Berkeley College Announces Transition to Semester-based Academic Calendar

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Berkeley College is in the process of converting its academic calendar to a semester system from a quarter system. The change will take effect in June 2016, pending regulatory approval. Under the new system, an academic year will be comprised of two semesters, rather than three quarters. In a calendar year, students will have the ability to take courses over three semesters instead of four quarters. 
“Berkeley College is committed to the success of our students and we are confident the semester-based calendar will have a positive impact on student outcomes,” said Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President. 

Under the transition to the semester system, students will retain their earned academic credits and grade-point averages. The 2016 annual tuition and fees at $23,100 and $1650, respectively, will remain the same for new and returning students. Cost per academic year for current students maintaining continuous, full-time enrollment will remain at their previous annual frozen amount, with annual fees at $1,650.

The new calendar also provides students with a longer break during the summer beginning in 2017.  

The College has established a dedicated section on the semester conversion on its website which students can access at their convenience to gain updates on the progress of the initiative and the status of government regulatory approvals. Please click here for more information or visit:

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree, Certificate and Study Abroad programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the new School of Graduate Studies, which began offering a Master of Business Administration degree in Management in September 2015. 

Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year.  The website address


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