The CUNY Bernard M Baruch College, popularly known as Baruch College, traces its beginnings with the passing of a bill in 1847 for the establishment of the Free Academy, the first institution offering free public higher education in the United States. In the year 1866, the Free Academy was renamed as the College of the City of New York. Bernard M. Baruch, a financer and the economic advisor to American Presidents, was a very notable alumnus who graduated from the college in 1889. He contributed significant gifts to his alma mater. In 1968, the erstwhile College of the City of New York was given its presentname. In 1907, the college shifted to a bigger campus between St. Nicholas Terrace and Convent Avenue from 138th to 140th Streets.
Today, the college ranks among the region’s and nation’s top colleges. The campus is located on Lexington Avenue near the Flatiron/Gramercy Park district of Manhattan. The academic programs accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). More than 17,000 students enroll every year for various courses. The college offers 38 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate-level specializations.
Three schools offering undergraduate and graduate programs. These include: The Zicklin School of Business, The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Public Affairs. The Division of Continuing and Professional Studies offers numerous non-degree and certificate courses.
The Zicklin School of Business is the largest accredited collegiate school of business in the United States. It offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and executive programs in business. Common undergraduate majors offered at the Zicklin School of Business include Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship Management, Operations Management, and International Marketing.
The Graduate programs include MBA, MS, Joint JD/MBA, non-degree studies, and post master’s certificate programs.
The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences offers broad-based arts and science courses in more than 40 areas of studies. The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences offers majors and specializations in Art and Humanities, Math and Sciences, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
The School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate programs, graduate degrees, and executive MPA & Special programs. The undergraduate degrees offered by the School of Public Affairs include the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and the American Humanics Program. The graduate degrees include the Master of Public Administration degree with specialization in nonprofit administration, health care policy, policy analysis and evaluation, and public management.
The school also offers a master’s degree in education.
The Continuing and Professional Studies division offers certificate programs in accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, modern languages, project management, and entrepreneurship.
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The college offers undergraduate courses to high school, transfer, and international students. Prospective students need to submit their high school transcripts, SAT/ACT score report cards, letters of recommendations, and essays/personal statements. The general freshman admission fall deadline is February 1 and the spring deadline is September 15. International students, for whom English is not the primary language, need to demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL or IELTS scores.
For students seeking graduate admissions, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university is required. Admissions are based on academic qualifications and the potential of the student. In addition, most departments require scores achieved by the students in specialized examinations such as the MAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or OAT. Other criteria for admissions include full-time work experience, essays, letters of recommendations, and resume.
The financial aid office provides aid to students who demonstrate financial need to help them meet their educational expenses. In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are required to adhere to the financial aid deadline of April 1. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens.
The aid offered is in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment. Common grant options available to students include Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), State Aid for Non-New York Residents, Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS), and CUNY Student Tuition Assistance (CUSTA). The federal financial aid programs include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and Federal Work-Study program. Students can also apply for loans such as Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Ford Direct Student Loans, and Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).
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As per the U.S. News & World Report, Baruch College has the most diverse student body in the United States. There are students from more than 90 different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and 150 nationalities. Students get ample opportunities for college governance and can organize their own activities through the Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate Student Assembly. There are about 170 student organizations on campus. Housing options are available at the 1760 Third Avenue Residence, which is a new residence hall with 24-hour security, numerous amenities, and resident advisors. Another housing option includes the 92|Y Residences, which offer single and double occupancy rooms, weekly linen service, full kitchens, and 24 hour security.
The Starr Career Development Center (SCDC) offers comprehensive career advice and services to the students. The school also features a childcare center to support student parents. It provides care and education for children between two and half years and five years. Other programs and facilities offered to students include the Student Health Care Center, Student Health Insurance Program, Peers Advocating Wellness Services (P.A.W.S.), Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program, and the Student Academic Consulting Center (SACC) Tutorial Services.
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The athletic department maintains the Athletic and Recreation Complex (ARC), which offers facilities such as the Auxiliary Gym, Fitness Center, main gymnasium, pool, racquetball courts, and saunas. The athletics teams are known as the Bearcats and they compete nationally in the NCAA. They also compete locally in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) with a total of 14 teams in nine sports. The women’s sports teams include: volleyball, tennis, cross country, basketball, swimming, cheerleading, and softball. The men’s sports teams include soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, and tennis.
Notable alumni include:
- William Newman, founder and chairman of New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc.
- Nora McAniff, former President of People Magazine and former COO of Time, Inc.
- Jonas Salk, inventor of the Polio vaccine
- Stan Ross, Vice Chairman of Ernst and Young
- Sidney Harman, owner of Newsweek
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