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U.S. News and World Report Ranks Berkeley College Among Nation’s Best for Online Programs

Berkeley began offering online classes in 1998 and quickly became a leader in distance education.

Berkeley College Online® enables students to balance coursework with family, job and social responsibilities and work at their own pace within a weekly schedule of discussion topics, readings, and assignments. Instructors, classmates and academic advisors are just an email or phone call away.

BENEFIT FROM:

  • CAREER-FOCUSED PROGRAMS developed and updated to meet current professional demands
  • FACULTY members selected for academic excellence and relevant professional experience
  • COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT, including:
  • Assistance with the application and financial aid processes
  • Academic tutoring
  • Berkeley graduates receive free career assistance
  • $48 million in Berkeley College institutional aid was provided to qualified students during the 2019-2020 award year.
  • You may have the opportunity to participate in an internship or job-related assignment for a valuable learning experience.

It’s education as usual with online learning at Berkeley College

The world as we know it is changing every day. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted countless industries and all of our lives. But in this time of uncertainty, Berkeley College is making every effort to carry on and continue providing an excellent career-focused education for our students.

On-site classes at Berkeley’s six New York and New Jersey campuses have temporarily transitioned to online learning. Fortunately for the 5,700+ Berkeley students, everything is in place for a smooth transition. As a leader in online learning for more than two decades, Berkeley College has offered online classes since 1997 and accredited degree programs since 2003.

On-site classes at Berkeley’s six New York and New Jersey campuses have temporarily transitioned to online learning. Fortunately for the 5,700+ Berkeley students, everything is in place for a smooth transition. As a leader in online learning for more than two decades, Berkeley College has offered online classes since 1997 and accredited degree programs since 2003.

"With the essential infrastructure already in place for online learning, we were more prepared for the moving of all on-site classes to an online format during these extenuating circumstances," said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. "The majority of our students already take at least one online class during their time at Berkeley. As of this week, 775 on-site New York and New Jersey courses were converted to an online modality. Our faculty and staff have done an exceptional job of providing continuity for our students as they look to finish their semester in a strong position."

Berkeley’s Office of Student Development and Campus Life hosts an Online Student Community with virtual activities in many areas including Financial Literacy, Career Services, and the Center for Academic Success. On Wednesday evenings, students can visit a chat room for hour-long "Company Conversations." According to Chrissy Andrascik, Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Online, topics vary from personal to academic and the hangout provides a relaxed, casual environment that fulfills a social need for online students. 

The Berkeley College Library is available to respond to questions via chat, text (1-973-947-8988) and email (Library@BerkeleyCollege.email.libanswers.com). Students and staff can access magazines through the Flipster platform, and download books from the EBook Central Platform.

The Career Services team at Berkeley College offers virtual career fairs--a solution for helping students gain face-time with potential employers, even in these challenging times. "Virtual career fairs and recruiting events keep students connected to the world in spite of what’s happening in it," said Amy Soricelli, Vice President, Career Services. Upcoming webinars focus on interview preparation and how to succeed at a virtual career fair. 

"The transition to online classes has been pretty easy for me actually! I have been taking a combination of online classes and on-campus classes for the past two semesters, so going all online wasn't bad at all," said Berkeley student Molly Ferguson. "Using the technology has been very easy, too. Berkeley makes it extremely simple to acclimate to online classes. Berkeley also provides awesome virtual resources to really bring that education feeling to life like Zoom. It was so cool to interact with my professor and classmates just as if I was in my actual class, and it worked great!

Molly continued, "I’m also finding it convenient to get my work done around my schedule. I definitely think I have a bit more time now that I'm home due to the chaos that is happening in our world, but even when all of this distress wasn't happening, I still loved the idea of being able to complete assignments more at my own leisure, but also following a schedule with what my professors provided to me. I'm doing next semester all online except for one class actually! It will allow the opportunity for me to work more, and gain more real-world experience, all while gaining an education too."

Student Luciana Quinones said the great thing studying online at Berkeley is that you can take your class everywhere you go. "It gives you the flexibility of reading your articles and doing assignments from your cellphone, tablet, or computer at any time and place. If you lack time, this is a good option to keep moving forward."
Berkeley College is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and making all necessary adjustments and precautions to ensure the safety of students and staff. In the meantime, the Berkeley community is also doing everything possible to maintain continuity and continue delivering the same brand of excellent education that began in 1931.
"My advice for other students is to take this time that seems to be a little surreal for everyone involved and enjoy it as best you can, and learn from it as well," Molly shared. "Taking online courses is definitely an adjustment for a student that maybe hasn't taken any yet, but if there were anywhere I'd want to be taking them, it's here at Berkeley. The resources we receive here virtually are some of the best and we are in such good hands, so take advantage of it while you can and make your education the best it can be as if you were on campus. And like me, you’ll be proud to be part of the Berkeley family!"

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Berkeley College Online® recognized for excellence

Online students have access to campus life and student engagement opportunities

  • Social Media
  • Wellness/Personal Development Services
  • Workshops
  • Online Clubs
  • Leadership Opportunities

Berkeley College Online® attracts a diverse student body

  • Social Media
  • Wellness/Personal Development Services
  • Workshops
  • Online Clubs
  • Leadership Opportunities

Student support
services

  • Career Services
  • Academic Advisement
  • Library
  • Center for Academic Success

Berkeley College graduates who study online defy conventional paths to success

Graduates combine education and passion to determine their own careers as Berkeley College raises its ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges in the Nation for Online Bachelor Degree Programs and Online Bachelor Degree Programs for Veterans


For the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Berkeley College among the Best Colleges in the nation for Online Bachelor Degree Programs. The ranking also recognizes Berkeley College as among the best Online Bachelor Degree Programs for Veterans.

Nationwide, Berkeley is No. 80 out of 353 schools surveyed, 345 of which were ranked; 13 colleges tied for the position this year. In 2019, the College was No. 102, out of 348 schools ranked. In the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, Berkeley College ranked No. 49 out of 97 schools surveyed; 9 colleges tied in this position.

“The continued collaboration with high-caliber online institutions and organizations enables all of us to provide our students with the advantages of a diverse digital learning environment,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “We are creating a community of online learners like none other because the level of engagement continues to expand through innovative programming. Berkeley College online students feel they belong here.”

About 3,100 graduate and undergraduate students (54 percent) enrolled in at least one online class at Berkeley College in the fall 2019 semester. Of the undergraduate students, approximately 24 percent are earning their undergraduate degrees entirely through Berkeley College Online®.  Fifty-six percent of graduate students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in Management program in the fall 2019 semester are earning their degrees entirely online.

“Berkeley College continues to offer a variety of options for students who seek flexibility in earning their degrees, and the quality and commitment of our faculty, with continued emphasis on student engagement and resources, contributes to our ranking,” said Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Online, Berkeley College. “The online student at Berkeley has access to an extraordinary student experience that parallels onsite campus resources, as well as the opportunity to participate in programs at our New Jersey and New York campus locations.”      

U.S. News & World Report evaluates colleges on factors such as engagement, which includes areas like best practices, graduation rates, assessments, class size and retention rates; faculty credentials and training; student services and technologies; and expert opinion.

To view the full rankings, click here. To read more about the methodology used by U.S. News & World Report, click here.

Here are a few examples of how Berkeley College online learners have succeeded in carving lifestyles and careers that defy convention:

Chassity Jackson

Graduate, Veteran, Fashion Designer with a Passion for Fashion

Chassity Jackson had an interest in technology from early childhood. She carried around a little red keyboard toy, like a baby doll, that she received one Christmas. The "little red keyboard" helped her learn how to type. At the same time, the way her mother and aunt styled their clothing intrigued her as she grew up. Ms. Jackson continued following her interest in the field of information technology when she served in the U.S. Air Force, but discovered that was not her passion.

"I decided, by way of prayer, to find the silver lining," said Ms. Jackson, who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising and Management online at Berkeley College in 2019. "Had it not been for hardship – I was homeless veteran with two kids for a while – I might not be on this journey."

Ms. Jackson decided to move forward and pursue her passion with fashion. She learned about Berkeley College Online through an Internet search and enrolled in 2016.  She also had noticed that people complimented the way she styled her clothing, and she wanted to give back, especially in ways that would benefit homeless veterans.

Today, living in Destin, FL, Ms. Jackson runs several of her own businesses, including a nonprofit. One business, Battle Beauties Fashion, features Ms. Jackson’s fashion designs for military women; the second, Emerald Coast Fashion, a nonprofit that partners with other businesses such as Chick-fil-A to help feed homeless veterans, hosts Emerald Coast Fashion Fridays, which teaches fashion marketing strategies to local and online students; and the third is Wingmen Official, which features street style fashion designs for military men, launched at New York Fashion Week 2018.

“My purpose is to bring reform to the fashion industry,” Ms. Jackson said. “Authentic fashion awakens identity as opposed to the abuse that we’ve witnessed or maybe experienced in the fashion industry.”  She believes that “Fashion is not fashion unless it changes lives.”

Grovert Fuentes

Online Courses Help Veteran Prepare for Career after Military Service

Berkeley College alumnus Grovert Fuentes developed a reputation as a combat photographer during his six years of military service. After his discharge, he knew he needed to prepare for a new career because he had sustained injuries that made it impossible to continue with his passion for photography. Searching for a military-friendly college, he discovered Berkeley and was attracted to support services offered for veterans and the flexibility that Berkeley offered. Mr. Fuentes took classes at night while working during the day.

At age 24, he feared being the “old guy” in class, but found students of all ages and from all backgrounds. The experience helped him expand his perspectives. While still attending Berkeley College, he launched his own business – Fit Lifestyle Box, a subscription-based service offering fitness-related products. To continue his studies while devoting time to the startups, Mr. Fuentes took online classes. His professors helped by offering advice for getting the businesses off the ground.

“I don’t think I would have been able to start my businesses and remain in school without being able to take online classes,” said Mr. Fuentes.

Having accomplished much since earning his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Communications in 2017, Mr. Fuentes continues planning for his future. He loves to travel and enjoys public speaking engagements with other Berkeley veteran alumni. “It’s a network that is extremely valuable,” he said. “Veterans are always willing to help each other and I’ve gained friends who are always supporting me through the Berkeley veterans community.”

 Awards and Recognition

While our most important measure of our work is the success of our students, Berkeley College takes pride in the numerous awards and recognitions we have received across various segments of the institution.

Rankings

  • Top 1% in Overall Mobility Index – New York; Top 4% – New Jersey, 2017 – The Equality of Opportunity Project
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, 2014-2020 – U.S. News & World Report
  • Open Doors Report, 2016-2017, Berkeley College – New York ranked 13th in international student enrollment under "Special Focus Institutions"
  • Return on Investment (ROI), 2013 – The ROI of a degree from Berkeley College – New York outperformed 96 percent of U.S. colleges and universities in a study by PayScale, Inc.
  • USDLA/Quality Standards Certification, 2013-2019 – United States Distance Learning Association 

Military

  • Best Online Programs for Veterans, 2014-2020 – U.S. News & World Report
  • Top School, 2015, 2017 and 2018 – Military Advanced Education and Transition
  • Military Friendly® Top 10 Nontraditional School, 2017 – Victory Media
  • Military Friendly® Top 10 Spouse School, 2017 – Victory Media
  • Best for Vets: Four-year Colleges, 2014-2015 and 2017-2020 – Military Times
  • Best of the Best, 2014-2015 and 2017-2020 – U.S. Veterans Magazine
  • Military Friendly School, 2010-2014 and 2016 – G.I. Jobs
  • Military Friendly School, 2010-2014 – Military Advanced Education
  • Best for Vets, Online and Nontraditional, 2013 – Military Times

Service/Community

  • Member Award for Excellence, 2019 – New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • Partnership in Caring Award, 2018 – Healing the Children® New Jersey
  • Excellence in Community Service, 2018 – New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • Impressive Good Works, Champion of Good Works, Companies That Care, 2014-2018 – Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey
  • Great Oak Awards Finalist, 2015-2017– New Jersey Monthly
  • New Good Neighbor Award, 2008 and 2016 – New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, 2014 (New York), 2015 (New York and New Jersey)
  • Patriot Award, 2014 – Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
  • Appreciation Award, 2014 – Paramus Cultural Arts Council, Borough of Paramus, and Paramus Library
  • Harold Fitzpatrick Community Leadership Award, 2012 – African-American Men of Westchester, and The Business Council of Westchester
  • Hall of Fame, 2011 – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes

Service/Community

  • Member Award for Excellence, 2019 – New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • Partnership in Caring Award, 2018 – Healing the Children® New Jersey
  • Excellence in Community Service, 2018 – New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • Impressive Good Works, Champion of Good Works, Companies That Care, 2014-2018 – Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey
  • Great Oak Awards Finalist, 2015-2017– New Jersey Monthly
  • New Good Neighbor Award, 2008 and 2016 – New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, 2014 (New York), 2015 (New York and New Jersey)
  • Patriot Award, 2014 – Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
  • Appreciation Award, 2014 – Paramus Cultural Arts Council, Borough of Paramus, and Paramus Library
  • Harold Fitzpatrick Community Leadership Award, 2012 – African-American Men of Westchester, and The Business Council of Westchester
  • Hall of Fame, 2011 – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes

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Student activities are a big part of day-to-day life at Berkeley College.

Your Berkeley College education will consist of much more than class work. Many different services are offered to help you focus on your success—from the day you arrive and throughout your career. Career Services will work closely with you right from the beginning, helping you choose a career path and preparing you to enter the professional world. They’ll assist with resume and interview preparation and help identify opportunities that fit your goals. Berkeley graduates are eligible for lifetime career assistance*.

At Berkeley, you can round out and enhance your learning experience with multicultural activities that help prepare you for the global workplace and community service opportunities where you can put your talent to work for great causes. Berkeley truly encourages lifelong learning and involvement.

We will assist you in getting the most from your studies with a comprehensive range of support services and resources. Never hesitate to reach out for help—from navigating the collections of our libraries to free tutoring, counseling, and more.

Berkeley College provides opportunities for socialization, recreation, networking, leadership, and more.

A wide range of clubs, athletics, organizations, and activities allow you to connect with and benefit from an extremely diverse student body. Whatever your interests, goals, or strengths, there is no excuse to not be involved! We encourage you to explore these chances to engage with the Berkeley community and expand your horizons as you prepare for the future.

Berkeley College has many programs that enhance the student experience and allow participants to reach their potential. Students may engage in:

  • Athletics and recreation
  • Diversity and multicultural activities
  • Community service
  • Student organizations
  • Honor societies
  • Online opportunities
  • And many others