Welcome Message to Students

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Dear Students,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year!

Given the interesting times, Berkeley College facilities will look different. We will work together to maintain health and safety standards, while sustaining the academic excellence and personalized attention that is synonymous with a Berkeley College education. A brief video, which can be viewed here, will quickly help you become familiar with health and safety guidelines in effect when returning to campus. You can view additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the fall semester. You can also watch Fall Semester Town Halls that were hosted for continuing students on August 31, and for new students on September 3.

All Berkeley College campuses, with the exception of White Plains, will run a combination of online and hybrid courses for the fall 2020 semester. Many students have opted to take all of their courses remotely. Your personal choices allow this flexible approach to provide an optimal environment for learning.

These plans, of course, are subject to change based on new information or guidance from the states of New York and New Jersey.

Academic and Campus Life Resources

Each year, I announce a theme that will guide the academic year. The 2020-2021 theme is “Go All the Way.” I encourage you to think about how you will move forward every day towards earning your certificate or degree and reach the graduation stage.

As you start a new academic year, take advantage of the many services available to help you achieve your full potential – on site or online. The Center for Academic Success offers programs to keep you on the road to graduation and professional success, such as tutoring and workshops on improving time management, note-taking and test preparation. Through the Library, gain access to online academic resources. Career Services is a gateway to online job preparation and virtual internships. Student Development and Campus Life (SDCL) invites you to Be Engaged! through clubs and volunteerism. SDCL also offers personal counseling and other wellness resources, which are more important than ever.

As always, all student services will be available both on site and online during the fall semester. Check the Engage student portal for more information.

Your success is central to our mission at Berkeley College. Any time you have questions or feel unsure how to proceed in your academic journey, please reach out to us immediately.

Berkeley College is here to support you every step of the way in your journey to the graduation stage.

We are looking forward to everyone having a great and healthy year!


Michael J. Smith
President of Berkeley College