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Rank: 35

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 has 83 majors offered through five schools: business, education, humanities and social sciences, natural and behavioral sciences, and visual media and performing arts. Programs include Africana studies, communication sciences and disorders, Puerto Rican and Latino studies, urban sustainability, and more. Brooklyn College also has an honors college offering an array of appealing benefits including full tuition and a laptop. The school boasts a rich mix of nationalities, income levels, and languages in its 18,000-person student body. But the affordability and good academics do come with a price: The college has become increasingly selective, and now admits only about 40% of applicants. Like a handful of other CUNY colleges, Brooklyn College excels at helping students advance up the socioeconomic ladder: Its economic mobility rate is one of the highest in MONEY's 2019 rankings. The graduation rate is 68%, which is fully 45% higher than expected based on student demographics.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$36,500
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$4,400
Average price for low-income students
$950
admissions
Acceptance rate
40%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1130/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
13,712
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
58%
Average time to a degree
4.6 years
Average student debt
$10,500
Average salary within 3 years
$50,100
% 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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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