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NEW YORK. Cou.P.F. OF TIIF CITY OF. A public institution of learning in New York City.

established by the Board of Education of the city in 1S4S. and originally known as the Free Academy. Collegiate powers were granted to it in 1S5s. and in 1S66 it assumed its present name. The members of the Board of Education were ex-officio tru-tees of the college until in 1900 a separate board of trustees was created. composed of nine members appointed by the Mayor. with the president of the college and the president of the Board of Education as ex officio members. In 1ss2 the requirement of one year's previous attendance at the public schools of the city was repealed. and the college was thrown open to all young men of the city. In 1900 the length of the course was increased from tire years to seven, comprising three at tendance in the preparatory department and four years of collegiate work. There are the courses of study, leading to the degrees of B. r B.S. The \I A. and N.s. degree- are conferred after two years of additional study. In-truetion and the use of text-books and apparatus are free to students. The college was one of the first in stitutions to establish a separate chair of Eng li-h and to make manual training a part of the curriculum. In 1902 the process of securing

a new site for the college, then situated at Lexington Avenue and Twenty-third Street. was completed. The new home of the college is lo cated in the block hounded by 135th and 140th streets. Saint Nicholas Terrace. and Convent Avenue. Ground was broken on \larch 10. 1903, and the erection of new buildings. estimated to cost :34,000,000, was begun. In 1903 the collegiate department had an attendance of 517. and the preparatory department 997. The instructors numbered 110. The buildings and ground- on the old site were valued at $S46.500. and the new grounds at the total value of the college property being :31.646.500, and its income 362. The library contained 34.911 volumes and 2000 pamphlets. During the first half century of the history of the institution there were but two presidents. Horace Webster 11.4S-69) and Gen, Alexander S. Webb (169-19011. both graduates of \Vest Point, and the discipline and curriculum have been greatly influenced by that institution. In 1903 John Huston Finley. pro fessor of politics at Princeton University. be came president.