To be eligible for admission to Boricua College a prospective student must:
- Be at least seventeen years of age.
- Be a high school graduate, or have the equivalent of a high school diploma.
- Pass a written entrance examination and an oral interview examination given by an Admissions Committee of the Faculty.
Recognizing that most Boricua students may be employed, full or part-time, throughout their undergraduate studies, employment in the form of supervised internships and clinical residence may be included as a vital part of the College’s educational program. A prospective student must, therefore, be ready and able, with assistance from Faculty Facilitators, to build course-work, home, family, community and employment into an integrated program of educational growth and development.
The academic year at Boricua is made up of three sessions: 1) the Fall; 2)Spring – regular sessions each comprised of fifteen (15) weeks session and 3) the Summer session – comprised of eight (8) weeks. Students may begin their studies in September for the Fall session and in January for the Spring session. The specific dates for each session are indicated in the Academic Calendar.
1. Submit a completed Application Form, along with a non-refundable fee to the Admissions Department at one of the following locations:
Manhattan – Audubon Terrace
3755 Broadway (156 Street)
New York, NY 10032
Attn: Ismael Sanchez – Admissions Director
(212) 694-1000, ext. 675
Bronx at Boricua Village
890 Washington Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451
Attn: Teofilo Santiago – Acting Director
(347) 964-8600, ext. 368
Brooklyn – Graham
9 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Attn: Aurea Morales – Dean of Admissions
(718) 963-4112, ext. 543
2. Contact all high schools, colleges and/or other post-secondary institutions previously attended, and request that an Official Academic Transcript and Financial Aid Transcript be forwarded directly to the Admissions Department.
3. Submit two (2) Letters Recommendation.
4. Submit Immunization record.
5. Have an interview with an Admissions Counselor; receive financial aid information; from a financial aid counselor. (See also academic requirements for federal and state financial aid in the section on “Financial Aid”).
6. Complete a written diagnostic examination to guide the faculty in designing a suitable educational program.
7. Complete an individual or group oral interview conducted by an Admissions Committee of the faculty. The Admissions Committee makes the final decision regarding prospective student’s ability to function in the College’s programs. Decisions are based primarily on the Committee’s judgment regarding the candidate’s:
- Academic competence and ability to devote full-time to college-level studies.
- Ability to integrate academic, employment, family and community responsibilities into a coherent program of educational development.
- Maturity and discipline to assume progressively greater responsibilities for academic planning, development, and evaluation.
- A genuine interest in problems and needs of their community.
- 8. Following review of an applicant’s file, written notification of admissions is mailed to the applicant. Detailed policies regarding admissions may be found in this catalog [in the pages that follow as well as Chapter 3] and in the manual of procedures of the Admissions Department.
The Core Curriculum Requirements
All students must complete the requirements of the Core Curriculum – the Liberal Arts and Sciences-Generic Studies Program as a prerequisite component of the Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Arts degree programs.
Special Departmental Requirements
Each academic department has the right to specify additional academic requirements for students entering an upper division major program. It is strongly suggested that students consult with the Department Chairperson before embarking on a major program of study.
The College may accept courses transferred from another institution accredited by appropriate accrediting agencies of the United States, with a grade of “C” or above. These courses are accepted by Boricua in order to recognize a students prior efforts to complete their studies.
Because of Boricua’s unique educational model, however, these transferred courses may not substitute for the specific requirements of each of Boricua’s academic program majors. In some instances, transferred courses may fulfill the “Electives” components of a major area of study.
- Courses over seven years old may be rejected from consideration.
- Decisions regarding transferred courses are made only by the Director of Registration and Assessment of the College.
Transitional Student Requirements
Transfer students who have completed an Associate of Arts degree or 45 liberal arts credits in another institution, that include at least 6 credits of mathematics, 6 credits of English and 3 credits of a natural science may be considered a TRANSITIONAL STUDENT with special opportunities. They may be accelerated into an upper division major area of study after completion of one term in the Generic Studies Program with a grade point average of at least 2.00, complete one set of Instructional Modules, demonstrate a level of cognitive and affective development close to Mastery, good attendance and receive the recommendation of the Chairperson of the LAS – Generic Studies Program.
Students who have a foreign high school diploma or an Individual Education Program (IEP) certificate and have passed the federal Ability to Benefit (ATB) exam. They can apply for admissions and receive financial aid if they qualify. Preparation for the ATB is available through the College’s College Prep Program.
The College provides all instruction in English and requires all student work to be written in English. Bilingual education at Boricua College means that the faculty is bilingual and students may therefore request clarification of a concept or statement in Spanish and the faculty has the obligation to clarify in Spanish as needed.