SEEK Academic Program

The Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) Department is the Brooklyn College branch of the legislatively-mandated higher education opportunity program at each of the senior colleges of the City University of New York. Established in 1966, the SEEK program provides special academic, financial, and counseling assistance to students entering college for the first time. The program is designed to advance equality in higher educational opportunity at the City University of New York.

SEEK students at Brooklyn College have the same academic requirements for their major and electives as other students. Each selects a major from the wide range offered in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and the arts. Each enrolls in the required, rigorous general education curriculum that provides a strong foundation.

In preparation for their first semester at the College, every SEEK student participates in a challenging, structured summer program that consists of developmental workshops, Pathways courses, Lunch and Learn sessions, cultural enrichment field trips, tutoring, counseling, and supplemental instruction.

At the start of their first semester, all SEEK freshmen register in the SEEK Freshman Year Program, a learning community that, together, takes pre-Pathways, Pathways, mathematics, or other courses selected from the College's various academic departments. This program, recipient of three prestigious U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grants, aides in the freshman's transition to Brooklyn College.

As part of the freshman year program, all SEEK students enroll in a special orientation workshop taught by a counseling professional, who becomes the students' counselor for the length of their undergraduate studies. These counselors provide the academic, personal, and career support that facilitates SEEK student success. In addition, throughout their Brooklyn College careers, SEEK students participate in a comprehensive tutoring and supplemental instruction program. They are required to complete Benchmark Portfolios for Success that helps them measure their achievements.

The SEEK program encourages high academic standards through its SEEK Scholars Program, SEEK Pre-Scholars Program, SEEK Honors List, and its chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon, a national honor society for Opportunity Program students. SEEK graduates find employment in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and make their careers in education, business, industry, and government.