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Photo courtesy of Monroe College

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Photo courtesy of Five Towns College

Established in 1978, the Association of Proprietary Colleges represents New York’s degree-granting, proprietary – or privately held – colleges, and is one of New York’s four sectors of higher education, joining the State University of New York and City University of New York systems, as well as the state’s independent colleges.

Read more about APC’s proud history.

The association’s 14 fully accredited, degree granting colleges employ more than 6,000 people on 25 campuses across the state. There are more than 35,000 students pursuing associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

APC Colleges is dedicated to improving access to educational opportunities that prepare students to graduate fully prepared to contribute and succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s job marketplace.

Students attending our member colleges strive to learn and succeed, and they come from many walks of life. Our students include adults returning to college, low-income and minority students of all ages, and those interested in the hundreds of degree programs our colleges offer, including art and animation, fashion merchandising, business, health care, technology and more.

Visit the APC Colleges directory to learn more about our member colleges.

APC Colleges engages state and federal decision-makers to offer guidance on policy and legislative initiatives affecting higher education in New York, and to assist them in framing the issues that are important to students and APC member colleges.

It is a priority of APC Colleges to ensure students have access to higher education, and that it’s affordable for existing and potential students.

APC Colleges promotes educational best practices; organizes grassroots engagement on issues of importance; and seeks a national and statewide regulatory structure that serves the interests of member colleges.

Membership is open to degree-granting colleges located in New York.


The APC Mission

APC colleges educate diverse student bodies with the knowledge and competencies needed for tomorrow’s careers. Working closely with community employers, our institutions develop relevant and meaningful curricula for an increasingly competitive marketplace. This mission is grounded in APC’s commitment to high educational standards through assessment of measurable institutional outcomes that ensure significant and sustainable contributions to the economic growth of New York State.