Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY). Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country. More than 23,000 students currently attend Hunter, pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study.
Hunter's student body is as diverse as New York City itself. For more than 140 years, Hunter has provided educational opportunities for women and minorities, and today, students from every walk of life and every corner of the world attend Hunter.
In addition to offering a multitude of academic programs in its prestigious School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter offers a wide breadth of programs in its preeminent Schools of Education, Nursing, Social Work, Health Professions and Urban Public Health.
Hunter offers master's programs in nursing, nutrition, biomedical laboratory management, accounting, education, speech-language pathology and all the liberal arts, plus a number of accelerated and advanced certificate programs. Talented students from around the world apply to Hunter's master's programs in the fine arts, including creative writing, studio art, integrated media arts and playwriting.
Hunter became a PhD-granting institution in 2008, when it was authorized to offer, jointly with the CUNY Graduate Center, doctoral degrees in biology, biochemistry, and physics. Hunter is also home to world-renowned research centers, including the Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR), the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro), and the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity.
Hunter students are strongly committed to higher education. More than half hold jobs and more than a third are the first in their families to attend college, and despite the challenges they face, their level of academic achievement is extremely high. Many go on to top professional and graduate programs, winning Fulbright scholarships, Mellon fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other distinguished honors.
Hunter graduates make a mark wherever they go, but the vast majority choose to give back locally. If you come across an important artist, author, educator, public official, health professional, researcher, scientist, or social-service professional in New York City, there's a good chance that individual attended Hunter.
The success of Hunter students is largely due to the dedication and expertise of the Hunter faculty. With more than 1,800 full- and part-time members, the faculty is virtually unparalleled in its breadth of scholarship and artistic achievement. Many of the nation's top scholars are drawn to Hunter by its diverse and uniquely engaged student body, by the abundance of academic resources in New York, and by ever-growing opportunities for teaching and research. At Hunter, they receive prestigious national grants, contribute to the world's leading academic journals, and play major roles in cutting-edge research. They are fighting cancer, formulating public policy, enhancing our culture, advancing technology, and more.
Members of the Hunter faculty are exceptional mentors, advisers, lecturers and seminar leaders. By placing a high priority on the classroom, and by providing opportunities for undergraduates to participate in their research, members of the faculty are passing their skills and knowledge on to the next generation of scientists, public servants, artists, nurses, social workers, health care professionals, professors and engaged citizens of the world.
Speaking from the White House on January 9, 2014, as he honored a Hunter student who had overcome adversity and demonstrated great academic achievement, President Barack Obama called Hunter "one of the best colleges in the country."
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