Baruch College Admissions Statistics

Learn About Baruch and the GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

Baruch College
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Baruch College is the most selective college in the CUNY system. In 2016, the acceptance rate was 31 percent. To apply, students must submit the CUNY system online application that includes high school transcripts and scores from either the SAT or ACT. In addition to the required materials, students may send in letters of recommendation, a supplemental essay/personal statement, and a resume of extracurricular activities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so students can apply for both the fall and spring semesters.

Why You Might Choose Baruch College

Located near Wall Street in Midtown, Manhattan, Baruch College has a winning location for its well-regarded Zicklin School of Business. Eighty percent of Baruch undergraduate students are enrolled in the Zicklin School, making it the largest college business school in the country. Students can also choose to enroll in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Public Affairs.

Baruch College is a public university and part of CUNY, the City University of New York. In national rankings, Baruch has earned high marks for its value, the diversity of the student body, and the quality of its business programs. The university frequently ranks among the top New York colleges and universities.

Baruch College GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

CUNY Baruch College GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
CUNY Baruch College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of Baruch College's Admissions Standards

Baruch College, part of the CUNY system, is the most selective of all the CUNY colleges. In 2016, less than a third of all applicants received an acceptance letter. To get in, you're probably going to need both grades and standardized test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most admitted students had a high school average of "B" or better, a combined SAT score of 1100 or higher (RW+M), and an ACT composite score of 22 or higher. Higher test scores will certainly improve your chances, and you can see that many applicants had grades up in the "A" range.

Note that the middle of the graph includes quite a few red dots (rejected students) and a handful of yellow dots (waitlisted students). Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Baruch were not admitted. At the same time, you can see that some students were accepted with test scores and grades that were below the norm. This is because the CUNY application used by all of the CUNY campuses is evaluated holistically. Baruch College and the other CUNY schools want to see high grades in rigorous courses and strong test scores, but they also take into consideration your application essay and letters of recommendation.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Baruch College Acceptance Rate: 31%

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 550 / 640
  • SAT Math: 600 / 690
  • Because so few Baruch applicants take the ACT, the university does not report those scores to the Department of Education. However, applicants are welcome to use the ACT instead of the SAT in the admissions process.

More Baruch College Information

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 18,286 (15,210 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 74% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,062 (in-state); $14,452 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,364 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $17,926
  • Other Expenses: $5,430
  • Total Cost: $31,782 (in-state); $39,172 (out-of-state)

Baruch College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 83%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 81%
    • Loans: 6%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,237
    • Loans: $4,332

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Investments, and Securities, Sales, and Marketing
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 38%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 66%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Swimming and Diving, Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Track, and Field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Softball

If You Like Baruch College, You May Also Like These Schools

Students who apply to Baruch College often apply to other CUNY schools including CUNY City College and CUNY Lehman College. Neither school is quite as selective as Baruch.

For applicants considering private universities, New York City schools such as St John's UniversityNew York UniversityPace University and The New School are all popular choices. Note that the admissions bar for NYU is significantly higher than any of the CUNY schools.

Data Source: Graph courtesy of Cappex. All other data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.