Monroe College

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Coordinates: 40°51′50″N 73°54′01″W / 40.863947°N 73.900408°W / 40.863947; -73.900408

Monroe College
Monroe College Seal.jpg
Established 1933
Type For-profit college
President Stephen J. Jerome
Undergraduates 6794[1]
Location New York, USA; St Lucia
Campus urban
Former names Monroe School of Business, 1933–1963
Monroe Business Institute, 1963–1990
Colors Blue and Gold         
Mascot Mustangs
King Hall Building in the Bronx

Monroe College is an American for-profit college in New York State with campuses in The Bronx, New Rochelle, and Queens. It also has a campus in the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia. The college is named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.[2]

The college offers Associate and Bachelor's degrees in accounting, business, information technology, health services, law enforcement and cookery,[1] and, through King Graduate School, four Master's programs.[3]

Students at the school are 64% female and 36% male; about 48% are of black or African-American ethnicity and about 44% of Hispanic or South American origin.[1]


King Hall Monroe College
Ustin Hall
Jerome Hall Bronx Campus

Monroe College was founded in 1933 by Mildred King as the Monroe School of Business, a woman's business school, in the West Farms section of the Bronx.[4][5] The school's classes were held at the site of the former Starlight Ballroom.[6]

Monroe officially transitioned from a business school to an accredited junior college in 1972 when it earned the right to grant Associate's degrees (AOS),[5] and the college was renamed to Monroe Business Institute.[7] More classrooms were added on Morris Avenue and in 1977, the West Farms facilities were closed and all Monroe programs were consolidated in the Fordham Road Area.[8]

Stephen Jerome, who joined the college in 1966 as an instructor, has been president of Monroe College since 1978. He is a member of the College Presidents' Council for the Governor's Office on New York State Financial Aid and he is president of New York's Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC). He was previously director of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Dwight-Englewood School, and a former Commissioner of the Accrediting Commission of the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools.[9]

In 1990, the name of the school was changed from The Monroe Business Institute to Monroe College after receiving accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[5][10] In the same year, the college joined the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Marc Jerome, son of Stephen Jerome, was named executive vice president of Monroe College in August 1994. Previously, he was an attorney at Jackson Lewis LLP from 1992-1994. Marc has also been chairman of the New Rochelle Business Improvement District for 14 years, and is on the Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) Board of Trustees. He is chairman of New Rochelle's Business Improvement District (BID).[11]

On-campus student housing was constructed at its New Rochelle, New York location in 2003. That same year it introduced new degree programs in hospitality, criminal justice, and culinary arts.[5] It also built Milavec Hall, a building for math, English and arts classes and began construction of a 200-bed student housing building at its Main Street location in New York.[5]

Online course options for business management and administration were introduced in 2004[12] and an MBA program was added in 2005.[4]

In 2012, Monroe College received an award from USA Funds for its debt reduction and financial literacy program, DREAM (debt reduction, education, assessment and management).[13]


The college's business organization, Students In Free Enterprise, has consistently competed and won the national title for two year schools. The team now competes in the tradition 4 year division.[14][15][16][17]

As of 2005, two thirds of the college's enrolled students were female.[4] The school doesn't offer degrees traditionally associated with college, such as English or Economics. For example, math classes only go up to calculus. It is a for-profit vocational school accredited by a regional body. Skills taught are more geared towards those that will be used in the workforce, such as learning Microsoft Office. According to New York Magazine, the school costs twice as much as the nearby City University of New York and has a much higher. The newspaper said that by 2009, 9.2 percent of students that joined the university in 2006 were already in default in their loans.[7]


Monroe College has since 1990 been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[18] Since January 2006 its Licensed Practical Nursing programs have been accredited by the Office of the Professions (Nursing Education) of the New York State Board of Regents.[18] The college is not listed among the colleges and universities accredited by the Office of College and University Evaluation of the New York State Education Department.[19]


Monroe College competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association with eight men's teams and seven women's teams in ten different sports. The men's teams have never won a championship; the women's basketball team has won four championships, in Division III in 2006 and 2008, and in Division II in 2011 and 2012.[20]

In August 2012, Monroe College fielded a college football team competing in the Northeast Football Conference in Division I of the NJCAA.[21]


In October 2009, an unemployed alumni sued Monroe College for $70,000 in tuition, alleging that Monroe did not provide adequate assistance in finding gainful employment.[22] The lawsuit was reported on by the New York Post and local TV stations, as well as satired in The Onion and the Chronicle of Higher Education, which all made fun of the plaintiff for the presumption that the college was responsible for guaranteeing gainful employment.[7] CNN pointed out that the student had a grade-point average of only 2.7.[23] The school said that it does offer career placement services, but the lawsuit was without merit because it can't guarantee jobs that are subject to the economy.[22][24]


  1. ^ a b c Monroe College. Peterson's. Accessed July 2014.
  2. ^ Daniel Beekman (November 5, 2008). Monroe College celebrates 75th anniversary. Bronx Times. 2008 (45). Accessed August 2014.
  3. ^ Monroe College: King Graduate School. Peterson's. Accessed October 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Philippidis, A. (2005). Monroe college offers MBA with women in mind. Westchester County Business Journal, 44(46), 24.
  5. ^ a b c d e Philippidis, Alex (December 15, 2003). "Monroe College adds classes, builds beds". Westchester County Business Journal. 
  6. ^ "Monroe College Campus". School Choice. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Gimein, Mark (Originally published on (13 August 2009). "Sue This School: Should a college pay when a grad can't find a job? This one should". New York Magazine. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Monroe College History". Monroe College. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "President's Message". Monroe College. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Institution Directory- Monroe College". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Peter Beller (3 September 2000). "New Rochelle Tries for a Comeback". New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  12. ^ SONDRA WOLFER DAILY, N. W. (2004, Aug 11). CAMPUS GOES ONLINE monroe college offers courses on the web. New York Daily News
  13. ^ "USA Funds Excellence in Debt Management Awards". USA Funds. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Monroe SIFE Makes the Nationals!, Monroe College website, accessed August 11, 2011
  15. ^ Monroe College 2005 2 Year National Champions
  16. ^ SIFE Yearly Results
  17. ^ Caribbean students lead New York college team to national academic victory[dead link]
  18. ^ a b Institution: Monroe College. U.S. Department of Education: Office of Postsecondary Education: Database of Accredited Postsecondary Programs and Institutions. Accessed July 2014.
  19. ^ Directory of Colleges and Universities Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education. New York State Education Department: Office of College and University Evaluation. Accessed July 2014.
  20. ^ Monroe College. National Junior College Athletic Association. Accessed July 2014.
  21. ^ Phil Terrigno (August 26, 2012). "Monroe College now in the football business". Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b AP (2 September 2009). "Unemployed Woman Sues College For Tuition". 
  23. ^ Kessler, Jason (August 3, 2009). "Alumna sues college because she hasn't found a job". CNN. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  24. ^ Kathianne Boniello (2 August 2009). "Jobless Grad Sues College for 70G Tutition". New York Post. Retrieved 10 December 2014.