Brooklyn College is a comprehensive, state-funded institution of higher learning in the borough of Brooklyn, a culturally and ethnically diverse community of 2.5 million people. As one of the eleven senior colleges of the City University of New York, it shares the mission of the university, whose primary goals are access and excellence.
Within the context of this broader mission, the particular mission of Brooklyn College is to provide a superior education in the liberal arts and sciences. The college offers a wide variety of programs, both in the liberal arts and in professional and career-oriented areas, leading to the baccalaureate and master's degrees and to undergraduate and advanced certificates.
Distinctive in this liberal arts education is the Core Curriculum, which is required of all baccalaureate students. The Core has long been a national model for general education programs and for faculty and curriculum development. Core courses are designed to expose students to the principal branches of learning humanities, social sciences,natural sciences and fine arts—and to provide a rigorous foundation for study in a major field.
Through its distinguished faculty, the college promotes excellence in teaching, advances the frontiers of knowledge through research and scholarship, and stimulates creative achievement and intellectual growth.
The overarching goal of the educational experience at Brooklyn College is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to live in a globally interdependent world and the support services to help them succeed. The college also seeks to develop a sense of personal and social responsibility by encouraging involvement in community and public service. It fosters a campus environment hospitable to multicultural interests and activities. As an urban institution, it draws upon the myriad resources of the city to enrich its educational offerings.