Berkeley College

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Berkeley College
Berkeley College Logo
MottoYour potential is our promise.
Established1931 (as The Berkeley School)
PresidentMichael J. Smith
ProvostMarsha Pollard, Ph.D.
Undergraduates5,700 as of Fall 2019
United States of America
CampusUrban & Suburban
ColorsOfficial Berkeley Blue and White
SportsUSCAA Division II
MascotBerkeley Knights

Berkeley College is a private for-profit college with campuses in New York and New Jersey. It was founded in 1931 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs. Berkeley College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Berkeley College offers certificates, associate's, bachelor's, and a graduate degree. It provides academic programs through The Larry L. Luing School of Business, School of Professional Studies, School of Health Studies, and School of Liberal Arts. School Some of the programs offered include criminal justice, fashion, interior design, nursing, accounting, and surgical technologist.


The college has two New York locations in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, and four in New Jersey (Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park).

In 2014, the Berkeley College Extension Center at 130 Williams Street New York, NY was closed.[1] Two years later, the college closed the Clifton campus (600 Getty Avenue Clifton, NJ),[2]. In 2018 the Dover campus was closed[2] with the Brooklyn campus closed the following year.[1]

Legal issues[edit]

In 2019, Berkeley College was sued by former staffers at the White Plains (NY) campus claiming they faced "a gender-related hostile work environment" and "wrongful termination."[3]

In 2018, Berkeley College was named in a lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Consumer Affairs for deceptive and predatory practices.[4][5] The lawsuit description includes (1) misleading students about financial aid, including federal financial aid; (2) tricking students into taking out loans directly from Berkeley College; (3) deceiving students about institutional grants; (4) deceiving students about transfer credits, majors, and careers; and (5) violating local debt collection laws by concealing its identity from former students when collecting debt, including debt that is not owed.

In 2015, Berkeley College was named in a New York City Consumer Agency investigation (along with 3 other for-profit schools) concerning student dropout and loan default rates, as well as how the college recruits new students.[6]


Berkeley College Knights Athletics includes Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country, and Tennis teams. They compete in the USCAA and the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

41st Street, Midtown Manhattan


  1. ^ a b "Berkeley College - New York". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  2. ^ a b "Berkeley College - New Jersey". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  3. ^ Wilson, Colleen; Fitz-Gibbon, Jorge. "Ex-staffers sue Berkeley College, citing hostile work environment". Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  4. ^ "DCA Berkeley Investigation". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  5. ^ Marsh, Julia (2018-10-19). "City sues for-profit Berkeley College for 'voracious greed'". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  6. ^ Harris, Elizabeth A. (2015-04-02). "New York City Consumer Agency Investigating Four For-Profit Colleges". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-15.

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