CUNY Hunter College

CUNY Hunter College

Founded in 1870, CUNY Hunter College is a senior college of the City University of New York, located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. It was originally known as the Normal College, a teacher training school for young women. Later, it expanded to become a comprehensive coeducational liberal arts and sciences college that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 100 areas of study.

The 2008 edition of "America's Best Colleges", published by U.S. News & World Report, ranked the college 12th among public universities in the north in the "Best Universities-Masters" category.

Hunter College is named after its founder Thomas Hunter, an Irish immigrant. It is organized into four schools:

  • The School of Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Education
  • The School of the Health Professions
  • The School of Social Work

The Hawk is the official mascot of Hunter's sports teams.

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Contacting Hunter College

CUNY Hunter College
695 Park Ave
New York , NY 10065
General Phone: (212) 772-4000

Hunter College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,239Latin American studies, African-American studies, women's studies, comparative literature, Chinese language, Russian language, German language, Romance languages, French language, ...
Education and Teaching804multilingual education, educational administration, educational supervision, special ed, education of hearing impaired, gifted and talended education, education of physically impaired, education of blind, education of learning disabled, ...
Therapy and Counseling441psychology, physical therapy
Family and Social Work348food and nutrition, social work
Science207biology, chemistry, physics, physical science courses
Business and Management185accounting
Media185mass communication
Nursing and Emergency Medicine171registered nursing, adult health nursing, neonatal nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing
Fine Arts167fine arts, art history and criticism
Photography and Commercial Art68film studies, cinematography
Music50music history and theory, music performance
Medicine48public health, health professions
Drama and Performing Arts43drama
Medical Administration42environmental health, public health education
Medical Support and Technology42audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Religion and Philosophy33philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Mathematics32mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy27vocational counseling
Computer Science and Engineering19computer science
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental studies, environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Hunter College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,51156
Master's degree1,56654
Post-master's certificate829

Hunter College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Hunter College had a total enrollment of 20,845 students (16,233 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 25%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 46%
Black 13%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 15%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 17%
20-21 18%
22-24 20%
25-29 19%
30-34 9%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York93%
State unknown3%
(International Students)2%
New Jersey1%

Hunter College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %
Part-Time 61 %

Hunter College Room and Board (2007)

Hunter College offers campus housing for 612 of its 16,233 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of New York, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Hunter College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480580
SAT Math500600

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Hunter College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,399
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,039
Room and board $ 9,776
Room charge $ 3,500
Books and supplies $ 1,016
Other expenses $ 4,526

Financial Aid:
Hunter College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 268900)

Hunter College Faculty

Hunter College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7478
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2837

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year145$109,146104$107,335
Associate professoracademic year101$85,505113$84,269
Assistant professoracademic year77$70,86096$71,351
Instructoracademic year2*10$60,585
Lectureracademic year19$61,13219$63,247
All faculty totalacademic year344$90,689342$85,797

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Hunter College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball City University of New York Athletic Conference
Track City University of New York Athletic Conference

Hunter College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Education/Teaching Individuals - Hearing Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Orthopedic/Oth Phys Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching Individuals - Speech or Language Impairments
Education/Teaching Individuals - Vision Impairments/ Blindness
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Latin Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor


Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hebrew Language and Literature
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Hunter College Apart:

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Top 7%Hunter College Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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% of degrees in liberal arts
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Female % of student body
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% of degrees in family and social work
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% of degrees in photography and commercial art
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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