Briarcliffe College

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Briarcliffe College
Established 1966
Type Proprietary
President George Santiago, Ph.D.
Location Long Island, New York, America
Briarcliffe College

Briarcliffe College consists of three for-profit career colleges in Long Island City, New York, Bethpage and Patchogue on Long Island, New York. They offer Associate's or Bachelor's degree programs in a variety of areas including Graphic Design, Criminal Justice, Business, Photography and Technology.

The school system is a subsidiary of the Career Education Corporation.


Briarcliffe was founded in 1966, as a one-year business school in Hicksville, New York. A branch campus opened in 1969 in Mineola/Garden City. This branch was moved to Lynbrook, New York in 1983. In 1979, the New York State Education Department authorized Briarclffe to offer the two-year associate degree in occupational studies. A third campus was established in Patchogue, New York in 1981.

In 1992, Briarcliffe, which had an overwhelmingly female student population, purchased Grumman Data Systems Institute (GDSI), a technical school with a predominantly male enrollment. The combination of the two institutions created a truly coeducational college of approximately 2,000 students. The main campus was moved from Hicksville to the GDSI campus in Woodbury, New York.

In 1994, the college was granted regional accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[1] The college purchased a quarter-million square foot facility on approximately 20 acres (81,000 m2) in Bethpage, New York in 1995. Students from the Lynbrook campus were moved to this new main campus.

In 1997 Briarcliffe became a 4-year college, granting baccalaureate degrees and Career Education Corporation purchased Briarcliffe College.

In 2011, it was reported that the New York Attorney General was investigating "illegal business practices" in five for-profit education businesses, including Career Education Corporation, which owns Briarcliffe.[2]


  1. ^ "Briarcliffe College". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved May 2011. 
  2. ^ Barbaro, Michael. "New York Attorney General Is Investigating Trump's For-Profit School". New York Times. Retrieved May 2011. 

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