The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is a two-year college offering business and liberal arts degrees to local residents. The college is a member of the City University of New York (CUNY). The campus is spread across the TriBeCa neighborhood. The main campus is at 199 Chambers Street, with three branches: the Murray Street Campus is at 70 Murray Street, the Park Place Campus is at 75 Park Place, and the Inwood/Washington Heights campus is at 108 Cooper Street.
There are more than 22,000 students attending classes on-site with roughly another 10,000 enrolled in the distance education programs. Students from over 150 countries are enrolled. The average age of the student body is 24, and almost 2/3 of the students are female.
BMCC offers associate in applied science degrees in accounting, business management, computer operations, computer programming, health information technology, multimedia programming and design, nursing, office automation, office operations, paramedic, respiratory therapy, small business and entrepreneurship, and video arts and technology. Associate in science degrees are offered in child care and early childhood education, computer science, engineering science, human services, mathematics, science, and theatre. In addition, the college offers associate in arts degrees in bilingual childhood education, business administration, childhood education, liberal arts, and writing and literature. The chess team competes nationally.
86% of students transfer to a four-year college. Students can transfer from many of the programs, but many students who know for certain that they plan to transfer choose to study in the Liberal Arts department, then select a major at their transfer school. While in the Liberal Arts program, students study English composition, mathematics, statistics, a foreign language of their choice, science, social science, and either music or art. Students in this program may take up to fourteen hours of electives as well, with some limitations. The top five colleges that students transfer to are Baruch, Hunter, New York University, State University of New York, and Vassar.
There are three different types of e-learning opportunities: online, hybrid, and web-enhanced. Online classes are mostly or completely delivered via internet. Some classes require meetings on campus for orientations or exams. Hybrid classes are split between online instruction and in-person instruction. In hybrid classes, between 33% and 67% of the class takes place online. In web-enhanced classes students meet on-campus for sessions, while making use of the internet for instructional enrichment. Students who wish to register for e-learning classes must first complete a readiness assessment self-check and, if they have never used the Blackboard program before, attend a Blackboard orientation.
Students should expect online classes to take 9-12 hours a week of their time. Attendance is measured by participation in class discussions online and by completion of assigned work by the due dates. Absences will not be excused due to computer problems—students are expected to use one of the computer terminals available at the campus if they are not able complete their work at home.
Over 10,000 students take advantage of the opportunity to take classes online. Students interested in distance learning should have access to a computer at least four days a week, access to the internet, a recent internet browser and Microsoft word 2000 or higher. Students can take online classes in topics as varied as Product and Service Creation, Foundations of Black Psychology, Children’s Literature, and Critical Thinking.
The A. Phillip Randolph Memorial Library offers research help, citation help, laptop lending, scanning, and other informational services to students. Students can ask librarians for help (or enter the ongoing haiku contest) through the library website 24 hours a day.
In keeping with the school’s mission to provide educational services to anyone who desires it, there are several offices that provide specialized assistance to a diversity of students.
The Center for Career Development offers assistance in selecting a career, writing or improving resumes, locating employment, and preparing for interviews.
The Cooperative Education Department provides internships for students in all departments, but especially for those which require internships as part of the degree program, including accounting, business management, video arts and technology, multimedia programming and design, and office automation/office operations.
The Office of Accessibility provides a wide range of services to students with disabilities, in keeping with the college’s mandate to provide higher education to anyone in their catchment area who desires it. Available services include voice recognition systems that allow students to write by talking; screen readers that read text out loud from computer screens; screen enlargers for students with low vision; Braille translation software to allow blind students to use print materials; the Kurzweil Omni 3000 Reading System which highlights text as students read it and gives them access to other assistive programs; and Inspiration, a software program that helps students with learning disabilities organize ideas for papers and essays.
The College Computing Center provides hardware support, networking services, and other technical assistance to students.
College Now is a concurrent program for high school students who would like to begin earning college credit.
College Discovery is a program targeting students who wish to enroll in college but face financial or educational barriers.
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Any prospective student with a high school diploma is eligible for admittance. Acceptable alternatives to a high school diploma include a New York state high school equivalency diploma or foreign secondary education credentials that are equivalent to a high school diploma. Applicants must include original documents and immunization records. (Immunization records include proof of vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella for anyone born after 1956. It is possible to file a religious exemption.) International students must also obtain an F-1 student visa and submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results, English translations of all relevant documents, and a financial statement showing the student’s ability to meet their financial obligations.
Tuition rates differ considerably for residents of New York City and non-residents. To qualify for residential rates, students need to have lived in New York City for one full year prior to the first day of classes as a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or as a recognized refugee.
In addition to federal aid, there are financial aid programs available from New York state and the CUNY program. the college also offers several of its own scholarships. These include the Abner Rosenfield Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Citizenship, the BMCC Foundation Scholarships (available to both full- and part-time students), the Out in Two Scholarship, the MoneyWorks Scholarship, and various smaller scholarships offered by honors societies and departments of the college.
The Student Government Association (SGA) sit on several committees that represent college life and acts as the voice of the student body in regular meetings with the Dean of Student Affairs. Clubs and organizations are chartered under the auspices of the SGA. There are dozens of clubs and organizations on campus, including academic clubs, religious clubs, ethnic and language-based clubs, athletic clubs, social clubs, and social action clubs. Some of the more interesting options include the Non-Traditional Career Society, the Yoga Empowerment club, Hip Not Magazine, the Caribbean Students Association, and the Ping-Pong Club.
The Early Childhood Center serves a dual purpose: first, it provides practical education and experience for students studying early childhood education; second, if provides affordable child care for students. The Center is open for preschool—aged children from Monday to Thursday 7:45 AM to 9 PM, for preschool-aged children on Friday from 7:45 AM to 5 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday for both preschool-aged children and school-aged children from 8 AM to 5 PM.
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The athletics department competes in NCAA division III. Intercollegiate teams include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and baseball. These sports are open to any interested student–prospective athletes just need to fill out an informational questionnaire and submit it to the Athletics department.
Other popular sports in the intramural program include bowling, field hockey, and handball. The college owns a large sports facility with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, weight room, step machines, treadmills, and other facilities for student use. Classes such as yoga and zumba are offered to students at no extra cost.
Well-known alumni include actor and musician Michael Williams, actress Gabourey Sidibe, singer and actress Dana “Queen Latifah” Owens, actor and model Mirko Savone, and musician Stephen “Kid Chaos” Harris.
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