About the Database

Age-friendly NYC College Link is a creation of Age-friendly NYC, a joint initiative between the Office of the Mayor, the City Council, and The New York Academy of Medicine, that is dedicated to supporting older New Yorkers' ability to grow and thrive in their communities and in the city.

Age-friendly NYC College Link is an easy way to learn about courses, programs, events, and activities available to older adults at many New York City colleges and universities.  Profiles in this database are intended to serve as a gateway by providing basic information about school offerings and including links to individual school websites for more information.

FREE or DISCOUNT flags signal special opportunities for older adults.


What information can be found through Age-friendly NYC College Link?

The database is comprised of NYC-area college and university profiles with information of interest to older adults, including  degree programs, continuing education, campus events and resources, distance learning, and older adult-specific programs.  Examples of information found in school profiles include: 

-Senior discounts or free access to courses and campus events

-Classes in accounting, computer technology, science, money management, foreign languages, and many other subjects

-English as a Second Language and GED courses

-Job skills/training and certificate programs

-Access to campus facilities like libraries, art galleries,  fitness centers, and observatories

-Public lecture series

-Online courses

-Programs designed specially for older adults

What is the definition of "older adult"?

There is no single definition. Different schools use different age eligibility for programs and discounts. We have included definitions wherever possible for most schools.


What schools are in Age-friendly NYC College Link?

The database includes profiles for  mroe than forty NYC- area colleges and universities that offer undergraduate and continuing education programs. This database is a work in progress, and we hope to expand offerings in the future.

The database also includes information about:

-New York City Office of Adult and Continuing Education (OACE), operated through NYC Department of Education, which offers hundreds of classes in areas including: adult basic education; English as a Second Language (ESOL); high school equivalency (GED); and job training and certificate programs.

-Free online educational programs from non-NYC area schools, which offer a wide range of audio and video courses available via the Internet.

 How can schools join Age-friendly NYC College Link or revise their profiles?

We welcome the addition of any NYC-area school with opportunities for older adults. Please click here to apply.

Are there other educational resources for older adults?

New York City offers many educational options for older adults in addition to those covered in the database. .

New York City libraries  are a rich resource for classes on many different topics, including computer skills. Visit your local library or check the following library websites to  learn about classes and workshops:

New York Public Library

Queens Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library

*Please note that the information provided in the database was gathered from school officials and/or school websites. We have done our best to ensure accuracy, but program offerings and policies are subject to change. Always check with individual schools about any program or activity.