Kingsborough Community College (KCC) serves more than 17,000 full- and part-time, and College Now students a year in credit and non-credit bearing courses in liberal arts and career education. As Brooklyn’s only community college in the City University of New York system, Kingsborough provides a high-quality education through associate degree programs that prepare students for transfer to senior colleges or entry into professional careers.

Associate degrees are offered in over 30 program areas such as liberal arts, business, maritime technology, criminal justice, paramedics, sleep technology, nursing, education, biology, health and physical health, and a number of STEM-related courses leading to degrees and potential careers in the STEM fields. An additional 20,000 students take advantage of a variety of continuing education courses each year to enhance their skills for better career options or personal growth, or to change careers.

Nearly 70 percent of KCC students go on to a four-year college after graduation, and approximately 80 percent of KCC’s faculty hold a PhD or equivalent.

Kingsborough was ranked among the Top 4 Community Colleges in the Nation by The Aspen Institute in 2013. In the 2015 Community College Weekly’s Annual Top 100 Rankings, Kingsborough was ranked No. 14 among community colleges nationwide for associate degrees awarded to minority graduates, No. 8 for associate degrees awarded to African American students, No. 45 for Hispanic graduates, and No. 14 for Asian graduates. Kingsborough was also the only New York state college in 2015 to earn Leader College distinction from Achieving the Dream.



Kingsborough has acquired a national reputation for its innovative use of academic learning communities to improve student-learning outcomes, taking exceptional pride in developing students who excel academically.

  • Learning Communities—new-to-Kingsborough students with three credits or fewer can join a cohort of approximately 25 other students where they take three “linked” courses including an English course, a course satisfying a college requirement, and a one-credit Student Success seminar. This cohort model encourages study, teamwork, and success, while the students move together at a similar pace through the program.
  • The Kingsborough Honors Programs (Phi Theta Kappa and the Salzburg Global Seminar International Students Program) nurture academic excellence by promoting an intellectual climate and a special sense of community among high-achieving students. Among the benefits of membership in these special societies include access to financial assistance and scholarships offered by many four-year colleges and universities.
  • The Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, which opened in 2006 with its first sixth grade class, is a partnership among KCC, the New York City Department of Education, and the Early College Initiative at CUNY. This unique school provides students from grades 6 through 12 with the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree upon graduation from high school. Forty-two students received associate degrees in 2014.
  • CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, also known as the CUNY BA, allows academically-able students who wish to pursue areas not available as majors within CUNY, the opportunity to design individualized programs of study that complement their academic, professional, and personal goals.


2014-2015 STUDENT BODY

  • 17,758 total
  • 10,300 full-time; 7,458 part-time
  • 9,642 (54%) Female; 8,116 (46%) Male
  • 8% White; 32.7% Black
  • 5% Hispanic
  • 8% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 2% American Indian/Native Alaskan
  • 142 countries represented
  • 73 languages spoken