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Rank: 144

CUNY Brooklyn College

CUNY Brooklyn College -- with its classically designed campus, low tuition and national academic reputation -- is sometimes called the "poor man's Harvard." The college's roughly 170 programs are offered through five schools: business, education, humanities and social sciences, natural and behavioral sciences, and visual media and performing arts. Brooklyn College also has an honors college offering an array of tantalizing benefits including full tuition and a laptop. Freshmen at Brooklyn College spend their first semester in first-year learning communities that feature a seminar and two linked classes; these can include anything from "Introduction to Puerto Rican and Latino Studies" to "Music: Its Language, History and Culture." The school boasts a rich mix of nationalities, income levels and languages. The affordability and good academics do come with a price: The college has become increasingly selective, and now admits only about 35% of applicants. Like a handful of other CUNY colleges, Brooklyn College excels at helping students advance up the socioeconomic ladder. Its graduation rate is roughly in line with the national average.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$22,700
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$10,500
Average price for low-income students
$5,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
37%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1110/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
17,679
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
89%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$2,500
student success
Graduation rate
51%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$10,400
Average salary within 3 years
$48,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
35%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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