The Bronx Community College of The City University of New York (BCC) is a community college which is located in the University Heights neighborhood of The Bronx on a landmarked campus. It is part of the City University of New York system. The college was officially established in 1957 through the efforts of civic-minded groups who felt that there was a growing need for more higher education facilities in the Bronx. After its establishment the university allowed classes to begin at Hunter College, and later at the former site of the Bronx High School of Science. The BCC campus has been originally housed at New York University's undergraduate college and engineering school – which was absorbed by Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1973 but is once again part of NYU – and it was created at a time when a number of prominent local universities had made the move to upper Manhattan and the Bronx in order to build bigger campuses, including Columbia University, and the City College of New York. Bronx Community College teams participate as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
In 1973, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York acquired the University Heights campus from New York University (NYU), which had sold the campus under threat of imminent bankruptcy. Beginning in the fall of that year, the BCC moved its operations to the 55 acres (22 ha) site overlooking the Harlem River. The college is home to the Center for Sustainable Energy, which was founded in 2003 as an educational resource for students pursuing careers in alternative energy.
Bronx Community College offers a wide array of workforce community development and personal enrichment courses and programs through Continuing & Professional Studies to its students who have a dream to be an extraordinary personality in the future. CPS also delivers customized training for local employers. CPS works closely along with unions, city, state and federal agencies and accepts vouchers and other forms of financial aid for individual students.
The BCC campus originally housed at the New York University's undergraduate college and engineering school – which was absorbed by Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1973 but it is once again part of NYU – and was created at a time when a number of prominent local universities had made the move to upper Manhattan and the Bronx in order to build bigger campuses, including Columbia University, and the City College of New York. The campus consists of a mix of Classical revival buildings designed by architect Stanford White in 1892-1901 – including the Hall of Languages, the Cornelius Baker Hall of Philosophy and the Gould Memorial Library – and Brutalist concrete buildings by Marcel Breuer, including Begrisch Hall (1956-61) and the Colston Residence Hall and Cafeteria (1964). Other buildings – such as South Hall, formerly the Gustav H. Schwab House (1857); Butler Hall, formerly William Henry W. T. Mall House (c.1859); and MacCracken Hall, originally the Loring Andrews House (c.1880) – are repurposed mansions which predate the campus. The original landscaping for the campus was by Vaux & Co..
The BCC campus is notably home to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, founded in 1900 by Henry Mitchell MacCracken, Chancellor of NYU from 1891 to 1910. It was the first such hall of fame in the United States. The Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was also designed by Stanford White, and was established to honor prominent Americans who have had a significant impact on the country's history. It includes bronze busts of Alexander Graham Bell, Eli Whitney, and George Westinghouse along with many others. The Hall has not had any new inductees since 1973.
BCC offers more than 35 Academic Programs to enrich your academic experience. Students can choose from a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, ranging from nursing and nuclear medicine technology to automotive technology, media technology digital arts and criminal justice. Bronx Community College will confer a degree upon a student who has completed all College requirements towards graduation. However, a student must also be in good standing with the College in order to graduate and receive a degree. Accordingly, a student who has completed all academic requirements will not be eligible to graduate or receive a degree until any outstanding financial balance or disciplinary matter against him/her has been resolved and any disciplinary penalty completed.
Bronx Community College teams participate as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Broncos are a member of the community college section of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, track & field and volleyball. Among the distinguished early alumni of BCC is Richard Carmona, who served as the Surgeon General of the United States from 2002 to 2006.
Bronx Community College offers a comprehensive selection of more than 35 academic programs of study. Please note: If you began studying at BCC in or after Fall 2013, Pathways applies. Pathways also applies to students who have returned to CUNY after an absence of more than one semester.
BCC offers a diverse campus life that allows students to meet new people and develop leadership skills. Students will be a part of a wide range of academic, cultural, and social new experiences and opportunities. Programs and services are designed to support student's educational experiences. Students will have the opportunity to commit to excellence, to develop their talents more fully; to be involved in the educational community; to develop mutual respect for and sensitivity to others; to commit to honesty; to communicate openly; to value and to offer service to others.