Baruch College is part of a tradition that dates to the founding, in 1847, of the Free Academy, the first free public institution of higher education in the nation. Baruch’s landmark building at 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue occupies the site of the Free Academy. Established in 1919 as City College’s School of Business and Civic Administration, the school was renamed in 1953 in honor of Bernard M. Baruch—statesman, financier, and devoted alumnus. In 1968 the school became an independent senior college in The City University of New York (CUNY) system.
The College sustains the Free Academy and the City University’s original mission by providing access to educational opportunities for a diverse student body. Today, as a thriving, urban, multicultural institution, Baruch attracts motivated, accomplished students committed to achieving their dreams. Baruch has established a national and international reputation for academic excellence, and its graduates are recognized for their ability and drive. It succeeds in developing talented professionals that keep New York City vibrant and thriving in a constantly changing global economy.
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