During the Great Depression, women attended Berkeley College, in New York City, to learn vital executive secretarial skills. First established by Alyea M. Brick in 1931, Berkeley added a two-year secretarial program awarding college credit and then opened a second campus in 1936. World War II increased the demand for skilled female workers and the College continued growing. With the introductions of computers and new technologies, Berkeley College expanded horizons, adding additional campus locations, increasing the number of academic programs, and admitting male students by 1977.
Today, the private, for-profit Berkeley College maintains three campus locations in New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, and White Plains, and six locations in New Jersey, including Woodland Park, Woodbridge, Newark, Paramus, Clifton, and Dover, in addition to Berkeley College Online. Students can pursue Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, along with certificate programs.
Approximately 8,000 students attending Berkeley represent more than 100 different countries. The diverse student population includes 28% Hispanic, 27% African American, 14% Caucasian, 3% Asian, and 10% international students, among others. Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and retains authorization by the State of New Jersey and the New York State Board of Regents.
Berkeley College awards Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Programs are housed in three schools:
- Larry L. Luing School of Business
- School of Professional Studies
- School of Liberal Arts
With more than 20 degree programs and additional certificate options, the most popular programs include Justice Studies - Criminal Justice, Management, Fashion Marketing and Management, and Accounting. Career services, computer training, Library Services, Student Advisement, and Campus Life are among a list of resources that support students’ endeavors.
Berkeley College Online offers degree programs for non-traditional students and students requiring added flexibility. Courses are delivered asynchronous, and students complete weekly assignments at their pace and have access to coursework 24/7. Typical online classes include reading and writing assignments, in addition to discussion boards and possible online group projects.
The Larry L. Luing School of Business supports more than twenty different online Bachelor’s degrees and a number of online Associate’s degrees, including studies in Accounting, Business Administration, Fashion Marketing and Management, Financial Services, General Business, Information Technology Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing Communications.
The School of Professional Studies gives students the opportunity to enroll in Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in the fields of Graphic Design, Health Services, Justice Studies - Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies.
Tuition for the degree programs is $7,300 per quarter for full-time students pursuing 12-16 credits of study, not including fees. Certificate programs begin at $16,350 for the three-quarter Surgical Processing Technician Certificate and extend to $27,950 for the 5-quarter Practical Nurse Certificate. Tuition does not include added fees. Prospective students will need to submit the application and fee, along with certification of a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and official transcripts. Students are also encouraged to complete a personal interview and Berkeley College maintains a rolling admissions policy. Additionally, college advisors provide guidance for prospective students, with interest-specific help for adult students, veterans, and international students, with the application process and necessary documentation.
Berkeley College supports multiple financial aid options for qualifying students, including scholarships, grants, loans, and Federal Work Study. Institutional scholarships range from the merit-based awards to organizational and transfer funds. Federal aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, and the Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students. New Jersey state aid includes the Tuition Aid Grant, the Garden State Scholars and the Garden State Urban Scholars programs, along with the Garden State Bloustein Distinguished Scholars Program, and New Jersey STARS II. New York state also provides resources including the Tuition Assistance Program, Regents Award for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and part-time study aid. Furthermore, Berkeley College ensures the educational goals of veterans by participating in the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and Military Tuition Assistance.
Sector Of Institution:Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Bachelor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,817
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