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--Baruch Also Moves Up Sharply in General Academic Category, All While Remaining America's Most Diverse College--

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (8/20/2004) In rankings released today, the US News & World Report 2005 edition of America's Best Colleges shows Baruch College, a senior college in the CUNY system, having made huge strides in its national standings, reflecting the significant improvements in quality of admissions, instruction, services, retention and alumni support that have characterized changes at the College and at CUNY over the last decade.

At the same time, for the fifth straight year, Baruch was ranked America's most diverse college.

Most notably, Baruch moved to 48th among the nation's top undergraduate business programs.   Last year, it was 64th.

In the general category measuring all undergraduate institutions, the college dramatically jumped ahead more than thirty spots to achieve a ranking of 45th in the northern region among master's level universities.

This ranking places Baruch seventh among public schools in that category and second among public institutions in New York State .

An analysis of the rankings shows that, in business, Baruch has leapt in its reputation among other business school deans and department chairs, whose opinions form the basis of that category's rankings. Baruch achieved a 3.1 peer assessment rating', up significantly from 2.8 last year.   In general undergraduate education, the College dramatically improved its acceptance, retention and graduation rates as well as its alumni giving rate.

While Baruch achieves these academic improvements and grows in its alumni support, the school continues to rank as America's most diverse college , the highest in the nation in that category of the US News survey.

These are remarkably encouraging numbers, said Dr. Kathleen Waldron, president of Baruch College. They demonstrate the enormous work and dedication shown by our faculty, students, staff and alumni, and they are particularly impressive considering that many of our students work long hours in addition to pursuing their educations. This is their success story.

Dr. Waldron, a former dean at Long Island University and a former president of Citibank International, took over Baruch's presidency this year, succeeding one-time NY State Comptroller Ned Regan, who served as the College's president from 2000 to 2004.

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