Baruch College is a dynamic community of scholars and distinguished professionals who educate one of the most diverse student populations in the United States. It is home to three well-regarded schools—the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs—that serve as a catalyst for the social, cultural, and financial mobility of more than 18,000 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College also offers a range of professional and certificate programs through its Division of Continuing and Professional Studies.
The faculty’s contributions to knowledge—both to the students they teach and within their chosen fields —reflect a commitment to teaching, research, scholarship, public policy, and artistic creativity. Scholars and industry leaders cultivate students’ analytical abilities, critical thinking capacity, cultural awareness, and ethical sensibility while training them to become leaders and innovators in their fields. Through executive education, continuing studies, and public events, Baruch engages the larger civic and international community that includes its supportive alumni who extend the College’s visibility and nurture its global reputation.
Baruch’s legacy of educating New Yorkers dates back more than 160 years, to the Free Academy, the city’s first no-cost public institution of higher education. Today, the College is consistently recognized as a high-quality institution at an affordable price. CollegeNET’s annual Social Mobility Index has ranked Baruch #1 out of more than 900 colleges nationally for “contributing in a responsible way to solving the dangerous problem of economic immobility.” The Education Trust recognized Baruch as a “standout institution” for graduating Pell Grant (low-income) students at a rate 18 percent higher than the national average.
The College has enjoyed a steady increase in academic excellence, global recognition, and prominence as determined by a host of independent agencies, among them:
- Money Magazine ranks Baruch College #1 among the “Best Public Colleges” and #2 for “Best Colleges for Your Money” in its July 2017 analysis of 711 schools across the nation.
- For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report placed Baruch College #5 among top public schools and #20 overall among “Regional Universities in the North” in its 2018 analysis.
- The 2018 edition of the Princeton Review’s annual guide, The Best 382 Colleges, includes Baruch for the 10th consecutive year among “outstanding institutions” as derived by a survey of more than 100,000 students across the United States.
- Forbes named Baruch one of the “Best Value Colleges 2017”. In this national list of “300 School Worth the Investment,” Baruch placed #64, coming ahead of New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington University, and Boston University, among others.
- Business Insider ranked Baruch at #7 on its list of “10 Best Colleges for a Job on Wall Street.”
- Baruch College has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as Excelling in Access to Affordable Education and Student Success.
Baruch’s urban campus has a mix of state-of-the-art facilities and buildings requiring major renovations. The College’s top capital priority is the phased renovation of the Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue, a major academic hub constructed in 1928 that is in need of significant upgrades. In Spring 2017 the first phase of work began. When complete, it will include a completely reconfigured and ADA-compliant entrance and lobby, including a new glass front that lets in natural light; modernized elevators; and an upgraded Con Edison electrical vault that will provide greater electrical capacity for the campus’s needs.
Another important project includes a request for site acquisition. Baruch’s net square-foot-to-student-ratio is well below the national average and is among the lowest in the CUNY system.