BestColleges.com Ranks Baruch College #33 Among Schools for Older Students
Baruch was listed with a 26% application rate of Undergraduate Students Ages 25 and Older; a 25% admission rate and a 63% graduation rate. Baruch College was also recognized for its School of Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS), which attracts many nontraditional students.
BestColleges.com defines “nontraditional students” as adults, 25 and older, who took time away from academia before beginning or continuing an undergraduate degree. There are a number of reasons why someone would postpone their postsecondary education, each unique to the individual. Some may have gone into the military with the hope of earning their college tuition. Others may have fulfilled a dream of globetrotting before deciding on their future. It may be that some wanted to get married and start families, or they had a sick relative to care for.
Methodology: BestColleges.com rankings are compiled using the latest information from the IPEDS and College Navigator databases, both of which are reputable sources maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics. The most recent set of data is for the 2011-2012 school year, though some individual data points reflect the 2012-2013 school year. BestColleges.com created its rankings by first compiling a list of all schools with a nontraditional student body of 25% or higher. The list was narrowed to only those schools that provide a high quality education, quantitatively speaking. In order to trim the list to 50 schools, BestColleges.com then looked at institutions that offered a range of degree programs at the baccalaureate level or higher. Schools that do not report their student demographics were not considered for the list.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.