How Reputable Is Baruch?

Baruch College has received several accolades and praises this year from reputable college ranking sources. The Princeton Review, for example, recently ranked Baruch as one of the best colleges in the United States.

In addition to that accolade, Baruch has also received recognition on lists such as Best Northeastern Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back, also published by The Princeton Review.

As a well-known business college in New York City, Baruch has held numerous other titles throughout its existence and has created a reputation for offering rigorous academics and job opportunities.

Getting admitted into a top-notch school is becoming increasingly difficult — Money magazine lists Baruch’s acceptance rate as a mere 31 percent.

Students continuously attempt to attend Baruch even if they aren’t accepted the first time, which is why Baruch has such a high level of incoming transfer students.

It can be concluded that Baruch has created a name for itself and when a student says, “I go to Baruch,” they feel a sense of pride. With all this honor and societal approval, the question has to be asked — is Baruch really worthy of these honors?

The Zicklin School of Business is the most popular component of Baruch. Many Baruch students strive to obtain a bachelor's or a master’s degree in the business major of their choice. Zicklin has received critical acclaim and is regarded as a great choice for a business education.

The school is recognized in high-level companies that hire Baruch graduates for its competency, including JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and KPMG.

The degree that Zicklin offers undergraduate students — a bachelor’s degree in business administration — consists of a rigorous workload that makes the student an expert in all areas of business such as management, business law, mathematics, finance, marketing, computer information technology and more.

Students will graduate with knowledge greater than required for their focused business major, which allows them to thrive and feel more comfortable in corporate environments. Zicklin is no joke — it requires a lot of hard work and effort from students looking to succeed. It is evident that these great reviews of Zicklin are, in fact, warranted. The rumors of Zicklin being just as good as New York University's Stern School of Business have a reason behind them:  Zicklin’s curriculum is one of the best in the city in terms of cost and academics.

Although Baruch is worthy of all these accolades for its academics and prestige, which enables students to be ready for the real world, there are a few flaws that need to be addressed.

Baruch’s facilities and overall administration need to be greatly improved. A college can have intellectual courses available or connections to big banks but in the end, the administration ends up diminishing its reputation.

Baruch’s lines at the Office of the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid Services and Undergraduate Advisement & Orientation are ridiculous. Students at Baruch can only succeed if the administration allows them to.

A small error at the Office of the Registrar or bad advice from an adviser can cause severe consequences for students attempting to graduate on time or simply receive assistance  about topics they do not know much about. The administration should consider improving itself in order to create a stress-free environment for students who already have a lot on their plate with academics and their personal lives.

Each department of a college comes together to create a reputation. With this in mind, the college should seek to improve itself in the areas that it holds flaws. Maybe then, Baruch can rank in the top 50 instead of the top 384 colleges.

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