Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Karen L. Gould is the ninth president of Brooklyn College and assumed the office in August 2009.
2900 Bedford Avenue at Avenue H in the Midwood section of Brooklyn
Brooklyn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Council on Education for Public Health, the American Dietetic Association and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Brooklyn College’s academic programs are registered by the New York State Department of Education; the master’s program in school counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; the master’s program in speech and language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Au.D. program in audiology at the Graduate Center of CUNY is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Documentation is available in the Office of the Provost, 3137 Boylan Hall.
Brooklyn College is a member of the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Council for Opportunity in Education.
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York transforms lives by providing access to outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, business and education, and a vibrant Core Curriculum in the liberal arts. We are an urban, public institution, proudly situated in one of the most dynamic and diverse communities in the country. We are committed to student success and to our historic mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students of all backgrounds. We seek to develop knowledgeable students who are engaged in the life of the college and our community, and are prepared to think critically, lead responsibly, act ethically, and contribute globally.
The college comprises 13 buildings on a 35-acre, tree-lined campus. The Princeton Review consistently cites the college's "gorgeous" yet still urban campus as one of its major draws.
In keeping with a commitment to provide its students with a superior educational experience, Brooklyn College embarked, in 2002, on a major capital improvement program. In that year it completed an extensive renovation and expansion of the Brooklyn College Library, now the most technologically advanced in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Holdings in the library include:
- 1.5 million volumes
- 45,000 serials
- 43,000 electronic serials
- 40,000 electronic books
The library's Woody Tanger Auditorium, opened in 2002, is a state-of-the-art facility capable of supporting video-conferencing and interactive meetings and workshops; a multimedia distribution system allows staff to broadcast high-quality streaming video throughout the building. The library also houses four computerized classrooms and a Faculty Training and Development Laboratory. The Morton and Angela Topfer Library Café is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for word processing, Internet access, data management and quiet study.
The West Quad Project, begun in 2003, was completed in 2009. It encompasses a verdant quadrangle and a new campus building that houses student services and state-of-the-art physical education and athletic facilities under one roof. The college has begun construction of the $80-million Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts, which will serve the Conservatory of Music, the Department of Theater and related disciplines when it opens in 2014.
Brooklyn College offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, and more than 60 graduate majors, as well as advanced certificates and programs in the humanities, sciences, performing arts, social sciences, education, and pre-professional and professional studies.
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Science
- Master of Arts
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Master of Fine Arts
- Master of Music
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Science
- Master of Science in Education
The college also offers Ph.D.-level courses through the City University of New York Graduate Center; a number of doctoral courses are also offered at Brooklyn College.
The college’s nationally acclaimed Core Curriculum, instituted in 1981, is a mandatory set of 11 interrelated courses, plus foreign language study, for all undergraduates. The core provides solid background in the arts and sciences, and a shared intellectual foundation for more specialized study.
The Princeton Review named Brooklyn College one of the best institutions in the country for undergraduate education in The Best 377 Colleges (2013) and included the college in its The Best Value Colleges (2012). Over the past decade, the college has also received a four-star ranking for its academics in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, was ranked as one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, and received a prestigious Educators of Distinction Award from Saludos Hispanos in recognition of its commitment to higher education success for Hispanics.
Brooklyn College is structured into five schools: School of Business, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts. The deans in the five schools have primary responsibility for administrative and academic oversight of undergraduate and graduate programs. The departments within the schools are listed below.
School of Business
- Finance and Business Management
School of Education
- Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education
- Early Childhood Education / Art Education
- Secondary Education
- School Psychology, School Counseling and Educational Leadership
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Africana Studies
- Judaic Studies
- Modern Languages and Literatures
- Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program
- Political Science
- Puerto Rican and Latino Studies
- Speech Communication Arts and Sciences
- American Studies — Interdisciplinary Program
- Caribbean Studies — Interdisciplinary Program
- Children and Youth Studies — Interdisciplinary Program
- Communication — Interdisciplinary Program
- Linguistics — Interdisciplinary Program
- Studies in Religion — Interdisciplinary Program
- Women’s Studies — Interdisciplinary Program
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
- Anthropology and Archaeology
- Computer and Information Science
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Health and Nutrition Sciences
- Physical Education and Exercise Science
- Environmental Studies — Interdisciplinary Program
School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts
- Conservatory of Music
- Television and Radio
- Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) — Interdisciplinary Program
Total fall 2012 enrollment was 16,524. There were 13,099 undergraduate and 3,425 graduate students.
Brooklyn College is a microcosm of the ethnically rich borough of Brooklyn it serves as well as a mirror of the wide diversity in New York City itself. A vibrant, intellectually engaged community, our student body comprises individuals from 150 countries, speaking 105 different languages, who share in the educational home our ample campus provides. Brooklyn College attracts bright, ambitious individuals and is particularly well suited to those who are eager to explore a wide range of academic disciplines.
Student Achievements and Activities
Brooklyn College students continue to receive recognition for their scholarly achievements.
Recent award winners include Zujaja Tauqeer '10, Rhodes Scholarship; Marina Malomud '09 and Rosemary Taveras '10, Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships, which provide internships and mentoring to promising undergraduates; Ana R. Rodriguez '08, New York City Urban Fellowship; Ghulam Dastgir '08 and Alex Pyronneau '08, Jonas E. Salk Scholarships for medical study; Christopher Browne '09 and Amy Iturres-Alomia '09, Gilman Awards for study abroad; Mary Pennisi '08 and Rhiannon Varmette '06, Fulbright Awards; Terri Bennett '08, honorable mention from the National Science Foundation and Enhanced Chancellor’s Award for graduate study in earth and environmental science; and Will Aibinder '09, Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine Scholarship and participant in a mission to Ghana led by Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei '76, chief of the scoliosis service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
There are more than 140 academic, special interest and social clubs at Brooklyn College; three student newspapers; and a student-run radio station, BCR, located at 1090 AM. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and offers an exciting and energetic intramurals sports program.
The faculty of Brooklyn College teach, mentor and advise, and very often they become students' best career counselors. In and out of the classroom, students at Brooklyn College get to know and work side by side with leading academics, scientists, writers and performers. In fall 2012 there were 550 full-time and 775 part-time faculty members.
Prominent faculty members include: Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Edwin Burrows; world-renowned concert pianist Ursula Oppens; ASCAP Award–winning composer Tania León; Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Paul Moses; computer theorist Rohit Parikh; audiologist Shlomo Silman; Sarumathi Jayaraman, a lawyer, political scientist, and winner of the 2003 Union Square Award for outstanding grassroots community work; leading expert in microalgae biotechnology Juergen Polle; political scientist and author Corey Robin; and Obie Award–winning playwright Mac Wellman.
In 2011–12, Brooklyn College received awards totaling $12.9 million to support research, training, program development and institutional improvement. Among the many federal agencies, corporations and private foundations that have contributed support to the college are the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Defense-National Security Agency, NASA, U.S. Department of the Interior – National Park Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Education Department, New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, United Hospital Fund Potts Memorial Foundation and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
The fiscal year 2013 initial operating budget is $114,649,100.
As of September 2012, the Brooklyn College Foundation has more than $67.3 million under investment.
For New York State residents: $2,715 per semester for full-time students, $230 per credit for part-time students and $340 per credit for nondegree resident students. For nonresidents: $485 per credit for full-time and part-time students, and $720 per credit for nondegree students.
For New York State residents: $4,345 per semester for full-time students and $365 per credit for part-time students. Maintenance of matriculation for resident full-time students is $180. For nonresidents: $675 per credit for full- and part-time students, and $295 for maintenance of matriculation.
Brooklyn College alumni make a difference in a wide variety of fields, including law, the sciences, the arts and politics — three candidates for president of the United States were Brooklyn College alumni.
Nil sine magno labore: "Nothing without great effort."
Brooklyn College reflects the diversity and vibrancy of the borough. For a detailed look at some characteristics of the student body, please view our Enrollment Snapshot, updated each semester.
Brooklyn College offers a wide variety of majors. For detailed facts and figures about academics at Brooklyn College, please see our Fact Book.
Brooklyn College Fact Book
A Brooklyn College Degree
A Brooklyn College degree is an essential tool for jump-starting your career. The most recent six-year graduation rate for a cohort of first time freshmen enrolling at Brooklyn College is 48.4%. For entering transfer students, our six-year graduation rate is 53.4%. A 2010 tracking survey of Brooklyn College graduates who earned their bachelor’s degree in 2007 showed that:
- 76.8% were employed, and 66% of those graduates have a job related to their studies at Brooklyn College.
- 29.3% reported that they were currently employed in a supervisory role.
- 14% have earned an additional degree since graduation.
- 28.2% are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, 83.7% of whom are pursuing a master's degree, 9.3% are pursuing a doctoral degree, and 7% are pursuing a professional degree, such as a D.D.S., J.D. or M.D.
- 90.2% reported that Brooklyn College had helped prepare them for their current job.
- The most common occupations in which they were employed were related to business and financial operations, architecture and engineering, and education.
A college degree is a major step toward achieving your dreams. Nationally, a person with a bachelor’s degree earns more than double what one with only a high school diploma earns.