St. Francis College

St. Francis College, often referred to as St. Francis of Brooklyn or SFC, is a private, coeducational college located in Brooklyn Heights, New York. It was founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, a Franciscan order, as the St. Francis Academy and was the first private school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. St. Francis College began as a parochial all-boys academy in the City of Brooklyn and has become a small liberal arts college that has 19 academic departments which offer 72 majors and minors.

St. Francis College is a predominantly undergraduate institution, yet does have graduate programs in accounting, project management, psychology and creative writing. St. Francis has been ranked nationally and regionally by Forbes magazine, Washington Monthly, Money magazine and U.S. News & World Report as one of the top baccalaureate colleges.[4][5][6] St. Francis is set in an urban environment and is considered a commuter college. As of 2015, there were 2,671 undergraduates (10% part-time) and 78 graduates (50% part-time).[2] The student to faculty ratio is 17:1 and 55.9% of classes have 20 or fewer students.[7] The 2,749 students that attend St. Francis College hail from over 80 countries.[8] St. Francis College has been ranked by The New York Times and Forbes as one of the more diverse colleges in the United States.[9]

St. Francis College has 21 athletic teams that compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Terriers. SFC's teams participate in the Northeast Conference, with the exception of the men's and women's water polo teams which compete in the CWPA and the MAAC, respectively.

St. Francis College
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St. Francis College Logo
Former names
St. Francis Academy
MottoLatin: Deus Meus Et Omnia
Motto in English
My God, My All
TypePrivate College
AffiliationRoman Catholic (Franciscan)
EndowmentUS$71,009,000 (2016)[1]
PresidentMiguel Martinez-Saenz, Ph.D.
ProvostTimothy Houlihan, Ph.D.
Academic staff
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ColorsBlue and Red          
AthleticsNCAA Division INEC, CWPA, MAAC


Baltic and Butler Street Campus

In 1858 Brother John McMahon, O.S.F. and Brother Vincent Hayes, O.S.F. from the Roundstone Monastery in Ireland came to the United States to begin work on establishing an academy dedicated to educating underprivileged youth in the Brooklyn diocese.[10] This was done at the request of the Bishop of Brooklyn, Reverend John Loughlin. In 1859 St. Francis College was founded as the St. Francis Academy, the first Catholic school in Brooklyn.[11][12] St. Francis Academy started in a building on 300 Baltic Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, with 30 students and 6 Brothers. The first President was founder Brother John McMahon. 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.[12]

In 1868, the academy was incorporated and on May 8, 1884 it was chartered: the trustees of the Academy received permission from the New York State Legislature to “establish a literary college in the City of Brooklyn under the title of St. Francis College, with the same powers to confer diplomas and literary honors possessed by the universities and colleges of New York State.”[12] 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.[13] In June 1892, the college conferred it first Bachelor of Science degree. In 1896, St. Francis fielded the first collegiate men’s basketball team in the New York City. Then in 1902 St. Francis received its charter from the State of New York in May. From this time on, the College’s curriculum offered only a post-secondary course of study. By 1917, the College's enrollment dropped to half due to students enlisting in the military as the United States entered World War I. In 1926, the Franciscan Brothers opened a new facility on Butler Street after raising USD$250,000 through a fundraising campaign dubbed the "Great Drive."[14] Less than ten years later, its preparatory school moved out and eventually became a legally separate institution, St. Francis Preparatory School, and is now located in Queens.

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Photograph of St. Francis College graduates, circa 1899

As the U.S. moved closer to its entrance into World War II, 240 students were enrolled at St. Francis.[10] While the student body remained mostly Irish, the changing demographics of working class Brooklyn were reflected by the growing number of Italian-American students. By the spring semester of 1944, when the war was at its peak, the number of students enrolled dropped to 45. Most of those still enrolled were members of the Franciscan order and those exempt from military service (12 SFC students gave their lives to the war effort). After the War and with the passage of the G.I. Bill, which paid tuition for returning soldiers, enrollment at St. Francis increased to 878 students.[10] In 1957, the Regents of the University of the State of New York granted an absolute Charter to the Trustees of the College making it a separate legal entity from the St. Francis Monastery. The new corporate status enabled St. Francis students to qualify for federal financial aid. Shortly after, in 1959, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredited St. Francis College.[10] After these developments the College embarked on an expansion program.[15] In 1961, the college purchased the Herman Behr Mansion in Brooklyn Heights to serve as a residence for the Franciscan Brothers and signaled the move from Cobble Hill to Brooklyn Heights.[16]

Remsen Street Campus

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SFC's Administration Building

In 1963 the College decided to move to Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights, where it had purchased two office buildings from the Brooklyn Union Gas Company, allowing it to double its enrollment.[17] One of the office buildings went on to become SFC's Administration Building, it was constructed in 1914, by Brooklyn architect Frank Freeman. In 1965 the College started the expansion of its facilities with the construction of the Science and Technology Building in 1968, the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex in 1971, and the Student Services Building which also has housing to accommodate the Franciscan Brothers and provides space for faculty.[18][19] In 1969, the college became a co-educational institution and additional property was purchased on both Remsen and Joralemon Streets allowing enrollment to exceed 3,000 students.

In spring 2003, St. Francis College completed a new athletic and event facility atop the College’s basketball court: 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,"[20] and was part of the original purchase made from the Brooklyn Union Gas Company in 1960.


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SFC Science and Technology Building

St. Francis College is located at 180 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn Heights and occupies half of a city block, within 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 visitor attractions, such as Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn Heights 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. Montague Street, a block away, 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. However, 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 at the Clark Street subway station on the 2 and ​3 trains.[21] The campus is close to Manhattan. Many New York City Subway services serve Brooklyn Heights, including the A, ​C​, F​, N, R, and ​W trains at Jay Street – MetroTech and the 2, ​3, ​4, and ​5 trains at Hoyt Street and Borough Hall.

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.[22][23] 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 were procured with the help of Dr. John M. Burke, former Chair of the Chemistry Department.[24][25] In 2012, the College completed upgrades to its laboratories, which are spread on 2 floors of the Building consisting of 21,000 square feet.[26][27]

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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. It is named after the late Dr. Frank Macchiarola and his wife, Mary. Dr. Macchiarola graduated from St. Francis in 1962 and served from 2008 until his death in 2012 as the Chancellor after having been the college's president from 1996 to 2008.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30][31] 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

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St. Francis vs LIU in the annual Battle of Brooklyn at The Pope on January 31, 2015.

The Generoso Pope Athletic Complex, also known as "The Pope". is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is located on Remsen Street, between Court and Clinton Streets, within the College and was completed in 1971. The Pope is named after Generoso Pope, an Italian immigrant who rose to prominence in New York City. It is the core of St. Francis College’s athletic facilities. On the lower level is the Aquatics Center, above it is the Daniel Lynch Gymnasium and on the fourth floor is the Genovesi Center.

The Daniel Lynch Gymnasium is the centerpiece of The Pope and it hosts the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball games.[32] The Gymnasium has a capacity of 1,200 seats. The teams play on Peter Aquilone Court, which was named after Peter Aquilone, the son of former Athletic Director and St. Francis alumnus Edward Aquilone, ’60.[32] The court was dedicated to Peter Aquilone on December 1, 2004, after he died.[33] The Gymnasium is named after alumnus Daniel J. Lynch, who coached the Terriers for 21 years and led them to 3 Regular Season Conference Championship wins and is the All-Time Terrier Coach wins leader.

St. Francis Aquatics Center
St. Francis Aquatics Center

The Aquatics Center has a competition-sized pool (six-lanes by 25-yards). It is home to the nationally ranked Men’s Water Polo team (three NCAA Final Four appearances), 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 Genovesi Center is a recent 9,000 square-foot addition to The Pope and was built on top of the Daniel Lynch Gymnasium in 2003.[34][35] The Genovesi Center was named for former state Assemblyman Anthony J. Genovesi.[34] The Genovesi Center hosts the Terriers Women’s Volleyball games and is regularly used for intramural games.

The St. Francis College Fitness Center is located underneath 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 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 towards becoming Physician Assistants, Radiologists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, and to acquire advanced standing in professional programs in dentistry and podiatry before the completion of the baccalaureate degree. For students that excel academically and participate in extracurricular activities that demonstrate the "Franciscan spirit", St. Francis College established the Duns Scotus Honor Society.[36] It was founded in 1935 by Reverend Dr. James A. Sullivan and is named for John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan scholar.

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.


There are 19 academic departments, which offer 72 majors and minors. The Accounting and Business Law department was the first department to confer a master's 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.[37] 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.[38] 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

St. Francis has 5 graduate programs; A five-year combined Bachelor's and master's degree in Accounting and in Psychology, a two-year Accounting Master's program, a Master's program in Psychology, a Master's program in Management, and a two-and-a-half year low residency in a creative writing MFA. In 2007, the college has added the combined B.S./M.S. degree in accounting. The first students graduated from the program in 2008, on the college's 150th anniversary.[39] In 2010, the college added the second graduate degree, a 2-year master's degree in Professional Accountancy.[40] 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.[41] Also in 2012, the Graduate Certificate in Project Management was launched.[42]

Institutes and Centers

St. Francis College hosts 5 Institutes and Centers; the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology, the Women's Studies Center, the Center of Excellence in Project Management, and the Center for Crime & Popular Culture.

Women's Studies Center

The Women's Studies Center opened in 1997. St. Francis College offers a Women’s Studies Minor.

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 (IICCP) and is led by Dr. Uwe P. Gielen. 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, sponsored conferences, and introduced novel curriculum development.[43] The Institute supported the writing and editing of numerous publications in international psychology including 17 books that have appeared in 5 countries.[44]

Center of Excellence in Project Management

The Center of Excellence in Project Management opened in 2011.[45] Its mission is to provide the platform for conversations and collaborations between businesses and academia to work together to generate a better community and a more substantial role in global projects.[46] The Center held its first annual Practical Research Forum on June 6, 2011, a day-long event of lectures which brought together academic theory and real-world project management experiences, was produced with the support of the Project Management Institute.[45] The Center offered a Graduate Certificate in Project Management taught at St. Francis; a four-course concentration aimed at enhancing fundamental skills as well as specific areas like risk management, finances and optimizing management teams.


University rankings
Forbes[47] 570
Washington Monthly[48] 23
U.S. News & World Report[49] 9

From 2008 to present, St. Francis College has been ranked annually in the Forbes Magazine Best Colleges List. Its rankings have ranged from 268th to 578th out of 650 national institutions of higher learning. 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. The College is also ranked by Forbes regionally in the Northeast, as a Liberal Arts University, as a Best Value College and as a Private College.[4][50][51][52][53][54][55]

St. Francis College has also been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Baccalaureate Colleges in the North from 2008 to present. It is considered by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 Baccalaureate College and its ranking has ranged from 9th to 29th.[5][56] U.S. News & World Report in 2011 also ranked St. Francis as the 5th most diverse baccalaureate college in the north.[8][57] For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Francis 9th, in Regional Colleges (North), 8th in Best Value Schools and 4th Best College for Veterans.[58]

From 2014 to present, St. Francis College has been ranked by Money magazine in quality of education, affordability and outcomes for students. The college has been ranked between 269 and 511 out of 1,500 schools nationally.[6]

Volpe Lecture Series

The Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series began in 1997 and 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.[59]

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. In addition, the award is part of the College’s larger mission to support writers in Brooklyn and beyond. The College brings numerous authors to campus every year through events like the Literary Prize and the Walt Whitman Writers Series. The winner is announced during the Brooklyn Book Festival and Brooklyn Borough Hall is the center of the festivities with dozens of panels and appearances by authors at St. Francis College. The first ever St. Francis College Literary Prize winner was Aleksandar Hemon, in 2009.[60] Other winners include Jonathan Dee, David Vann and Maud Casey.[60][61]

Student life

Clubs and organizations

  • Accounting Society
  • Active Minds
  • African Culture Club
  • Arab American Society
  • Asian Cultural Club
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • Chemistry Club
  • Christian Club
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • College Choir
  • Dance Team
  • Eastern European Club
  • Economics Society
  • Education Society
  • English Club
  • Entrepreneur Club
  • French Club
  • Finance Club
  • Government and Politics Club
  • Haitian American Students Association
  • History and Political Science Society
  • Honors Club
  • Italian Historical Society
  • Latin American Society
  • Leo Club
  • LGBTQ Club
  • Martial Arts Club
  • Math Club
  • Model United Nations Club
  • Muslim Students Association
  • Philosophy Club
  • Pre-Medical & Health Professional Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
  • Science and Botanical Society
  • St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society
  • Troupers

Greek Life & Non-Greek Lettered Organizations

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Upsilon-Chi chapter, which annually raises approximately $10,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during their Seesaw For a Chance event, occurs around October each year
  • Alpha Phi Delta fraternity, Beta Sigma chapter
  • Zeta Gamma Delta sorority
  • Alpha Sigma Zeta sorority, Delta chapter
  • Epsilon Sigma Phi sorority, Delta Chapter
  • Kappa Theta Nu sorority
  • My Brother's Keeper Service Organization, Inc., Lower NYC Branch


  • The Chord, a student academic handbook and planner that is published by the Student Government Association (SGA) every year. The first edition was published in 1939.[10]
  • The Voice, is the student newspaper of St. Francis College, published 4 times a year. The newspaper can now be found online at SFC Today. The Voice delves into campus life, local politics, movie reviews, and sports. The first publication was in 1924.[10]
  • Montage, a literary publication whose contributions come from the students, alumni, faculty and staff of St. Francis College. The publication consists of poetry, short stories and theatrical writing and is published every semester. The first issue was published in 1977.
  • The Terrier, an alumni magazine that bridges past graduates with current students and college affairs. It is a semi-annual publication that is sent out to all alumni.

National Honor Societies


The total enrollment at St. Francis College is 2,749, of which 44% are male and 56% are female. St. Francis College has been ranked by The New York Times as one of the more diverse colleges in the United States.[9] 88% of students enrolled are below the age of 24 and 12% are above the age of 25. Below is the enrollment data for St. Francis College by race and ethnicity from 2015.[2]

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native: 0%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 4%
  • Black non-Hispanic: 20%
  • Hispanic: 20%
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1.0%
  • White non-Hispanic: 39%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Race-ethnicity unknown: 9%
  • Non-resident immigrant: 5%

In 2012, St. Francis College welcomed it largest ever freshman class with 625 students.[41]


SFC has a 17:1 student-teacher ratio. Another facet of the college, is the absence of teaching assistants; all classes are taught by professors, of whom 89% have terminal degrees in their respective fields.[62] There are 86 full-time professors and 273 part-time professors.[2]


St. Francis competes in the NCAA's Northeast Conference. Their mascot is the Terrier and was officially adopted by the Athletic Association in 1933.[10] Students participate in 19 Division I athletic teams.[63]

Several teams play at off-campus facilities. These include: the soccer teams, which play at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5; 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.

The St. Francis College men's basketball team, founded in 1896, is the oldest collegiate program in New York City.[64] In the Terriers' 117-year history, they have won 6 regular season championships, have had 4 postseason NIT bids, and 1 postseason CIT bid. The Terrier's had their best season in 1955-56 under Daniel Lynch posting a 21-4 record that ranked them 13th nationally in the AP polls and reaching the NIT semi-finals.[65] 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.[66] Under Braica, the Terriers have returned to being a winning program , winning the 2014-15 NEC Regular Season Championship and participating in the 2015 NIT and the 2019 CIT.

The women's basketball program kicked off intercollegiate athletics at St. Francis College in 1973. Since the 1988–89 season the women's basketball team has been a part of the Northeast Conference. The Terrier's had their best season in 2014-15 under John Thurston by wining the NEC Tournament Championship and receiving the programs first NCAA bid. Also under Thurston, the 2013–14 squad set the single-season program record with 19 victories. As of 2018, Linda Cimino is the head coach of the St. Francis College Terriers. Previously, Cimino was the head coach at Binghamton. In Cimino's first year at the helm, she set the Terrier record for conference wins in a season, 12.

The SFC men's soccer team was founded in 1968 and joined the Northeast Conference in 1985. In their history, the Terriers have won 5 NEC Regular Season Championships and 8 NEC Tournament Championships.[67] The Terriers have also participated in nine NCAA tournaments, their best showing came in 1978 when they made it to the Elite Eight. Since joining the NEC, the Terriers have had NCAA Tournament Play-In games on three occasions ('95, '96 and '98) and four NCAA Tournament appearances (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). In the 2015 season, the Terriers were nationally ranked at 22nd in the country.

The St. Francis College men's water polo team has enjoyed much success and is one of the best teams on the east coast. In consecutive years from 2004–2008, they've won the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships and the CWPA Northern Division Championships.[68][69] The Terriers have finished between 1st and 4th in the Eastern Championships from 1999–2007. In 2005 they finished first and qualified for the NCAA National Championships and finished 4th at the Final Four.[68] Again in 2010, the Terriers made it to the Final Four, finishing fourth and were ranked 10th in the country. In 2012, the men's water polo team won the Eastern Championship for the third time in the program's history and earned an NCAA Final Four berth. The Terriers also went on to defeat Air Force to win their first national tournament match for a third-place finish.[70] Again in 2013, the Terriers won the Eastern Championship for the fourth time in the program's history and earned an NCAA Final Four berth, finishing 4th.

Notable alumni

The St. Francis College Alumni Association was founded in 1887.[71] 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. Another notable alumni is Richard Sheirer, the Director of the New York City Office of Emergency Management (O.E.M.) during the September 11, 2001 attacks.[72] Sheirer coordinated the rescue and recovery effort at ground zero.

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. After playing Professional Basketball, Luisi went on to become an Emmy Award winning actor.

Several alumni have entered academia: Donald A. McQuade was the Vice Chancellor for university relations at the University of California, Berkeley, Mary E. Hines is the President of Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Sean A. Fanelli is the President of Nassau Community College and Joseph M. Hemway is the Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.[73][74][75][76]

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.[77][78] The Peter Aquilone Court has been used for filming by the Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show.[78] The Thomas J. & Anita Volpe Lounge was used by the popular TV show Gossip Girl, to film scenes for season 4 episode 10; Gaslit.[79] Founder's Hall Theater and Maroney Theater have hosted screenings at The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival since 2011.


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2010–11 St. Francis Terriers men's basketball team

The 2010–2011 St. Francis Terriers men's basketball team represented St. Francis College during the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was coached by Glenn Braica who was in his first year at the helm of the Terriers. The Terriers' home games were played at Generoso Pope Athletic Complex and the team is a member of the Northeast Conference.

In Glenn Braica's first year as head coach, the Terriers finished 15–15 (10–8 in the NEC). The Terriers made the playoffs as the 5th seed and lost in the quarter-finals to Central Connecticut State University. The Terriers were off to a good start, yet, after the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival, which included losses to Northwestern University and Davidson College, they seemed to falter. The Terriers hit their low when losing two straight to Long Island University, including the Battle of Brooklyn game at home. After those loses, the Terriers picked themselves up and finished the regular season strong winning their last four games against conference teams.

Under Braica, the Terriers increased their scoring by more than six points per game from the previous season and were one of the best teams in the country in taking care of the basketball, averaging a conference-low 13.3 turnovers per game. The team also led the NEC with 7.80 steals per game.

2011–12 St. Francis Terriers men's basketball team

The 2011–2012 St. Francis Terriers men's basketball team represented St. Francis College during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team is coached by Glenn Braica, who is in his second year at the helm of the St. Francis Terriers. The Terrier's home games are played at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex. The team has been a member of the Northeast Conference since 1981. They finished the season at 15–15 overall and 12–6 in NEC play to finish in fourth place. The Terriers went on to lose in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference Basketball Tournament to Quinnipiac.

Braica was awarded the NEC Jim Phelan coach of the year award and freshman forward Jalen Cannon was selected to the NEC All-Rookie team. Ben Mockford led the Terriers in scoring with 11.8 points per game, Jalen Cannon led the team in rebounding with 8.8 per game and Brent Jones paced the team with 3.9 assists per game.

Dick Bavetta

Richard W. Bavetta (born December 10, 1939) is an American retired professional basketball referee for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Since starting in 1975, he had never missed an assigned game and holds the league record for most officiated games. His game on April 12, 2013 in Washington was his 2,600th consecutive game as an NBA official.

End of Watch (novel)

End of Watch is a crime novel by American writer Stephen King, the third volume of a trilogy focusing on Detective Bill Hodges, following Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. The book was first announced at an event at St. Francis College on April 21, 2015 under the title The Suicide Prince. On June 10, the new title End of Watch was announced. At the 2015 Edgar Awards, while accepting the award for Best Novel for Mr. Mercedes, King announced that the novel's antagonist, Brady Hartsfield, would be making a return in this book.The novel was released on June 7, 2016.

Generoso Pope Athletic Complex

The Generoso Pope Athletic Complex, also known as The Pope, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is located on Remsen Street, between Court and Clinton Streets, within the St. Francis College campus. The Pope is named after Generoso Pope, an Italian immigrant who rose to prominence in New York City through his entrepreneurship and charity.

The Pope is composed of three levels, on the lower level is the Aquatics Center, above it is the Daniel Lynch Gymnasium and on top is the Genovesi Center. Each level hosts different NCAA Division I sports for St. Francis College and nine of its nineteen teams call The Pope home. As such, The Pope is the core of St. Francis College's athletic facilities.

Joseph Brennan (basketball)

Joseph R. Brennan (November 15, 1900 – May 10, 1989) was an American professional basketball player. He is mostly known for his time with the Brooklyn Visitations, which he joined in 1919 and led to three ABL championships (1929, 1931 and 1935). After his playing career, he coached St. Francis College in Brooklyn for 7 seasons from 1941-1948. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

Margo Kitsy Brodie

Margo Kitsy Brodie (born April 12, 1966) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.


Mariannhill is a little suburb near Pinetown in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Roman Catholic mission station 16 km west of Durban. Founded in 1882 as a Trappist monastery, it developed until in 1952 a health committee was established. The name is derived from those of the Virgin Mary and Saint Anne.In 1909 the St. Francis College was founded in Mariannhill, combining a boys' school and a girls' school that had operated since the mid/late 1880s. Over a century in operation, St. Francis college is a Roman Catholic independent coeducational secondary school. One of its prominent faculty was the Zulu writer and poet Benedict Wallet Vilakazi.

Pete Davidson

Peter Michael Davidson (born November 16, 1993) is an American comedian and actor. He is a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Davidson has also appeared on the MTV shows Guy Code, Wild 'n Out, and Failosophy. He has performed stand-up comedy on Adam DeVine's House Party, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, and guest-starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

St. Francis' College

St. Francis' College (or SFC) is a senior secondary boys-only private school in Lucknow, India, established and administered by The Catholic Diocese of Lucknow, a charitable religious society. The college was founded in 1885 as St. Francis' School and Orphanage. The school is named after its patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers

The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers are the 21 teams that represent St. Francis College in athletics. The Terriers are members of the NCAA Division I and participate in the Northeast Conference, with the exception of the men's and women's water polo teams which compete in the CWPA and the MAAC, respectively. In 2006, St. Francis College added women's bowling, while dropping baseball and softball. St. Francis College previously sponsored a football team, but the program was dropped in 1935.

In 2007, Irma Garcia, '88, became the athletic director of the Terriers replacing longtime director Edward Aquilone, '60. As of 2010, she is the country's only female Latina athletic director in Division I sports. For the 2014–15 academic year, Garcia was named NACWAA D1 (FCS) Administrator of the Year. The award was in part because of the Terriers success in Men's Soccer (NEC Champions and NCAA Tournament Participants), Men's Basketball (NEC Regular Season Champions and NIT Participants) and Women's Basketball (NEC Champions and NCAA Tournament Participants).

Beginning on November 27, 2012, St. Francis College rebranded its Athletics programs from St. Francis (NY) to St. Francis Brooklyn. The College previously came to be known as St. Francis (NY) when the athletics program joined the Division I Northeast Conference in 1981. In 2018 it was announced that women's soccer and men's volleyball would be added as sports programs to the existing 19 teams at St. Francis College. Both teams will begin play in the 2019–20 school year, with women's soccer starting in fall 2019 and men's volleyball in spring 2020.

St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball

The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men's basketball program represents St. Francis College in intercollegiate men's basketball. The team is a member of the Division I Northeast Conference. The Terriers play on the Peter Aquilone Court at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex located on the St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights campus. The Terriers have also hosted home games at Madison Square Garden and at the Barclays Center.The St. Francis Brooklyn men's basketball program was founded in 1896 and is the oldest collegiate program in New York City. The Terriers have an overall record of 1211–1281, 48.6 W–L%, over a 98-year span from the 1920–1921 to the 2018–2019 season. The program has won 6 regular season championships and has participated in 5 National Invitational Tournaments (4 postseason and 1 preseason). As of 2010, Glenn Braica was announced as the 17th head coach in the history of the St. Francis Terriers men's basketball program. Braica was previously an assistant under Norm Roberts at St. John's University. Braica, who is in his sixth year with the team, has qualified for the NEC tournament six consecutive years and in 2015 led the team to its first post season tournament in 52 years.The Terriers are one of only seven NCAA Division I programs in New York City and in 2011 attending a Terriers game was named one reason to love New York by New York Magazine in their seventh annual Reasons to Love New York 2011 piece. The Terriers are also one of only four original Division I programs (since 1939) to have never participated in the NCAA tournament. The Terriers have been one win away from participating on three occasions, first in the 2000–01 season, then in the 2002–03 season, and again in the 2014–15 season. Beginning on November 27, 2012, St. Francis College rebranded its Athletics programs from St. Francis (NY) to St. Francis Brooklyn. The change reflects the move of the Nets to Brooklyn and putting Brooklyn back on the map as a basketball mecca.

St. Francis College Literary Prize

The St. Francis College Literary Prize is a biennial literary award inaugurated in 2009. The prize of US$50,000 is presented to a mid-career author in honor of a third to fifth book of fiction. The winner is selected by a jury and invited to St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, for a speech. The SFC Literary Prize is meant to offer encouragement and significant financial support to a mid-career writer. The winner of the prize is announced from a whittled down shortlist during the Brooklyn Book Festival every other year in September.

St. Francis College of Education

St. Francis College of Education is a teacher education college in Hohoe (Hohoe Municipal District, Volta Region, Ghana). The college is located in Volta Zone. It is one of the about 40 public colleges of education in Ghana. The college participated in the DFID-funded T-TEL programme.

St. Francis High School (Wheaton, Illinois)

St. Francis High School, also known as St. Francis or SFHS amongst its students and faculty, is a co-educational, college preparatory, Roman Catholic secondary school located in Wheaton, Illinois and was founded in 1957 by the Christian Brothers, Franciscan Sisters, and Ladies of Loretto (Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary). It is currently operated by an independent Board of Directors. St. Francis strives to prepare its students for college, and thus sets high academic standards. The school has an enrollment of 800 students.

St Francis' College, Letchworth

St Francis' College is a boarding and day school for girls aged 3–18 in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. The site is within the Letchworth Conservation Area, management of which is the responsibility of the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation (formerly the Letchworth Corporation). The College occupies a single campus of 3.1 hectares (7.66 acres) comprising a number of buildings, playing fields, gardens and other facilities.

Thomas Edmund Molloy

Thomas Edmund Molloy (September 4, 1884 – November 26, 1956) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Brooklyn from 1921 until his death in 1956.

Thomas H. Cullen

Thomas Henry Cullen (March 29, 1868 – March 1, 1944) was an American politician from New York.

University of New England (United States)

The University of New England (UNE) is a private, coeducational university based in Biddeford, Maine, USA.

There are additional campuses in Portland, Maine and Tangier, Morocco. The Biddeford Campus sits on 540 acres, the Portland Campus on 41 acres, and the Tangier Campus on 3.7 acres. During the 2016–2017 academic year, 13,743 students were enrolled in UNE's campus-based and online programs.UNE's institutional history dates to 1831, when Westbrook Seminary opened on what is now the UNE Portland Campus. The UNE Biddeford Campus was founded in 1939 when College Séraphique opened as a high school and junior college for boys of Quebecois descent. In 1952, that institution became a four-year liberal arts college named St. Francis College. In 1978, St. Francis College merged with the New England Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine to become the University of New England. In 1996, the University of New England merged with Westbrook College.UNE is the largest private university in the state of Maine and the largest educator of healthcare professionals for Maine. It is organized into six colleges that combine to offer more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, online, and professional degrees. Known predominantly for its programs in the sciences and health sciences, UNE also offers degrees in the marine sciences, data science, environmental science, mathematics, business, education, the humanities, and many other subjects. Its College of Osteopathic Medicine is the only medical school in Maine and its College of Dental Medicine is the only dental college in northern New England.

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