Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose to attend Berkeley College?

While all colleges maintain some similarities, Berkeley College stands out in many ways. The most common reasons for choosing Berkeley are highlighted in what we call The Berkeley Advantage®.

What type of Academic degree and Non-degree programs does Berkeley College offer?

Berkeley College offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees, Certificate programs, and an M.B.A. in Management. All programs balance academics, professional training, and practical experience. Put The Berkeley Advantage® to work for you in the following industries:

To learn more about a specific program offered at Berkeley, including the Four-Year Combined B.B.A./M.B.A. Option, also visit the Academics page.

Is Berkeley College accredited?

Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. Accreditation was last reaffirmed in June 2018. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Visit the Accreditation and Regulatory Information page, for further details.

Where is Berkeley College located?

Berkeley College has campuses in New York, New Jersey, and online. While each Berkeley location has the facilities and resources to provide you with an outstanding career-focused education, each has its own “personality.” Whether you choose to study in the city, the suburbs, or online, you’ll have access to everything you’ll need. Many students choose to take classes at more than one campus or combine on-site and online classes to complete their degree.

What is the enrollment process at Berkeley College Online®?

More than 3,200 students enrolled in at least one online class in fall 2018.

The Online Admissions Department works with applicants who are seeking flexibility and convenience to balance college classes with family, work, and other commitments. In addition to the general admissions requirements, online applicants must complete a short introductory online course prior to registration to familiarize themselves with online learning. Interested students should call 800-446-5400 ext. WC1, or email info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Are all academic programs and courses available at all Berkeley College campus locations?

Not all programs and courses are offered at all campuses. You may be required to take some courses at another campus or online.

How many students attend Berkeley College?

More than 7,000 students attend Berkeley College. This includes more than 350 international students representing over 50 countries. These figures do not include the 150 plus international students, representing 5 countries, attending as part of a J1 visitor exchange program.

What are the Admissions requirements for Berkeley College?

The College considers students for admission to degree and certificate programs on the basis of future potential, the motivation and interest to succeed in a chosen profession, and past academic achievement.

Graduation from high school or the equivalent and a brief personal statement are basic requirements for admission to degree and certificate programs. Applicants to the School of Health Studies have additional requirements. Documentation of successful completion of high school or the equivalent must be submitted to the College prior to starting classes.

A personal interview is strongly recommended. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Admissions at the campus of their choice to arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Associate. For further information, students may also call the College at 866-317-6087 ext. WC1 or email info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

What is the application deadline to begin classes?

Since Berkeley maintains a rolling admissions policy, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been evaluated.

For further questions about the enrollment process, call Admissions to schedule an appointment with an associate or visit our website.

I’m an adult student. Are there part-time, evening, and online programs available for all programs?

Yes. Many adult students are striving to balance work and family with college studies, while others have not yet found the time to reenter or even begin college. To meet these special requirements, Berkeley College has established an Adult Admissions Department, which provides an environment that is sensitive to the needs of adult students.

Can I enroll in courses while deployed overseas?

Listed as a Principles of Excellence institution with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Berkeley is committed to helping veterans and their families succeed – every step of the way. Flexible academic programs can help accommodate your situation and schedule. Advisors with military experience are available to assist with applications and enrollment. You may also be eligible for credit for prior learning. Tutoring is available at no additional charge.

Does Berkeley College offer Study Abroad programs?

Berkeley College students who are interested in studying abroad may participate in a program through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). Eligible students may choose to study in one of nine different countries around the world. For further information, visit Berkeley College Third-Party Study Abroad Programs.

What are the application requirements for International students?

The International Student Department provides assistance to international students in such areas as immigration, visas, housing, orientation to college, and adjustment to life in the United States.

International students applying for admission should submit an international application form at (BerkeleyCollege.edu/Apply); official secondary or post-secondary transcripts with proof of graduation accompanied by certified English translations; Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or an approved ESL program); and, certification of finances. All new students enrolled in degree programs must meet the College's immunization requirements prior to registering for classes. For further information, contact the International Student Department by phone at 212-687-3730, fax at 212-986-7827, or email at International@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

I’m a Transfer student. Does Berkeley College accept prior learning credits?

An official transcript of previously completed education is required. If all post-secondary institutions previously attended are not listed on the admission application, transfer credit may not be granted. To be considered for admission, the following information is also required:

  • An application for admission, which includes a short personal statement (BerkeleyCollege.edu/Apply) and a non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Certification of high school graduation or the equivalent as recognized by state departments of education
Does Berkeley College provide on-campus housing?

Students seeking to be part of a close-knit community may reside in on-campus housing at the White Plains location. Residence facilities are available in Cottage Place and Sussex House. Students benefit from the scenic beauty of Westchester and close proximity to New York City. To apply for housing at the White Plains campus, download the White Plains Residence Reservation.

Numerous non-Berkeley affiliated, off campus housing options may be available in Manhattan and nearby boroughs. Rates vary according to location and accommodations. Additional information is available at the Admissions Department.

Berkeley College has partnered with the American Homestay Network to offer international students an opportunity to start their education with a stay in an American home. AHN has hosts throughout the region, convenient to Berkeley's campuses. Visit the international student homestay page for more information.

What type of financial aid and scholarships are available to students?

More than 45 million dollars in Berkeley College institutional aid was provided to qualified students during the 2017-2018 award year.

A staff of professionals helps students and families to understand the financial options and complete any necessary applications. In addition to government grants and loans, Berkeley College offers a number of direct grants and scholarships to qualified students each year. For further information, review the Guide to Financial Aid. Videos are also on view at Financial Aid TV. For further information about how to complete the FAFSA, also visit https://fafsa.ed.gov.

We proudly support the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Veterans Affairs associates are trained in GI Bill regulations and will help make sure you get the maximum award possible.

I’m a former student. How do I begin the readmissions process at Berkeley College?

Berkeley College has established a Readmissions Department to assist former students, who have been out of attendance for one term or more, with the transition back to college. To be considered for readmission, visit the Readmissions Department page, and contact the department at Readmissions@BerkeleyCollege.edu. Please note: Students wishing to readmit to programs offered in the School of Health Studies must obtain prior approval from the Department Chair.

How do I schedule an appointment to visit Berkeley College?

To schedule a campus or virtual tour, please visit BerkeleyCollege.edu/RequestInfo or visit our Live Chat page to speak with a representative.

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