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Bernard M. Baruch College is a public academic institution located in New York City, New York.

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Overview of CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Founded in 1919, it is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Notably, it ranks number one in the Northeast for value among public institutions by The Princeton Review.

The college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs via three schools:

  • Marxe School of Public and International Affairs
  • Weissman School of Arts and Sciences
  • Zicklin School of Business

Bernard M. Baurch College, Zicklin School of Business is a leader in providing superior executive business education. It is committed to delivering relevant, affordable, academically rigorous business education that is world-class in quality and reputation. US News & World Report ranked the school number one for full-time MBA in New York City and New York State Among Public Institutions in 2023. It was also rated the number one evening MBA Program in New York City and New York State Among Public Institutions and the number one Accounting MBA Program in New York City and New York State Among Public Institutions.

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Over 11,600 undergraduate students are enrolled at Bernard M. Baurch College, Zicklin School of Business. There are also more than 2,700 graduate students attending the institution. The college employs approximately 204 full-time faculty members. The overall student-to-faculty ratio for Baurch College is 20:1, which is slightly above average in the United States, but not bad for a large school like this.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 19:1
Graduation Rate 70%
Year Founded 1919

Student Enrollment

Total Students18,679


Undergraduate Student

Male 8,205
Female 7,277

Graduate Student

Male 1,694
Female 1,503

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Male 9,690
Female 10,637


Male 4,167
Female 4,680

Acceptance Rate43%

Male 43%
Female 44%

Enrollment 2,273

Male 1,291
Female 982
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of attending Bernard M. Baurch College largely depends on residency. New York State residents enrolled in 12 or more undergraduate credit hours will pay approximately $3,465 per semester, or $305 per credit hour. Out-of-state and international students, on the other hand, will pay $620 per credit hour.

Tuition rates differ for graduate programs offered by the Zicklin School of Business. The estimated totals provided are based on the entire degree, which have varying credit hours included. For example, the cost of earning a standard MBA full-time is $37,338 for New York residents and $57,998 for non-New York residents. The evening MBA with accountancy program, on the other hand, will cost $50,295-$59,862 for New York residents and $73,780-$87,967 for non-New York residents.

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Prospective students should also expect to pay for student fees associated with the area of study chosen, as well as books, supplies, transportation, housing, meals, and miscellaneous personal expenses. All undergraduate and graduate students must also pay a technology fee of $125 and a consolidated service fee of $15 per semester. Additionally, student activity fees are due, but these vary based on enrollment status.

As a whole, Bernard M. Baurch College offers various forms of financial aid to help cover the cost of enrollment. Eligibility is determined by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While the majority of aid is available through federal programs, the college does fund a limited number of scholarships. The Zicklin School of Business also offers scholarships and stipends to graduate students.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, 91% of students entering postsecondary education for the first time at Bernard M. Baurch College received some form of financial assistance. Only 4% required additional student loan aid.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $3,931
Average Total Aid $9,657
Students Receiving Financial Aid 77%
Room & Board $18,953

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,462
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $15,412
  • Books and Supplies - $1,364
  • Room & Board - $18,953
  • Other - $5,504


Bernard M. Baurch College, Zicklin School of Business seeks to educate future business leaders by developing intellectual curiosity, strong integrity, a commitment to social responsibility, and global competence through impactful research and quality academic programs. Classes are taught by faculty who are thought influencers, active researchers, and experts in their fields.

Students can choose from over 30 degree programs offered by the following academic departments:

  • Stan Ross Department of Accountancy
  • Bert W. Wasserman Department of Economics and Finance
  • Department of Law
  • Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management
  • Allen G. Aaronson Department of Marketing and International Business
  • William Newman Department of Real Estate
  • Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics

According to data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the retention rate for first-time, undergraduate freshmen who began their studies at Bernard M. Baurch College in 2021 was 87% for full-time students and 64% for part-time students. Notably, the national average is 68%. Overall, this indicates that most students enrolled at the university chose to return to further their educations. Data is not available for the Zicklin School of Business, however.

The overall graduation rate for Bernard M. Baurch College is comparable. Of the students who began their studies in fall 2015, 74% were able to complete requirements within 150% of normal time, or about six years. Most students strive to graduate within four years, however, which was achieved by 49% of those included in the data. The transfer-out rate reported was 13%. Again, there is no data available for the Zicklin School of Business specifically.

As a whole, Bernard M. Baurch College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which is recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Additionally, as of the programs offered by the Zicklin School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Student Population Total

Student Population 18,679

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 2,901 Total Graduates / 77%
Finance, General 937 Graduates
Accounting 651 Graduates
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 421 Graduates
Business/Corporate Communications 290 Graduates
All Computer and Information Sciences Majors 248 Total Graduates / 7%
Information Science/Studies 248 Graduates
All Social Sciences Majors 147 Total Graduates / 4%
Economics, General 68 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 68 Graduates
Sociology 11 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 118 Total Graduates / 3%
Psychology, General 100 Graduates
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 18 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 99 Total Graduates / 3%
Communication, General 56 Graduates
Journalism 43 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 7%

Outcome & Salary

Each year, the Graduate Career Management Center (GCMC) collects outcomes data from graduated classes for the Zicklin School of Business. The most recent survey includes information obtained from the 2021-2022 graduating class, which consisted of 1,177 individuals. The response rate was 84%.

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Employment status at graduation is divided by degree program. Two majors had a 100% employment rate: Master of Science in real estate and the general full-time MBA. Most other programs reported that between 79% and 92% of graduates had obtained employment.

According to PayScale, students who graduate from the Bernard M. Baurch College, Zicklin School of Business with master’s degrees earn an average base salary of $124,000.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $58,800
College Grads Average Salary $71,611
College Grads Mid Career Salary $107,100
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $716,110
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,787,110
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $15,724
10 Year Projected ROI $700,386
20 Year Projected ROI $1,771,386
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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