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5 College Sophomore

Academics: It's very easy to get good grades if you put the effort and time into it.

5 College Junior

Academics: Young professors who are passionate about their subjects for the most part

3 College Sophomore

Academics: you pay nothing but school is so boring and so anti social

3 College Junior

Academics: It's challenging, but it's worth it. The more you experience these types of challenges, the comfortable you will be later on in the future.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Everything is fairly organized considering there is over 20,000 students

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 143 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 95 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 94 responses

  • 12% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 23% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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