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Where to Go to College in Brooklyn

Many Opportunities, from Community College to Nursing

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Where to Go to College in Brooklyn

LIU, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses.

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New York City's educational options include a diversity of colleges in Brooklyn, as well as law, engineering, design, and other areas of graduate study in various Brooklyn professional schools.

More About Institutions of Higher Education in Brooklyn

Public Colleges

Public colleges include two to four-year programs at various institutions that are part of City University of New York. They include NYC Technical College, Kingsborough Community College, Medgar Evers College and, of course, Brooklyn College.

Private Colleges

Brooklyn also has highly regarded private undergraduate programs with specific areas of excellence.

For instance, Pratt Institute offers a wide range of undergraduate training, including in architecture and many aspects of design.

Plus, the prestigious Brooklyn-based engineering university, Polytechnic Institute, which merged with New York University in 2008 to become the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, offers rigorous training for a variety of scientific and engineering majors.

The undergraduate health training programs at the State University of NY Health Science Center at Brooklyn (SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn’s only academic medical center) are extensive. The SUNY Downstate educational complex includes undergraduate programs in public health, nursing and various health-related professions.

Long Island University, or LIU, as it's known for short, offers a range of technical and career-oriented undergraduate programs.

Other colleges in Brooklyn include St. Francis College, which serves a mostly immigrant student body, and St. Joseph's College.

Brooklyn, Almost a "College Town"

If you decide to go to college in Brooklyn, you won't be alone. It's

Remarkably, over 70,000 full and part-time college and graduate students study in Brooklyn institutions of higher education, excluding religious institutions.

In a sense, that would make Brooklyn a bigger college town than such mega-academic centers as Ann Arbor, Michigan or Madison, Wisconsin. The big difference, of course, is that the total population of people attending college in Brooklyn constitutes fewer than five percent of the borough’s overall population of over two-and-a-half million residents. Brooklyn’s huge number of college and graduate students are also diffuse, spread throughout the borough.

Altogether, Brooklyn boasts nearly a dozen accredited institutions of higher education. Five are public institutions, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Six are private institutions. Although sometimes eclipsed by proximity to nationally-acclaimed academic powerhouses in Manhattan such as Columbia University and New York University, Brooklyn has its own rich educational traditions — and future.

Considering going to college, or back to college, as in undergraduate in Brooklyn? There’s plenty of choice.

Institutions of Higher Education in Brooklyn

Graduate Programs and Professional Education in Brooklyn.

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