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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The St. Francis College Brooklyn Board of Trustees announced a restructuring of the college and the elimination of all varsity athletics due to increased operating expenses, flattening revenue streams and plateauing enrollment due in part to a shrinking pool of high school graduates in the aftermath of the pandemic. 

Elimination of Athletics:

The St. Francis College Board of Trustees and Leadership are responding to these challenges by acting decisively with plans in place to benefit the College and the students we serve. 

Accordingly, the Board of Trustees recently approved a strategic realignment plan which includes the elimination of the College’s NCAA Division I athletics program, effective at the conclusion of the Spring 2023 semester.

Per the release, “We want to acknowledge that SFC has a rich legacy in competitive athletics, and are proud of our Terriers today and in all years past. This difficult decision was guided by a commitment to preserving the College’s 164-year Franciscan mission to provide a high quality and affordable education to working-class and first-generation students.”

“To ensure that student-athletes can continue their studies at SFC uninterrupted, the College will honor all current academic and athletic scholarships, even though students will no longer be participating in athletics.”

“Employment for athletics staff and coaches will end at the conclusion of the Spring 2023 semester. The College will provide information, recommendations, and next-step guidance to help ease this transition.”

Information courtesy St. Francis College Athletics Communications

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