Hunter College, located in the heart of bustling Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, Hunter is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. Currently, 21,000 students attend the College, pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 different programs of study. With the myriad opportunities found in New York City, and world-renowned faculty to guide them, Hunter’s students embark upon their bright and illustrious futures and begin to achieve their version of the American Dream!
Comprised of several schools and centers, Hunter is an urban leader in educating a diverse student body. Hunter also maintains distinct leadership in educating women, providing educational opportunities for minorities, and conducting advanced research and study in disciplines across the academic spectrum. A leader in serving the public through research on public policy questions in the areas of aging populations, AIDS, and gene structure, Hunter also has stellar social work and education schools, as well as a top-rate health science program that offers one of New York City’s few Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing.
Hunter students are not statistics, but statistics help to portray them. Seventy-two per cent of Hunter students are female. More than 60% of matriculated undergraduates are 25 years old or under; while 79% of the graduate students are 26 or over. Of the students who responded to a recent study, 38.6% are White, non-Hispanic; 17.7% are Black, non-Hispanic; 21.7% are Hispanic; 16%, Asian/Pacific Islander; and 0.3%, American Indian/Native Alaskan.
Hunter students come from approximately 150 different countries and speak nearly 100 languages. Nearly 81% of Hunter’s students live in New York City, 9.4% live in New York State, 4.3% are from other states, and 5.4% are international students. The average SAT score of the most recent freshman class was 1071; the national mean was 1026.
Hunter College’s academic programs cover more than a hundred fields ranging from adolescence education and anthropology to nursing, urban affairs, women’s studies, and Arabic. Intellectually exciting and rigorous, grounded in solid academic tradition but fully geared to the 21st century, these programs prepare students for graduate and professional school, for a host of professions, and for the rich, productive life of the educated citizen.
A fully accredited institution of higher education, we offer curricula leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of science, master of arts, master of fine arts, master of music, master of physical therapy, master of public health, master of science, master of science in education, and master of social work degrees. We also offer a number of accelerated (BA/MA, BS/MA, etc.) degrees as well as advanced certificate programs. Several CUNY doctoral programs are based at Hunter.