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CUNY Hunter College

Hunter College offers a double benefit for its reasonable tuition: intellectually demanding academics along with the resources, opportunities and cultural outlets that come with going to college on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The college -- one of 11 senior colleges in the City University of New York system -- has more than 170 areas of study. Particularly strong are its psychology, language, nursing and visual and performing arts programs. The Silberman School of Social Work is particularly well-regarded. With a diverse student body, Hunter places special emphasis on languages, including Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Polish, and Japanese, along with classical Greek and Latin. Hunter also boasts a number of well-known research centers, including the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Roosevelt House, a public policy institute in a townhouse once occupied by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. On-campus living can be tricky; Hunter does have three residence halls in the area, but it can be difficult to snag a room in one. Hunter can count former President Barack among its fans: In 2014, he called the school "one of the best colleges in the country."
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$22,600
% of students who get any grants
58%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$11,000
Average price for low-income students
$5,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
38%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1160/NA
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
20,626
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
86%
% of need met
80%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$3,643
student success
Graduation rate
53%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$11,500
Average salary within 3 years
$48,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
36%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
March 15

* 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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