CornellNYC Tech Starts Accepting Applications

The city's new applied sciences campus is getting ready to open its doors. Applications are being accepted for the first class of computer science students at CornellNYC Tech.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Cornell University said Wednesday that applications for the so-called "beta" class are due Oct. 1.

About 20 students will be admitted to the one-year master's program that starts Jan. 2013. CornellNYC Tech made its first academic hire in June: Dr. Deborah Estrin, who said her first class would likely be on internet architecture and protocols.

The school is a collaboration between Cornell and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Their proposal was the winner of a competition to build an applied sciences campus in the city. At the time, Mayor Bloomberg said the campus would "create a beehive of innovation and discovery" that would create new companies and jobs for the city.

The school will be housed in space donated by Google in Manhattan. The campus' permanent home will be on Roosevelt Island, and is not expected to open until 2017.

It will be housed in space donated by Google in Manhattan until its permanent home on Roosevelt Island opens in 2017.

Additional programs are planned in electrical and computer engineering, information science, and operations research and information engineering. There will also be a tech-oriented MBA program, and planning is under way for a two-year Master of Science degree.