Academics

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
11,956
Tuition (in-state)
$12,039 ($5,829)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: You get what you pay for. I cant really complain about the academics since i had a fair share of good teachers, but since Hunter has a low tuition, the resources in the school is limited and it can be a strain.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: They have a variety of majors to choose from and many electives, so everyone will find something they love

3 College Junior

Academics: Normal college load, some classes harder

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3 College Junior

Academics: Scholars get priority so hard to register

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: More science classes need to be offered. If you have priority registration you always get the classes you need. But otherwise there's a shortage of seats in Biology and chemistry for school where 60% of students are science majors.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 835th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1012nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1245th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1252nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 1253rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Etinosa Agbonlahor
Hometown
Nigeria
Major
Psychology and Creative Writing
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Hunter College has excellent academics, with many professors who are either well respected in their field of study or who are practitioners in their field. This means that you usually have professors who not only know what they are teaching, but they also know how to break it down so that you can understand it. Most classes are thought-provoking, and many professors also encourage the Socratic method of teaching, which emphasizes an engaging discussion-based class as opposed to simply listening.

The College has general education requirements that are rather extensive and require proper planning to fulfill on time. Finding an appropriate adviser to help you do this is usually hit or miss, and most students end up going to the same advisers based on the recommendation of their friends. For transfer students, getting credits (or grades) to transfer is usually a tedious process, as Hunter is very picky when it comes to accepting transcripts from other schools. In general, though, Hunter makes the learning process very exciting, and you can get as good of an education as you would from a more expensive school, if you are willing to put in effort and get to know your professors.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
713
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
1,211
Total FT Faculty
713
Faculty with Terminal Degree
82%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,071
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
60%
Transfer-Out Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
46%
Programs/Majors Offered
97
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 42%
  • 20 to 49 students: 53%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • School of the Health Professions
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Elementary Education: 2%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • Psychology: 6%
  • Social Work: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign language
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Any floor in the Hunter West Building near the escalators
  • The bridge is usually quiet and offers an amazing view of the city.
  • Central Park
  • The library has seven floors, two computer labs, and two basements that are very quiet, along with computers on every other floor and laptop rental at the Reserve Desk.
  • The nook on the second floor of the Hunter West Building
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend class and be on time-a lot of teachers keep track and may penalize.
  • Buy textbooks before the semester begins to avoid the long lines.
  • Keep on top of the readings. It's hard to participate when you have no idea what the class is discussing.
  • Keep track of every piece of paper you get concerning requirements.
  • Make a friend in every class and get his/her contact information.
  • Participate, especially if it counts toward your grade.
  • Research professors before taking their classes.
  • See an adviser before registering for classes.
  • See professors outside of the classroom.
Did You Know?
  • All incoming freshmen schedule their classes in a block program, or a grouping of introductory-level courses with a general theme (such as health and science, media, or culture and the arts) to create a small college environment.
  • Hunter is one of very few schools that allows students to help make important decisions, such as curriculum changes and grading policies. Join the College Senate and let your voice be heard. Anyone can apply-there are no restrictions.
  • Is a class you want to take not offered? Don't sweat. Hunter students can take courses at other CUNY schools using an ePermit.
  • The largest in the CUNY system, Hunter is the most popular CUNY school and is referred to as the "crown jewel" of CUNY.
  • National Student Exchange is where students can attend school for a semester or a year at one of more than 170 colleges within the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico), while still paying the same Hunter tuition or cheaper.
  • Students with a GPA of 3.65 or greater, with 24 to 60 credits under their belt, can be considered for the Thomas Hunter Honors Program, a selective program designed for ambitious students with interdisciplinary interests.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 25% Ada Louise Huxtable - architecture critic, writer
  • 15% Gertrude Elion - Nobel Laureate for medicine
  • 10% Maurice Berger - culture critic
  • 10% Edward Burns - actor
  • 10% Bella Abzug
  • 5% Hugh Downs - former television host of "20/20"
  • 5% Nick Valensi - musician/guitarist, The Strokes
  • 5% Ellen Barkin - actress
  • 5% Rhea Perlman - actress
  • 5% Martina Arroyo
  • 5% Julianne Nicholson
  • 0% Judy Reyes - actress from "Scrubs"
  • 0% Jake Hurwitz - web comedian, actor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 69 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 71 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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