Berkeley College in New York City offers associate’s degrees, certificates, bachelor’s degrees, and online programs in three schools: business, liberal arts, and professional studies.
The School of Business states that they work hard to ensure that the graduates are well prepared to meet the challenges they will face in the global business environment. Majors in the business school include accounting, business administration, fashion marketing and management, financial services, general business, information systems management, international business, management, management/entrepreneurship, management/environmental, management/human resources, management/nonprofit, and marketing.
The School of Business website states that their faculty not only have advanced degrees in the fields in which they teach, but have worked for years as CEOs, consultants, or as business owners. Students are also required to do an internship in their area of study and to complete a capstone course, which bridges the practical experience gained in their internship with their classroom studies.
The School of Liberal Arts offers courses in humanities, mathematics and science, social sciences, English, and foreign languages.
The School of Professional Studies offers degrees and certificates in health services management, interior design management, and justice studies—criminal justice,
The majors with the highest enrollment are business administration and management, fashion merchandising, and marketing/marketing management. Business and marketing are the disciplines with the highest percentage of degrees awarded at 100 percent.
Degrees offered are Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Science.
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Applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent, and have an entrance exam or ACT/SAT scores. A personal interview is reccomended. Applicants can call the location of their choice to meet with a representative to discuss educational and career plans and take a tour. The school has a rolling admissions policy, so applicants should apply as soon as possible.
People who have been in the workforce and are going back to school may apply to the adult admissions department, as well as an online applicant department, which deals with adults who wish to earn their degree entirely online. The university also has departments that work with transfer students, military students, and international students. For international students, minimum paper TOEFL is 500 and minimum computer
TOEFL is 173.
A very important factor for admission is rigor of secondary school record; important factors include standardized test scores; and other factors considered include class rank, GPA, recommendations, character and personal qualities,
activities, talent, volunteer work, and work experience.
The academic schedule is on the quarter system, with start dates in January, April, July, and September. The school offers a number of podcasts and blogs, written by students and faculty, that offer prospective students insight into the college. The blogs and podcasts are available on the school’s website.
Berkeley states that one of its highest priorities is making sure that sufficient financial aid is available to all eligible students. The school also says that it offers protection from tuition increases to students based on continuous full-time enrollment.
There are five steps in applying for financial aid:
1. Apply for admission
2. Appy for a PIN (which serves as your identifier with various U.S. Department of Education systems
3. Submit FAFSA (free application for federal student aid)
4. Review financial aid packages and submit any required verification documentation to financial aid office
5. Call the school with any questions.
Types of financial aid available are need-based scholarships and grants, school-based gift aid, various loans, and student employment on and off campus. Eighty-five percent of freshmen receive aid.
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Orientation for students is mandatory, and the school offers numerous orientations to meet the needs of the various student populations: just out of high school, adult, evening, day, and online students.
There are many diversity and multi-cultural activities, and numerous organizations that allow students to enjoy their favorite activities and to share and lead.
Community service also plays a big part of campus life. Some of the volunteer opportunities available for students are with Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, the American Conference on Diversity, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Red Cross, Community Blood Services, the Humane Society of Bergen County, the ALS Association, and many local charities.
Online students have their own activities such as an online book club, fashion club, poetry club, a parents’ cafe, a healthy cafe, as well as a number of discussion boards and outreach programs.
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The athletics program is a member of the Hudson Valley Men’s Athletic Conference and the Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference, and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Men’s sports include basketball, soccer, and cross country. Women’s sports include basketball, soccer, cheerleading, and cross country. The school just recently added wrestling in New Jersey.
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In addition to the New York City Midtown Manhattan campus, there are a number of other campus locations in New York and New Jersey: the lower Manhattan Extension Center, Brooklyn Campus, Westchester Campus, Garret Mountain Campus, Middlesex Campus, Newark Campus, and Paramus Campus. All of the campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Individual campuses and programs may also have other approvals or authorizations. There are a number of different housing options for each of the campuses.
The Career Services Office provides students a number of benefits, including: requiring an internship in every program of study, career counseling, industry specific advisory boards, scheduling interviews for students, resume workshops, interview strategies, and lifetime career assistance for graduates.
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