Overview

Applicants
20,324
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average HS GPA
3.31

GPA Breakdown

6%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
33%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15.6:1
Total Faculty
1,248
with Terminal Degree
787

632
Women
616
Men
299
Minority
45
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
54%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Caribbean Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences,Other
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Computational Mathematics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General


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.”

Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
23%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
54%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$43,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$77,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$43,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$82,800

Percent High Job Meaning
47%

Percent STEM
10%


Students Say

The typical Brooklyn College graduate has a starting salary of around $43,400, and 43 percent of graduates feel their jobs have a lot of meaning in their lives. Students feel that Brooklyn College “is an outstanding school with a very good reputation of successful alumni,” and that “there are a lot of volunteering programs and internships available.” Students feel that “Brooklyn College is a school that attempts to provide an effective education for people in need of career advancement.” The Magner Career Center partners with employers, faculty and staff, alumni and students to provide career programs, services and resources.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

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 $6,330 or so; out-of-state tuition comes to $16,800. Perhaps most importantly, the institution is able to meet 92 percent of all need. Undergraduates average $3,400 in need-based gift aid; financial aid packages generally come to about $7,500.

Bang For Your Buck

Education at the college is taken seriously, and the curriculum is challenging. Students mention that “the material is engaging and interesting while the professors are first-rate”; “I find myself learning beyond the course description.” There is respect for the opinions of their students, and “each professor allows students to have free reign of their thoughts and ideas,” one student says admiringly. Another satisfied undergrad tells us that “it is hard to estimate my academic gains, but they have been substantial.” Additionally, each student is assigned a peer mentor and a counseling class that “helps us adapt to college life. I think that it helped me to be a more active student.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,400

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,400

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$6,330
Required Fees
$508
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,148
Transportation for Commuters
$1,054

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,207

Demographics

18.32%
Asian
21.64%
African-American
21.75%
Hispanic
32.68%
Caucasian
3.54%
International

59% female
41% male
72% are full time
28% are part time

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 students who “come from Long Island to North Carolina, from Connecticut to even Hong Kong.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
0%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
0%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

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 20to 40-minute [subway] ride away,” and Brooklyn itself is “a great place to live” where “there are always fun things happening.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
171
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Brooklyn Bulldogs)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Brooklyn Bulldogs)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
2

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
44

Average Number of PC's per Lab
35

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
75%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christopher Milton
Assistant Director

Address
2900 Bedford Avenue
West Quad
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Phone
718-951-5001

Email
adminqry@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Library
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
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

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