Bronx Community College (BCC) was founded in 1957. The first class of students enrolled in 1959 at the former site of Bronx High School of Science. In 1973, the New York State Dormitory Authority acquired New York University’s University Heights Campus for the use of Bronx Community College. That fall, BCC opened its doors on this picturesque 44.6-acre campus overlooking the Harlem River that is also home to the historic Hall of Fame for Great Americans.

North Hall and Library, the first major new construction on the campus since it was transferred to BCC, was completed in Fall 2012. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the new library complements the original master plan designed by Stanford White for the former New York University campus. In October 2012, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the campus a national historic landmark, making it the first community college campus to earn such a distinction.

Today, Bronx Community College is a comprehensive urban community college serving a multicultural student body of over 11,000, representing nearly 100 countries of origin. By fostering intellectual exploration in the classroom and beyond, the College encourages students to be creative and analytical thinkers and responsible global citizens.

Bronx Community College continues to carry out its mission of serving the needs and aspirations of students of diverse backgrounds by providing opportunities for success through more than 30 academic programs. This includes a rich array of offerings in the arts and humanities and ever-expanding programs in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — where the demand for well-trained specialists is high and expected to increase. In addition, Bronx Community College reaches more than 10,000 other members of the community each year through evening and weekend programs, on-line and extension education, career upgrading and job placement assistance for workforce development.

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