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CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College

Baruch College was named after financier Bernard M. Baruch in 1953, and it still has a money-related focus decades later. Accounting, finance, and marketing are the most popular undergraduate programs. Three-quarters of its 15,000 undergrads study in the college's well-known Zicklin School of Business. And it's located just a few miles from Wall Street -- which is also close to the headquarters of many major corporations. Baruch's New York City campus also helps make it one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. People at Baruch speak over 110 different languages, and more than a third are first-generation college students. About 45% of undergraduates are considered low-income. Another impressive statistic: Roughly 70% of Baruch students graduate within six years -- a rate that is nearly 41% higher than at schools with students from similar academic and economic backgrounds. While the Manhattan campus is dominated by commuters, Baruch still offers more than 130 traditional student activities, including a campus newspaper, active student government, and 13 Division III sports teams. On the less traditional front, there are clubs for calligraphy and roller hockey, and an e-sports association. Baruch College earns the No. 2 spot in MONEY's top-ranked colleges this year for another reason: the success of its recent graduates. Alumni earn an average of $57,100 in their early careers, which is about 10% higher than graduates from similar universities. Those strong salaries, along with the students it admits, help Baruch claim one of the country's highest socioeconomic mobility rates.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$33,200
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$4,900
Average price for low-income students
$410
admissions
Acceptance rate
29%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1270/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
14,903
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
24%
% of students who get merit* grants
14%
Average merit grant
$5,003
student success
Graduation rate
70%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$10,720
Average salary within 3 years
$57,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
47%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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