Baruch College builds on a 168-year legacy of providing top-notch public higher education to promising but historically underserved individuals who seek careers as leaders and practitioners in a wide range of professions. The College began as part of the Free Academy, the first institution of free public higher education in the U.S. that admitted its first students in 1847. Baruch’s Lawrence and Eris Field building, originally built in 1929, continues to occupy the site of the Free Academy at the corner of 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue.
Baruch College attracts bright, ambitious students from diverse backgrounds who are serious about success. They hail from more than 170 countries and speak greater than 110 languages. Many are immigrants or children of immigrants, and a majority are the first in their families to go to college. This mixture of people and life experiences on campus creates a rich social and academic environment and gives students a broad perspective on business and cultural mores worldwide. Faculty scholars and industry leaders cultivate students' analytical abilities, critical thinking capacity, cultural awareness, and ethical sensibility while training them to become leaders and innovators in their fields.
Baruch College offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the Zicklin School of Business, one of the most respected AACSB-accredited business schools in the nation; the Mildred and George Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, which provides a broad-based liberal arts education to all Baruch College undergraduates; and the School of Public Affairs, which is widely recognized for its teaching, research, and service in the areas of municipal government, nonprofit administration, policy analysis and evaluation, and education. The College also offers degree-granting Executive Programs through its three schools and non-degree and certificate programs through its Division of Continuing and Professional Studies.
In recent years, Baruch has steadily advanced in academic excellence and global reputation. The College's increasing prominence is reflected in prestigious rankings. This year:
- Washington Monthly called Baruch an “urban gem” that delivers the “Best Bang for the Buck;” ranking the College No. 1 in this category in 2015 among 402 colleges in the Northeast region.
- For the eighth year in a row, The Princeton Review included Baruch College as one of the “Best 380 Colleges” in its 2016 Edition. The 380 colleges are not ranked, but The Princeton Review says they represent the top 15% of all four-year colleges in the nation.
- Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business is the No. 3 business program in New York City and among the Top 5 business programs in New York State, according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate School rankings.
- Forbes ranked Baruch No. 14 among “25 Best Value Schools” nationally in 2015.
- Baruch College is ranked #26 among the 2015 Best Undergraduate Accounting Schools by Accounting-Degree.org.
- Baruch is ranked No. 7 among the “Best U.S. Colleges for Business Majors” by NerdWallet.com.
Located within easy reach of Wall Street, the heart of New York City government, world-renowned centers of culture and art, and the global headquarters of major financial, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations, Baruch College provides access to excellence and opportunities to all students from any economic, cultural, or ethnic background.