• Students


    President’s Society students reflect the demographics of the LaGuardia student body. Most of them:
    • Come from households with income of less than $25,000.
    • Are the first in their family to go to college.
    • Were born outside the U.S.
    • Face language barriers as non-native English speakers.
    • Work multiple jobs and receive financial assistance to be able to afford LaGuardia tuition, which is $5,000 a year.

    To be accepted into the President’s Society students must be in good academic standing; demonstrate the ability to be a leader through their work for the school or their community; be willing to make a commitment to attending all President’s Society classes and events; and be able to articulate in an essay how this program would help them to achieve their ambitions.





  • Portrait of Susana Alvis

    Susana Alvis

    English-Spanish Translation Major


    A Colombia native, Susana plans on becoming an interpreter at the U.N. and advocating for human rights. She is very involved on campus as a LaGuardia Student Success mentor, a Mellon Humanities Scholar, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member.

  • Portrait of Matthew Wilson

    Matthew Wilson

    Media Studies Major


    Looking to improve his future after incarceration, Matthew applied for a program called the Prison-2-College-Pipeline that allowed him to earn college credits before his release. His academic success at LaGuardia has led him to the Honor’s Society, as well as landing a much-coveted NBC News internship.

  • Portrait of Camilla Yeleussizova

    Camilla Yeleussizova

    Fine Arts Major


    Camilla has travelled all over the world, speaks four different languages, and has a deep love for fine arts. She chose LaGuardia because of its multicultural student base. She hopes to one day attend law school and work at an international agency like USAID or the U.N.