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Rank: 8

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Baruch College's most popular majors include accounting, finance, marketing and corporate communications. In fact, over three-quarters of students plan to study in the college's well-known Zicklin School of Business, which benefits from being just a few miles from Wall Street and close to the headquarters of many major corporations. Baruch's New York City location also helps make it one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the country. People at Baruch speak over 100 different languages, and a third are first-generation college students. About 45% of undergraduates are considered low-income, and the annual cost of attendance is significantly lower than average. Roughly two-thirds of Baruch students graduate within six years -- a rate that is nearly 28% higher than at schools with students from similar academic and economic backgrounds. Baruch has a higher share of part-time and adult students than most of MONEY's other top-ranked colleges. And while the Manhattan campus is dominated by commuters, Baruch still offers a selection of traditional student activities, including a campus newspaper, active student government and 13 Division III sports teams. Baruch College earns the No. 8 spot in MONEY's top-ranked colleges this year for another reason: the success of its recent graduates. Alumni earn an average of $54,500 in their early careers, which is about 16% higher than graduates from similar universities. Those strong salaries, along with the students it admits, help Baruch claim one of the country’s highest socioeconomic mobility rates, according to The Equality of Opportunity Project.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$32,500
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$10,200
Average price for low-income students
$5,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
31%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1240/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
18,775
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
89%
% of need met
21%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$4,875
student success
Graduation rate
66%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$10,800
Average salary within 3 years
$54,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
47%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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