CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)

199 Chambers St, New York, NY

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CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is one of several colleges within the City University of New York system. BMCC is an urban, two-year college with a diverse population. It is dedicated to providing programs in liberal arts, general education, with career training and continuing education programs. BMCC confers associate degrees in business, health, science and a range of vocations. Degree designations include Associate in Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate in Science in 27 fields. Non-degree programs are also available, as are evening and weekend classes.

BMCC has won many award for its granting of Associate's Degrees to a large number of students and for its continuing education programs.

BMCC has at least 1,000 faculty members, comprised of both full time and adjunct professors. Some of the more notable alumni of BMCC include actress Gabourey Sidibe, actress and singer "Queen Latifah," and rock musician Stephen "Kid Chaos" Harris, among others.


CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College was founded in 1963. It originally offered business-focused and liberal arts degrees for busy professionals, or those planning to transfer to four-year universities. Throughout the 1960s, BMCC's courses were offered in many different buildings around midtown Manhattan. It did not have one central campus. After searching for a single campus location for many years, in 1983 BMCC established its current campus as five closely located sites in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.


The academic calendar for CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College offers four terms: fall, winter, spring and summer. The winter term is a short, four-week session. The summer term is broken up into two shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units at BMCC are organized into Academic Programs, rather than colleges and schools. The Academic Programs of BMCC are:

Associate in Applied Science degree (A. A. S.)

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS)
  • Computer Network Technology (CNT)
  • Health Information Technology
  • Multimedia Programming and Design (MMD)
  • Nursing
  • Office Automation
  • Office Operations
  • Paramedic
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Small Business/Entrepreneurship
  • Video Arts and Technology  

Associate in Arts degree (A.A.)

  • Bilingual Childhood Education
  • Business Administration
  • Childhood Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Liberal Arts
  • Writing and Literature  

Associate in Science degree (A. S.)

  • Biotechnology
  • Child Care/Early Childhood Education
  • Computer Science (CSC)
  • Engineering Science
  • Human Services (HUM)
  • Mathematics Program
  • Science
  • Science for Forensics
  • Theatre

Student Life

The Student Government Association (SGA) is very active on the BMCC campus, and represents students in academic, cultural and social endeavors and issues. There are several student clubs and organizations on campus, and student involvement is encouraged to help students with networking opportunities beyond the classroom.


The BMCC school colors are blue and white, and the school mascot is the panther. The athletic teams are nicknamed the BMCC "Panthers."


The BMCC "Panthers" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports in the CUNY athletic system and the local NCAA collegiate sports system. Their competitive teams include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The four main campuses of BMCC are located between New York City Hall and the Financial District near the Hudson River in downtown Manhattan.

  • Main Campus: 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007
  • Murray Street Campus: 70 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007
  • Park Place Campus: 75 Park Place, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10007
  • Inwood/Washington Heights Campus: 108 Cooper Street, New York, NY 10034

There is also a Harlem location in Theresa Towers.

Community Life

The learning centers on the campus of BMCC are located in the Tribeca community of Manhattan in New York City. In addition to its large number of international students, the student population of BMCC generally comes from, and works in, the urban communities in which the campus buildings are located.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,400. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $65 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $4,800-$5,800
    • Out-of-State: $7,700-$9,216
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $210-$250 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $320-$380 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid87%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships86%$7,094
Receiving Student Loans6%$4,258

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in New York, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 BMCCNew York CountyNew York
Graduation Rate15.0%-21.5%
Transfer-out Rate17.4%-17.4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College.

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