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Baruch College At a Glance



  • More than 18,000 students
  • 111 languages spoken
  • 168 countries represented on campus
  • 30 undergraduate majors
  • 60 undergraduate minors
  • 57 graduate-level specializations
  • 5 doctoral specializations
  • 13 varsity NCAA Division III sports teams on campus


Baruch College is a dynamic community of scholars and distinguished professionals who educate one of the most diverse student populations in the United States. The College dates back to the founding in 1847 of the Free Academy, the first free public college in the nation, and has carried on a tradition of academic excellence, accessibility, and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City, the metropolitan region, and around the world.

the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs offers BSPA, MPA, Executive MPA, MIA, and MS in Education degrees while serving as a research engine for governmental and nonprofit entities at the local, state, and national levels

The George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences has more than 50 areas of study that blend rigorous theory with practical experience. Degrees include the BA, BS, MA, MS, and PhD.

Zicklin School of Business has renowned faculty experts across the business spectrum and acclaimed AACSB-accredited programs leading to BBA, MBA, MS, Executive MBA and MS, and PhD degrees.

President Mitchel B. Wallerstein, PhD, joined Baruch College in August 2010. He also holds a professorial appointment in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, with areas of expertise in national security and foreign policy.

Under President Wallerstein's leadership, Baruch's private endowment has increased by 60 percent to more than $210 million. The College is currently fulfilling Strategic Plan: 2018-23 following the successful conclusion of the College's first five-year plan for the years 2013-18. The new plan calls for continued curriculum innovation, enhanced student engagement, ongoing support for faculty research, and elevated cultural competency throughout the College

Access Value Excellence

Baruch College is nationally recognized for supporting the social mobility of students from low-income backgrounds. For the fifth year in a row, CollegeNET ranked Baruch #1 out of more than 1,400 U.S. colleges on its annual Social Mobility Index, which analyzes “how effectively they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into well-paying jobs.” The Chronicle of Higher Education also listed Baruch #1 for social mobility among four-year public institutions. Money magazine ranked the College #1 among the "Best Colleges" in the Northeast and U.S. News & World Report placed Baruch #5 for "Median Amount of Debt at Graduation" among regional universities in the north. The Education Trust has recognized Baruch as a “standout institution” for graduating Pell Grant (low-income) students at a rate 18 percent higher than the national average.

U.S. News & World Report

North Region

  • #4
  • #16
  • #9
  • #2
  • #5
  • #6
  • Top Public Schools for third consecutive year
  • Best Regional Universities
  • Schools With the Most International Students
  • Top performers on social mobility
  • Median amount of debt at graduation
  • Ethnic diversity

Nationwide

  • #79
  • #52
  • #39
  • Best Undergraduate Business Programs (#49 among public institutions)
  • 2020 Best Graduate Schools: Full-Time MBA
  • 2020 Best Graduate Schools: MPA

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • #1
  • #22
  • Public Colleges with the Highest Student-Mobility Rates
  • Most diverse managerial staffs among public colleges

College Choice

  • Top 20 Public Colleges and Universities
  • Named one of the 25 Best Colleges in New York

CollegeNET

  • #1
  • Social Mobility Index for fifth consecutive year
  • Social Mobility Innovator for 2017 and 2018 

Forbes magazine

  • #9
  • #4
  • "America's Best Value Colleges, 2019"
  • America's Top Colleges 2019
  • College in New York State among publics

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

  • #1
  • #4
  • #27
  • #44
  • Public "Colleges with the Lowest Average Graduating Debt 2019"
  • "Colleges with the Lowest Average Graduating Debt 2019" among public and private institutions
  • Best Value, Public Colleges for in-state students
  • Best Value, Public Colleges for out-of-state students

Money magazine

  • #1
  • #2
  • #21
  • #3
  • Best Colleges in the Northeast
  • Nationwide "Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value"
  • "Most Transformative Colleges"
  • Best Colleges for Business Majors

The Princeton Review

  • "Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition"

Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education

  • #19
  • #3
  • Environment
  • Best Value College out of the top 250 ranked schools

Washington Monthly

  • #3
  • #1
  • Best Bang for Your Buck in the Northeast
  • "Best Affordable Elite Colleges"