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About CUNY - Borough of Manhattan Community College

Welcome to Borough of Manhattan Community College, located in the heart of New York City.

BMCC is a college that is alive with ideas and innovation, and supportive of the innate human striving for self-improvement. We offer opportunity to those students who desire it and wish to strive for it.

With about 25,000 students, BMCC is the largest college in the City University of New York system and the first community college in Manhattan.

Students can take advantage of the prime location in the heart of downtown New York City, a financial hub and artistic center with its communities of Tribeca and SoHo.

The main campus, situated on 4.28 acres of land spans four blocks from Chambers Street to North Moore Street. It features a swimming pool and gymnasium as well as excellent technological resources, computer labs, and a state-of-the-art media center.

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BMCC is CUNY's largest community college, with 22,500 undergraduate and 10,000 continuing education students. Founded in 1963, the school originally focused on preparing students for business careers, but now boasts 27 academic programs including nursing, multimedia technology, engineering science, criminal justice, forensic science and paramedics. Located in Tribeca, one of Manhattan's most artsy and charming neighborhoods, the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus is a perfect place for students to hang out. It's a short walk from the Hudson River Park and River Promenade, stretching from Battery Park City to the Chelsea Piers and beyond.

The college's main campus, located at 199 Chambers St., is on 4.28 acres shaped like a ship. There are state-of-the-art labs, a library, one of the most advanced media centers in the country, and a newly renovated swimming pool. All across the campus, there are open lounge areas that look out onto the Hudson River.

At BMCC, lower Manhattan will become your playground. Along with being a cultural hub, the area is full of internship opportunities. BMCC has worked with Wall Street, City Hall and BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center to create a unique range of opportunities and resources for the students.


Main Campus: library, media center, labs, intercollegiate-size swimming pool and gymnasium, early childhood center, lounges, cafeteria. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center: presenting music, plays, dance and visual arts to the college and surrounding communities. Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development: offers certificate programs in technology and health care among other areas as well as personal-development courses.

Student Testimonial

I have found BMCC to be a good college with a lot of resources. I like this school for a lot of reasons – it is a nice campus in the city, it has a library, and the professors help you out in your subject. My favorite classes are my programming classes. My advice to prospective international students is to be conscious about selecting a college and major. I like New York City because it so friendly and nice. Also, there are so many restaurants that you can’t miss the food from your country. My best experience has been my on-campus job working with the BMCC Office of the Registrar. I am helping other students register, and it’s fun. After BMCC, I will go to New York City College of Technology-CUNY to complete my higher education studies.

Tarekul, Bangladesh, Major: Computer Information Systems

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The environment of BMCC is great and the school is a good choice for my major. My favorite class is Accounting. After BMCC, I plan to transfer to Baruch College-CUNY.

Changhui, China, Major: Business Administration

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I chose BMCC because my friend graduated from there and told me about the college and opportunities. I like the extra-curricular opportunities, such as the CUNY Service Corps program and student academies. My favorite class is Speech, because I get to improve my grammar and communication skills. My advice for prospective international students is to take advantage of every opportunity on campus. I like New York because of the diversity and the number of restaurants. My plan after BMCC is to transfer to New York University (NYU).

Liana, Brazil Major: Multimedia Programming and Design

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After doing a tremendous amount of research, the very first reason I chose BMCC was for the tuition. It’s an incredibly affordable college in NYC.

The second reason was its location. I wanted to be in the city every day. I think BMCC is the best bridge for international students to adapt to a new culture. The diversity of students and professors makes it easier to be proud of who you are and where you come from. BMCC helps my confidence every day. It’s a solid foundation upon which to build my future academic and career success.

My advice to prospective international students is to get involved Ask around. Make at least one friend in each class. Don’t be afraid. You are not alone. I like to be exposed to many different things, cultures, and challenges. This country and city always leave extra space to push yourself, challenge your personality, and be better. I like that it’s possible to experience major shifts in my world view.

My best experience here has been interacting with professors and staff because they are so helpful. They encourage me, inspire me, and make up my second family here. After BMCC, I plan to transfer to a four-year school and most likely major in Psychology and complete the Pre-Med requirements. I hope to get my MD from an American college.

Why Community College?

BMCC primarily offers two-year associate degree programs. After graduation, those first two years count towards your bachelor’s degree. Many people choose to study at a community college because it prepares them better for a four-year college. For students that study at BMCC they continue their studies at a bigger university in the US. This can be a good choice for you if you think you might need extra help your first few years in college. Later you can apply want to a top-tier university that would normally be harder to apply for.

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