CUNY/Hunter College Science and Health Professions Building
The Hunter College building will house its School of Nursing, science research labs, and physical therapy program. This project is the culmination of a decade of intensive efforts to build a new state-of-the-art facility for science and nursing students and faculty who are currently using outdated and inadequate labs that were built in the 1930s and 1950s. The plan will significantly advance student training, faculty research, and the College’s ability to compete for grants and other funding. This project will consolidate many of Hunter’s science and health programs under one roof and allow Hunter to educate the next generation of leaders in a spectrum of science and health professions – from lab technicians to nurses to research scientists.
Hunter’s record in training science professionals, particularly women and minorities from the New York City public school system, is nothing short of extraordinary, having produced two of the only four American-born women Nobel laureates and countless trailblazers in the science disciplines. Hunter currently receives the highest amount of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among all New York State educational institutions without a medical school.
Hunter’s ability to remain competitive is jeopardized by the severe inadequacy of the North Building on 68th Street, which currently houses Hunter’s science programs and is one of the oldest structures in the CUNY system. The Brookdale Campus currently housing Nursing and P.T. has inadequate space and infrastructure for its highly valued programs. A new science and health professions building will provide professors and students with the modern labs, cutting-edge facilities, and equipment they need to keep pushing the frontiers of scientific research.
The 74th Street site is the ideal location for a new science and health professions building because of its proximity to the main Hunter campus on 68th Street and Lexington Avenue. This location will also allow Hunter to deepen its close ties edwith the Upper East Side’s world- renowned medical and research institutions, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Rockefeller University, New York-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the Hospital for Special Surgery. These partnerships help Hunter attract top faculty and give its students unparalleled opportunities.