offered)
  • M.S. - Forensic Science
  • M.S. - Forensic Computing
  • M.S. - Protection Management


(via the CUNY Graduate Center)

  • Ph.D. - Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. - Forensic Psychology

Certificate Program

  • CUNY Dispute Resolution Certificate [4]
  • Certificate in Terrorism Studies Awarded by the Center on Terrorism. Dr. Charles B. Strozier is the director of the Center.


The current president of John Jay is Jeremy Travis. He became the fourth president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice on August 16, 2004. Lynch had been named acting president in 1975 and was made permanent in 1977. After 30 years as president, he retired in 2004 as having tenured the longest senior-level administration in City University of New York history. [5] 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The City University of New York (CUNY; acronym: IPA pronunciation: ), is the public university system of New York City. ...

  Results from FactBites:
John Jay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1564 words)
Jay served in the Continental Congress, and was elected President of that body in 1778.
John Jay, one of the nation's “founding fathers”, was born on December 12, 1745 to a wealthy family of merchants in New York City in the Province of New York.
Jay argued in his Address to the People of the State of New-York, on the Subject of the Federal Constitution that the Articles of Confederation were too weak and ineffective a form of government.
CUNY Admission Guide: John Jay College of Criminal Justice Profile (690 words)
Currently, approximately 20 percent of the college’s 10,900 students are members of the uniformed criminal justice and fire service agencies; the majority of the students are civilian prepro-fessionals, many of whom plan to pursue careers in public service.
As a specialized college, John Jay emphasizes the particular areas of its mission—all aspects of the broad fields of criminal justice and fire science—against a background of liberal arts.
Since most students at John Jay are planning to enter or are already employed in public service fields, this approach, which is the basis of the college’s philosophy, aims at a broadening and further professionalization of their careers.
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