From the School

Brooklyn College is among our nation's elite public colleges. A part of the City University of New York, the college enrolls on average 16,500 undergraduate and graduate students, who represent the ethnic and cultural diversity of the most populous and exciting borough in the city. Its academic programs have been lauded by popular college guides as being on par with Ivy League institutions. In particular, the guides single out the many opportunities offered to students to participate in prestigious internships, to travel abroad, and to attain research positions. The excellence of its programs, the many rewarding opportunities, and an affordable tuition are what give Brooklyn College students the edge they need to succeed.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 570
SAT Math
510 - 600
ACT Composite

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

Brooklyn College is an innovative liberal arts institution, offering more than 130 programs in the humanities, education, the arts, business, and the sciences and social sciences, leading to bachelor's and master's degrees as well as advanced certificates. The college is particularly noted for its School of Education, Film, TV and Radio, Theater, and Economics Departments, and its business program and science departments. One of Brooklyn College's most stellar programs is the Honors Academy. The Academy is comprised of six units that offer academically talented students the opportunity to take enriched courses and seminars and to participate in research and internships. The programs are: the Brooklyn College Scholars Program; the Coordinated B.A.-M.D. Program; the William E. Macaulay Honors College; the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship; and the Minority Access to Research Careers and Honors Engineering programs.

Visit the website at for program listings, admissions requirements, financial aid information, and more.

Students Say

Brooklyn College “is the perfect representative of Brooklyn as a borough and [of] success in the community,” an institution that, like its home borough, “educates its students in an environment that reflects diversity, opportunity (study abroad, research, athletics, employment), and support.” “Lauded as one of the best senior colleges in CUNY” and boasting “a beautiful campus,” Brooklyn College entices a lot of bright students looking for an affordable, quality, undergraduate experience as well as some attracted by the school’s relatively charitable admissions standards. It’s easier to get in here than to stay in; Brooklyn College is “an academically challenging and rigorous school” that “feels a lot more competitive than one would anticipate.” Professors “are fabulous” and “really passionate about the subjects that they teach and their students’ career paths,” although there are some “grumpy and nasty professors” that might best be avoided. Students are especially sanguine about special programs here, such as the various honors programs, in which “you will meet tons of highly intelligent people. Honors classes boast very good in-class discussions and highly vibrant, enthusiastic students. Non-honors classes are more run-of-the-mill but still very good academically.” The school also works hard to provide “constant and innumerable job opportunities available to students and the Magner Center, which helps students find jobs and internships, and [to] help them prepare for the real world through résumé writing workshops [and] job interview workshops.” There are also “many financial awards available.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

James Franco
Actor and Writer

Alan Dershowitz
Noted Defense Attorney

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Congresswoman

Harvey Pitt
Former Chaiman Securities & Exchange Commissioner

Stanley Cohen
Nobel Prize-winning biochemist

Frank McCourt
Pultizer-Prize winning author

Dan Didio
Head of DC Comics


From The School

Effective fall 2009, tuition for New York State residents is $2300 per semester for full time students, $195 per credit for part-time students and $285 per credit for non-degree resident students. Non-New York State residents' tuition is $415 per credit for fullor part-time students and $610 per credit for non-degree students. Brooklyn College does not provide on-campus housing but is associated with a residence hall that will start occupancy fall 2010, and the neighborhood around the college has a variety of affordable housing options.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 1

Required Forms

State Aid

Bottom Line

Brooklyn College provides students with an excellent education for a cost that will not break any banks—piggy or otherwise. Fortunately, in-state tuition runs only $6,030 or so; out-of-state tuition comes to $16,050. Perhaps most importantly, the institution is able to meet 92 percent of all need. Undergraduates average nearly $3,400 in need-based gift aid; financial aid packages generally come to about $7,500.

Bang For Your Buck

Brooklyn College enables students with less-than-stellar high school records to have a chance to prove themselves here. Once they get in, though, they need to be prepared to work hard—it’s easier to get in than to stay in. It’s “an academically challenging and rigorous school” that “feels a lot more competitive than one would anticipate,” students tell us. Students are especially sanguine about special programs here, such as the various honors programs, in which “you will meet tons of highly intelligent people. Honors classes boast strong in-class discussions and highly vibrant, enthusiastic students. “I am in the honors program, and the professors are welcoming, encouraging, and challenging,” raves one student. The library is up to date and one of the largest in all the CUNY campuses, and there are numerous resources that students can access for additional academic help. The school also works hard to provide “constant and innumerable job opportunities available to students, and the Magner Center, which helps students fi nd jobs and internships and . . . prepare for the real world through resume writing workshops [and] job interview workshops.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Brooklyn College students participate in more than 140 chartered campus groups, including academic clubs, service and honor societies, athletics groups, special interest groups, and performing arts organizations. Special lectures, concerts, and events are scheduled throughout the year. Fraternities and sororities provide social and community service activities for their student brothers and sisters. The Hillel Foundation, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Newman Center are among the many special interest clubs on campus. Student publications include newspapers, magazines, and journals. Students also operate WBCR, the Brooklyn College radio station.

The college sponsors fourteen NCAA Division III athletic teams and numerous intramural teams. Volleyball, tennis, and basketball are favorite sports. Last year, the men's basketball team won the division championship.

Brooklyn College is an oasis in a quiet urban neighborhood and its seasoned Peace Officers provide a safe and secure environment 24/7.

Students Say

“The typical student at Brooklyn College is hardworking, from the NY metro area, and a commuter.” Many “hold part-time jobs and pay at least part of their own tuition, so they are usually in a rush because they have a lot more responsibility on their shoulders than the average college student.” Like Brooklyn itself, “the student body is very diversified,” with everyone from “an aspiring opera singer to quirky film majors to single mothers looking for a better life for their children,” and so “no student can be described as being typical. Everyone blends in as normal, and little segregation is noticed (if it exists).” Students here represent more than 100 nations and speak nearly as many languages. There are even students “that come from Long Island to North Carolina, from Connecticut to even Hong Kong.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State


59% female
41% male
2% are out of state
70% are full time
30% are part time


From The School

Situated on a twenty-six-acre landscaped, park-like campus that is close to all of New York City's cultural and social activities, the college has been cited as among the nation's most beautiful. The college, located near several popular Brooklyn thoroughfares, is conveniently close to subway and bus lines. Cycle-friendly, the campus features monitored bike racks at all its major entrances. Street parking and parking lots are also available.

Students Say

“Apart from all the clubs and athletics on campus, most people come for class and then leave” at Brooklyn College because “we are a commuter school, so it has to be this way. All social activities happen off campus.” There are “pretty nice places to hang out around campus for the occasional coffee,” and “there are a lot of student organizations and a lot of activities done to help enhance student life on campus,” but the “immediate surroundings of the Brooklyn College campus are generally not where you would want to stay for hours,” and “on weekends the campus usually is dead.” That said, “the campus is quite beautiful, and the quad during spring time is usually a nice place to sit and relax.” Furthermore, “New York City hotspots are a twentyto fortyminute [subway] ride away,” and Brooklyn itself is “a great place to live” where “there are always fun things happening.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Brooklyn Bulldogs)
6 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Brooklyn Bulldogs)
7 Sports

Cross Country

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups


Brooklyn College participates in the CUNY-mandated Brooklyn Ten-Year Sustainability Plan, a response to former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s request for all CUNY institutions to reduce their carbon footprints by 30 percent between 2007 and 2017. Brooklyn College's sustainability plan considers several areas: energy, water, transportation, waste management/recycling, procurement, food, health and nutrition, education and outreach, and buildings and grounds. To date, the college has implemented several changes aimed at increasing its sustainability. In the science facilities, retrofitting of laboratory hoods and ventilation equipment has increased their energy efficiency. Brooklyn College was the first CUNY institution to introduce energy reduction measures during peak usage periods. Golf carts have been purchased along with four electric mega-vans for college personnel use. Additional bicycle racks have been placed throughout campus. Organic waste composted by students in the Health and Nutrition Department is used at Floyd Bennett Field. This green university encourages students to evaluate their day-to-day behavior, emphasizing green tips like “BYOB”—Bring Your Own Bottle (for water!) The purchasing and facilities departments are working to increase the use of green cleaning products.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell. HP. Gateway, MS, Adobe and etc.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Christopher Milton
Assistant Director

2900 Bedford Avenue
West Quad
Brooklyn, NY 11210



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Lily Pond
Library Cafe
Cafeteria, Dining Hall
Magner Center, James Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Public Library
Prospect Park

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
JFK and Laguardia Airports. NY Taxis, MTA Subway and buses.
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Key Stats

Acceptance Rate
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists