Brooklyn College – The City University of New York (CUNY)

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Brooklyn College began as the downtown Brooklyn branch of Hunter College and City College of New York–women’s and men’s colleges. When these branches were merged in 1930 by the New York City Board of Higher Education, Brooklyn College became the first public, liberal arts college in New York City to serve both men and women. Brooklyn College offers a rigorous academic curriculum, but has relatively low tuition; as such the college has been referred to as “the poor man’s Harvard.” Former Brooklyn College President, Robert Hess, responded to the nickname by saying, “I like to think of Harvard as the rich man’s Brooklyn College.”

This reputation of excellence has continued to follow Brooklyn College. In 2003, the Princeton Review’s edition of ‘The Best 345 Colleges’ ranked the college #1 for Most Beautiful Campus and within the Top Ten for Best Academic Value, Diversity, and Location. The Princeton Review renewed its recognition of Brooklyn College in 2006 when it published its guidebook, ‘America’s Best Value Colleges’. Here, Brooklyn College ranked in the top 2 nationally for the second consecutive year. In 2009, Brooklyn College was recognized as being among America’s Top Fifty Best Value Public Colleges, again by the Princeton Review.

General Information

Admission Office

2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11210

(718) 951-5001

Fax: (718) 951-4506

[email protected]

Contact: Penelope Ferry

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889

(718) 951-5000

Total undergrads: 13,011

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,358

Degree-seeking undergrads: 12,160

Graduate enrollment: 3,678


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $65

Online application fee: $65

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 35%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 77%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
American Studies B
Caribbean Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B,C
Film Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B
Playwriting/Screenwriting B,C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B,C
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Communications Technologies

Radio/Television Broadcasting B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General C
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Data Processing Technology C


Bilingual/Bicultural Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Education of Speech Impaired B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
Italian B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Speech-Language Pathology B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B


Algebra/Number Theory B
Computational Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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