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 170 countries and speak more than 110 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 recent years, Baruch has steadily advanced in academic excellence and global reputation. The
College's increasing prominence is reflected in prestigious rankings. This year, Forbes placed Baruch on its list of "Best Value," at No. 11. The college was recognized for its strong, selective, academic programs that are available at a fraction of the cost of a comparable private college. Forbes also ranked Baruch No. 244 (out of 650) in its “America’s Top Colleges” list, up from No. 288 the previous year. For the seventh consecutive year, Baruch College has been named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, which features Baruch College in the new 2015 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” The Princeton Review also included Baruch in its list of “Best Value” Colleges for 2014. Additionally, it listed the College No. 25 in the Top Entrepreneurial Programs. Money Magazine listed Baruch at No. 70 as “Best Colleges” for overall value. In the U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings, Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business’s full time MBA Program ranked at No. 82, while the Part-Time MBA Program ranked in the top 100 at No. 57 on the magazine's “2015 Best Graduate Schools of Business.” Baruch College has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Diverse U.S. Colleges;” ranking No. 10 according to BestColleges.com.
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.