Our Students

Race/Ethnicity of BECNO students: 87% Black or African American; 8% Latinx; 3% White; 1% Asian or Pacific Islander; 1% Native American; 1% Multiracial

Gender of BECNO Students: 66% Female, 34% Male

45% of students starting BECNO’s full day program graduated high school with an Associates Degree and 60+ college credits

Students in BECNO’s half day program earned an average of 12 college credits in 2019-2020.

Students in BECNO’s full-day, degree-granting program earned an average of 47 credits in 2019-2020.

BECNO students access meaningful postsecondary opportunities and resources:

  • 87% of BECNO graduates enroll in college within 18 months of high school (Class of 2018)

See here for list of colleges enrolled in by recent BECNO alumni.

Student raising her hand in class


BECNO immerses students in serious undergraduate study. As a satellite campus of Bard College, BECNO is held to Bard’s high standards of academic excellence. BECNO gives bright young people of all academic backgrounds the opportunity to immerse themselves in the conversations, standards, and rigor that define some of the best colleges in the country. 

BECNO alumni frequently report back that their BECNO courses were more demanding than their traditional college courses.


BECNO students are uniquely well prepared to thrive in demanding, four-year colleges: they know what to expect, they know how to ask more of themselves, and they know how to succeed. Since 2011, BECNO’s alumni have far outpaced the national average of college persistence.

Student Resources

Students can use Canvas to reference their syllabi, submit assignments, and access different resources. Students can use Jupiter to check their grades and communicate with faculty, staff, and administrators. Students can book office hours with instructors and administrators using Oncehub (links to each faculty/staff member included in their bio).

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