Founded in 1930, Brooklyn College is located in the Brooklyn borough of New York and sits on 26 beautiful, tree-lined acres. The college has recently undergone much renovation and has added new, state-of-the-art facilities. Students may choose from over 70 undergraduate programs and more than 100 master’s degrees and advanced certificate programs throughout the areas of business, education, arts and humanities and natural and social sciences. There are three academic divisions within the college including the School of General Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Division of Graduate Studies.
Student life on campus is active and varied due in part to the rich and diverse cultural background of the surrounding area . There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations that present the opportunity for participation in a multitude of cultural, religious, social and community activities. There is an active Greek life on campus as well as an athletics and recreation club that allows students to participate in sports at a number of competitive levels. Students frequently hang out in the library and the 24-hour library cafe.
The academic divisions offer nearly 130 undergraduate programs in the areas of natural and social sciences, arts and humanities, business and education. All students participate in the core liberal arts curriculum meant to strengthen the mind, build awareness, cultivate the intellect and imagination and develop cognitive skills that prepare students for successful lives and careers. The school offers the First College Year which is a summer program that precedes the freshman year and eases the transition between high school and college.
There are also Learning Communities that provide support systems for students via interaction with other students and faculty and the Honors Academy that prepares students for professional careers in such capacities as doctors, lawyers and engineers. In addition to individual degree programs, students may also choose to participate in interdisciplinary programs that provide a versatile, broad education in areas of interest to the student.
Graduate students may choose from more than 100 master’s degrees and advanced certificate programs taught by Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award winners, internationally recognized composers and artists and world-renowned scientists and researchers. The college provides support to graduate students via research and travel grants and partners with the CUNY Bridges to the Doctorate Program, which is a two-year transition program for students that wish to transfer to CUNY to pursue a doctorate in the biomedical sciences field. There is also a program for minority groups in science, engineering, technology and math called the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. The school provides excellent resources such as a top-notch library and access to significant funding for international study as well as research.
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First-year students applying to Brooklyn College are required to submit the application and fee along with official high school transcripts or GED diploma with scores and their SAT scores. SAT scores are considered official if they are listed on the high school transcript or are sent directly to the university from the testing site. There is also a recommended academic preparation course list consisting of English classes, social studies, foreign language, math and science courses. In addition to standard degree options, students may also choose to apply to the honors college or the Center for Achievement in Science Education program, both of which may have separate, different application requirements.
Students wishing to apply to one of the graduate programs will be required, in most cases, to submit the application and fee along with all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation and the official scores of graduate school admissions tests as appropriate to the field of interest. There are also different requirements for application that are program-dependent, so students should work closely with the school to which they are applying to be sure that everything required for consideration is submitted.
Students who are transferring, are international, or who wish to apply for continuing education, adult education, or programs that have different application requirements should contact the university to determine what they must submit in order to be considered for acceptance.
Financial aid is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in the form of need-based and merit-based grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online starting in January. Students will be required to submit financial information for themselves and their families and should have this information available when completing the application.
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The school offers intercollegiate sports, intramurals and recreational activities so that there is an activity at every level of participation. The college participates at the intercollegiate level as an NCAA Division III organization. The Brooklyn Bulldogs offer men’s and women’s basketball, cheerleading, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. Women may also choose to play soccer.
Intramural sports include team sports, individual sports and one-day events and provide students with an opportunity to participate in a fun, relaxed manner. Sports include basketball and co-ed tennis and volleyball. Free-throw contests are a big hit as well. Other recreational activities offer students the use of a swimming pool, basketball court, a fitness center and basketball and racquetball courts,
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