Medgar Evers College
of The City University of New York
Motto"We Create Success, One Student at a Time."
TypePublic college
EstablishedJuly 30, 1970; 53 years ago (1970-07-30)
Academic affiliations
PresidentPatricia Ramsey

40°39′58.71″N 73°57′23.93″W / 40.6663083°N 73.9566472°W / 40.6663083; -73.9566472
ColorsBlack and gold[1]

Medgar Evers College is a public college in New York City. It is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), offering baccalaureate and associate degrees. It was established in 1970 in central Brooklyn. It is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, an African American civil rights leader assassinated on June 12, 1963.

The college is divided into four schools: the School of Business, the School of Professional and Community Development, the School of Liberal Arts and Education, and the School of Science, Health, and Technology. The college also operates several external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women's Development, the Center for Black Literature, and the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy. The college is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


The Academic Complex Building of Medgar Evers College

The college is presently located in four buildings: 1150 Carroll Street, a four-story 152,000 square feet (14,100 m2) gross building originally built as the Brooklyn Preparatory School in 1908; 1650 Bedford Avenue, a three-story 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) gross building completed in 1988; and The School of Business and Student Support Services Building, 1637 Bedford Avenue, a three-story 44,950 square feet (4,176 m2) gross building. The new Academic Building houses the sciences, a new cafeteria and the Edison O. Jackson auditorium. The five-story 194,000 square feet (18,000 m2) gross brick structure on the northern side of Crown Street features computer-enabled classrooms, labs, and a 500-person dining hall.

Some of the land the college is located on was originally the location of the Kings Country Penitentiary – known colloquially as the Crow Hill Penitentiary – from 1848 to 1907. When it was closed and demolished, the site became the location of Brooklyn Preparatory School, a Jesuit institution, until 1972, when the school closed. The land was then sold to CUNY.[2]

Admissions and ethnicity

As of 2017, Medgar Evers' student ethnic diversity was 76% Black non-Hispanic, 15% Hispanic, 3% Asian or Pacific Islander, 2% non-Hispanic White, and 1% two or more races.[3]

Graduation rate

The college's graduation rate is 11.81% within 150% of normal time, i.e., out of 1,126 candidates seeking a four-year bachelor's degree, 133 graduated within six years.[4][5]


Medgar Evers College offers baccalaureate degrees and associate degrees in several disciplines. It offers a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate program through its Nursing Department. It also offers a number of courses and certificate programs through the Continuing Education component of its School of Professional and Community Development.

School of Business

The School of Business has produced over 2,000 graduates from its programs, including attorneys, judges, CPAs, managers, and entrepreneurs. The School is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The School of Business is home to a chapter of Delta Mu Delta international honor society. The School of Business is also home to the Entrepreneurship & Experiential Learning Lab, which operates a number of programs including the International Innovators Initiative and the Virtual CEED Program (Community Entrepreneurship, Engagement, & Development) with corporate sponsor

School of Liberal Arts and Education

The School of Liberal Arts and Education offers the largest portion of the courses that make up the college's liberal arts core curriculum. About 45 percent of the college's full-time enrollment is supported in the School of Liberal Arts & Education. The School of Liberal Arts & Education houses six academic departments: Education, Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), English, Mass Communications, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and Philosophy & Religious Studies. Two associate degrees and two bachelor's degrees are offered within the School.

School of Science, Health and Technology

The School of Science, Health and Technology consists of the Departments of Biology, Mathematics, Nursing, and Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences. It offers degrees at both baccalaureate and associate levels.

The School of Science, Health and Technology also offers special Transfer Opportunities into Allied Health Programs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Students who complete a prescribed course of study at MEC are granted preferred acceptance into four SUNY Downstate Medical Center degree programs: Physician Assistant Program, Physical Therapy Program, Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program, and Occupational Therapy Program.

Academic centers

There are also many academic centers at the college, which support scholarships and services to the residents of Central Brooklyn, and the greater New York area. These include:

Student life

The college is home to a number of student clubs and organizations, including the ADAFI student newspaper, local student chapters of the American Marketing Association and the National Association of Black Accountants, and several sororities and fraternities.


Medgar Evers College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Cougars are a member of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable faculty


The college has graduated over 12,000 alumni since its doors first opened, including:


  1. ^ "Medgar Evers College Official Graphic Identity System" (PDF). Medgar Evers College. City University of New York. 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Manbeck, John B. (2008), Brooklyn: Historically Speaking, Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, ISBN 978-1-59629-500-1, p.81. The exact site of the prison was between Rogers and Nostrand Avenues and between Crown and Montgomery Streets.
  3. ^ "CUNY Medgar Evers College | Data USA".
  4. ^ "Medgar Evers College Outcomes". Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Graduation Rate at CUNY Medgar Evers College". Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  6. ^ Staff Writer. " Founder Speaks at Brooklyn Navy Yard". Retrieved 26 September 2017.