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Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.

St. Lucia

Located on the Vide Boutielle Highway, Monroe College’s St. Lucia campus offers a practical education designed to give students a competitive edge in the workplace.

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    Xiaochen Zhu, King Graduate School

    New York is “the big city”. Unless you happen to be from Beijing, which is 2.5 times larger. That’s where Xiaochen Zhu grew up, in a small apartment blocks from Tiananmen Square. She was a good student and earned an accounting degree from Beijing Wuzy University. After that, she worked in a local CPA firm. It was exactly the career path expected of her. One problem…Xioachen wanted more out of life.

    She wanted to come to that smaller big city, New York, and challenge herself against the world’s best. She wanted to earn an MBA and, maybe, start her own business. But she didn’t speak English and didn’t know a soul. That would have deterred most.

    Xiaochen told her parents she’d give it a year. Within months, she was enrolled in English classes and living with a Chinese roommate in Queens. She was on her way.

    But finding a city is not the same as finding a home. That didn’t happen until a professor recommended Monroe College. Monroe, it turns out, had just begun offering MBA classes right in Flushing. She was accepted into the program and began taking classes at Monroe’s locations in Queens, the Bronx and New Rochelle. 

    Gradually, a strange country became a caring family. There were the friends she made in class…students from NYC and over 60 different countries. There was the staff at the international center, always there to help with visas and host student events. There was Singee Lam, Director of Asian Admissions and a surrogate mom to all the Chinese students. And Professor Fitzsimmons, who hired her to help with his market research. Xioachen had found a home. 

    Today, she is a proud MBA graduate. She’s also become an expert at digital marketing to China and is a popular blogger back home. Where will she go next? Follow her at But brush up on your Mandarin, first.