Baruch College is one of the nation’s best colleges, according to the just-released 2009 edition of the Princeton Review’s popular annual guide to undergraduate colleges. While this may not be news to the Baruchians, it sparked a major story in the New York Daily News on July 29, 2008.
“This external recognition of Baruch College’s academics, faculty, and student experience reflects what the Baruch community has known for years–Baruch is a great place to get your education,” commented Baruch College President Kathleen Waldron.
This is the first edition of the Princeton Review in which Baruch has been listed in the top 15% nationally. In past years, Baruch has been ranked as a regional school. “To be named among the best in the USA is a real honor and shows just how far Baruch has come in recent years,” Waldron noted.
“In our opinion, each school in this book is first-rate academically,” said Robert Franek, the author of the Princeton Review, in an accompanying press release. “But their campus cultures and offering differ greatly,” he added.
Baruch’s campus culture received raves from the students interviewed for the college profile. Students cited Baruch’s famous Zicklin School of Business and its “unparalleled internships, career and networking opportunities,” and the likelihood that you can “eat samosas on Mondays, mooncakes on Wednesdays, and falafel on Thursdays because of all the cultural events that are held.”
The Princeton Review also named Baruch #1 in the country for the diversity of its student body, confirming the verdict of U.S. News & World Report, which has accorded Baruch that distinction several years in a row.
Baruch was also lauded for least alcohol usage and was ranked #18 on Princeton Review’s list of “stone cold sober” campuses, a classification bound to please the parents of current and prospective students.
That doesn’t mean Baruch was considered a joyless place. Daily News interviews with Baruchians including Keida Dizardi, a senior originally from Albania, portrayed the College as a ‘friendly and nonjudgment’ community, where students worked hard but also experienced a great sense of exhilaration.