Borough of Manhattan Community College – CUNY

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College Profile

BMCC is located in downtown Manhattan in a great neighborhood called TriBeCa. It is in the heart of New York City, and is walking distance from City Hall and Wall Street, the financial center of the world. Public transportation is convenient and the area is close to many world-class businesses and opportunities.


We offer over 30 areas of study, including Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Business Management, Accounting, Computer Science, Multimedia Programming and Design, Engineering Science, Video Arts and Technology, Early Childhood Education, Computer Information Systems, Nursing, and Geographic Information Science.


BMCC is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York City’s public university system. CUNY consists of 19 colleges – both community colleges like BMCC and four-year colleges. CUNY also has graduate and professional schools. BMCC students are CUNY students, which gives them access to CUNY-wide resources and programs, and helps make transferring from BMCC to another CUNY college easier.


We are a community college. In the United States, many students complete their first two years of college at a community college and earn an associate degree. Then, they transfer to a senior college to complete their bachelor’s degree. Community colleges are an affordable, inclusive, and smart way to begin your college experience.

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 23,158
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 23,158
  • International Student Enrollment: Undergraduate: 800-900
  • Male 43% / Female 57%
  • Faculty-student ratio: 9:1
  • Faculty: Full-time ­­­: 37% (534), Part-time: 63% (913)
  • Number of countries represented on campus: 108+
  • Top five countries represented on campus: South Korea, China, Japan, Bangladesh, Russia

English as a Second Language Program and Services

The BMCC Language Immersion for International Students (BLIIS) program is for BMCC international students with an F-1 visa who have taken but not passed the reading and writing sections of the CUNY Assessment Tests. The program provides intensive instruction in all English skills to prepare students for credit-bearing college courses. For more information, go to

Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?

International Student Housing Options

Most of our students live in Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island. Some live in New Jersey. Like the majority of people in this city, many of our students commute. In New York City, a normal commute is 30-60 minutes by subway.

One accommodation option is a residence hall. BMCC is a City University of New York (CUNY) school, so our students can stay in any CUNY residence hall –

However, many students find their own accommodations, such as subletting a room in an apartment. For more information, please explore the following links:

BMCC’s Self-Help Housing Options page –


First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

BMCC accepts Freshman Applicants and Transfer Applicants who, in their last semester at their previous institution of higher education, were in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.00 or higher.


Visa Information

 BMCC issues Forms I-20 for F-1 visa status.


Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

BMCC’s Associate Degree programs are designed to be completed in two years, with 60 credits necessary to graduate. For non-resident students (including international students), tuition is currently $300 per credit. International students must take at least 12 credits per semester, and there are two semesters per academic year.


Financial Aid

International students are not eligible for financial aid.

Student Activities and Campus Life

BMCC has over 65 student clubs. We also offer a full range of recreational activities, including swimming, aerobics and weight training. Intercollegiate teams are offered in men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball.


We have a Center for Career Development, a leadership academy (BOLT), an ESL Lab, a Math Lab, a Writing Center, LGBTQ Services, a Student Government Association, and a Women’s Resource Center. The Office of Student Activities (OSA) plans and coordinates educational, cultural and social programs for BMCC students.