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Founded in 1978, APC represents 12 degree-granting colleges on 20 campuses across New York State. The Association consults regularly with state and federal decision makers and advocates in favor of legislation and policies that support the goals of higher education and protect the interests of our members’ students.

The members of APC have a common commitment to educational excellence, access, and affordability. Our colleges have a long history of producing strong outcomes for students of diverse backgrounds. The average APC member college has been serving students for over 90 years, and our most longstanding member, Bryant & Stratton College, first began educating students in 1854. APC member colleges are focused on the success of local students: Ninety percent of students attending APC member colleges are from New York and the majority of those students remain in New York after graduation to live and work. Our colleges also employ over 6,000 people and are strong economic drivers in their local communities.

APC member colleges are not only committed to providing a quality education, but are also dedicated to preparing students for fulfilling, lifelong careers that are in demand—our colleges regularly consult with local businesses and community leaders to ensure that academic programs meet local workforce needs. Moreover, APC member colleges are committed to keeping college affordable and, in 2016, provided over $95 million in grants, scholarships, and institutional aid to students.