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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to the Baruch Leadership Academy?

Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from around the world are eligible to apply to the Baruch Leadership Academy.

Track Name Participants
Leadership in Technology Rising 11th and 12th grade students
Global Finance & Economics Rising 11th and 12th grade students
Pre-Med Rising 11th and 12th grade students
Entrepreneurship Rising 11th and 12th grade students
Financial Engineering & Applied Mathematics Rising 11th and 12th grade students
Sophomore Enrichment Rising 10th grade students
When will I hear from the Admissions Office about my application status?

Competitive applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Students will receive an admissions decision via email within two weeks and postal mail within four weeks of submitting all Application Materials.

How much does it cost to attend Academy?

2018 Program Cost:

  • $3,000 for day students
    • Program cost includes: field trips, costs for trip meals, materials, instruction, SAT prep, recreation, and T-shirt. Not included in this charge are costs for travel expenses (commute to and from Leadership Academy) and incidentals.
  • $6,500 for residential students
    • Program cost includes: field trips, costs for trip meals, materials, instruction, SAT prep, recreation, and T-shirt. Cost for residential students also includes a shared room in our residence hall on 96th Street and a MetroCard to travel to and from our residential facility. Please note: our residential program does not include meals.
  • Deposit: $250 (non-refundable; deposit will be deducted from total Academy cost)
Will participation at the Academy help me get into Baruch College when I apply for undergraduate admission?

Attending the Academy will help a student’s application stand out as it is an intensive extracurricular activity. Students who complete the Academy receive a letter of recommendation, which can be submitted when applying to Baruch College or any other institution.

Do students need to send in all their application components at once?

Applications are reviewed once all Application Materials have been received. It is recommended that students send in all of their Application Materials at once. Students are encouraged to complete the online application and essay prior to submitting their recommendation forms and transcript.

Are scholarships available?

Internal Funding

A limited number of need-based, partial scholarships (ranging from $250-$1,000) are granted based upon demonstrated financial need and availability of funding. In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must first apply to Academy. If accepted, students should email academy@baruch.cuny.edu to request a scholarship application.


Sibling Discount

A $250 discount will be applied for each sibling admitted into our program in a given year. Parents/guardians should email academy@baruch.cuny.edu to request a sibling discount if they have more than one child attending Academy.

CUNY Employee Discount

Children of full-time CUNY employees who are admitted to Academy are eligible to receive a $250 discount on the program cost. Parents/guardians who may be eligible for this discount should email academy@baruch.cuny.edu from an official CUNY-issued email address to request this discount. Additional supporting documentation may be requested.

External Funding

High school students seeking financial aid may consider applying to Baruch Leadership Academy through Wishbone. Wishbone is a nonprofit organization that helps high school students with limited financial resources pursue their passion by helping them attend high-quality summer programs. 

To qualify, you must apply to Wishbone by December 8. Applicants must be eligible for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program, and live in one of the following regions: New York City, Connecticut, SF Bay Area, or Los Angeles. 

For more information and to apply to Wishbone, Please visit: www.wishbone.org/students

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Where is the Academy?

The Academy takes place at Baruch College's midtown Manhattan campus. The College's Vertical Campus, located on 24th Street and Lexington Avenue is the headquarters for our Academy classrooms.

What do I need to bring to the Academy?

All course materials and books are provided to students at the Academy.

Does the Academy provide daily lunch?

Lunch is provided on Fridays. Students have free time to eat lunch at one of our neighboring establishments on Mondays - Thursdays.


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