Founded by Franciscan friars in 1859, St. Francis College was the first Roman Catholic private school to be located in Brooklyn. The coeducational college has been ranked as one of the top baccalaureate programs in the northeast by Forbes Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. St. Francis College provides a liberal arts foundation for undergraduate students, emphasizing a well rounded education prior to major coursework. Students living in college housing or an on campus apartment may also enjoy St. Francis' affiliations with local medical institutions - like the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens - for additional studied in health sciences programs.
St. Francis offers many degrees in the arts and sciences including communication arts, chemistry, physics, biology, sociology, economics, history and criminal justice. The school's also offers a masters degree in the accounting and business law department. The college is home to the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology, with a board that supports research and psychological publications around the world.
Student living and college living at St. Francis include various social clubs and organizations along with a health Greek presence. The St. Francis Terriers compete in NCAA's Division I Northeast Conference in a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, volleyball and water polo. The college's men's basketball team is also the oldest such program in New York City.
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