20 Best Colleges in New York


20 Best Colleges in New York
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From architecture and arts to finance and innovation, New York City is one of the world’s undoubted leaders in almost every field imaginable – and this includes higher education. More than 130 four-year, degree-granting institutions are located in New York, the most of any state in the U.S.

Dozens of colleges are within the State University of New York and City University of New York systems, two of the largest public university systems in the U.S. Higher education options in New York include many large research universities, midsize colleges, small liberal arts colleges, a couple of federal military academies and several specialized institutions in urban, suburban and rural environments.

20. CUNY Baruch College, New York City, NY

Founded: 1919
Undergrads: 10,365
Tuition (in-state): $12,720 ($6,210)
Acceptance Rate: 25 %

With more than 900 teachers at Baruch, experiences vary from excellent to not so good, but overall, the teachers are smart, knowledgeable, and good at what they do.

Some students say the toughness of workload and exams depend on the major, with business classes being more difficult. However, others say the workload in the business school is low to moderate, and there are even some Baruchians who rate their workload as equal to their high school’s. In general, the workload at Baruch seems to increase and professors tend to get stricter in the more advanced course levels.

For some students, the lack of dorms is the worst aspect of the school. Dorm life can help shape a student’s overall college experience, often adding that special sense of communal living and belonging, but at Baruch, students just have to bear living off campus because there is no other way.

Greek life at Baruch is not as active as it might be at more traditional campuses where lots of students live on campus and being part of a frat or sorority is a main way to socialize and make friends.

In addition, New York City has a solid range of off-campus leadership opportunities, and many Baruch students are too busy building their resumes with part-time jobs to actively participate in letter organizations. Still, Greek life is a very special and cherished world to those who take part in it.

Baruch’s sports programs aren’t highly ranked, and most students say that intramurals aren’t a big deal on campus, either. But, for students who do partake in sports – and there is quite a choice – the athletics department is a close-knit, heartfelt community where all the athletes know and support one another.


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