CUNY--Hunter College

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695 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 772-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#48 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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CUNY--Hunter College is a public institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,708 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. CUNY--Hunter College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 48. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,829 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,949 (2013-14).

Students who attend Hunter College, a CUNY institution, attend class in downtown Manhattan. Many students commute elsewhere after class, though, as only a small percentage of students live on campus. The college has a large arts program and grants degrees in art, dance, film, music, and theatre. The Hunter College Hawks compete in the NCAA Division III.

Hunter College runs a variety of research centers and institutes, including the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO), the Center for Community and Urban Health, and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities. The school also offers an International English Language Institute for non-native speakers that has courses during the day, evenings, and on weekends. Notable alumni of Hunter College include Nikolai Fraiture and Nick Valensi, two band members in The Strokes, and stand-up comedian Natasha Leggero.

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On September 10, 2012, Mayor Bloomberg announced Hunter's new nursing, science, and health professions building to be built at 73rd Street and the East River in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).Hunter will build a Science and Health Professions building to upgrade its nursing and science facilities. Scheduled opening is 2017. Concurrently with this announcement, Hunter is embarking on other linkages with the hospital - providing clinical sites for our health professions students and providing education and training for MSKCC employees who wish to advance in their careers. In another example of Hunter's commitment to its science and health faculty, students and programs, professors and students are developing exciting projects through our partnership with the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Center at Weill Cornell Medical College. The collaboration has led Hunter to purchase a full floor in a new complex now under construction at Weill Cornell, just a few blocks from the 68th Street campus and very close to the new MSKCC location..The main Hunter library is undergoing extensive renovation. The third floor featuring an information commons, study centers and other meeting points for students will open this summer (2013). Construction on other library floors, to house a faculty resource center and student learning centers, will commence in the fall.The DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) Hunter's second stand-alone doctorate (after the DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), received New York State approval in July 2012. The program was formerly a joint degree between the CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College.Hunter's Brookdale campus at 25th Street and the East River (soon to be sold as part of the arrangement for the move to MSKCC) suffered severe damage during Hurricane Sandy. The dormitory had to be closed and the academic programs of medical lab science, physical therapy, speech-language pathology and nursing had to move to the 68th Street campus.Extraordinary efforts of the part of Hunter's facilities, registrar and academic affairs staffs and faculty resulted in classes and labs being rescheduled at the main campus a week after the storm. The faculty took up temporary quarters in the Hunter library and, for the most part, classes were able to return to Brookdale in time for the beginning of the spring seme- ster. The dormitory reopened on December 8th.Hunter's MFA in studio art will move to a new space in Tribeca in summer 2013, to replace the aging Times Square facility. Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute recently presented a symposium on Eisenhower "Ike Reconsidered" featuring remarks by David Eisenhower and Evan Thomas, and with a panel comprised of Jean Edward Smith, Stephen Hess, Rita Hauser and Philip Zelkow.Hunter, like the rest of CUNY, has revised its general education curriculum to conform to Pathways, a policy mandated by the CUNY trustees. The initiative is designed to create a curricular structure that will streamline transfers and enhance the quality of general education across the university. Pathways, or as it is known at Hunter, the Hunter Core, will be in place for entering first-time and transfer students in fall 2013. Having received a planning grant from the Mellon Foundation to help Hunter develop Arts across the Curriculum, the college has recently submitted a full proposal for this purpose to the Mellon Foundation.Simultaneous with Pathways, Hunter and all other CUNY colleges are undergoing a conversion of all electronic systems - personnel, accounting and most important student from old programs to a new platform, known as CUNYFirst (CI). Hunter is in Wave 3, the third group of CUNY colleges to convert to CI. Conversion will begin in March and we plan to conduct summer session registration on April 15th. This has been an enormous undertaking, involving many staff and many hours. We look forward to reaping the benefits of this new product.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1870
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $63,089,834


When applying to CUNY--Hunter College, it's important to note the application deadline is March 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 15. The application fee at CUNY--Hunter College is $65. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 29.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 29.7%
Application deadline March 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at CUNY--Hunter College is 15:1, and the school has 44.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at CUNY--Hunter College include: Psychology; Social Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 19%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology 21%
Social Sciences 18%
English Language and Literature/Letters 14%
Health Professions and Related Programs 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%

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Student Life

CUNY--Hunter College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,708, with a gender distribution of 34.2 percent male students and 65.8 percent female students. CUNY--Hunter College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 23,005
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

CUNY--Hunter College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, and health service. CUNY--Hunter College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At CUNY--Hunter College, 64.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,365.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,829 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,949 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,473 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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