Brooklyn College is a leading public institution with a history of academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies. Since its founding in 1930, the college has offered men and women—many of them immigrants or the children of immigrants and often the first in their families to go to college—a high-quality, affordable education leading to a productive career and a life rich in opportunities. Noted for an outstanding faculty, a beautiful campus, and innovative academic programs and internships, Brooklyn College is designated by the Princeton Review as one of the best regional universities in the Northeast and one of the best values for undergraduate students in the United States. It is also one of the top fifteen universities nationwide granting degrees in accounting, education, the social sciences, and history to students from minority backgrounds. More African-Americans graduate from Brooklyn College with degrees in accounting than from any other public institution in New York.
The faculty of Brooklyn College are not just teachers; they act as mentors and advisors. In and out of the classroom, students at Brooklyn College work side by side with leading academics, scientists, writers and performers. Prominent faculty members include Pulitzer Prize winners Edwin Burrows, historian, and Paul Moses, journalist; Michael Rawson, 2011 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for history; world-renowned concert pianist Ursula Oppens, who recently received her third Grammy nomination; ASCAP Award-winning composer and Grammy nominee Tania León; computer theorist Rohit Parikh; audiologist Shlomo Silman; Sarumathi Jayaraman, a lawyer, political scientist, and winner of the 2003 Union Square Award for outstanding grassroots community work; leading expert in microalgae biotechnology Juergen Polle; political scientist and author Corey Robin; and Obie Award-winning playwright and distinguished professor Mac Wellman.
Our students excel in academics and leadership. Zujaja Tauqeer, the only student studying at a school in New York State to be awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for 2011, is just one example of our students’ success. Other students have been recognized with the Fulbright Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Gilman International Scholarship, the Salk Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, and the Mitchell Scholarship, among others.
The college’s total enrollment for fall 2012 was 16,524, composed largely of students of traditional college age studying in one of five schools: the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences; and the School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts. Admission criteria are increasingly selective, and high-achieving high school students apply in ever-larger numbers for admission to the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College as well as competitive programs in the college’s own Honors Academy, where strong students from diverse backgrounds work together to excel in their disciplines. The Magner Center for Career Development and Internships provides all students with access to career counseling and hands-on experience, both essential for strong professional preparation in their fields of study.
As a public institution, Brooklyn College assumes public responsibilities. It has actively broadened its engagement with the surrounding neighborhood and with Brooklyn's cultural and social organizations, and it partners with high schools throughout the borough. Faculty and students regularly conduct research around the borough, and students often find internships and employment with Brooklyn-based companies. Throughout the year, students and staff have hosted fundraisers to support local food banks and charity organizations.
A major capital construction and renovation program is currently in progress. The college broke ground in May 2011 on its new Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts, which is scheduled to open in 2014, and architectural design for the new Roosevelt Science Teaching Commons is nearing completion. A new athletic field opened in fall 2012, providing the campus community with soccer and softball facilities that meet NCAA regulations. The Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, scheduled to enroll its first cohort of students in Fall 2014, will be the first comprehensive public graduate cinema program in the state of New York. The School will be located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the Steiner Studios film lot.