Baruch College stands on a foundation of 160 years of preparing outstanding leaders and practitioners through public higher education. The college began as part of the Free Academy, the first institution of free public higher education in the U.S., admitting its first students in 1849. Baruch continues to occupy the site of the Free Academy at the corner of 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue with the Lawrence and Eris Field building, originally built in 1929.
Baruch College attracts bright and ambitious students from diverse backgrounds who are serious about success. The story of Baruch College is its students and how they change their lives through hard work, education, internships, networking, and public service. The college’s “real-world classrooms” and diverse student body help students understand business and cultural mores worldwide, putting them at a competitive advantage upon graduation. Baruch College students come from more than 160 nations and speak more than 100 languages. This mixture of people and life experiences on campus creates a rich social and academic environment.
Baruch College offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study through the Zicklin School of Business, the largest, and one of the most respected, AACSB accredited business school 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 2013, Baruch College earned national rankings for its rigorous academics, affordable education and diverse student body. For the sixth consecutive year, Baruch College has been named among the top 15% of colleges for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Forbes magazine ranked Baruch College at #48 among America’s “Best Buy Colleges.” U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 2014 edition lists Baruch College at #4 in the “Top 10 Public Schools/Regional Universities (North); #5 for “Most Ethnically Diverse Colleges” in the country; and #22 “Best Colleges (North).”Located within easy reach of Wall Street, the heart of New York City government, major 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 students no matter their economic, cultural, or ethnic backgrounds.