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, graduate programs.[citation needed]

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

The college was founded by Mildred King as the Monroe School of Business in 1933, at 1940 Boston Post Road in the Bronx. The first class consisted of seven students in four classrooms. By 1936, after Harry Jerome joined the school, it had 145 students.[3][self-published source?]

Monroe added an IBM division in the 1960s with keypunch machines. Monroe classes were held at the site of the former Starlight Ballroom where Marty was filmed. In 1963 the institution became Monroe Business Institute.[citation needed]

Monroe became an accredited junior college in 1972 when it earned the right to grant Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degrees.[citation needed]

In 1990 the name was changed from Monroe Business Institute to Monroe College; the college joined the National Junior College Athletic Association in the same year.[citation needed]

In 1996 the New York State Board of Regents authorized the college to confer bachelor's degrees in accounting, business management, and information systems, and in 2005 to confer MBA degrees.[citation needed]


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.[4][5][6][7][dead link]


Monroe College has since 1990 been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[8] 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.[8] 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.[9]


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.[10]

In August 2012, Monroe College fielded a college football team competing in the Northeast Football Conference in Division I of the NJCAA.[11]


Trina Cherisse Thompson v. Monroe College, The Office of Career Advancement[edit]

A 2009 notice to sue filed by a Monroe College graduate brought unfavorable attention to the complainant (who was satirized in The Onion[12] and pilloried in mainstream press[13] and social media[14]) as well as unfavorable scrutiny to the college in the press (e.g., in New York Magazine[15] and in readers' comments[16]).

On 4 July 2009, Trina Thompson, age 27, filed a notice to sue Monroe College which is owned currently by the Jerome family (Marc Jerome is the current EVP of Operations) in Bronx Supreme Court. Her handwritten[17][18] complaint sought reimbursement of the approximately $70,000 she spent on tuition and an additional payment of $2,000 for "stress" associated with her job search. Thompson claimed the college had promised leads and career advice, which the school's Bronx Office of Career Advancement on the Bronx campus did not provide, and that she was unable to find gainful employment since receiving her bachelor of business administration degree in information technology in April 2009.[19][20]

CNN reports:[21]

"As Thompson sees it, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average and a solid attendance record. But Monroe’s career-services department has put forth insufficient effort to help her secure employment, she claims."
“They’re supposed to say, ‘I got this student, her attendance is good, her GPA is all right — can you interview this person?’ They’re not doing that,” she said.

The Monroe College Office of Career Advancement advertises lifetime free service for graduates, and the college released a statement saying that "while it is clear that no college, especially in this economy, can guarantee employment, Monroe College remains committed to working with all its students, including Ms. Thompson, who graduated only three months ago, to prepare them for careers and to support them during their job search."[22]

The New York Post reported a harsher response from the school spokesman: "The lawsuit is completely without merit", Gary Axelbank said. "The college prides itself on the excellent career-development support that we provide to each of our students, and this case does not deserve further consideration." [23]


  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's Rich History. Monroe College. Accessed July 2014.
  4. ^ Monroe SIFE Makes the Nationals!, Monroe College website, accessed August 11, 2011
  5. ^ Monroe College 2005 2 Year National Champions
  6. ^ SIFE Yearly Results
  7. ^ Caribbean students lead New York college team to national academic victory
  8. ^ a b Institution: Monroe College. U.S. Department of Education: Office of Postsecondary Education: Database of Accredited Postsecondary Programs and Institutions. Accessed July 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Monroe College. National Junior College Athletic Association. Accessed July 2014.
  11. ^ Phil Terrigno (August 26, 2012). "Monroe College now in the football business". Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ "College Grad Suing Alma Mater". The Onion (45•32). August 5, 2009. 
  13. ^ Anchor Mike Galanos. "Prime News". CNN. 
  14. ^ Cooper, Robbie (August 2009). "Trina Thompson: Would You Hire Her?". 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Milosheff, Peter (3 August 2009). "Monroe College Sued For Tuition". The Bronx Times. 
  17. ^ Cox, Robert (4 August 2009). "Monroe College Sued by Unemployed Recent Grad". Talk of the Sound. 
  18. ^ "Documents Filed with the Court". 
  19. ^ Torts. "Jobless Graduate Sues College: Trina Thompson Sues Monroe College". Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  20. ^ AP (2 September 2009). "Unemployed Woman Sues College For Tuition". 
  21. ^ Kessler, Jason (August 3, 2009). "Alumna sues college because she hasn't found a job". CNN. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  22. ^ AP (2 September 2009). "Unemployed Woman Sues College For Tuition". 
  23. ^ Boniello, Kathianne (2 August 2009). "JOBLESS GRAD SUES COLLEGE FOR 70G TUITION". New York Post.