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 85 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 17,803 students—14,689 undergraduates and 3,114 graduates—who come from 138 nations and speak 90 languages.
The college offers 173 undergraduate degree, graduate degree, certificate, and advanced certificate and diploma programs in business; education; the humanities and social sciences; natural and behavioral sciences; and visual, media, and performing arts. More than 4,000 students received bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificates and advanced certificates and diplomas, at our last Commencement Ceremony.
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 follows the CUNY Pathways general education curriculum, which 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. First-year Learning Communities 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 media production and cultural studies in South Korea, 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; Mac Wellman, an Obie Award–winning playwright; Grammy Award–winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill; and Ursula Oppens, a Grammy Award–nominated concert pianist and contemporary American music performer. Other notable faculty members include founding director of the Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and filmmaker Jonathan Wacks, acclaimed biographer Jeanne Theoharis, internationally recognized computer theorist Rohit Parikh, esteemed audiologist Shlomo Silman, leading expert in microalgae biotechnology Juergen Polle, organometallic chemist and cancer researcher Maria Contel, and political scientist and author Corey Robin.
The Magner Career Center connects students with organizations such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Colgate-Palmolive, DKNY, Goldman Sachs, Google, HarperCollins, KPMG, Lincoln, NASA, New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, the Peace Corps, Penguin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Teach For America, UBS, the United Nations, and YAI, and through our alumni and internship panels, job fairs, job/internship database, company visits, career conferences, and mentor program. Through the generous donations of Brooklyn College alumni, the center provides more than $100,000 a year in stipends to help students afford unpaid internships.
Working with the Brooklyn College Foundation and the Office of Alumni Affairs, the center has coordinated for hundreds of prominent alumni to speak on campus, including Johnson & Johnson’s chief medical officer, Joanne Waldstreicher ’81; former global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Barry Salzberg ’74; New York Knicks vice president of public relations, Jonathan Supranowitz ’94; executive director, Inclusion & Diversity, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Irene Waxman ’70; film, television, and theater director, Joel Zwick ’61; sports agent, Jeffrey S. Fried ’80; and chief human resources & global diversity officer, Discovery Communications, Adria Alpert Romm ’77, to name a few.
Student life at Brooklyn College is active, diverse, and multifaceted. Our students are engaged in more than 150 student clubs and organizations spanning a broad range of artistic, community, cultural, ethnic, media, religious, social action, 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, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball teams compete at the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Building for the Future
Brooklyn College is constructing 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.