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Office of the President

Message from President Mitchel B. Wallerstein

As president, it is my pleasure to provide you with insight into what makes our College so special. First, we are a highly ranked public institution of higher education that offers a world-class education in business, the arts and sciences, and public affairs at a very affordable price, meaning that students can complete their undergraduate or graduate degrees at Baruch without having to go deeply into debt.  Second, we are located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan in one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world with easy access to all that New York has to offer.  Third, with a talented faculty and committed staff, Baruch is highly successful in preparing its students to be tomorrow's leaders in business, government, non-profit management, law and many other liberal arts disciplines.  Our students take seriously their role as contributors and problem-solvers for our society and for the City of New York.

Baruch’s legacy dates back more than 160 years to the Free Academy, which was established by the City of New York as the country’s first free public institution of higher education on the same street corner at 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue where Baruch’s Lawrence and Eris Field Building now stands. We honor the original purpose and promise of the Free Academy by providing a quality education to a diverse and deserving student body at an affordable cost, thereby creating an environment of access and opportunity. Baruch is regularly ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the country; the College reflects the multi-ethnic and multi-racial makeup of the communities that we serve. To learn more, please view the College’s full mission statement.

I invite you to explore the Baruch web pages. Here you will find information about the past, present, and future of our institution, one of the leading senior colleges of the City University of New York system. If you are searching for a college for yourself or for a family member, you have come to the right place. If you are curious about me or my cabinet or our new Strategic Plan (2013-2018) for Baruch College, you will find all of that information here as well.

As you will discover, there is always a lot going on at Baruch College, which is what makes it such an interesting place to study and work. If you are an alumnus/a or friend of the College, I encourage you to return often to these pages, which are updated frequently, to keep in touch with new developments at the College.  And if you are considering Baruch for your education, please know that we would be delighted to welcome you if you can visit the campus.


Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President