From the School

Hunter College is a liberal arts college serving over 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Wide offerings in the liberal arts and sciences and three professional schools-education, health sciences, and social work, makes Hunter the largest senior college in the CUNY system.

Overview

Applicants
30,708
Acceptance Rate
31%

GPA Breakdown

19%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 620
SAT Math
550 - 650
ACT Composite
-

Deadlines


Regular
March 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Overall

From The School

Hunter instills a rich and informed sense of the possibilities of humanity in its students and expects them to carry their liberal arts education forward in their careers, their public responsibilities, and their personal lives.

The College trains its students in the sciences, the humanities, and a number of professional fields. As they strive to achieve their career goals, students are expected to perceive their chosen fields of study as only a part of a wider realm of knowledge. Undergraduate programs of study at Hunter consist of five parts, totaling 120 credits: a general education requirement, a pluralism and diversity requirement, a concentration of in-depth study and elective courses.

Undergraduate students at Hunter who exhibit intellectual curiosity and exceptional ability may apply to the Thomas Hunter Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary program that individualizes study according to needs and interests and grants a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Students may earn sophomore standing (up to 30 credits) if they score well on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject tests, the Advanced Placement examinations of the College Board, and the Regents College Examination (RCE) Program of New York State.

Students Say

Hunter boasts an “outstanding” reputation based in part on its ability to offer “a solid education at an affordable price” and “exposure to New York City.” Students who like to challenge the status quo will find a home here. In Hunter classrooms, “diversity of thought is not only tolerated, but encouraged.” Those classes can be “very tough,” forcing students to “work hard to keep good grades.” Some students groan that professors here “teach at a fast pace,” but students who pay attention will find that their educators generally “know the subjects that they are teaching very well.” While there are some “very tedious professors,” most students find that professors are “intellectually challenged by brilliant instructors.” A few students wish there were more tenured professors on staff and say that part-time educators “would care more if they were paid more.” Yet many departments win praise, including the “highly respected” psychology department, which is “affiliated with most of the prestigious hospitals in New York City,” as well as challenging English and nursing programs. Maybe most important is that students will get a sense for what their education will mean outside of school. These professors “bring to the table their vast experiences in their field of expertise and have never hesitated to educate on what to expect when we are outside of the classroom, often offering a practical aspect to what in many classrooms are strictly academic discussions.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
1,988
with Terminal Degree
827

1,136
Women
852
Men
362
Minority
116
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
84%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Gertrude B.Elion
Nobel Laureate - Medicine

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
Nobel Laureate - Medicine

Ruby Dee
Actress

Rhea Perlman
Actress

Bella Abzug
Congresswoman

Audre Lorde
Poet, Novelist

Overview

From The School

Hunter College is affordable. In 2010-11, New York State residents enrolled as full-time, matriculated students paid $2415 per semester ($205 per credit part-time). Nonresidents enrolled as full-time, matriculated students paid $435 per credit. All students paid a Student Activity Fee ($84.50 per semester for full-time students and $54.45 per semester for part-time students) and a $15-per-semester Consolidated Fee.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
79
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
May 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

Full-time tuition for New York residents comes to approximately $5,730. That’s ridiculously cheap. If you can’t claim state residency, you’ll pay about three times that amount. Also, as you know if you are a New Yorker and probably have heard if you aren’t, New York City can be a painfully expensive place to live. But that shouldn’t dissuade prospective students, since about 94 percent of students receive aid.

Bang For Your Buck

Extraordinarily low tuition makes Hunter affordable, and more than 1,000 scholarships, awards, and special program opportunities offered throughout the CUNY campuses complement that affordability. The usual combination of work-study jobs, need-based grants, scholarships, and credit-bearing internships helps students fund their educations. Need-based grants from the state of New York are available. Hunter offers a variety of scholarship programs for entering freshman who have maintained a high level of academic achievement while in high school and who demonstrate potential for superior scholarship at the college level. Institutional scholarships [at Hunter College] are offered to more than 50 percent of the aid-eligible population. The Macaulay Honors College is definitely one of the highlights. Accepted students receive a full-ride scholarship (except for fees), a laptop computer, and additional funds to pursue research, internships, or service activities. One student boasts: “The Macaulay Honors College allows me access to the best Hunter and CUNY has to offer, and to the wide resources of New York City itself, while paying no tuition.” Also, financial sessions are offered at Hunter to incoming students and cover topics such as loans, credit cards, and budgeting. All new students are considered for Hunter College sponsored scholarships automatically—no separate application is required.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,921

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,547

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,003

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$13,000

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
39%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,260

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,730
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$15,300
Required Fees
$399
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,918
Transportation for Commuters
$1,020

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Hunter College has a thriving student life, with over 100 chartered clubs, Greek letter organizations, and a student government that is actively involved in both college and New York City issues. Hunter has its own radio station and diverse publications, including the Envoy, the college's student newspaper for the last 50-odd years.

Students Say

New York City is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the world, so it should come as no surprise that “there is no typical student at Hunter.” This cultural melting pot of a region means “the diversity here is real and comes in all forms, most especially diversity of thought and opinion.” One student notes that “all of my classrooms contain a mix of every ethnicity and nationality, all ages, all types of people.” Even with this wide array of cultures, “somehow, [students] all manage to fit in and get along with one another.” Students here also vary wildly in age, with older attendees common in most classrooms. “Most students work fullor part-time while juggling a full-time schedule,” which can make it “extremely difficult to make friends, because it’s a commuter school.” This also means that “there’s little sense of school identity.” However, for those who involve themselves with other students, “as long as you are not too shy, it is easy to make friends around here.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,879
Out of State
4%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
151

Demographics

27.77%
Asian
12.18%
African-American
20.76%
Hispanic
39.11%
Caucasian
6.45%
International

64% female
36% male
4% are out of state
72% are full time
28% are part time

Overview

From The School

Located on the Upper East Side in New York City, Hunter College has been in existence since 1870, long enough to have the nearby subway station named after it. With such easy access to every museum, theater, library, business, and cultural resource in New York City, it's no wonder that Hunter College students regularly intern at places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and CNN, as well as city and state government offices.

Students Say

On one hand, being located in Manhattan means that Hunter has immediate access to almost anything in arts, culture, music, and nightlife that an urban adventurer can imagine. On the other hand, “Hunter is largely a commuter school, so there is not much campus life at night or on the weekends,” a situation one student calls “miserable.” Students won’t get a typical college life here. “Nobody lives on campus at Hunter,” and “most people who attend school at Hunter work part-time or full-time, have apartments, pay bills, and go to school full-time.” That is not to say there is no excitement at Hunter. You just “have to make an effort for things to happen and to gather people because they need to make time from their schedules to meet up.” Those who put in the effort will find that the city is their oyster. One student notes that whether it is food or music or entertainment, “anything that’s not academic-related you can find easily from blocks away,” while another notes, “New York is a tourist haven,” so there is no shortage of things to do. But again, it won’t come to you. Be prepared to make things happen. “The only way to make friends is to dorm (which is nearly impossible) or to hang around campus joining fraternities and clubs.” If you’re a commuter student or work full-time, as many Hunter students do, “socializing is nearly impossible.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
99

Housing Options

Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations

1% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

2% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hawks)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Fencing
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Hawks)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health

Sustainability

Through “Hunter Green”, Hunter College continues to develop dynamic initiatives that raise awareness of green goals and advance urban sustainability in the community. The Hunter College Sustainability Council was developed in 2007 in response to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PLaNYC 2030 challenge. A central goal at the College and University level is to design all new construction to meet LEED Silver certification, including plans for a groundbreaking new research facility. In East Harlem, 148,000 square feet of classroom, office, and laboratory space achieved LEED certification. A major library renovation at Hunter’s main Upper East Side campus is incorporating sustainable elements, such as window glazing and an efficient HVAC system, and Phase I of the project will seek LEED certification. Other projects include white roofs that reduce building heat load and urban heat island effects and a 3-kW photovoltaic rooftop installation that serves as a teaching tool. The college examines energy data to develop solutions that manage usage more efficiently. Students can get involved in sustainability in many ways. Hunter’s Departments of Geography and Urban Affairs & Planning and its School of Public Health offer sustainability-related coursework, and efforts are underway to establish a sustainability minor and certificate program. The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student funded grant, allows students to collaborate with other campus groups to implement projects ranging from increased bicycle parking and security to environmental awareness campaigns. The most successful TGIF project to date has been the installation of 34 water-bottle filling stations, which have diverted over 2 million 16-ounce plastic bottles from the municipal waste stream.

Green Rating
97
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
60%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
85

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
21

Average Number of PC's per Lab
28

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Welcome Center

Address
HUnter College
695 Park ave
New York, NY 10065

Phone
212-772-4490


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Over 100 Campus Clubs
CARSI Geography Lab
Television Studio
Learning Center and Computer Lab
Sports Complex

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Central Park
Metropolitan Art Museum
American Museaum of Natural History
Guggenheim Museum
Great Shopping, Fine Restaurants

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times:
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Hunter has its own subway stop on the Upper East Side #6 train.We also provide shuttle bus to and from our downtown Health Science Campus.Going Crosstown: The M66 bus goes crosstown on 68th Street going east and 67th Street going west. Hunter College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue. Going Uptown: The M98, M101, M102, and M103 go south on Lexington Avenue and north on 3rd Avenue. Hunter College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Driving Instructions to Campus
By Car Going West (from Queens & Long Island) - Take the Long Island Expressway to the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Make a right onto Third Avenue and proceed north to 69th Street. Make a left turn on 69th Street to Lexington Avenue and make a left. The College is located at the intersection of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Local Accommodations
Arabelle, Sherry Netherland, The Pierre Hotel, The Plaza Hotel
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Key Stats

30,708
Applicants
16,879
Size
31%
Acceptance Rate
1170
SAT Scores

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