B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology, formerly B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent University, is a deemed to be university located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Previously functioning under Madras University (1984–2001) and Anna University (2001–09) as Crescent Engineering College, the institute gained deemed status in 2008–09. It is located in Vandalur near Tambaram, a suburban area of Chennai, India. BSA Crescent Institute of Science and Technology is structured around ten schools of study. Research centers are also part of the schools, encouraging interdepartmental collaboration and opportunity for students to participate in exciting research projects. The academic activities of the school are monitored by the respective Deans.The academic term for 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year students begins during July-August. Classes for 1st-year students start around July. The engineering course has eight semesters. The odd semesters start from July-August and end in November-December. The even semesters begin in January and end in April-May. Students get from one to three weeks vacation between semesters.
Crescent Engineering College has a culture of students pursuing higher education in foreign countries. After completing their engineering degrees, students go to Arab, Egypt and other Muslim countries for higher education. Students are also employed in firms in America and the Middle East.Close to 10% of students in Polymer Engineering, ECE, CSE, EEE groups pursue higher education in other countries. Students start preparing for GRE during their third year of engineering and join foreign institutions during August/September of the same year they graduate. Some students prefer to work for one year before pursuing higher studies.