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  1. CUNY has now implemented the Pathways initiative across all of its undergraduate colleges. Pathways establishes a new system of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines across the University--and by doing so reinforces CUNY's educational excellence while easing student transfer between CUNY colleges.

    The centerpiece of this initiative is a 30-credit general education Common Core. Each CUNY college can require bachelor’s-degree students to take another 6 to 12 credits of general education through the College Option. Importantly, once fulfilled at one CUNY college, these general education credits will carry over seamlessly if a student transfers to another CUNY college. Pathways also aligns gateway courses for a number of popular majors.

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25th St. Plaza

Cafe tables, planters and purple umbrellas have replaced cars on one block of East 25th Street, thanks to Baruch College’s new pedestrian plaza.

Baruch held the official ribbon-cutting on February 20, 2013 for the new pedstrian plaza between Lexington and Third avenues, which was closed to traffic late last year.

Over the next two to three years, the school will transform the current plaza into a more permanent one, a project that includes raising the level of the street to meet the curb and may also add benches and more greenery.

In the meantime, the pedestrian space will provide opportunities for Baruch students to study and hold outdoor events, and it will be open for community events on the weekends, including a potential outdoor market.

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Recommended Supplement – Essay & Activities Worksheet

Essay Topics & Activities Supplement

Baruch College recommends high school applicants submit an application essay as part of the regular admissions process. This essay is submitted as a form on the undergraduate admissions website (available here).

Topics for freshman applicants for Fall 2015 are:

    • - Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
      - If you could meet anyone in the world, from history or present day, who would it be and why?
      - Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
      -Topic of your choice: provide us with both the question and answer.

Applicants pick one topic to write on, with no maximum word length for the essay.

Baruch will accept essays for all freshman applicants. The essay should be submitted sometime after the CUNY application.

Click here to access the admissions essay submission form.

Awards & Accolades for Baruch

Baruch College Ranks #25 Among Best Colleges in Region, According to U.S. News & World Report

NEW YORK, NY-September 12, 2014 For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baruch College among the top 25 Regional Universities in the North at #25 on its ‘Top Regional Universities’ annual rankings list. In addition, Baruch is ranked in the top five, for the second year in a row, on the magazine’s list of “Top Public Regional Universities.” The undergraduate business program at the Zicklin School of Business is ranked among the top 100 in the nation, coming in at #58.

Confirming its reputation for having a student body as diverse as the city of New York and its residents, Baruch College ranked #12 for the most diverse campus by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Several factors are considered by U.S. News & World Report when compiling its “Best Colleges” rankings, including: peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving. The editors of the “Best Colleges” list assert that “for families concerned with finding the best academic value for their money, the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings provide an excellent starting point for the college search.”

Office of Communications and Marketing, Baruch College, Sept 2014