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CUNY Hunter College

Hunter College offers a double benefit for its reasonable tuition: intellectually demanding academics, plus the resources, opportunities, and cultural outlets that come with going to college on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The college -- one of 11 senior colleges in the City University of New York system -- has more than 170 areas of study. Especially strong are its psychology, language, nursing, and visual and performing arts programs. The Silberman School of Social Work is particularly well-regarded. With a diverse student body, Hunter places special emphasis on languages, including Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Polish, and Japanese, along with classical Greek and Latin. Hunter also boasts a number of well-known research centers, including the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Roosevelt House, a public policy institute in a townhouse once occupied by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. On-campus living can be tricky due to the overwhelming demand for housing in New York City, but Hunter does have four residence halls in the area, so students should apply early to ensure a room. Hunter can count former President Barack Obama among its fans: In 2014, he called the school "one of the best colleges in the country."
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$23,000
% of students who get any grants
58%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$5,600
Average price for low-income students
$870
admissions
Acceptance rate
40%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1210/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
15,820
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
86%
% of need met
79%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$4,179
student success
Graduation rate
52%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$11,600
Average salary within 3 years
$50,900
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
36%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Mar 15

* 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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