St. Francis College

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St. Francis College

St. Francis College Logo
MottoLatin: Deus Meus Et Omnia
English: My God, My All
Motto in EnglishThe Small College of Big Dreams
TypePrivate College
Religious affiliationRoman Catholic
ChancellorFrank J. Macchiarola
PresidentBrendan J. Dugan
ProvostTimothy Houlihan
Academic staff260[2]
LocationBrooklyn Heights, New York, United States
Former namesSt. Francis Academy
ColorsBlue and Red         
AthleticsNCAA Division I
AffiliationsNEC, CWPA, and MAAC
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St. Francis College

St. Francis College Logo
MottoLatin: Deus Meus Et Omnia
English: My God, My All
Motto in EnglishThe Small College of Big Dreams
TypePrivate College
Religious affiliationRoman Catholic
ChancellorFrank J. Macchiarola
PresidentBrendan J. Dugan
ProvostTimothy Houlihan
Academic staff260[2]
LocationBrooklyn Heights, New York, United States
Former namesSt. Francis Academy
ColorsBlue and Red         
AthleticsNCAA Division I
AffiliationsNEC, CWPA, and MAAC

St. Francis College (also known as SFC) is a private, coeducational college located in Brooklyn Heights, New York, in the United States. The campus is composed of 5 interconnected buildings, occupying half of a city block in Downtown Brooklyn. It was founded in 1859 by the Franciscan friars as the St. Francis Academy. St. Francis College was the first private school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. It is mainly an undergraduate institution, yet does have graduate programs in accounting, project management and psychology. The college has 19 academic departments that offer 72 majors and minors.

St. Francis College is classified as a small liberal arts college. As of 2012, there are 2,697 undergraduates (11% part-time) and 47 graduates (34% part-time).[2] The student to faculty ratio is 18:1 and 43.6% of classes have 20 or fewer students.[4] The 2,744 students that attend St. Francis College come from over 80 countries.[5] St. Francis College has been ranked by the New York Times as one of the more diverse colleges in the United States.[6] The college has also been ranked by both Forbes Magazine and U.S. News and World Report as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the north.[7][8]



SFC's Administration Building

Baltic and Butler Street Campus

St. Francis College was founded by Franciscan Brothers in 1859 as St. Francis Academy, the first private school in the diocese of Brooklyn.[9][10] St. Francis Academy started in a building on 300 Baltic Street and initially was dedicated to the education of the newly formed Brooklyn diocese’s Catholic population. The Academy expanded and grew to encompass six row houses, with 150 feet (46 m) of frontage and a former Methodist Church on Baltic Street.[10] In 1868, the academy was incorporated and in 1884 it was chartered: the trustees of the Academy received permission from the state legislature to “establish a Literary College” and to confer diplomas, honors, and degrees.[10] St. Francis Academy became St. Francis College, and in June 1885 bestowed its first Bachelor of Arts degree. By 1884, St. Francis College encompassed interconnected buildings that were on Baltic and Butler Streets, between Court and Smith Streets. The entrance to the College was on Baltic Street and the entrance to the monastery was on Butler Street.[11] In June 1892, the college conferred it first Bachelor of Science degree. In 1926, the Franciscan Brothers opened a new facility on Butler Street.[12] In 1957, the Regents of the University of the State of New York granted an absolute Charter to the Trustees of the College and three years later, it embarked on an expansion program.

St. Francis College seal

Remsen Street Campus

The College moved to Remsen Street, where it had purchased two office buildings from the Brooklyn Union Gas Company, allowing it to double its enrollment. One of the office buildings went on to become SFC's Administration Building and was constructed in 1914, by Brooklyn architect Frank Freeman. In 1969, the college became a co-educational institution and additional property was purchased on both Remsen and Joralemon Streets. The College expanded its facilities with the construction of the Science and Technology Building, the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex, and the Student Services Building which also has housing to accommodate the Franciscan Brothers and provide more space for faculty.

In spring 2003, St. Francis College completed a new athletic and event facility atop the College’s Generoso Pope Athletic Complex: the Anthony J. Genovesi Center. In fall 2005, the 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) Frank & Mary Macchiarola Academic Center opened, which included the new St. Francis College Library, classrooms equipped with wireless internet access, smart boards and multimedia technology, a theater/lecture hall, updated facilities for the Communication Arts department, gathering spaces such as a lounge with Wi-Fi for students, and office space for several academic departments. The Frank & Mary Macchiarola Academic Center was built where the old McGarry Library once stood. The old library was housed in "a little 1857 palazzo a half block from Brooklyn's Borough Hall,"[13] and was part of the purchases made from the Brooklyn Union Gas Company in 1960.


SFC Science and Technology Building

St. Francis College is located at 180 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn Heights and occupies half of a city block. It occupies five interconnected buildings: The Administration Building, The Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic Center, The Generoso Pope Athletic Complex, The Science and Technology Building, and The Student Services Building. The main entrance is through the Science and Technology Building. The campus is close to amenities such as Brooklyn Borough Hall, The Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Historical Society, the New York Transit Museum, Cadman Plaza, Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. One block over is Montague Street, which has many restaurants, boutiques and cafes. The streets around the campus are tree-lined and contain Brownstone houses.

St. Francis College is set in an urban environment. It does not have a dedicated dormitory for its students, and as such it is a commuter school. Yet, St. Francis does offer off-site housing through a third party that is near the campus, the residence hall is in the former Hotel St. George.[14] The campus is near Manhattan and only one train stop away from it. Many subway lines serve Brooklyn Heights, specifically the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F, M, and R.

Administration Building

The Administration Building is the oldest structure on the campus and was acquired in the original purchase from Brooklyn Union Gas. Within the Administration Building is McArdle Hall and Gorman Hall, which are located on the ground level of the College, and are used by students to study, socialize, rest or eat. The Administration Building is also the location of the St. Francis College Chapel and Ministry. In the basement of the Administration Building is the St. Francis College bookstore, which is operated by Barnes & Noble.

Science and Technology Building

The Science and Technology Building was built during St. Francis College's expansion in 1968. The Science and Technology Building houses Founders Hall, which is the main auditorium for students and community events: the auditorium seats 300 people. The Science and Technology building is also the location of the Biology Departments laboratories and the Chemistry and Physics Departments laboratories. The building was erected with funds from the National Science Foundation, which procured with the help of Dr. John M. Burke, former Chair of the Chemistry Department.[15][16]

The Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic Center

Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic Center

The Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic Center is the latest addition to the campus. The St. Francis College library is located in the Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic Center, the library occupies the three bottom floors. There is an atrium over the main reading room, which includes the William G. and Diane Foley Parrett Academic Suite. There are also two computer labs, a classroom and several study rooms.[17] St. Francis College is a member of the Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB), a consortium of eight Brooklyn-based college libraries that participate in an "Open Access" policy since 1975. This means that students, faculty, and staff of any ALB institution are eligible to use and borrow materials of the other member libraries.[18][19] The Thomas J. & Anita Volpe Lounge is located in the Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic Center and serves as a hub for the campus. It is situated at the intersection of the College Library, Office of Career Development, Student Activities, Student Government, and Student Publications. The Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education is a 90 seat theater for plays, musical performances, workshops and lectures that is also housed in the Frank and Mary Macchiarola Academic Center.

Generoso Pope Athletic Complex

St. Francis Aquatics Center

The Generoso Pope Athletic Complex, or The Pope, is home to the St. Francis Terriers Men's and Women's Basketball Teams. The teams play on Peter Aquilone Court and the Center seats 2,000 spectators around the court.[20]

The Anthony J. Genovesi Center is locate above The Pope and is named for the former State Assemblyman Anthony J. Genovesi, the facility was built in 2003.[21][22] The 10,000 square feet (930 m2) facility is used primarily for intramural games, yet it is also used as a venue for various events including job fairs and freshman orientation.

Underneath Peter Aquilone Court is a competition-sized pool, the St. Francis Aquatics Center. The Center hosts games for the Division I, Nationally Ranked Men's Water Polo Team as well as the Women's Water Polo Team and home meets for the College's Swimming and Diving Teams. During the off season and away games the pool is open to all students and is also used by the surrounding community.

The St. Francis College Fitness Center is located underneath the The Pope and is open to all St. Francis College students.


St. Francis College confers Associate's Degrees, Bachelor's Degrees and Master's Degree. In addition to these degrees, the College grants certifications for teaching, project management and nursing. Affiliation agreements with the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York University College of Dentistry, and New York College of Podiatric Medicine enable students to pursue degrees in Physician Assistant, Radiologic Science, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and to acquire advanced standing in professional programs in dentistry and podiatry before the completion of the baccalaureate degree.

Core curriculum

St. Francis College, in keeping with a liberal arts curriculum, requires students to take classes that range from communications to philosophy to sociology. The core curriculum is about 13 classes (42 credits) for a Baccalaureate degree. The goal of this curriculum is to graduate well-rounded students, who will have a broad foundation outside of their areas of specialization.


There are 19 academic departments, which offer 72 majors and minors. The Accounting and Business Law department is the only department which confers a Masters Degree. The department has had success with its graduates, some include: Sal Ianuzzi ‘75, William G. Parrett ‘67, and Robert J. Clark ‘74 (Vice President and Treasurer, MLB). The Biology department mostly graduates students going into Dentistry, Podiatry, Radiology and Medicine. Although some basic research has been conducted in the field of microbiology, involving studying the effects of cranberry and grape juice as antivirals.[23] There is also active research in the field of Ecology and marine microbiology by several of the professors. The Chemistry and Physics department is one of the smaller departments at St. Francis College and most of its graduates go into the Chemical or Pharmaceutical Industries. The focus of the department is mostly in inorganic and physical chemistry. A famous graduate of the department was Donald J. Metz, a long-time nuclear engineer for Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Communication Arts department has placed many graduates in broadcasting companies such as ABC, NBC, CNN and MTV.[24][25] Other departments include Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Studies; Economics, History and Political Science; Education and Physical Education; English; Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, and International Cultural Studies; Management and Information Technology; Mathematics; Nursing; Philosophy and Religious Studies; and Psychology.

Graduate programs

As of 2007, the college has added a combined B.S./M.S. degree in accounting. It is a 5-year program and the first students graduated in 2008, on the college's 150th anniversary.[26] In 2010, the college added a second graduate degree, a 2-year Master's degree in Professional Accountancy.[27] In 2012 a combined B.S./M.S. degree in Psychology was added that offers two concentrations, one in Applied Psychology and another in Psychology Research.[28]

Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology

The Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology (IICCP) was founded in 1998. It has become a center for the advancement of Cross-cultural psychology and International Psychology. It is supported by an international advisory board of psychologists from six countries; members of the institute have engaged in a series of research projects, edited books on a broad variety of topics in international psychology, sponsored conferences, symposia and colloquia, and introduced novel curriculum development.[29] The Institute supported the writing and editing of numerous publications in international psychology including 14 books that have appeared in 5 countries.[30]


University rankings
Washington Monthly[32]257
U.S. News & World Report[33]26

In 2008, St. Francis College placed 268th out of 569 colleges in Forbes Magazine Best Colleges List.[34] In 2009, it was nominated to America’s Best Colleges List, placing as the 6th best school out of the 19 that made the list from New York City and out of the 600 colleges ranked by Forbes, St. Francis College was ranked at 282.[7] In 2010, Forbes placed St. Francis at 445th out of 610 colleges in the United States and out of the 17 colleges that made the list from New York City, St. Francis College ranked 11th.[35] For the fourth year in a row St. Francis College was ranked by Forbes Magazine Best Colleges List, implicit on being in the list is that an institution already ranks in the top 11% as only 650 of more than 6,000 institutions are selected.[36][37] For 2011, St. Francis College ranks 407th out of 650 institutions.[37] In 2012, Forbes ranked St. Francis at 477th overall out of 650 institutions, it was also ranked at 341st for private colleges out of 402 institutions.[38]

St. Francis College has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Baccalaureate Colleges in the North for 2010. It is considered by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 Baccalaureate College and is ranked at 22.[8] For 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Francis at 29th out of 48 Tier 1 Baccalaureate Colleges in the north.[39] U.S. News & World Report in 2011 also ranked St. Francis as the 5th most diverse baccalaureate college in the north.[40] For 2012, St. Francis moved up six slots to rank 23rd out of 47 Tier 1 Baccalaureate Colleges in the north.[5]

Duns Scotus

The Duns Scotus Honor Society was founded in 1935 and is named for John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan scholar. Membership in the society is based on scholastic standing, extracurricular participation, and demonstration of Franciscan spirit.[41]

Volpe Lecture Series

The Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series brings to St. Francis College varied guest speakers with a wealth of knowledge in different areas of expertise. The lectures are intended to bring forth pressing issues which can question the preconceptions of students and expand their knowledge. These issues range from cultural to political to economic.[42]

Past speakers include:

Literary Prize

The St. Francis College Literary Prize, $50,000, is awarded biannually to honor an author's fourth published book of fiction. The prize is meant to offer encouragement and significant financial support to a mid-career writer. The first ever St. Francis College Literary Prize winner was Aleksandar Hemon, in 2009.[43] The 2011 prize went to Jonathan Dee for his work, The Privileges.[44]

Accreditation and memberships

St. Francis College is chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

It is a member of the following:

Student life

Clubs and organizations

  • Accounting Society
  • Arab American Society
  • Breakdance Club
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • Chemistry Club
  • Christian Club
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • College Choir
  • Dance Team
  • Eastern European Club
  • Economics Society
  • Education Society
  • English Club
  • Fashion Club—The Walk
  • French Club
  • Finance Club
  • Government and Politics Club
  • Haitian American Students Alliance
  • History and Political Science Society
  • Honors Club
  • Italian Historical Society
  • Latin American Society
  • Leo Club
  • Martial Arts Club
  • Math Club
  • Model United Nations Club
  • Philosophy Club
  • Pre-Medical & Health Professional Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Science and Botanical Society
  • St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society
  • Troupers

Greek life


National Honor Societies


The total enrollment at St. Francis College is 2,744, of which 45% are male and 55% are female. St. Francis College has been ranked by the New York Times as one of the more diverse colleges in the United States.[6] 84% of students enrolled are below the age of 24 and 13% are above the age of 25. Below is the enrollment data for St. Francis College by race and ethnicity from 2012.[2]

In 2012, St. Francis College welcomed it largest ever freshman class with 625 students.[28]


Being a small college, SFC has an 18:1 student-teacher ratio. Another facet of the college is that there are no teaching assistants; all classes are taught by professors, of which 89% have terminal degrees in their respective fields.[45] There are 80 Full-time Professors and 167 Part-time Professors.[2]


SFC Terriers Logo.jpg

St. Francis competes in the NCAA's Northeast Conference. Their mascot is the terrier. Students participate in 19 Division I athletic teams, including men's and women's basketball, men's soccer, women's volleyball and the nationally ranked men's water polo team.[46]

Several teams play at off-campus facilities. These include: the soccer team, which play at the Aviator Sports Complex; the outdoor track team, which meets at Icahn Stadium; the indoor track team, which meets at the New Balance Track & Field Center; the golf team, which plays at the Dyker Beach Golf Course and the tennis team, which plays at the USTA National Tennis Center.

Men's basketball

The St. Francis College men's basketball team, founded in 1896, is the oldest collegiate program in New York City.[47] In the Terrier's 115 year history, they have won 5 regular season championships and have had 3 NIT bids. The Terrier's had their best season in 1955-56 under Daniel Lynch posting a record of 21-4 and reaching the NIT semi-finals.[48] Then during Ron Ganulin's tenure as head coach, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the team recaptured momentum and was one of the better teams in the NEC; from 1998 through 2004, St. Francis posted a 78-36 conference record. At the time Ganulin's assistant was Glenn Braica, who is the current head coach as of 2010. Braica was most recently an assistant under Norm Roberts at St. John's University.[49]

Notable alumni

The St. Francis College Alumni Association was founded in 1887.[50] All former graduates of St. Francis College become members upon graduation. Some of the college's better known alumni include U.S. Representative Peter T. King, who is also chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Thomas J. Pickard, who was the director of the FBI. Many of St. Francis College's alumni have gone into business and finance, they include Michael A. MacIntyre, a senior vice president at HSBC, Louis G. Pastina, the executive vice president of operations at the NYSE, Sal Iannuzzi who is the chairman, CEO and president of Monster, Inc. and William G. Parrett who was the former CEO of Deloitte. St. Francis College also has a rich history of sports and many of its alumni have been drafted by professional teams, the most notable of which are; John Halama, and James Luisi.

Popular culture

Different locations at St. Francis College have been used for backdrops to various scenes for film and television. The pool has been used to film scenes for the movie Across the Universe (2007) and the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords.[51][52] The Peter Aquilone Court has been used for filming by the Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show.[52] The Thomas J. & Anita Volpe Lounge was used by the popular TV show Gossip Girl, to film scenes for season 4 episode 10; Gaslit.[53]


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