Baruch College

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Baruch College
CUNY Baruch College Seal.png
Seal of Baruch College
TypePublic college
1968 as an independent college
Parent institution
City University of New York
Endowment$220.08 million[1]
PresidentS. David Wu
ProvostLinda Essig
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States

40°44′25″N 73°59′00″W / 40.740159°N 73.98338°W / 40.740159; -73.98338Coordinates: 40°44′25″N 73°59′00″W / 40.740159°N 73.98338°W / 40.740159; -73.98338
ColorsBlue   and white  
Sporting affiliations
Division III
Baruch Logo.svg

Baruch College (officially the Bernard M. Baruch College) is a public college in New York City. It is a constituent college of the City University of New York system. Named for financier and statesman Bernard M. Baruch, the college operates undergraduate and postgraduate programs through the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.


The Free Academy

Baruch College is one of the senior colleges in the CUNY system. It traces its roots back to the 1847 founding of the Free Academy,[3] the first institution of free public higher education in the United States. The New York State Literature Fund was created to serve students who could not afford to enroll in New York City's private colleges. The Fund led to the creation of the Committee of the Board of Education of the City of New York, led by Townsend Harris, J.S. Bosworth, and John L. Mason, which brought about the establishment of what would become the Free Academy, on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.[citation needed]

The Free Academy became the College of the City of New York, now The City College of New York (CCNY). In 1919, what would become Baruch College was established as City College School of Business and Civic Administration.[4] On December 15, 1928, the cornerstone was laid on the new building which would house the newly founded school. At this point, the school did not admit women. At the time it opened it was considered the biggest such school for the teaching of business education in the United States.[5]

The original building on 23rd Street, known as the Lawerence and Eris Field Building, is still in use today.

By the 1930s, women were allowed into the School of Business. The total enrollment at CCNY reached an all-time high of 40,000 students in 1935, and the School of Business had an enrollment of more than 1,700 students in the day session alone. In 1953, it was renamed the Baruch School of Business in honor of Bernard Baruch, an 1814 graduate of CCNY who went on to become a prominent financier and adviser to two presidents. In 1961, the New York State Education Law established the City University of New York (CUNY) system. In 1968, the Baruch School of Business was spun off as Baruch College, an independent senior college in the CUNY system.[citation needed]

The first president of the new college (1969–1970) was the previous Federal Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Robert C. Weaver. In 1971, the college appointed Clyde Wingfield, a noted educator, as its president. He was succeeded by economist Joel Edwin Segall in 1977. Segall recruited several well-known faculty members to the School of Business and established the college's permanent home on Lower Lexington Avenue.[6] Matthew Goldstein was president of the school from 1991 to 1998 (he later went on to serve as the Chancellor of CUNY from 1999 to 2013). He was responsible for raising admissions requirements and creating the School of Public Affairs in 1994. Edward Regan, former comptroller of New York state, served as president from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, test scores rose, student retention rates increased, and many new faculty members were hired.[7] In 2001, the Vertical Campus opened and Baruch College accepted its first students from the CUNY Honors College, now known as the Macaulay Honors College. The college also implemented a common core curriculum for all undergraduates.[citation needed]

Kathleen Waldron became the president in 2004. Under Waldron, Baruch College received large donations from its alumni, which resulted in the Vertical Campus, 23rd Street building, and Performing Arts complex being renamed in honor of the three largest donors respectively.[8] Alumni giving has increased under "Baruch Means Business," a $150 million capital campaign.[9] In August 2009, Waldron resigned from her position to become a University Professor at the Graduate Center. Stan Altman, the former dean of the School of Public Affairs from 1999 to 2005, was named interim president.[10]

On February 22, 2010, Mitchel Wallerstein, Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, was appointed as the president of the college. He took office on August 2, 2010,[11] and remained until June 30, 2020, after which he became a University Professor at CUNY. Under his leadership, Baruch College established degree programs with universities globally, ranked as a top college for social mobility, and achieved the best graduation rate within the CUNY system.[12]

Baruch College was the scene of student protests in 2011 as a result of tuition hikes.[13] This resulted in arrests.[13]

S. David Wu was appointed as the next President of Baruch College on February 3, 2020,[14] and took office on July 1, 2020.

Presidents of Baruch College[edit]

President Tenure
1. Robert Weaver 1968–1970
2. Clyde Wingfield 1971–1976
3. Joel Segall 1977–1990
Joyce Brown (interim) 1990–1991
4. Matthew Goldstein 1991–1998
Lois S. Cronholm (interim) 1998–1999
Sidney Lirtzman (interim) 1999–2000
5. Edward Regan 2000–2004
6. Kathleen Waldron 2004–2009
Stan Altman (interim) 2009–2010
7. Mitchel Wallerstein 2010–2020
8. S. David Wu 2020–present


Baruch College is composed of three academic schools, the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.[15]

The Newman Vertical Campus is home to the Zicklin School of Business and Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

The Zicklin School of Business grants a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in 19 different business-related areas, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 14 business-related areas, and a Masters of Science (MS) in 8 business-related programs.[16]

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences grants a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in over 26 different arts and science-related areas, a Masters of Arts (MA) in Corporate Communications and Mental Health Counseling, and a Masters of Science (MS) in Financial Engineering and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.[17]

The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs grants a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Public Affairs, a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in 5 different public affairs-related areas, and a Masters of Science in education (MSEd) in Higher Education Administration.[18]

The college also houses several doctoral (PhD) programs offered through the CUNY Graduate Center. They include Business (with specializations in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing or Organizational Behavior) as well as Industrial and Organizational Psychology.[19][20] As of June 2013, the CUNY PhD in Business degree is offered jointly by the Graduate Center and Baruch College.[21]


Lawrence and Eris Field Building[edit]

Looking up at the Lawrence and Eris Field Building.

The Lawrence and Eris Field Building, also known as the 23rd Street Building, is still in use by the college today. The 23rd Street Building began renovation in 2013. The ten-year renovation project will finally bring the 23rd Street Building to twenty-first century standards.[22] The building is home to the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and several administrative offices.[citation needed]

Information and Technology Building[edit]

The Information and Technology Building is home to the William and Anita Newman Library.

The Information and Technology Building, which opened in 1994, is located across East 25th Street from the Newman Vertical Campus.[23] It is home to the William and Anita Newman Library, and features multiple floors with Wi-Fi access and designated "study-pod" areas. A 320-seat computer lab, the Baruch Computing and Technology Center, is on the sixth floor. The building also contains the offices of the Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid and the International Student Center. It is colloquially known as the "Library Building" by students and staff. It was originally a trolley barn used to store and service New York City streetcars.[citation needed]

Newman Vertical Campus[edit]

Newman Vertical Campus

After decades of renting space for classrooms, the college began construction of what would later be called the Newman Vertical Campus in 1998. Named after businessman William Newman and inaugurated on August 27, 2001, the building is a 786,000-square-foot (73,000 m2), 17-floor building, which cost $327 million to erect.[24][25] It is now home to the Zicklin School of Business and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences (the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs is housed in the Field Building).[24] It houses classrooms, faculty offices, additional computer labs for student use, along with the Athletic and Recreation Complex (ARC), Cafeteria, and Baruch Bookstore.[26] The Newman Vertical Campus was honored in 2003 by the American Institute of Architects with the highest award it offers to an individual building.[27] East 25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue was renamed "Bernard Baruch Way", and the college now uses the Vertical Campus as its official address.[citation needed]

Campus location[edit]

The college is located between East 22nd and 25th Streets in Manhattan, along Lexington Avenue. The campus is served by the following transportation:

Academic centers and institutes[edit]

  • Baruch College Survey Research[30]
  • CCI – Corporate Communication International[31]
  • CUNY Institute for Demographic Research[32]
  • Center for Educational Leadership[33]
  • Center on Equality, Pluralism and Policy[34]
  • Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship[35]
  • Jewish Studies Center[36]
  • Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute[37]
  • New York Census Research Data Center[38]
  • Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management[39]
  • Center for the Study of Business and Government (CSBG)[40]
  • The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College is an academic service unit and faculty development program. It supports educational technology and communications instructional projects in the college.[41]
  • The Starr Career Development Center, named after the Starr Foundation, provides career services to all Baruch College undergraduates and alumni with bachelor's degrees from Baruch.[42]
  • The Subotnick Financial Services Center, which opened in 2000, provides a simulation of practical trading experience. Its centerpiece is the Bert W. and Sandra Wasserman Trading Floor.[43]
  • Center for Teaching and Learning[44]
  • Computer Center for Visually Impaired People[45]
  • Weissman Center for International Business[46]
  • Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity[47]


Student life[edit]

WBMB Baruch College Radio currently provides around the clock radio broadcasts via their website stream and local FM frequency 94.3.[51] The Ticker[52] has been the student newspaper since 1932. The school is home to over 130[53] clubs and student organizations, including large chapters of such national and international organizations as Finance and Economics Society, ISACA Cybersecurity Club, ALPFA, AIESEC, Toastmasters, Alpha Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Delta, Muslim Student Association, Bangladesh Student Association, United Chinese Language Association, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Golden Key.[54] Most undergraduate clubs meet on Thursdays between 12:40 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., which is known as “Club Hours.”[55]


Baruch College competes in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The sports teams, referred to as the Bearcats, are a member of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, dance team, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball.[56]


The undergraduate admissions for Baruch College are considered to be "Very Selective" by the College Board.[57] In the Fall of 2013, over 19,400 students applied for admissions and only 5,000 were admitted with an acceptance rate of 29%. Baruch College follows a holistic admissions process by considering teacher recommendations, application essay, and extracurricular activities, in addition to standardized test scores and GPA.[58]

The college has a 70% graduation rate within six years and a 29% acceptance rate for undergraduates.[59]


Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report[60] 16
Forbes[61] 64
THE/WSJ[62] 234

Baruch College has been ranked by multiple sources, including:

  • In its annual "Social Mobility Index" for 2015, CollegeNet ranked Baruch #1 in the country, among more than 900 schools considered, in providing social mobility for students.[63]
  • Washington Monthly ranked Baruch #1 in the Northeast in 2015 in providing "Best Bang for the Buck."[64]
  • CNBC Says Baruch College is #2 Best Public Institution Nationwide for Return on Investment in 2020.[65]
  • Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review ranked Baruch #5 in 2018 among colleges for its undergraduate entrepreneurship program,[66] and #10 for the graduate school.[67]
  • Forbes ranked Baruch #9 in the country among "Best Value Schools" for 2019.[68] The magazine also ranked Baruch #55 nationally among "Best Business Schools."[69]
  • In 2015, Business Insider recognized Baruch as #19 in its ranking of the 25 business schools that offer the best value.[70]
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Baruch 20th in 2017 among Regional Universities in the North.[71] The magazine also ranked Baruch #4, Most Ethnically Diverse (in the North Region); #5, Top Public Schools (in the North Region); #1, Least Debt (in the North Region); #15, City Management and Urban Policy; #29, Health Care Management; #35, Accounting; #45, Top Public Affairs Schools; #61, Best Undergraduate Business programs; #66, Best Part-time MBA.[72][73]
  • U.S. News & World Report, in its 2020 ranking of "Best Business Schools," listed Zicklin as #52 nationally.[74]

Notable people[edit]


Before 1968, alumni of Baruch College were officially alumni of the City College of New York.


Politics, government and law[edit]

The arts[edit]

Literature, journalism and tech[edit]



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