Berkeley College

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Berkeley College
Berkeley College Logo
MottoYour potential is our promise.
TypePrivate For-profit college
Established1931 (as The Berkeley School)
PresidentDiane Recinos, Ed.D.
ProvostMarsha Pollard, Ph.D.
UndergraduatesMore than 4,000 as of Fall 2021
United States of America
CampusUrban & Suburban
ColorsOfficial Berkeley Blue and White
Sporting affiliations
USCAA Division II
MascotBerkeley Knight

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


Berkeley College offers certificate, associate's, bachelor's, and graduate degree programs. The college serves a diverse student body through The Larry L. Luing School of Business®, School of Professional Studies, and School of Health Studies, on-site and online.

Berkeley College launched its first graduate degree program, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), in 2015.[1] Through Berkeley College's Corporate Learning Partnership, the M.B.A. program partners with organizations like Affinity Federal Credit Union to offer master's degree and continuing education programs to employees.[2] Other recent program launches include a Bachelor of Science in Business Data Science in 2020.[3]

In 2021, Berkeley College was ranked number 86 out of 337 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs by U.S. News & World Report.[4] U.S. News & World Report has recognized Berkeley College among the Best Online bachelor's degree Programs and the Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans for eight consecutive years. Berkeley has been offering distance education programs since 1998.[5]


The college has a New York City Campus in Midtown Manhattan, and four campuses in New Jersey (Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park). Berkeley announced the closure of the White Plains campus in fall 2021 and consolidated it with its Manhattan campus.[6]

In 2014, the Berkeley College Extension Center at 130 Williams Street New York, NY was closed.[7] Two years later, the college closed the Clifton campus (600 Getty Avenue Clifton, NJ),.[8] In 2018 the Dover campus was closed[8] with the Brooklyn campus closed the following year.[7]

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."[9]

In 2018, Berkeley College was named in a lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Consumer Affairs for deceptive and predatory practices.[10][11] 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.

Berkeley College denied the allegations contained in the DCA's lawsuit and denied that it violated the New York City Consumer Protection Law.[12]

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.[13]


3 East 43rd Street building

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


  1. ^ Bader, Emily. “Berkeley College launching MBA program this fall.” NJBIZ, 4 March 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  2. ^ “Affinity FCU to offer employees MBA opportunity at Berkeley College.” NJBIZ, 10 Oct. 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  3. ^ Jaschik, Scott. “New programs: Business data science, business, medical sciences, law.” Inside Higher Ed, 13 Feb. 2020. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  4. ^ “Berkeley College Bachelor’s Program Overview.” U.S. News & World Report, Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Thought Leaders in Online Education: Berkeley College Dean of Online Learning Joseph Scuralli (Part 1).” One by One Million Blog, 7 Dec. 2020. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  6. ^ “Berkeley College to shut down White Plains campus.” News 12 Long Island, 15 June 2021. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Berkeley College - New York". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  8. ^ a b "Berkeley College - New Jersey". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  9. ^ Wilson, Colleen; Fitz-Gibbon, Jorge. "Ex-staffers sue Berkeley College, citing hostile work environment". Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  10. ^ "DCA Berkeley Investigation". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  11. ^ Marsh, Julia (2018-10-19). "City sues for-profit Berkeley College for 'voracious greed'". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  12. ^ “New York City sues for-profit Berkeley College over alleged deceptive practices.” ABC 7 NY, 22 Oct. 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  13. ^ 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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