Founded in 1963 as part of the City University of New York (CUNY), Kingsborough Community College remains firmly committed to its mission of “providing both liberal arts and career education…[and] to promoting student learning and development as well as strengthening and serving its diverse community.” Kingsborough combines the best of what a college can offer. Its tranquil seaside location is a perfect setting for reflective academic pursuits, yet the college’s active engagement in the community provides students with exciting opportunities to become productive participants in a growing and vital borough.
Kingsborough has been named one of the leading community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. It has also earned national recognition for its creative and effective use of learning communities, for the large number of degrees it confers, for the high percentage of graduates who continue their studies, and for the innovative programs that draw thousands of non-traditional students to its campus every year.
Kingsborough serves a widely diverse population of approximately 14,000 students and consistently ranks among the leading community colleges in the country in associate degrees awarded to minority students. Approximately 70% of Kingsborough’s students are enrolled in a liberal arts or science degree program; the rest pursue degrees in more specialized, career-oriented programs such as business, communications, criminal justice, culinary arts, nursing and allied health careers, information technology, journalism, maritime technology, tourism and hospitality, and the visual arts. It also maintains one of the most comprehensive adult and continuing education programs in New York City.
The college takes pride in its many support programs that enhance student success. All students are offered individual, personal and academic counseling; workshops to improve basic skills; and career planning and placement. Students enjoy the accessibility of Kingsborough faculty and administrators.
Kingsborough is a major presence in the bustling borough of Brooklyn and has partnered with dozens of schools borough-wide to create a seamless transition to college. Kingsborough also sponsors numerous activities year-round to meet the professional, recreational and cultural needs of the community, including lectures, concerts, art exhibits and theater productions.
Kingsborough offers 38 associate degree and 4 certificate programs. Of the approximately 15,000 degree-seeking students, about 70% are enrolled in liberal arts or science degree programs and the remainder pursue degrees in more specialized, career-oriented programs.
More than 70% of Kingsborough graduates go on to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The college has articulation agreements with most City University and State University senior colleges, and transfer agreements with several private colleges in the region.
The college’s 14 academic departments offer the following degree programs:
Associate in Arts
Associate in Science
Chemical Dependency Counseling
Early Childhood Education/Child Care
Earth & Planetary Studies
Exercise Science/Personal Training
Journalism and Print Media
Mental Health and Human Services
Science for Forensics
Associate in Applied Science
Computer Information Systems
Emergency Medical Service/Paramedic
Graphic Design and Illustration
Media Technology and Management
Office Administration and Technology
Physical Education, Recreation and Recreation Therapy
Physical Therapist Assistant
Tourism and Hospitality
Website Development and Administration
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling
Maritime Technology: Deck Specialty
Maritime Technology: Marine Mechanic
Kingsborough Community College is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education accredits the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. All academic programs are registered by the New York State Education Department.
The college has a full-time faculty of 363, 82 percent of whom hold a doctorate or University equivalent. Adjunct faculty, drawn from throughout the New York City metropolitan region, number approximately 600. Professional staff and full-time and part-time support staff total 1,000.
The college enrolls approximately 14,000 degree seeking students on campus. The student body is racially and ethnically diverse. More than half of Kingsborough’s students were born outside the U.S., representing 142 different countries and 73 different native languages. Sixty percent are the first generation in their families to attend college. Fifty-eight percent are full time students, over one-fifth are 25 years old or older and more than 40% come from households with annual incomes of under $20,000. Half of the students work full-time or part-time while attending college, and one in five supports children. A broad array of student services permits all students to succeed to the maximum of their abilities.
Beyond their academic pursuits, Kingsborough students enjoy a wide range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. There are over 50 active student clubs and organizations and 10 intercollegiate athletic teams in which students participate.
Situated on a peninsula, Kingsborough enjoys a spectacular ocean front natural setting. Striking modern architecture has added to the natural beauty. Kingsborough boasts a number of special facilities, including: