Turning John Jay into Terrorism U: After September 11, Even the School the Cops Attended Felt out of Date

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When college recruitment fairs resumed following September 11, Alan Weidenfeld, an admissions counselor for John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, found that his information table wasn't attracting the usual handful of prospective students. Instead, it was drawing a crowd. "Students who might have looked at chemistry or biology at another college three months ago are checking out our forensic-science program," says Weidenfeld, who estimates inquiries have tripled. Those prospective students, Weidenfeld says, are influenced by patriotism, but they're also thinking about their futures. "Many of them want to know, 'Will John Jay prepare me for the FBI, Secret Service and INS?' "

Professors and administrators at John Jay say the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Founded in 1964, John Jay is the only liberal-arts college in the nation devoted to criminal justice. One of the 20 City University of New York campuses, John Jay has a reputation as a solid, if uninspiring, academic steppingstone for the uniformed professions. But its campus is also home to some unsung innovators in behavioral science, organized crime and forensics. …