Drawing its name from the Taino word for the island of Puerto Rico - Borinquen - Boricua College was designed specifically to address the needs of Puerto Rican and Hispanic students seeking higher education in the United States. The New York State Board of Regents chartered the college in 1974 with the mission "to strengthen Boricua culture through a bilingual, bicultural approach to all learning, and special course offerings in Puerto Rican history, art and culture."
Students living in college housing or an off campus apartment at Boricua have access to the institution's four New York City campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. As a liberal arts school, Boricua provides a rich education in the humanities, social and physical sciences with highly-specialized programs for students working towards unique career and intellectual opportunities. The school also boasts one of the largest concentrations of bilingual Latino faculty and staff in the United States. In 2008, Boricua developed its educational Master's program in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) for grades K-12.
Student living and university living at Boricua consists of Hispanic cultural events and exhibitions such as the Puerto Rican Folk Art Festival (Artesanía Puertorriqueña), the Annual Poetry Series and the Galerías de Arte. The school's location in New York City also provides students direct access to one of America's largest Puerto Rican cultural and demographic centers.
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