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

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School Overview

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

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.

CUNY Brooklyn College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (718) 951-5000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 17,811
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 58%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 16,633 (93% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,440
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,390
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 83%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,615

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

CUNY Brooklyn College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at CUNY Brooklyn College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 232
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 152
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 254
Education 322129
English Language and Literature/Letters 33
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 112
Health Professions and Related Programs 135
History 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 31
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 12
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 22
Philosophy and Religious Studies 31
Physical Sciences 33
Psychology 313
Social Sciences 74
Visual and Performing Arts 499
Grand total 469174

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at CUNY Brooklyn College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,440
Out-of-state $15,390
Books and supplies $1,364

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,522
Out-of-state $20,952

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,449 83%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,403 81% $9,615
Student loan aid 88 5% $5,188

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 9,704 65% $8,089
Federal student loans 1,741 12% $5,843

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for CUNY Brooklyn College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled CUNY Brooklyn College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 26,973 12,215 14,758
Percent admitted 100% 43% 46%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 7% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

CUNY Brooklyn College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 17,811
Undergraduate enrollment 14,970
Graduate enrollment 2,841

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

CUNY Brooklyn College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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