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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. About three-quarters of its 15,000 undergrads study in the college's well-known Zicklin School of Business, which is located just a few miles from Wall Street, as well 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: Ten years after first enrolling, alumni earn a median salary of $67,100, which Money estimates is about $7,000 higher than expected based on graduates of similar universities. Those strong salaries, along with the students it admits, help Baruch stand out on measures of socioeconomic mobility. While the Manhattan campus is dominated by commuters, Baruch still offers several traditional student activities, including a campus newspaper called The Ticker, 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.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$34,700
% of students who get any grants
71%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$4,100
Average price for low-income students
$490

Admissions

Acceptance rate
43%
Median SAT/ACT score
1260/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
15,070

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
N/A
% of students who get merit grants
3%
Average merit grant
$1,290

Student Success

Graduation rate
66%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Median student debt
$11,130
Early career earnings
$67,140
% earning more than a high school grad
78%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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