Kingsborough Community College

Founded in 1963 and part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Kingsborough Community College’s beautiful 70-acre waterfront campus is located in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn, New York.

Named one of the top community colleges in the country by The New York Times, KCC offers a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts and career education to all students with a high school diploma or GED.  Most classes have fewer than 30 students, allowing professors to teach through hands-on learning and group discussions, using the latest technology, such as smart classrooms and video-conferencing rooms.

Kingsborough’s academic calendar is divided into two major semesters, each consisting of a 12-week module, followed by an optional 6-week module.  A unique 2-for-1 policy allows most NYC residents who enroll in the major semester as a full-time student to attend the 6-week module for free.

Kingsborough offers a number of programs for special populations including the My Turn program, which allows NYC residents 60 years or older to attend college tuition free; College Now, a unique partnership with area high schools to prepare students for college-level work that is now being replicated by colleges throughout the city; and New Start, which offers students who have had difficulty in college a second chance to succeed.

Admissions Open Houses are held throughout the year and you are always welcome to make a personal visit.  Please call 718-COLLEGE (718-265-5343) or click on admissions to make a reservation.

Associate Degree programs are offered in: 

• Accounting
• Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling
• Biology
• Biotechnology
• Broadcasting Technology and Management
• Business Administration
• Chemical Dependency Counseling
• Chemistry
• Community Health
• Computer Information Systems
• Computer Science
• Criminal Justice
• Culinary Arts
• Early Childhood Education/Child Care
• Education Studies
• Engineering
• Exercise Science/Personal Training
• Fashion Design
• Fine Arts
• Graphic Design and Illustration
• Journalism and Print Media
• Liberal Arts
• Maritime Technology
• Mathematics
• Mental Health and Human Services
• Nursing
• Office Administration & Technology
• Physical Education, Recreation and Recreation Therapy
• Physical Therapist Assistant
• Physics
• Retail Merchandising
• Speech Communications
• Surgical Technology
• Theatre Arts
• Tourism & Hospitality
• Website Development and Administration

Certificates are offered in:

• Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counseling
• Aviation and Cruise Operations
• Culinary Arts and Food Management
• Entrepreneurial Studies
• Exercise Science/Personal Training
• Food Service Operations
• Gerontology
• Hospitality and Meeting Planning
• Maritime Technology: Deck Specialty
• Maritime Technology: Marine Mechanic
• Medical Office Assistant


Students graduating with an Associate Degree from Kingsborough are guaranteed admission to a senior CUNY college to continue their studies.  In addition, Kingsborough has articulation agreements with several public and private senior colleges. Our Honor students have been admitted to such institutions as Cornell University, Smith College, Northeastern, and NYU – many on academic scholarship.

Fast Facts
  • Number of Students: Approximately 18,000 credit students; 21,000 continuing education students
  • Full-time Tuition: $1,575 + student fees per semester for NYC residents; Per credit tuition ranges from $120 — $250 per credit, depending on residency. Payment plan available
  • Kingsborough Community College was named one of the top community colleges in the United States by the New York Times (2007).
  • According to Community College Week, Kingsborough consistently ranks in the upper half of the top 100 community colleges in the country to award Associate degrees to minority students and the number of Associate degrees awarded in total.
  • KCC’s Learning Communities model continues to earn praise: a study released recently showed that the program increased by more than 13% the number of students likely to pass the reading and writing assessment tests required to further their education in their first semester.
  • Kingsborough received an award from Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honor society, for the chapter with the largest growth.
  • KCC presents hundreds of free and low-cost community events each year including a free summer music festival; a best-selling author series; performances for children and classes; and a performing arts festival.
  • KCC’s Athletic Department offers a variety of intercollegiate teams including men's and womens’ basketball, track, tennis, baseball, and soccer teams and women’s volleyball. KCC is a member of the NJCAA and the CUNYconference. We also offer a comprehensive intramural program in our award-winning gym and pool facility covering many sports for men and women throughout the school year.
Student Profile
  • 58% are full-time students: 42% are part-time students
  • 56% are female; 44% are male
  • 87% are 29 years old and under; of that, approximately 27% are under 20
  • 48% are U.S. born
  • Kingsborough students speak over 70 different languages and come from more than 140 different countries.
  • Many of our students are the first in their family to attend college.
  • More than 40% of our students have annual household incomes of under $20,000 and, of that number, more than half have annual household incomes of less than $10,000.
  • Nearly 75% of our full-time freshmen receive financial aid.
  • Top 5 majors include: Liberal Arts; Business Administration; Biology; Accounting; and Nursing I (Pre-Clinical) 

     More information about our student body.


Kingsborough is fully accredited and approved by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredits the Nursing Program and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education accredits the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. All academic programs are registered by the New York State Education Department. The College is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Council on Education (ACE), the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Association of Colleges and Universities in the State of New York, the Council of Higher Education Institutions in New York City, Junior College Council of the Middle Atlantic States, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New York State Association of Junior Colleges, and the Association of College Unions-International.