Hunter College, located in the heart of bustling Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. Currently, 21,000 students attend Hunter, pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 different programs of study.
Hunter College is famous for the diversity of its student body, which is as diverse as New York City itself. For nearly 140 years, it has provided educational opportunities for women and minorities, and today, students from every walk of life and every corner of the world convene at Hunter in pursuit of the American Dream.
In addition to the myriad academic offerings in its prestigious School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter College offers a wide breadth of programs within its preeminent Schools of Education, Nursing, Social Work, and Health Professions. In 2011, the CUNY School of Public Health will open its doors, officially making Hunter a PhD-granting institution.
Hunter students are uniquely committed to their educations and their futures. Though the great majority hold jobs, most are the first in their families to attend college. Their level of academic and professional achievement is extraordinary. They are published authors, community activists, exhibited artists, and civic leaders. Many go on to top professional and graduate programs, winning Fulbright scholarships, Mellon fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other rare and competitive honors. Hunter graduates make a mark wherever they go, but the vast majority choose to give back locally -- If you come across an important artist, author, educator, government official, health professional, researcher, scientist, or social-service professional in New York City, there's a good chance he or she went to Hunter.
The 1,700 full- and part-time members of Hunter's faculty are unparalleled. Thanks to the diverse and uniquely engaged student body, the abundance of New York's academic resources, and the ever-growing opportunities for teaching and research, Hunter attracts many of the nation's top scholars. They receive prestigious national grants, contribute to the world's leading academic journals, and play major roles in cutting-edge research. They are fighting cancer, formulating public policy, expanding our culture, enhancing technology, and more.
Most importantly, they are bringing their skills and knowledge to bear on the next generation of scientists, public servants, artists, nurses, social workers, health care professionals, scholars, and other citizens of the world by placing their highest priority on the classroom. As mentors and lecturers, advisers and seminar leaders, the Hunter College faculty are second to none.