1916: Plaza Business School was founded in Long Island City by Charles E. Callahan and his wife, Anna S. Callahan, to primarily serve women who needed a career path through education while their husbands and fathers served in World War I
1932: Plaza graduated its 1000th student
1954: Lieutenant Charles E. Callahan, Jr. returned from serving in the Korean War to take over as President with his wife, Elizabeth Callahan, as his Vice President
1966: Plaza celebrated its 50th Anniversary
1970: Expanded and moved to the Bruson Building in Jackson Heights, Queens
1975: First two-year programs developed
1977: First Board of Trustees appointed
1982: Authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of New York to confer the school’s first Associate Degree, transforming Plaza Business School into Plaza Business Institute
1985: Offered the first degree in Accounting
1991: Plaza Business Institute received initial accreditation as a college and became Plaza College
2002: Accreditation granted by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
2004: Medical Assisting, one of Plaza’s most popular and successful programs, was developed
2006: First Bachelor Degree of Business Administration (BBA) offered
2008: Medical Assisting program granted prestigious accreditation from CAAHEP
2009: Authorization to confer the Associate Degree in Health Information Technology and the Bachelor Degree in Patient Information Management received
2014: Plaza College moved to a completely customized and state-of-the-art new campus in Forest Hills Tower in Forest Hills, Queens
2016: Plaza College celebrated its 100th Anniversary
2017: Plaza introduced the School of Dental Sciences and School of Legal Studies. The Dental Hygiene program received accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and the Court Reporting program received approval through the National Court Reporters Association.
"During my time at Plaza, the professors and staff were friendly and inviting. They were always willing to lend a hand when needed. Plaza prepared me with all the education I could need to become a medical assistant."
Being accepted to Plaza College was an exciting moment in my life. It allowed me to achieve my goal; to complete a Bachelor's in the Business Administration program. Plaza College professors and administrative staff are dedicated to helping students to be successful in their endeavors.
“My mother graduated from Plaza. My father graduated from Plaza. My brother graduated from Plaza. I graduated from Plaza. We are very proud of our educational background.”
"Being a student at Plaza College has paved a new road of achievement towards a successful career in Medical Assisting for me. My time here has been filled with academic accomplishments on things I didn't think I could do! Plaza College is your career starter!"
“Professor Warmouth has always gone above and beyond in supporting what I need to do, whether it’s for her class or another in the program. She’s taught me additional skills on top of what we learn.”
“Everyone you meet here supports your career trajectory in one way or another. Dr. Anderson told me you have to know what you want and be on your ‘p’s and q’s.’ I realized I had to focus and buckle down on my studies to be successful. “
“I went to another school that didn’t give me the care and personal attention the way Plaza College does. They truly care about me becoming a better person."
"The Court Reporting Faculty at Plaza College has helped me in so many way. Even after I graduated, I have still been in touch with all of them and they have helped me with job placement and test taking!"
"I am currently in my last semester of the Medical Assistant Program. Our last semester comes with an externship component, where we demonstrate all the skills we learned at Plaza College. I strongly feel that Plaza College has prepared me with both my clinical and clerical skills."
"My admissions advisor guided me, set up appointments and sat with me through the process. Other schools simply threw the requirements at me, but at Plaza I received personal attention.”
“Academically, teachers are always willing to help you and will stay longer after the classes. They are responsive over email and you can always go to the Academic Resource Center (ARC) for extra support.”
“Being a single parent and coming back to school after a good amount of time was definitely a challenge and the professors have been willing and easy to communicate with. If I’m having a difficult situation, need some flexibility or need clarification, they’ve been easy to reach out to with no hesitation."
“The hands-on training has been a tremendous help in preparing me for my externship. Everything I was taught in all my clinical classes was exactly what I was able to use in my externship and more. The skills that I learned at Plaza College will help me in all of my future endeavors.”
“I chose Plaza College because I wanted to be in an accelerated program, where I am able to commit full-time, and start working as a dental hygienist much faster. One thing I can truly say is that the administration, staff, and the new long-life friends that you make here will help you get through all the obstacles one step at a time!