About Brooklyn College
Brooklyn College is an integral part of the civic, urban and artistic energy of New York and uses the entire city as a living classroom that broadens our students' understanding of the world around them.
For more than 80 years, the college has been attracting a wide variety of motivated students — many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants who wish to better their lives through a superb education. They come because of the college's renowned faculty of academics, professionals and artists who are among the best in their field. They know they will be learning on a campus considered one of the most beautiful in the country, with well-equipped facilities, studios, smart classrooms, and production and practice rooms — all with a highly affordable tuition.
Brooklyn College has a student enrollment of 17,390 students — 14,115 undergraduates and 3,275 graduates who come from 150 nations and speak 105 languages.
The college offers 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the creative arts; humanities; social, behavioral and natural sciences; mathematics; education and business. Admissions criteria have become increasingly selective over the last decade, with a mean SAT score of 1134 for 2011. More than 4,000 students received bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as advanced certificates, at our last Commencement Exercises.
Students seeking a highly challenging academic program beyond the college's rigorous overall program are invited to apply to the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College and the specialized programs in the Honors Academy. Admission into these programs is very competitive and offers tremendous benefits, which may include opportunities to engage in academically rigorous activities throughout the city and across the globe, free tuition and laptops, stipends for travel and much more.
For undergraduate students, the college's highly regarded Core Curriculum creates a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Our strong advisement program guides them throughout their college years. Even before their first semester begins, freshmen are introduced to the First College Year, which helps them transition from high school to college through summer bridge programs and with Learning Communities that strengthen bonds between them and with the faculty. Preprofessional programs are available for students interested in engineering, law, medicine, optometry and podiatry.
Special programs for graduate students are provided as well. The Graduate Investment Program offers travel grants that support attendance at domestic and international conferences, research grants that fund supplies and materials, and workshops on topics of specific importance to graduate students — grant writing, thesis assistance and many more. Brooklyn College is also an active part of graduate-focused CUNY programs, including the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, the Bridges to the Doctorate Program and the Latin/Greek Institute.
The college encourages students to study abroad through special academic programs. Students have explored medicine in China, participated in archaeological digs in Israel and Iceland, studied political systems in Argentina, made documentary films in India, and sharpened their artistic skills in Italy and France, just to name a few. They often assist in their professors' research, engaging in cutting-edge investigations while exploring a part of the world they may not have seen on their own.
A World-class Faculty
Brooklyn College professors are award winners and recipients of national funding from institutions such as NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education. The faculty includes Paul Moses, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist; Ursula Oppens, a Grammy Award–nominated concert pianist and contemporary American music performer; Mac Wellman, an Obie Award–winning playwright; and Kristoff Diaz, a Tony Award–nominated playwright. Other notable faculty members include founding dean of the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and filmmaker Jonathan Wacks, acclaimed biographer Jeanne Theoharis, chemist Roberto Sánchez-Delgado, NIH $1.7 million grant-winner and psychologist Anthony Sclafani, internationally recognized computer theorist Rohit Parikh, esteemed audiologist Shlomo Silman, leading expert in microalgae biotechnology Juergen Polle, and political scientist and author Corey Robin.
Student life at Brooklyn College is active, diverse and multifaceted. Our students are engaged in more than 100 student clubs and organizations spanning a broad range of cultural, ethnic, community, media, artistic, social action, religious and other special interests. More than one dozen fraternities and sororities bring Greek life to campus. Intramural sports are popular, and the college's award-winning basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball teams compete at the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Building for the Future
Brooklyn College has broken ground for a new center for the performing arts, which will provide a fitting home for its award-winning performance programs. The college is also deep into the planning stages for a new state-of-the-art science complex.
As a Brooklyn College student, you are part of a diverse and lively community of scholars. We are dedicated to providing a safe space in which you can explore all aspects of campus life, whether academic, athletic, cultural, political, recreational, social or spiritual.
Our students are new high school graduates just starting their college career, students with one degree already in hand and working toward their advanced degree, transfer students from other colleges, veterans, students from other states and countries, and adults returning to school. And we provide a wide variety of campus activities through which you can meet them. You can join one of our intercollegiate or intramural sports teams, or show your support as a spectator at our games; become a community volunteer or participate in student government; pledge one of our many Greek organizations; become a member of one or more of our 100 student clubs; or visit the West Quad Center for a good workout or a pickup basketball game.
One of the best ways to meet others is by moving in to the Residence Hall, which provides all the comforts of home, plus added conveniences, at affordable prices. But our commuter students — and that's most of our student body — have plenty of places to meet, too, such as our 24/7 Library Café, which includes a Starbucks; the bustling Student Center; and our lovely (and meticulously maintained) grounds.
There are also two dozen on-campus centers and institutes — hubs of learning and social activity for those who have similar interests to yours. And special events throughout the year are open to all, uniting us into one cohesive community.
We encourage you to become an active member of Brooklyn College. If you need assistance in navigating the prospects available to you, the Division of Student Affairs, in association with the Office of Academic Affairs, will assist you in selecting opportunities that will enrich your campus experience.
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