BMCC and Morehouse College Partner to Bring Educational Opportunity to BMCC’s Male Students

Morehouse/BMCC Signing
BMCC President Anthony E. Munroe and Morehouse College President David A. Thomas and other participants during May 18 signing ceremony at Fiterman Hall.

May 17, 2022

A historic agreement between the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) located in Lower Manhattan, and Morehouse College, the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) for men, located in Atlanta, GA, is bringing educational opportunities for male students seeking to earn a college degree from an HBCU. Watch event signing HERE.

This institutional collaboration will create the BMCC/Morehouse College Partnership and supports BMCC’s mission to advance equity, access, and inclusion for all college students across every discipline.

The signing ceremony will be live-streamed from 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Effective Fall 2022, the BMCC/Morehouse College Partnership will assist male BMCC students who wish to transfer to Morehouse College, one of the country’s top HBCUs. Through the Partnership, admission is guaranteed to Morehouse’s traditional and online programs for male students who meet the criteria and have earned a minimum GPA of 2.7 and an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT). Students who have a GPA around 2.7 may proceed with the application process, but their admission is not guaranteed. Student criteria and Frequently Asked Questions provide more details for BMCC students who are interested.

Dr. Anthony E. Munroe, BMCC President, says this articulation agreement supports BMCC’s strategic goal to address student retention and eliminate equity gaps, especially among Black and Hispanic males.

“Years of research and analysis into student success at BMCC has shown that students are most successful and equity gaps are reduced when there is a clear, guided academic pathway and when they are in cohort programs,” said President Munroe. “This is especially true for our Black and Hispanic men who benefit most from these efforts. This partnership provides a seamless transfer while also bringing access to an equitable education in one of our country’s most prestigious HBCUs.”

“Morehouse College is excited to partner with the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) to create opportunities for young men to gain access to a Morehouse College education. Through this partnership of purpose, male students from BMCC will pursue an academic track with the intent of applying, and gaining admission, to Morehouse College,” said Morehouse College President David A. Thomas. “More importantly, Morehouse and BMCC are committed to easing the transition of students who participate in this partnership by creating several engagement opportunities that will educate young men on the academic offerings, culture, and traditions of the College—which we, ultimately, believe will encourage timely matriculation upon their transfer.”

There is a significant amount of research that demonstrates the positive impact for students, especially Black students, in attending HBCUs. Data indicates that Black students who graduate from HBCUs are more likely to thrive with purpose, and social well-being; significantly more likely to persist to degree completion in STEM fields, and more likely to graduate regardless of major. In short, this partnership with Morehouse will provide a strong pathway to obtaining a well-regarded bachelor’s degree within a setting proven to benefit students of color.

BMCC’s partnership with Morehouse College expands the college’s efforts to provide targeted support for Black and Hispanic male students. BMCC has established programs such as the Urban Male Leadership Academy, College Discovery and Conexiones & Connections, to provide support for students, including Black and Latinx students, in their college experience with academic advisement, career development and leadership opportunities.

Both colleges will come together on May 18, 2022, on the BMCC campus to officially sign the articulation agreement and launch the BMCC/Morehouse Partnership. The signing ceremony and reception are scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., in rooms 1306/7 on the 13th floor of Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall, 245 Greenwich Street. Media can RSVP by contacting BMCC’s Office of Public Affairs at (212) 346-8501 or  

The Morehouse Man
Men of Morehouse strive to be tall enough to wear our crown of high expectations and the title of Morehouse Man. A Morehouse Man is an academic, intellectual, and professional success. Inspired by strong, intelligent, critical, and supportive brothers and teachers, a Morehouse Man endeavors to do the same. Read full text.

About Morehouse College
Morehouse College is the largest men’s college in the United States and the only college with a mission to educate Black men. A private, liberal arts institution founded in 1867, Morehouse is the nation’s top producer of Black men who go on to receive doctorates, the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs, and was named to the list of U.S. institutions that produced the most Fulbright Scholars in 2019-2020. Morehouse has the top-rated core curriculum of any HBCU nationwide, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, and Academic Influence named Morehouse one of the two most influential HBCUs of the 21st century. Morehouse is one of the top five HBCUs nationally, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also ranked the College among the top 20 liberal arts colleges nationally in terms of social mobility and the top 50 nationally in terms of innovation. Morehouse is the #1 producer of Black male graduates in Georgia in biology, business, engineering, English, foreign languages, history, mathematics, performing arts, philosophy, physical sciences, religion, and visual arts, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. As the epicenter for thought leadership on civil rights, Morehouse is committed to helping the nation address the inequities caused by institutional racism, which has created social and economic disparities for people of African descent. Prominent Morehouse alumni include: Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, Academy Award-winning American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta; Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security; Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; Bakari Sellers, attorney and CNN political analyst; Randall Woodfin, elected as the youngest mayor of Birmingham in 120 years; and U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator from Georgia. For more information, visit:

BMCC Mission
Borough of Manhattan Community College is a diverse teaching and learning community committed to advancing equity and the intellectual and personal growth of students. Working to strengthen a culture of care inside and outside the classroom, we share a passion for learning with students from around the world. We strive to increase degree completion, successful transfer, career achievement and service and leadership within our community, New York City, and beyond.

The BMCC/Morehouse College Partnership serves many of BMCC’s Strategic Goals including Strategic Goal 4: Improve Completion and Transfer Rates through Integrated Supported Services.


  • A historic agreement between BMCC and Morehouse College, the nation’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) for men and located in Atlanta, GA, is bringing educational opportunities for male students seeking to earn a college degree from an HBCU
  • A signing ceremony between BMCC President Anthony E. Munroe and Morehouse President David A. Thomas will be live-streamed from 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18
  • President Munroe says this articulation agreement supports BMCC’s strategic goal to address student retention and eliminate equity gaps, especially among Black and Hispanic males

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