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 College’s 21,000 students are diverse in background and interests but alike in their commitment to their education and their futures. Many go on to graduate or professional schools, and a significant number begin making their mark on the world while they are still students. Even before they receive their diplomas, Hunter students publish poetry and short stories in renowned magazines (and some publish full-scale novels); co-author scientific articles in professional journals; develop and operate social-service facilities; curate and exhibit their work in professionally reviewed art exhibits; and play important roles in civic organizations. They win Fulbright scholarships, Mellon fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other prestigious honors. Most hold jobs and many are parents, but nearly 68% of the undergraduates attend school full time. More than half are the first in their family to attend college.
After they graduate they soon join the ranks of the world’s most dedicated (and celebrated) artists, authors, educators, government officials, health professionals, researchers, scientists, and social-service professionals. None ever forget Hunter, and many remain active alumni by contributing time, effort, and money to their alma mater.
Hunter has 1,300 full- and part-time faculty, all of them dedicated to teaching, research and other scholarly and creative endeavors, and community service. They receive grants from such prestigious institutions as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and they contribute to the most important professional journals in their fields. Many are national and international leaders in their fields, frequently called upon for their expertise by government and the private sector. But they also participate actively in the seminars and other programs the college organizes to foster excellent teaching and mentoring, and all of them give top priority to their students.
Our faculty, engaged in cutting edge and sophisticated research, are well known for their scholarly pursuits and are repeatedly recognized for their contributions to knowledge. Whether it is research on spinal cord injuries or spatial information, solutions to today’s problems and tomorrow’s concerns are being created right here at Hunter.
Hunter College’s academic programs cover more than a hundred fields ranging from adolescent education and anthropology to urban affairs, women’s studies, and Yoruba. 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, and several CUNY doctoral programs are based at Hunter.