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Leadership & Vision

Meet the President

Learn more about President Karol V. Mason

Student Success Vision

Read President Mason's vision for student success

Student Success Programs

Learn about our robust student success initiatives

Fast Facts

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Students who graduate with $0 student debt
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Students from NYC public schools
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First-generation students
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Our History
Founding & Evolution

Founded in response to the growing complexity of police work, we evolved to educating for justice.

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Strategic Planning
2025 Strategic Plan

Our community came together in 2020 to craft the path to 2023. 

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Commitment to Diversity

Read about our diversity initiatives

Officers, Trustees & Presidents

CUNY and John Jay leadership

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Join us

Check out open positions, benefits & how to apply

Our Mission & Values

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a community of motivated and intellectually committed individuals who explore justice in its many dimensions. The College’s liberal arts curriculum equips students to pursue advanced study and meaningful, rewarding careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Our professional programs introduce students to foundational and newly emerging fields and prepare them for advancement within their chosen professions.

Our students are eager to engage in original research and experiential learning, excited to study in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, and passionate about shaping the future. Through their studies our students prepare for ethical leadership, global citizenship, and engaged service.

Our faculty members are exceptional teachers who encourage students to join them in pursuing transformative scholarship and creative activities. Through their research our faculty advances knowledge and informs professional practices that build and sustain just societies.

We foster an inclusive and diverse community drawn from our city, our country, and the world. We are dedicated to educating traditionally underrepresented groups and committed to increasing diversity in the workforce. The breadth of our community motivates us to question our assumptions, to consider multiple perspectives, to think critically, and to develop the humility that comes with global understanding. We educate fierce advocates for justice.

As a Hispanic- and Minority-Serving Institution of higher education in New York City, grounded by our commitment to advancing justice in its many dimensions, we recognize these interrelated core values as fundamental to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice community:

  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Integrity
  • Justice
  • Learning and Scholarship
  • Respect