Brooklyn, New York (NY) Colleges and Universities

There are approximately 50 schools in Brooklyn. Read about the schools with the most program variety, highest graduation rates, lowest student-faculty ratios and lowest costs to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

Given its location in one of the largest metropolitan regions of the United States, it's no surprise that Brooklyn, NY, is teeming with postsecondary institutions. This article focuses specifically on the more traditional public and private non-profit colleges and universities in Brooklyn. To help readers make informed academic decisions, these schools are compared in the categories listed below, with the top three ranked accordingly:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

Many of the colleges in Brooklyn are specialized schools of religion, medicine or art. For students seeking a school with a comprehensive offering of courses and majors, the following three traditional, non-specialized, non-profit schools have the largest variety of academic programs in Brooklyn.

1 - Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus

Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus is a private, 4-year institution offering approximately 126 academic programs. LIU was founded in 1926 as a private, secular, coeducational school dedicated to providing merit-based educational opportunities. LIU offers a wide variety of certificates and degrees, ranging from associate's through doctoral. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), of the over 700 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-2012, the largest number of graduates were in the field of registered nursing. Among graduate degree recipients, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology were the most popular majors. LIU has six campuses, as well as a College of Pharmacy and online program options.

2 - City University of New York (CUNY) Brooklyn College

CUNY Brooklyn College, ranks second in this category with 122 available programs of study. In 2011-2012, according to NCES, Brooklyn College conferred almost 2,500 bachelor's degrees and around 1,100 master's degrees. The most popular major among bachelor's degree recipients that year was business administration and management, followed by psychology and accounting. At the master's degree level, elementary education and political science had the highest number of graduates. In 2013, Brooklyn College made both the Princeton Review's list of The Best 377 Colleges and U.S. News & World Report's Regional Colleges (North) list at #14 Public School and #55 Regional University.

3 - CUNY New York City College of Technology

CUNY New York City College of Technology (City Tech), a 4-year public college in Brooklyn, comes in third in this category. Offering 49 certificate and degree programs, City Tech is the largest college of technology in the Northeast. According to NCES, City Tech awarded almost 2,000 associate's and bachelor's degrees in 2011-2012. The most popular areas of study among degree earners that year were the health professions, engineering technology and business. The Center for an Urban Future noted that City Tech is a leader in job training for New York businesses.

Lowest Net Price

NCES calculates the net price of a college by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from an average year's tuition and other costs. The least expensive non-profit, non-specialized schools in Brooklyn are all part of the CUNY system and have net prices under $7,000. The following three traditional schools provided the least expensive educational options in the area, according to NCES net price data for 2011-2012.

1 - CUNY Brooklyn College

With a net price of $5,485, Brooklyn College wins top honors for low costs. During the 2011-2012 school year, about 72% of first-year, full-time Brooklyn College students received an average of $8,244 in scholarship and grant aid, according to NCES statistics. Tuition and fees for in-state students were estimated at $5,884 in 2012, a 5.4% increase over 2011.

2 - CUNY New York City College of Technology

Second in this category is City Tech, with a net price of $5,751. Among full-time, beginning students at City Tech in 2011-2012, approximately 84% received scholarships or grants averaging about $7,295 per student. NCES estimated that in-state tuition and fees totaled $5,769 in 2012, a 5.5% rise over the previous year.

3 - CUNY Kingsborough Community College

Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, a member institution of the City University of New York system, came in third with a net price of $6,161. About 78% of beginning students at the school received scholarship and grant aid averaging $6,028 per student in 2011-2012, according to NCES. In 2012, tuition and fees for in-state students rose 6.7% over the year before, to a total of $4,250.

Highest Graduation Rate

NCES graduation rates are based upon the number of students who finish a program within 150% of 'normal' time, for example, six years to complete a 4-year degree. The following three non-profit, non-specialized Brooklyn schools had the highest graduation rates, according to NCES figures published for the fall 2006 cohort of full-time freshmen.

1 - Saint Joseph's College - New York

NCES reported a graduation rate of 68% for Saint Joseph's College, a private, independent school in Brooklyn. Originally founded as a women's school by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1916, SJC has been coeducational since 1969. NCES data also shows that 85% of full-time and 29% of part-time freshmen who began at SJC in 2011 returned in 2012 to continue their studies.

2 - Pratt Institute - Main

The main campus of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn had a graduation rate of 64%, according to NCES. Additionally, NCES reports that in 2012, 82% of Pratt's 2011 full-time freshmen returned to pursue further studies. In 2013, Design Intelligence ranked Pratt Institute's undergraduate and graduate interior design programs fourth and third, respectively, in the country and its industrial design undergraduate and graduate programs the nation's third and second, respectively. Pratt's undergraduate architecture program received an 11th place ranking from the same publication.

3 - Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Also in Brooklyn, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University is a private, 4-year school. Founded in 1854, NYU - Poly is the second oldest private engineering school in the country. NCES reported a graduation rate of 62% and a transfer-out rate of 11% among the full-time freshmen who began in 2006. NCES also noted a high retention rate for NYU - Poly, with 88% of 2011 full-time freshmen having returned to continue their studies in 2012.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Students interested in small class sizes and more time with professors might want to seek a school with a low student-faculty ratio. The following three non-profit, non-specialized schools have the lowest student-faculty ratios in Brooklyn.

1 - Pratt Institute - Main

At nine students per faculty member, Pratt Institute had the lowest student-faculty ratio of Brooklyn colleges and universities in 2012, according to NCES. Pratt enrolled 3,266 undergraduates that year and had 138 full-time instructors on the faculty, along with 911 part-time instructors.

2 - Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus

NCES calculates a 12:1 student-faculty ratio for Long Island University's 8,567 students. As of the fall of 2012, LIU's faculty roster included 297 full-time and 409 part-time instructors. At that time, NCES also reported that LIU had about 150 graduate teaching assistants and about 120 graduate research assistants. The school reports an average undergraduate class size of about 20.

3 - Saint Joseph's College - New York

With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, SJC comes in a close third. For the fall of 2012, NCES reported that SJC employed 178 full-time and 446 part-time instructional faculty to serve the roughly 5,600 students enrolled there. The average undergraduate class size at SJC is also 20 students.

Brooklyn Area Schools at a Glance

School NameLocationSchool TypeAwards OfferedArea Ranking
CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY 4-year, public Undergraduate and graduate certificates; bachelor's and master's degrees Lowest Net Price,
2nd Most Program Variety
CUNY Kingsborough Community College Brooklyn, NY 2-year, public1-year certificates; associate's degrees 3rd Lowest Net Price
CUNY New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY 4-year, public1- to 2-year certificates; associate's and bachelor's degrees 2nd Lowest Net Price,
3rd Most Program Variety
Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus Brooklyn, NY4-year, private not-for-profit Undergraduate and graduate certificates; associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Polytechnic Institute of New York University Brooklyn, NY 4-year, private not-for-profit1-year certificates; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees 3rd Highest Graduation Rate
Pratt Institute - MainBrooklyn, NY4-year, private not-for-profitAssociate's, bachelor's and master's degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificatesLowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate
Saint Joseph's College - New York Brooklyn, NY4-year, private not-for-profit1-year certificates; bachelor's and master's degrees Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

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