Students gather on the original campus just outside Boylan Hall.
Even before the war years, the demand for places at Brooklyn College was high and grew higher as its reputation expanded. Inevitably the criteria for admission grew as well, and the required high school grade average needed to enter Brooklyn College quickly became the highest in the municipal system.
Under this pressure, the college began to notice grade inflation at the high school level. So, beginning in 1941, an entrance examination was instituted and the high school grade average was raised to 80 and then 85 in 1960. It remained at that level for another 10 years.
Good students and a strong academic program produced excellent results. At the end of its first decade, 60% of Brooklyn College freshmen received degrees, and by the mid-1950's 69% were graduating with degrees within seven years. This was the highest number of and of the city colleges and other public institutions. (Note: in 1960, 76% of the entering class would graduate within 7 years, at U. of California, Berkeley, the number was 54%).
And in those days no one walked on the grass! !
Science at a Distance
© 1997, Professor John Blamire