CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College Enrollment Information

CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College is one of 24 schools in the City University of New York system. This public 4-year institution offers both bachelor's and master's degrees. Find out about the enrollment and admissions process and read about the pros and cons of attending CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College.

Is CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College the Right School for You?

CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College is a public 4-year school that occupies a 17-story building spanning one city block in the heart of New York City. The student population of this school mirrors the diversity of the city in which it's located; Baruch College has been recognized as the most ethnically diverse campus in the United States by both The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report more often than any other institution in the nation, according to the school's website. If this sounds like a school you might be interested in, continue reading to weigh the pros and cons and learn about admissions, financial aid and student life at CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College.


  • U.S. News & World Report ranked this school #23 among regional universities in the North
  • Average student debt was $15,822 in 2011, which was $10,838 less than the national average
  • Accepts dual and AP credit
  • Diverse student body
  • Close to three major airports
  • No TAs teaching classes


  • Total cost is higher for in-state and out-state-students when compared to the national averages for students attending 4-year public colleges in 2011
  • Acceptance rate is 22%, which is 41.8 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-to-teacher ratio is 19:1, which is higher than the national average of 16:1
  • Graduation rate is slightly lower than the national average 4-year graduation rate

Rankings and School Analysis

CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College is part of the extensive City College of New York system, which has schools in all of New York City's five boroughs. CUNY was founded in 1847 as the Free Academy, the first free public college in the United States, and Baruch College was first established as CUNY's school of business and civic administration. It became an independent senior college in 1953 and was named in honor of Bernard M. Baruch, an alumnus of the school. Today, CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College has an enrollment of over 18,000 students, most hailing from New York.

In addition to being ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top regional schools in the North, Baruch College has been named to The Princeton Review's list of best Northeastern schools. There are three schools at Baruch College: the School of Public Affairs, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Zicklin School of Business, which is the largest collegiate business school in the nation, according to the school's website. Business is the most popular major at Baruch. Overall, there are 23 undergraduate majors there, and within the school of arts and sciences, you have the option of designing your own unique course of study.

According to figures from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in-state students at Baruch pay significantly more than their counterparts at other public 4-year schools. For the 2012-2013 academic year, these students paid a total cost of $26,770 compared to a national average of $17,860. Out-of-state students also paid more than the national average, at $32,980 compared to $30,911. Despite the school's higher cost, however, 2011 Baruch College graduates had lower-than-average student debt, according to College Board.

Getting in and Financial Aid at CUNY - Bernard M. Baruch College

In 2012, first-year undergraduates who were admitted to Baruch College had a mean GPA of 89.1 and a mean SAT score of 1265, which placed them as the second highest-achieving incoming freshmen class in the CUNY system. There is a single application that you can use to apply to any of the colleges in the CUNY system, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Rolling admissions notifications begin on February 1st. You should include a $65 fee, official transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores with your application. General admission applicants are not required to submit a personal statement or recommendations, but the school urges you to do so if you think these will improve your chances of admission.

More than 80% of students at Baruch College applied for financial aid in 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report, and of that number, 21.5% had their full need met. If you plan to apply for financial aid, you should have your FAFSA in by the priority deadline of April 15th.

Admissions and Financial Aid
Regular Application Deadline (2013) Rolling admissions****
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) April 15***
Application Fee (2012-2013) $65**
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 22%**
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $5,910 in-state, $12,120 out-of-state**
Percent of Students With Need Fully Met (2011-2012) 21.5%****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.2%**

Student Life at CUNY - Bernard M. Baruch College

You might wonder if you'll get a real on-campus experience at Baruch College since it's primarily located in one building. The 17-floor Newman Vertical Campus was designed with that question in mind. It houses more than 100 modern classrooms, a performing arts complex, a 3-level athletics and recreation complex, a theater, a 500-seat auditorium, a television studio, a food court, and a book store. For your academic needs, the William and Anita Newman Library is housed in an adjacent building that it shares with the Baruch computing and technology center, the largest student computer center in New York City.

Though only a limited number of students live on-campus, there are 170 clubs and organizations, as well as fraternities and sororities, where you can spend time socially with other Baruch College students. According to NCES, almost 3/4ths of students at Baruch attend full-time, and a large majority come from within the state of New York. Of the more than 18,000 students at this school, 51% are male. International students make up 3% of the student body, and while on-campus, you might hear one of the 110 languages spoken by these students, who represent over 160 countries.

Student Life
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2011-2012) 18,055 (14,266 undergraduates)**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011-2012) 51% male, 49% female**
% of Full-Time Students (2011-2012) 74%**
% of In-State Students (2011-2012) 93%**
% of International Students (2011-2012) 3%**
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 89%**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living On-Campus (2011-2012) 2%***
Extracurricular Activities 170 clubs and organizations ****

Sources: * Baruch College, **NCES, ***College Board, ****U.S. News & World Report

Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 151 East 25 St., Rm. 720, New York, NY 10010
  • Phone: 646-312-1000