Baruch College was named after financier Bernard M. Baruch in 1953, and all these years later, it still has money on its mind: Accounting, finance and marketing are the most popular undergraduate programs today. Over half of Baruch’s 15,000-plus undergrads study in the college's well-known Zicklin School of Business, which is located just a few miles from Wall Street and the headquarters of some of the most influential companies in the world.

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Baruch's New York City location also helps make it one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the country: People at Baruch speak over 110 different languages, and minority students make up 61% of the undergraduate student body.

But Baruch is perhaps best known for the socioeconomic mobility it affords graduates. About half of its students come from low-income backgrounds, and after graduating, Baruch students take home early-career earnings of over $71,000, well above the national median of Money’s list. And while the Manhattan campus is dominated by commuters, Baruch still offers traditional student activities, like a campus newspaper called The Ticker, a literary journal, an active student government, 13 Division III sports teams and student groups that fit every interest, from books to board games.