In 1870, Hunter College championed a pioneering concept: that qualified women of all races and backgrounds deserve a first-class, public higher education. Originally established to prepare women as teachers, Hunter College has been fully coeducational since 1964, and is now a comprehensive teaching and research institution offering more than 170 programs for undergraduate and graduate students. According to a November 1997 report by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Hunter is "a senior college with recognized national leadership in liberal arts, education, health sciences, nursing, and social work." In fact, the prestigious Princeton Guide has consistently listed Hunter among the best colleges of the United States, and the Hunter College School of Social Work is rated among the top 20 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, Hunter students are accepted to medical school at a rate that is 25% higher than the national rate.
With a highly diverse student population of more than 22,000 and a faculty of more than 1,800 full- and part-time members, Hunter is the largest college in the University. Its faculty are leaders in their fields who have received some of the nation's top honors, and foundations and government agencies continue to support the high quality research they conduct; in the 1999-2000 fiscal year, the College received an unprecedented $27,096,000 in grants and awards.
Hunter College consists of five academic schools: Arts and Sciences; Education; Nursing; Public Health; and Social Work. In 1998, the College opened its multimedia distance learning center in the School of Social Work, where advanced technology links Hunter faculty in all disciplines with students across the city, nation, and world.
Some of Hunter's most vital work is done in its research centers and institutes, which include the Brookdale Center on Aging; the Center for Community Health; the Center for the Study of Family Policy; the Center for Puerto Rican Studies; the Center for the Study of Gene Structure and Function; and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health.
The College supports pioneering research in science, is a leader in modern methods of teaching classics and languages, offers the nation's first master's program in urban public health and conducts one of the most sophisticated geographic mapping facilities on the East Coast. The Hunter College Campus Schools, under the administration of the dean of the School of Education, provide public education for gifted students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.
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