CUNY Hunter College
New York, NY, USA

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CUNY Hunter College
3.24 Average Rating

Freshmen at Hunter College

a current student here
24 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Even though I've only been at Hunter College for a semester, I feel that that most of the professors making learning about a subject interesting. However, there are a few classes (the classes with 200+ people) that makes the student feel disconnected from the professor. I think those classes are introduction to ___ classes, so after getting through those classes, it should be fine.
Am enjoying being here
Before I came to Hunter, I heard many stories such as CUNY students don't make as much friends as people who dorm. This is false. I made many friends here at Hunter. As long someone wants to be active and make friends, college, dorming or not dorming, will turn out fine for him/her.
Bang for the buck
$2,500 for one semester. Enough said. =)
Tips for prospective students
Great location, subway is connected to Hunter.
Great for these types of students
Students that do not mind traveling/commuting.
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Rebecca from Bethpage, NY

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have never absorbed so much information in my life. The professors are amazing at helping students retain information and to help them learn. Every day in class is a new experience and I find myself often saying,wow I've never heard that before. College is all about learning new and exciting things. Hunter's outstanding teachers make it their priority to make sure you come out of a class having learned!
Am enjoying being here
Hunter is loads of fun! You walk down the hall and every day there is a different student DJing and playing music. It's a terrific way to dance and relieve stress between classes. There's also tons of clubs going on everyday. Making friends is also a breeze at Hunter because there are so many kids it's hard to not find someone who is interest in similar things as you.
Bang for the buck
Hunter most certainly gives the most for the money that is spent. The education is outstanding for a city price and big university kid should be jealous because we get to be in Manhattan, pay a reasonable price and get an exceptional education!
Tips for prospective students
Students who are applying, do not get scared! We don't bite at Hunter college. It's probably one of the least overwhelming experiences. Hunter is welcoming of all types of kids. Just make sure you are focused on your studies and ready to have the best fours years of your life!
Great for these types of students
Hunter is good for all types of students. You can find everything you are looking for at Hunter. We're artsy, educational, outgoing and friendly.
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Danielle from New York, NY

a current student here
8 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Hunter primarily offers courses in the social sciences causes many of the courses to be repetitive and the curriculum to lack diversity. Although the course listings are very bland the staff is extremely qualified and knowledgeable. Personally I learned a lot in my first year at Hunter but that was also the product of extreme study hours.
Am enjoying being here
Hunter is a commuting school so its really hard to get involved in the school activities, but if you show the initiative to get involved it turns out that the school offers an extremely fun environment. The Undergraduate Student Government hosts several parties throughout the school year, but there is so much to do in New York City that many of the students don't attend. So even though there may not be much happening in school you will always find something to do in the vast city of New York.
Bang for the buck
The full time tuition is roughly $2,500 for instate students, and about $13,000 for out-of-state students. So its a really good value college for those who are residents of New York. Its offers an affordable alternative to many of the top private universities in NYC, like NYU and Columbia. Hunter College is definitely a great value!
Tips for prospective students
GET INVOLVED! I cannot begin to stress the importance of this, especially if your a college freshman. Hunter can be extremely boring if you simply travel to and from class. The more involved you are the less brutal the whole transition seems, and there are some pretty cool students at Hunter that are willing to help you along the way.
Great for these types of students
It's a great school for Sociology majors, and other people planning on venturing into the social sciences and mathematics, but as for the physical sciences I don't recommend Hunter College. You should also check out some of the other colleges under the City University of New York, there has to be at least one that fits your academic goals. If you want to attend a college in The Big Apple without slaughtering your piggy bank Hunter is the school for you!
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Lauren from Hicksville, NY

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Not only is Hunter a place where inspiration can become one at any moment, it is a place that provides the tools needed to identify inspiration. With inspiration, Hunter gives an avenue for thought and inquiry through experience, such as through their study abroad opportunities that are not limited to Hunter, but to the entire CUNY and SUNY communities. And lastly, but most importantly, the education here is to be recognized as one of the best schools the world can offer, with professors who are regularly published in the New York Times and other journals that rank in the highest education degree for their fields and among other universities.
Tips for prospective students
This is for every school, not just Hunter, but if you truly want to know if you belong somewhere, even if its Harvard, you have to visit the school. You have to know if their programs fit you and provide you with your needs, but most importantly, you want to know that the next four years are going to be in a place where you can excel and where you can have fun. College can be about getting a degree, but it is more than that. It is the beginning of your life, so choose wisely.
Academic Rigor
When it comes to college in general, your work load, your way of learning, and everything else stems from what professor you get. One professor can be laid back and give busy work with a lot of tests, giving you more than one opportunity to have a second chance. On the other hand, you may get a professor that gives four tests and one paper in the semester with only ten percent going to participation. The amount of input you do and how much you receive is entirely up to the choices you make, so it can never be blamed on the college or teacher. Now, it is all on you.
Dorm Life
Life at Hunter is different depending on where you stay. You can stay on 97th street, and the Brookdale campus, two entirely different places with entirely different atmospheres. But the people are great, and that is an understatement. In here, its a melting pot of cultural richness from all five boroughs and all over the world, with over 100 different countries represented. Here, you can relax, cook, study, hang out, and start your life with the tastes and textures of New York City at your fingertips. There's a reason why New York City is one of the best cities in the world, and that is why not dorming here would be a great mistake.
Food and Dining
The food in the school is good, but why eat in the college when you can go down a flight of stairs and eat at an Italian restaurant on Lexington Avenue or take a subway to Bleecker street and have a taste of Amy's Bread. (One of the best cupcakes in the world!) Basically, any food you can think of is here for yours to take.
What to do for fun
If you walk over two blocks, your in Central Park. You can play any sport you wish there, read a book on a bench or head back to the college and go for a swim in a Olympic size pool. Or, you could take the 68th street subway( located in the campus) and go see a Broadway show with some of the best actors the stage has ever seen. And if this doesn't peak your interest or your more of the scholarly type, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natual History are only a few subways away. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (or the MET) has an Egyptian temple placed in the middle of the Egyptian exhibit, a site you cannot see unless you travel to Giza. Now, it's only a few steps and a Metro card away.
Bang for the buck
Hunter College was ranked #1 as the Best Value College by Princeton Review, is a Tier 1 school, and has professors that have ranked in the top three hundred in the entire nation. It is safe to say that they know what they are doing over there and have produced over four Fulbright scholars in the past Spring Semester. In addition, they have combined degrees with the CUNY Graduate Center, one of the best graduate schools in the nation. So, not only are you getting a great undergraduate education, but you may also earn a Masters while your at it.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Once you are registered as a student, they send you a graduation topper so that you can recognize yourself as a Hunter student at your own High School Graduation. In addition, the first week of classes, they hold a Freshmen week, that has a week full of giveaways, karaoke, a carnival and a game day that introduces all of the activities and clubs Hunter has to offer. Not to mention, the large amounts of free food they give you. Can't go wrong with that.
Great for these types of students
If you are a student that is dedicated to doing well in your field, wants to explore and experience different cultures, than you will do amazing here. This kind of college provides the experience to come in contact with different cultures and to exchange knowledge, as well as stepping out of your comfort zone everyday. (Especially on the subway or the LIRR.)
Clubs and Activities
Basically, whatever you think of has a club here. And if Hunter doesn't have it, all you need is four people to make a club, and then the student center will give you a starter budget and recognition with the other clubs, sending you on your way to whatever you wish to do. In addition, intramural are held everyday, from basketball to yoga, so if you want to get into the competitive spirit or simply find zen, the deepest building in the city has the space for you.
Campus Safety
On your first day of Orientation, they give you this thick packet that is color coded on the correct decorum for a emergency situation that is advised to be carried with you everyday, listing the appropriate reactions from flooding to even a suicide situation. At Hunter, they also have immense security to get into the buildings. You must have a Hunter OneCard or a Visitors Pass to even get past the lobby. Not to mention, the NYPD are patrolling the streets, making Lexington Avenue safe for all of its inhabitants.
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Jessica from BROOKLYN, NY

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
No matter what major you are considering, Hunter can accommodate you. From philosophy, to economics, to biology, there are always professors and instructors that honestly care about enriching your learning experience. The science courses and philosophy courses in my opinion are top notch for those who are truly the eternal academic.
Am enjoying being here
At Hunter, the diversity of the student population is amazing. It opens your eyes to the variety of cultures. There are many international students attending Hunter and everyone is welcoming and very helpful. Clubs are always playing music outside the cafe area and there is always an area to lounge around in school during your breaks.
Bang for the buck
Being born and raised in New York, tuition here is the lowest that I have seen for great education. There are free fitness classes and a free gym and pool as well as computer workshops. Like many other colleges there are huge lectures, which may suit many students' preferences. There are also small classes as well for students who value individualized attention. For those who are from out of town, dorms are extremely affordable with some nutrition and nursing classes in the same building as well as entertainment rooms. There are always tutoring sessions and writing workshops for those who do not have English as their native language. The curricula has a wide reach. From the arts and dance to science and mathematics, Hunter has courses that are intellectually stimulating and challenging as compared to any other top tier college. By holding high standards for their students, Hunter separates those who do not work for their grade from those who truly have learned. The breadth of knowledge offered at Hunter is priceless.
Tips for prospective students
Always speak to counselors whenever you can to ensure you are on the right path to reaching your educational goals. Get an email that is separate from your Hunter email. Make sure to go on hunter.cuny.edu frequently for scholarship info and news on upcoming events. Make sure to take advantage of the free gym service and free group fitness classes located in the basement of the 68th street campus. There is also an internship database that is great as well.
Great for these types of students
True academics that are interested in philosophy, pre-med, and biology would fit in well at Hunter. People who are looking for a fun, but challenging environment with lots of amazing resources and amenities would also love Hunter. Located in the heart of the Big Apple, I cannot think of any one who wouldn't love Hunter.
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Su from New York, NY

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Absolutely. The professors here are extremely knowledgeable, open-minded and genuinely enjoy teaching. I learned a lot especially in discussion classes where I can open my mind to other points of view. I always find that the material being covered in one class can be related to material covered in others. For example, a Philosophy class helped me to gain further insight what was going on in my Psychology and English classes.
Am enjoying being here
I hail from New York City so naturally, as a senior in high school, I wanted to attend school somewhere where I can actually see the stars at night. I refused to acknowledge CUNYs as good schools. In lieu of a green campus, there is much to do in the city--something I used to take for granted. The students and professors here are also very diverse and intelligent, and even though I lived in NYC my entire life, it was still a little bit of a culture shock!
Bang for the buck
Hunter is known for quality education at affordable prices. Because I commute, I have money left over and basically get paid to go to college. So no complaints here. Plus, the subway gets you everywhere (that is, if there aren't any more ridiculous fare hikes).
Tips for prospective students
Don't underestimate a CUNY education! Regular admission to Hunter doesn't require essays--so do well on your SATs and keep up that GPA. After all, Hunter is one of the hardest CUNYs to get into, and as of late, undergraduate competition is fierce. For those who are applying to Macaulay Honors, you REALLY have to work hard! A high SAT score and GPA may carry you through admissions. But if you don't have those, you will need stellar extracurriculars, recommendations, and essays to even out your application. If Hunter is one of the more difficult CUNYs to get into in terms of regular admissions, imagine how difficult it is when applying for Macaulay Honors here! Work hard--the numbers matter here.
Great for these types of students
Liberal, open-minded, and ambitious students who want a great education without having to empty their wallets. Also for students who want to experience the city and take advantage of the myriad opportunities it has to offer.
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Allison from Oswego, NY

researching this school
4 people found this review useful
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Bang for the buck
The college itself seems like a fantastic deal. The only problem is that there is extremely limited student dorm space, and the cost of renting an apartment in NYC is very expensive, so I'm sure that will add a lot to my yearly expenses. That's one main thing holding me back from Hunter.
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Cheyenne from Laurelton, NY

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
This school I believe by far is one of the best schools in the New York State. The academic courses are challenging but they really help you learn. I am currently in the nursing program and I have learned so much. I am truly prepared to go out into the world and i am ready to become a registered nurse. I have so much confidence and I thank Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. I recommend any student, who wants to pursue nursing to apply to Hunter's Nursing Program. It is challenging but it will truly pay off in the end.
Am enjoying being here
The students are so warm and friendly here. I have met so many new people and I have so many new friends. Sometimes I get so excited going to class because of so many funny people I meet who make me laugh everytime I see them. You really can be yourself at Hunter and really find yourself and who you are as an individual. Hunter truly supports individualism but also altruism. Do something, because you want to do it, not to follow anyone else. I really believe in being a leader.
Bang for the buck
Hunter is truly very affordable and they try to give so many scholarships out. I truly appreciate being at Hunter because not only is it affordable, but the education is phenomenal. The teachers really challenge you and give you a great education worth more than the money.
Tips for prospective students
It can be scary, starting college. I want to tell you guys, that you will never be alone. If you choose hunter, they will set you up with a block system, where you can meet people who are interested in the same field as you. I know for me, this is where I met my current friends today. I am a senior now, and I still share the same struggles and joys with these people. They really help you out as so you will help them out too.

Anyone who is accepted to Hunter College will enjoy their college experience. Also you have a chance to study abroad which is phenonmenal. I have not study abroad because nursing is such a stable and dedicated career that I had to stay here anad study most of the time, but I have friends who have went to Spain, other countries in Europe and has enjoyed their experience. It is about 6 weeks but it is worth it.
Great for these types of students
I also want to say anyone, who is deciding to pursue nursing. Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing is the way to go. They really challlenge you and provide you with a great education. They make you determined to strive for greatness and they encourage you to be leaders in school and in the community. They really have helped me a lot. Also I do want to say that, dont be discourage when you hear that the nursing program is competitive. It is, but if you are self-determined, you work hard, and you have excelled with even a C in a class, you can still make it. :) Plus, there are so many tutors around to help and so many students, you will have more than enough resources.

I have also heard that Hunter has a great education program if any students want to pursue teaching. My friend is becoming a teacher and she graduates a few months before me. She truly loves what field she chose and I am happy for her too. Also the english classes are phenomenal. There are so many courses you can take, with such a variety of cultures and diverse topics, you will never get tired of Hunter College.
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Tracy from LAKE WORTH, FL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Hunter is cultural, dynamic, liberal, and brilliant. Open-minded professors and students alike make for an innovative learning environment. I have learned more than what I hoped to learn.
Tips for prospective students
Plan, plan, plan. Stay focused and organized. Always keep an agenda to be aware of deadlines and important dates. Efficiency is everything!
What to do for fun
Hunter offers free yoga which I love. Also, central park is a few blocks away!
Bang for the buck
Extremely, extremely affordable compared to schools like NYU, PACE, and Columbia
Great for these types of students
Cultural, curious, liberal, open-minded, tolerant, lover of learning.
Clubs and Activities
yoga! zumba!
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Oluwadara from Brentwood, NY

a current student here
36 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors here at Hunter are very knowledgeable and are also very diverse. Most of the professors that I have had so far are very fair and are also very helpful. Just make sure you read your syllabus before hand so that you are never behind, because once you are behind it's hard to catch up. There is a lot to learn at Hunter, including different cultures and ethnicities.
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy this school because it is in New York City. You have access to many different types of libraries, museums and other places of learning. It is also easy to get around, thanks to the MTA Subway. The school is also a very interesting place to be in because most of the classes are located in four buildings connected by bridges, and it's cool to look out and see the city from a bird's eye view. Also you will meet a number of very diverse people.
Bang for the buck
Hunter is a part of the City University of New York, which is dedicated to providing an inexpensive yet quality education for students. For instate students the tuition is around $4,600 and $13,000 for out of state, which is still less than many other public universities.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure, if you are in high school, that you do well on SAT's and keep your GPA up. Hunter is one of the harder CUNY schools to get into. Also if you are a NY state student, you should aim to do well on your Regents. For transfers, make sure your GPA is at or above a 3.0, just to be on the safe side. Also, get involved in extra-curricular activities and community service, it shows that you like to get involved. Lastly, if you want to avoid taking a language in college, make sure you take at least four years in high school. This will take some stress off your back when dealing with general education requirements, unless, of course, you want to take another language.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for anyone that wants to attend school in a large city setting. If you work also, or need time for other parts of your life, this is also a good school for you, as many Hunter students work and attend school part time. This school is great for anyone who wants to be in a diverse setting and meet many different types of people.
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