College Profile

Baruch College is part of a tradition that dates 160 years to the founding, in 1847, of the Free Academy, the very first free public institution of higher education in the nation. Established in 1919 as City College’s School of Business and Civic Administration, the school was renamed in 1953 in honor of Bernard M. Baruch—statesman, financier, and devoted alumnus. In 1968 the school became an independent senior college in The City University of New York (CUNY) system.

Baruch offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study through its three schools: the Zicklin School of Business, the largest and one of the most respected business schools in the nation; the Mildred and George Weissman School of Arts and Sciences; and the School of Public Affairs. The College also offers non-degree and certificate programs through its Division of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Today, a thriving, urban, multicultural institution and a senior college of CUNY, Baruch attracts motivated students of proven achievement who are seriously committed to making their dreams a reality. Baruch remains dedicated to being a catalyst for the social, cultural, and financial mobility of a diverse student body, reflective of its historical mission.

Baruch College prepares students for leadership roles in business, civic and cultural affairs, and academia. It offers rigorous baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs to qualified students who seek careers in business, public affairs, and the arts and sciences. Integrating professional education with the arts and sciences for undergraduates, Baruch College’s faculty cultivates its students’ analytical ability, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and ethical sensibility. The College’s graduate programs focus on professional preparation that enables students to become leaders and innovators in their fields. Through executive education, continuing studies programs, and public events, Baruch engages the larger civic and international community that includes its supportive alumni, extending the College’s visibility and nurturing its global reputation.


17,505 Total Enrollment
14,082 Undergraduate Enrollment
3,423 Graduate Enrollment
1768 International Student Enrollment
60.50% Male
39.50% Female
23:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
516 Faculty: Full-Time
600 Faculty: Part-Time
174 Countries Represented
Top 5 China, South Korea, Japan, India, Vietnam

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?
Yes, Baruch College’s Division of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a full-time Academic Intensive English Program. This 10 level program includes 20 hours per week of intensive English instruction for students who need to develop their language skills for future academic studies in the U.S. or for professional purposes. Students take classes in writing, reading, listening and speaking. Additionally, students attend an elective course from one of our wide variety of offerings (Grammar, TOEFL preparation, Business ESL, Pronunciation etc.).

Does your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?

Does your institution admit students to degree programs (conditionally or unconditionally) if they have not met the English proficiency requirement?

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?

All Academic Intensive English program students are provided with a variety of services: academic and immigration counseling, after class activities, filed trips, access to the college library, on-campus student health center and computer labs and gym.

For more information, click here.

International Student Housing Options

Is on-campus housing available for international students?
Yes. Baruch College Residence Life offers a communal kitchen, lounge, and laundry machines that text you when your laundry is ready. The state-of-the-art Residences are equipped with a concierge, high tech gym, and a very chill lounge to study or relax with your friends. The building is just walking distance from Central Park and the East River.

What, if any other options do international students have for housing?
Contact the International Student Services Center:

For more information, click here.

Collaborative Programs

Does your institution have exchange programs with other institutions OUTSIDE THE U.S.?
Yes, please click here.

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Class of 2015 Average GPA – 3.2 (87%), SAT range – 1180 – 1240.  A TOEFL score of at least 80 or an IELTS score that meets or exceeds 6.5 is required for admission to Baruch College. Transfer students must demonstrate math and English composition proficiency, by successful completing college level classes with grades of C or better.

Fore more undergraduate information, click here.

For more graduate information, click here.

Student Activities and Campus Life

The Office of Student Life strives to develop the co-curricular college experience of Baruch students through a rich array of educationally diverse programs, opportunities for leadership and civic engagement, club and organization development, and community building.

Baruch College offers 172 student clubs and organizations, NCAA Division III Athletics, events, concerts, and countless opportunities for social and civic engagement. By encouraging students to participate in active and ethical leadership opportunities, engaging with students on social responsibility, fostering active and responsible student clubs and organizations, and embracing a diversity of programs that celebrate Baruch’s rich multicultural heritage, Student Life at Baruch College contributes toward the physical, emotional and spiritual development of students.

The International Student Organization seeks to aid international students on campus in acclimatizing to their new environments, in both Baruch College and the city of New York. ISO aims to help students with both legal and cultural advice and encourages involvement in student life. ISO members act as mentors and guides for international students and understand the experience of being so far from home. This organization provides the opportunity to develop relationships with new friends from all around the world.


New York City

Baruch College (CUNY)


Teresa Liu
Associate Director of International Admissions

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?
I-20 for requesting F-1/M-1 visa and DS-2019 to request J-1 visa.

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

Tuition: Full-time: $14,580 / year
Per credit charge (if available for international students): $510
Fees: $450

Is financial aid available for international students?

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Major Areas of Study

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
Arts and Humanities
Arts, Visual, and Performing
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Communication and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Languages, Intensive English as Second Language
Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies
Math and Statistics
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
Philosophy and Religion
Physical Sciences
Public Administration and Social Services
Public and Social Services
Science, Math, and Technology
Social Sciences


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