Baruch College

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#T-52, overall score 60.92/100

Fun Fact:

CollegeNet ranked Baruch College as the best in the nation at providing social mobility to its students.

Why should Jewish students attend Baruch? Our university is uniquely positioned to provide academic excellence with all of the competitive resources available to our students in NYC, which include over 99% job and internship placement at significant institutions. Moreover, Jewish life on campus is vibrant and diverse and serves students from the Syrian, Persian, Former Soviet Union and Israeli communities in addition to all of the other Jewish and non-Jewish students. The relationship with the Muslim students and other non-Jewish organizations is excellent and allows us to grow together into a tolerant and united inter-faith coalition. Israel advocacy and education play a prominent role on campus and lead to a great atmosphere of understanding and positive coexistence. - Ilya Bratman, executive director, Hillel at Baruch College


  • Location: New York, N.Y.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 15,210
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,500
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 97% in-state / 3% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Ticker
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Bearcats

COST & AID Score: 9.17/15

  • Score: 9.17/15
  • In-state tuition: $7,551
  • Out-of-state tuition: $18,021
  • Room & board costs: $14,594
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $6,984
  • Average loan debt: $7,915
  • Starting median salary: $54,500
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

ISRAEL Score: 15/20

  • Score: 15/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 123
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: YOFI, IAC Mishelanu, TAMID
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 0.11/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 20.36/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.08/34

  • Score: 20.08/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at Baruch College
  • Chabad: Chabad at Baruch College
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Other Jewish outreach group: Meor
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 9
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 55
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 163 (117 Orthodox, 23 Conservative, 23 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Sidney Harman
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: BOSS - Baruch Organization of Soviet Students - serves the students from the Former Soviet Union through a variety of innovative cultural and educational programming, trips, conferences and leadership training.
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: The majority of students are from the New York Tri-State area.
  • Kosher food details: Hillel serves free kosher lunch every day on campus. Students can also buy kosher meat sandwiches at the Hillel every day.

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