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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Digital diner booths are cool, but the library can use more space.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are plenty of study areas.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Hunter is constantly updating. Still needs a lot of work.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It's okay. Nothing special, nothing really fancy either.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Too much of a commuter school for these things.


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With its skywalks looming across Lexington Avenue and its ability to draw crowds of young students to the front of the West Building, Hunter College’s vertical campus is a prominent feature of Lexington Avenue. The College is decorated with abstract art that is not necessarily aesthetically pleasing, but in general, the campus is very well maintained. The skywalks make it easy for students to go between buildings without having to go out into the street, which comes in handy when it’s raining or the streets are particularly busy. Many students like to sit on the bridges, and they serve as a good spot to hang out and gaze up Lexington Avenue right to the Chrysler Building. Hunter’s West Building is one of the deepest in Manhattan; in addition to having 15 floors, it has multiple gymnasiums, racquetball courts, a weight room, and training room to keep students entertained when not in class.

Hunter is constantly undergoing renovations, including the modernization of Thomas Hunter Hall. However, the College boasts of state-of-the-art classrooms and a fully stocked library with nine large floors for students to study in and a large collection of books and archives ranging in subjects from East Asian literature to cognitive psychology to issues of Rolling Stone magazine. Some floors offer group-study tables where students can talk as loud as they like; all floors have computers, and most floors have printers, copiers, and scanners for students to use. In general, Hunter’s facilities are kept up-to-date, and students can often find a place to burn excess energy.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
25 acres
Student Centers
Sylvia E. Fishman Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Jacqueline Grennan Wexler Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Club rooms in Thomas Hunter Hall
  • Lounge on the seventh floor of the West Building
  • Outside steps of the North Building
  • Skywalks
  • Subway entrance
  • West Building couches
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
There's bowling in the residence hall on the Brookdale campus.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There's a Starbucks stand in the West Lobby and in the third-floor cafeteria.
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Hunter is slowly going green in little ways, such as conserving energy by turning off escalators when they are least likely to be used. Almost everywhere at Hunter, garbage bins are separated into portions for easy recycling (can, plastic, etc.). The cafeteria also partners with City Harvest to donate unused food at the end of each day to the needy around NYC.
School Slang
  • 6: Subway line that stops directly at Hunter
  • Blackboard: Online service that some classes utilize to update students on tests and homework and to post homework and take-home exams
  • Block: Freshman grouping of classes based on an academic theme
  • CPE: CUNY Proficiency Examination, a three-hour test all students are required to take the first semester after they've earned 45 credits
  • CUNY+: Library catalog service
  • Dean's Hours: The Dean's Hours are 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, when there are no classes; this is the time when most clubs meet.
  • ePermit: Enables students to take courses at other CUNY schools
  • eSIMS: Online site where you register and can view your schedule, bill, and transcript
  • GER: General Education Requirement
  • Laptop kids: Students in the Honors College who receive free MACs as a part of their scholarship
  • NSE: National Student Exchange
  • OASIS: Office of Administrative and Information Services, where you can get your ID, semester bill, and ask registration questions
  • ORSEM: Seminar required for all freshmen
  • Overtally: Registering for a full class; many people have to resort to this to get their major and general education requirements completed in time to graduate.
  • Shuttle: Bus service between the 68th Street Campus and Brookdale Campus
  • Skywalks: Three crosswalks connecting the buildings
  • SNet: Anything dealing with e-services at Hunter; if your password for computer access isn't working, this is who you contact.
  • SRC: Student Resource Center
  • Thomas Hunter: Original campus building; club offices, most English classes, and the Reading/Writing Center are located here.
  • Uptown: Hunter's main campus at 68th Street
  • USG: Undergraduate Student Government
Urban Legends
The Brookdale Campus used to be a mental institution.
Favorite Things To Do
The College also hosts readings from famous authors, concerts, stimulating lectures, and plays for students to attend in their spare time. While Central Park is only a few blocks away, most students like to spend their leisure time around the campus itself, lounging on the skywalks or just talking with friends in the various lounge areas in the West Building. Students can also window-shop on Lexington or Third avenues, or go to the park when the weather permits.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Word
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Hunter has a ton of student organizations, from Greek life to ethnic clubs, political organizations to religious clubs. Whatever you're into, there's a club for that! If there isn't one, you can form one. All clubs are required to host a few events during the semester, so they stay active; however, many clubs at Hunter don't host regular events, sticking to the occasional bake sale, so it's hard to get to know them. Most students are in some way affiliated with at least one club at Hunter, but they are not necessarily active members. If you want to start a club, there is a lot of paperwork involved, but the Office of Student Activities, the Undergraduate Student Government, and the College Association are all helpful through the process, making it relatively easy.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
The first three floors of the Thomas Hunter Building are mainly made up of club rooms. Many club rooms have couches, lockers, microwaves, and games for members to use in between classes or when they just want to take a break.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 131 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 37 responses

  • 28% Club fair
  • 28% Going to the gym
  • 11% Talent Show
  • 8% Halloween Party
  • 8% All the dance shows!
  • 6% Thanksgiving Dinner
  • 6% At the MLS club we do fun activities
  • 6% School Plays by the Theater Department

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 30% Study in the library
  • 25% Hang out on the skywalks
  • 19% Hang out on the 3rd floor bridge or the Balcony
  • 13% Catch up on some readings anywhere in the campus
  • 7% Club activities
  • 6% Walk around campus and the neighborhood around it.

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 66 responses

  • 35% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 47% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 15% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 3% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 122 responses

  • 16% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 30% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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