Medgar Evers College at a Glance
Medgar Evers College, named for the martyred civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers (1925-1963), was established in 1970 by the Board of Higher Education of The City of New York as a result of the advocacy of community residents in Central Brooklyn, and educational and civic leaders throughout the City of New York.
In keeping with the philosophy of The City University of New York, the mission of the College is grounded in the belief that education is the right of all individuals in pursuit of self-actualization. In addition, the College continues to develop and maintain high quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in conjunction with a liberal arts education. We are committed to providing access, facilitating learning, and ensuring the success of its students in pursuit of their educational, career and personal goals.
We offer baccalaureate and associate degree programs with strong articulation between the two-year and four-year programs. Our non-degree educational programs in adult and continuing education, basic literacy, and high school equivalency, as well as our centers for research and community advocacy and our social and cultural programs serve a broad range of community residents’ needs.
Our students include accomplished scholars, such as our Business School students who captured first place in the Third Annual Wharton Undergraduate Marketing Conference case competition at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; the new inductees for the Lambda Rho Chapter of Delta Mu Delta International Honors Society; students cited in the Salute to Scholars; and students who have presented original research at conferences in San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, among other venues during the past two years. Our student body is also engaged in both extra-curricular activities and in community service. Our Women’s Soccer Team won the CUNY Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Championship in 2010; our Men’s Basketball team won the CUNYAC Championship this year; and our Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants regularly assists community residents with income taxes throughout the Spring semester.
We have also made strides in recruiting high quality tenure-track faculty. Within the past three years, two of our faculty members were awarded Fulbright scholarships, and another was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Our faculty members have also recently won awards from Minority Access Inc., the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Medgar Evers has also begun offering three new degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and an Accelerated Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Business Management Services. We recently opened Academic Building I, a five-story complex that houses our School of Science, Health and Technology, cutting-edge research labs, and new dining and meeting facilities. Additionally, we recently opened a new student lounge, as well as completed a $3.2 million dollar renovation of our campus swimming pool. In 2012, we will begin in $18.3 million dollar renovation of our College’s library, which will expand its total area – including student study areas, and enhance its physical and digital holdings.
Under the leadership of its current President, Dr. William L. Pollard, the College is poised to become the most student-centered College in CUNY and beyond. Medgar Evers College intends to continue recruiting high quality faculty and counselors in order to strengthen programs designed to increase retention and graduation. As enrollment increases, the College seeks to keep pace with the needs of an ever more diverse population by adding to its bilingual support services staff, as well as enhancing the services provided to its veteran and differently-abled student populations.