Baruch College is identified as one of the most outstanding colleges and universities in the Northeast that The Princeton Review recommends to college applicants. You can read the two-page entry for Baruch College excerpted from the new 2008 edition of its book, “Best Northeastern Colleges” (Random House) below.
Some student comments in the profile on Baruch describe it as: “the best public school for accounting in the state of New York,â€ and â€œa microcosm of many of the different neighborhoods in New York City.” The profiles also include a “Survey Says. . .” box that lists topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement. For Baruch, it lists: “great computer and athletic facilities,” “great library,” and â€œdiverse students on campus that love New York City.”
“The schools in this book all have excellent academic programs. We chose them from several hundred Northeastern schools we considered based on institutional data we collect about the schools, our surveys of students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years,â€ says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing. â€œWe also worked to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by size, selectivity, character and locale.”
The Princeton Review surveyed 62,000 students at the 222 colleges in this edition of the book (about 275 per campus). The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools in several categories — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students pepper the book’s narrative profiles of the colleges. The book includes schools in the District of Columbia and eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
About Baruch College
Baruch College (www.baruch.cuny.edu) comprises three schools: the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs. Baruch enjoys a 160-year history of excellence in public higher education with an emphasis on business.
The College mirrors the multiethnic character of New York City. Baruchâ€™s 15,500 students speak 110 languages and come from 160 countries. With nine applicants for every seat in the freshman class, Baruch is a top-college choice whose â€œreal-world classroomâ€ and diverse student body ensure that graduates head into the professional world thoroughly prepared for success in a diverse society and a global economy.
Contact: Carol Abrams, Chief Communications Officer, Baruch College, (646)-660-6105.
Media Contact for Princeton Review Books: Jeanne Krier, (212) 539-1350, Jeanne@jeannekrier.com
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORKâ€”BARUCH COLLEGE
UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS, ONE BERNARD BARUCH WAY BOX H-0720, NEW YORK, NY 10010
ADMISSIONS: 646-312-1400 â€¢ FAX: 646-312-1361 â€¢ E-MAIL: ADMISSIONS@BARUCH.CUNY.EDU â€¢ WEBSITE: WWW.BARUCH.CUNY.EDU
Quality of Life: 76 Academic: 71 Admissions: 88 Financial Aid: 69
The City Universityâ€™s Baruch College consists of three schools: the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Public Affairs, and the Zicklin School of Business. All three are housed in a new state-of-the-art facility called the Newman Vertical Campus, home to Baruchâ€™s most popular and highest profile programs, including what students believe is â€œthe best public school for accounting in the state of New York.â€ Business students here also benefit from their facilityâ€™s â€œfantastic equity trading floorâ€ and a Manhattan location that offers â€œendless networking possibilitiesâ€ and â€œpopular and accessible internships.â€ While Zicklin may be the best known of Baruchâ€™s colleges, Weissman is the one most universally used; it administers the common core curriculum, a 60-credit sequence consisting of required courses and broad-ranging distribution requirements. Students here tell us that â€œgenerally, professors are easily accessible after class, and depending on the class, professors will hold discussions and not just lecture. Students are also encouraged to participate and ask and answer questions, even in a 500-student intro class.â€ The administration, on the other hand, â€œis a nightmare, with long lines outside the Bursar and Registrarâ€™s Office constantly.â€
Baruch is a commuter campus, and, as one student puts it, â€œNo residence halls means that on-campus life is pretty much nonexistent.â€ Another adds, â€œWhen classes are over, people go back home to their own friends.â€ The exception is student clubs, which exist â€œfor anything from pre-law to hip-hopâ€; these, however, meet only once a week. Between classes, students enjoy some accommodating facilities, especially in the new Newman Vertical Campus. Baruch students have access to â€œa nice new gym that is free of charge,â€ a â€œgreat library with comfy chairs for taking a nap,â€ and the Newman Vertical Campusâ€™s third-floor common area â€œwhere everyone hangs out during club hours. Every day you meet new people (thatâ€™s the best part). We play games, cards, listen to music, watch TV, talk to each other, and sometimes study. This helps take our mind off of school for a few hours.â€ And if thereâ€™s enough time between classes, they head out into Manhattan. The schoolâ€™s Gramercy Park location puts students in the middle of great shopping, dining, and just-wandering-around-and-staring-at-coolstuff terrain. When students do socialize, â€œThey usually go to bars or clubs after school is over. Many students at Baruch also work while they go to school, however, so sometimes it can be hard to coordinate schedules with your friends.â€
Baruch â€œis a microcosm of many of the different neighborhoods of New York City,â€ students report, the kind of place where â€œYou will meet people from countries you never heard of before.â€ Undergrads agree that â€œthe diversity is a big plus. It helps bring a cornucopia of thought and ideasâ€ to almost every class. Students donâ€™t get much chance to get close, however, since Baruch â€œis a commuter school, with many people working fulltime jobs or commuting for hours from the far reaches of Long Island or upstate New York. People come to class, then they leave right after.â€ One undergrad explains, â€œStudents primarily view each other as potential business contacts, not potential friends. Itâ€™s definitely possible to make friends, but it would be a lot easier at a school with dorms than at this, a commuter school.â€
SURVEY SAYS . . .
Great computer facilities
Athletic facilities are great
Diverse student types on campus
Students love New York, NY
Very little drug use
Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores. Important factors considered include: Application essay, recommendation(s). Other factors considered include: Alumni/ae relation, character/personal qualities, class rank, extracurricular activities, interview, talent/ability, work experience. SAT or ACT required; TOEFL required of all international applicants. High school diploma is required, and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 math, 2 science (2 science labs), 2 foreign language, 4 social studies. Academic units recommended: 4 math, 3 foreign language, 1 academic elective.
The Inside Word
Interest in Baruch has risen greatly in recent years, and so too have admissions standards. Applications are processed through the University Application Processing Center, which handles applications for all CUNY campuses, so donâ€™t expect much in the way of individualized attention. Applying early will improve your chances.
Students should submit: FAFSA, state aid form. Regular filing deadline is April 30. The Princeton Review suggests that all financial aid forms be submitted as soon as possible after January 1. Need-based scholarships/grants offered: Pell Grant, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, the schoolâ€™s own gift aid, City Merit Scholarships. Loan aid offered: Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, Federal Perkins Loans. Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning or about April 1. Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Off-campus job opportunities are excellent.
FROM THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE
â€œBaruch College, a unique 4-year public institution, has the most diverse student body in the nation and a large population of working students. The college has distinct needs that inspire its own special approach to teaching, learning, and communication. Baruchâ€™s use of technology to unite busy commuting students with their professors and the campus is highlighted by the following innovations: more access to on-campus student computers than any other college in New York City, with well over 1,000 computers available from 8:00 A.M. to midnight, 7 days a week; 110 â€˜smartâ€™ classrooms in the award-winning Newman Vertical Campus that enable faculty and students to incorporate multimedia and Internet content into their classroom work; the Wasserman Trading Floor is the only simulated trading environment of its kind in New York City and one of only a few in the nation; Blackboard, an online course management system, provides off-campus access to course materials, assignments, and class discussions; students with disabilities receive training in the use of assistive technology; the Newman Library provides 24/7 online â€˜chatâ€™ reference services in addition to its more than 5-million volumes, as well as on-site and remote access to over 125 commercial databases; students with virtually any cell phone can retrieve campus news and e-mails while on the move, or join cell phone â€˜channelsâ€™ to correspond with students of similar interests using AirBaruch.â€