Established in 1930, Brooklyn College is one of the premier institutions in the City University of New York’s educational system. It was created as a merger between Brooklyn’s downtown campuses for Hunter College and City College of New York. It has approximately 17,000 combined undergraduate and graduate students. The College has received many notable awards, including top ten rankings for the past 6 years in the Princeton Reviews “America’s Best Value Colleges.” Brooklyn College offers its students a diverse and rich cultural experience, ranked by the Princeton Review as the third most diverse college in the nation in 2009. The school is partnered with many art and cultural institutions in New York, enriching the already vast pool of opportunities one can find in such an international and urban setting.
Brooklyn College does not offer distance learning to their students, however they are and have been a participant in the NCTA Consortium of College Testing Centers. As such, they offer a proctoring service to students who are engaged in distance learning elsewhere, and who are visiting New York City, and need to fulfill some type of exam requirement for their schooling, whether it be out of state or international. Their Distance Learning Test Center was incepted in 2005, and offers paper-based as well as computer oriented exams to students for whom these services are relevant.
The college has over 120 liberal arts majors for undergraduates, and are most recognized for their degree programs in business, education, television, and film. They have approximately 100 graduate Masters Degrees, as well as a diverse range of Certificate Programs. They do not have any PhD level graduate programs at this time. Students can obtain Masters Degrees in Education, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Computer and Information Science, Health Care Policy and Administration, Drama, Design and Technical Production, Digital Art, International Affairs, Media Studies, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Television Production, Urban Policy and Administration, and much more. Certificate Programs include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Grief Counseling, Music Education, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Performance and Interactive Media Arts, School Counseling, School Psychology, and School Psychology with a Bilingual focus.
The Brooklyn College tuition and fees vary according the student’s state of residency, their undergraduate or graduate status, whether or not they are a matriculated or a non-degree seeking student, and if they are part or full time. For undergraduate New York State residents the average tuition is $5,051 per semester. For out of state undergraduates the cost is approximately $12, 901 per semester. For New York State resident graduate students, the full-time rate is $3,865 a semester, and for part time students it is $325 a credit hour. For international and out of state students, the rate is $605 per credit hour, regardless of whether or not they are full or part time. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and grants, and the college has a Supplemental Tuition Assistance Fund.
Brooklyn College has a solid reputation as a serious academic institution, at an affordable price. With all of the advantages of studying and learning in a place like New York City, it is a great option to consider.