New state-of-the-art urban campus opens downtown for historic St. Francis College

The ribbon is cut with the faculty. Photo: Rebecca White

Yesterday, leaders from Brooklyn and beyond joined the St. Francis College (SFC) community to celebrate the grand opening of the College’s new, state-of-the-art, custom campus in downtown Brooklyn.

Slideshow photos by Rebecca White

Yesterday, leaders from Brooklyn and beyond joined the St. Francis College (SFC) community to celebrate the grand opening of the College’s new, state-of-the-art, custom campus in downtown Brooklyn.
The thoughtfully designed contemporary space – featuring flexible labs and classrooms and the latest technology embedded throughout – is an inspiring learning environment in which everyone can thrive.

“We are honored to celebrate the grand opening of this incredible new campus with the community of which we have been a part for more than 160 years,” said Miguel Martinez-Saenz, president of St. Francis College. “St. Francis College is proudly committed to providing an unparalleled values-based education in the heart of New York City, and our new campus strengthens our ability to deliver on that promise to our students and neighbors. By opening the College’s doors to the leaders of tomorrow, we are excited to be part of the journey that will help students, their families, and their communities prosper for generations to come.

“For more than 160 years, St. Francis College has been helping young people in Brooklyn and across the five boroughs access better opportunities,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “I was a proud supporter of St. Francis when I was Brooklyn Borough President, and I’m glad the city was able to partner with them to help facilitate this new, state-of-the-art campus. The 21st century facilities available in the new home of the College will ensure that more generations of students will have the skills to compete for the jobs of the future and the creativity to help solve the challenges facing our city. Congratulations to the entire St. Francis community.

“We are proud that Brooklyn is home to so many institutions of higher learning, and we are thrilled to gain another transformative and forward-looking center of education with the new St. Francis campus,” said the president of the borough of Brooklyn, Antonio Reynoso. “This brand new campus and its state-of-the-art resources will give students the tools to leave a lasting and positive mark on their communities, businesses and governments. I am so grateful to St. Francis for their commitment to quality education and for growing a diverse and dedicated student body right here in the best borough in the city.

At the Grand Opening Ceremony, State Senator Andrew Gounardes attended the ceremonies and presented the College with a significant $225,000 appropriation to support SFC with its forward-facing technology platforms at the heart of the new campus at 179 Livingston Street.

“Education is the way to go for millions of young New Yorkers every year, and I am very proud to have allocated $225,000 in capital funds this week for the new, expanded campus of St. Francis College” , State Sen. Gounardes said. “The state-of-the-art facilities and technology will have a huge impact on the more than 2,500 students, faculty and staff at St Francis. I look forward to seeing all that St. Francis students accomplish in their studies and in our great borough of Brooklyn.

The contemporary campus features classrooms and laboratories with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, a 300-seat auditorium, a cafeteria, a private entrance, a dedicated lobby and outdoor patio overlooking downtown Brooklyn. Additionally, the campus has over 30 classrooms, eight science labs, a nursing simulation lab, a nursing skills lab, a FinTech lab, a Maker space, a psychology lab, and three computer labs. versatile. Each of these dedicated spaces is equipped with enhanced technology to keep the College at the forefront of new developments in academia.

The College’s new home, beginning in the fall 2022 semester, is even more convenient via public transportation, between the Hoyt Street and Jay Street subway stations as well as several bus stops, and will open up opportunities in New York City at beyond campus for all. College students, employees and visitors. The College also expects to serve as a major anchor in the economic development of nearby Fulton Market, with over 2,500 students and hundreds of faculty and staff.

“Our students deserve an education that meets the demands of the 21st century economy, and our new facilities, programs and student learning experiences deliver that and more,” said Jennifer Lancaster, Ph.D., vice -president of academic and academic affairs. Dean. “St. Francis College is bridging the higher education gap by providing an affordable, top-notch education to students, regardless of background, and we are already seeing this two weeks into the semester. Our students are striving to become industry leaders in contributing to a more just and equitable society, and their SFC experience will propel them to achieve this dream.

“St. Francis College has always been an incredible community committed to its students and their success, which is why I and so many alumni are excited about its new chapter,” said Dyanne Rosado ʼ95, Board Chair. of the Alumni Association.” I know that current and future CCC graduates will enjoy their time in this new home for CCC in the same way that we cherish the education and experiences we received during our time as ‘students.’

“I first joined the SFC community because of the accessibility and comprehensive curriculum that St. Francis College offers its students,” said junior Maryam Shuaib, vice president of student government. “Our new home’s meaningful approach puts students at the heart of St. Francis College, giving us the flexibility to dream, serve and achieve in our respective communities to the best of our abilities.”

The College’s move to a new campus is part of SFC Forward, the College’s vision for the future in the years to come. As part of SFC Forward, the College will continue to introduce new academic programs for stepping stone students into competitive and growing industries, while creating more opportunities for flexible, distance and blended learning. The strategic initiative also deepens the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in its curriculum, programming, hiring and more.

Through this campus move and beyond, St. Francis College continues to fulfill its valued mission of providing affordable higher education to working-class and first-generation New Yorkers since 1859. Nearly 80 percent of students at College come from all five boroughs of New York. City, although their diverse origins represent around 80 countries. Over 50% of College students are first-generation students. Approximately 24% of college students identify as Black/African American and approximately 28% of students identify as Hispanic. Approximately 99% of College students receive some form of financial aid, including but not limited to scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans, making the College one of the top private colleges affordable from New York.

The College aims to grow the community to over 3,500 students by 2026.

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