Medgar Evers College
Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CUNY) system was founded in 1969. The senior college within the CUNY system, admitted its first students in the fall of 1971 and continues to create countless educational opportunities for thousands. The College was named in honor of slain civil rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers, and was established to serve the educational, cultural and social needs of a multinational community located in the Crown Heights section of central Brooklyn. The College's enrollment has continued to increase yearly with more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students and 500 full-time and part-time instructional staff.
The College has taken as its charge preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century. To fulfill this mission, Medgar Evers offers an outstanding array of degree programs in areas including English, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Mathematics and Biology. These programs represent a liberal arts curriculum that will ensure student success in a fast-paced, global economy. The Medgar Evers College School of Liberal Arts and Education recognizes the important correlation between the liberal arts and disciplinary study in higher education. Its School of Business emphasizes excellence in the preparation of students for administrative and managerial careers in both the private and public sectors; and its School of Science, Health and Technology, housed in a $247 million, state-of-the-art facility, offers rigorous degree programs that enhance critical-thinking skills and foster a love and quest for knowledge in the health, biological and physical sciences. The mission of the College’s School of Professional and Community Development is to support life-long learning and provide nurturing and caring environments that enrich the academic, social and professional development of youth and adults.
Medgar Evers’ accomplished faculty corps includes some of the best and brightest in academia – boasting several Fulbright Scholars, a Guggenheim Fellow and many respected researchers. Its full- and part-time instructional staff known for their excellence and ethnic diversity, emphasize life-long learning and encourage graduates to seek advanced degrees and its student scholars have captured first-place in prestigious competitions, presented their original research at conferences across the globe and pursued careers in the business, medical and political arena, amongst others.
In addition to the comprehensive academic and professional education offered at the College, Medgar Evers extends its services to students and to the broader community through various specialized centers, housed in the School of Professional and Community Development. Its Center for Black Literature hosts the National Black Writers Conference and exposes students to nationally known writers and scholars and its Center for Law and Social provides quality legal advocacy, training, and research on racial justice issues affecting people of African descent, and persons who are under-served.
The College has also become a vital resource to the community through the establishment of the Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, an outstanding middle college high school for grades six through twelve. The Preparatory School graduated its first class in June, 1997 and has a 90% plus placement rate in colleges throughout the country.