The Baruch College was named after Bernard M. Baruch, a financier and a statesman. The 160-year institution is a member of the City University of New York (CUNY) System located in Manhattan, New York. It operates with three schools, namely the Weissman School of Arts and Science, School of Public Affairs, and the Zicklin School of Business. Presently, it caters to at least 17,000 students from 174 countries worldwide. The college departments include the Department of Management, Department of Mathematics, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy.
Baruch has received rankings and good reviews from 5 different groups: The Princeton Review (4), Public Accounting Report (3), Forbes Magazine (3), Quant Network (1), and the US News & World Report (4). The topmost rankings are by the US News & World Report—Financial Value at Graduation for the MBA programs #2; and the Top 10 Public Schools/Regional Universities #4 (North). Furthermore, the Baruch College is an accredited educational institution by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Higher Education.
Athletics Department of Baruch College
The Baruch College Athletics Department is an affiliate of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III; and plays in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), and in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). Those who are not members of the varsity teams are encouraged to join the intramural sports supported by the department. There are also various Club Sports and Sports Camps.
The department is equipped with facilities such as the Athletic & Recreation Center, Main &Auxiliary Gymnasium, Racquetball Courts, Swimming Pool, Aerobics Room, Locker Rooms, and the Fitness Center. Aside from the facilities, the Athletics Department is supported by the Sports Medicine that is supervised by professionals and authorized healthcare staff. The SAAC also assists the athletic team through its regular attendance at NCAA meetings regarding updates and other significant issues.
Athletic Programs of Baruch College
The department offers the following programs for men: swimming & diving, soccer, volleyball, tennis, baseball, cross country, and basketball; for women: softball, cross country, swimming & diving, basketball, dance, volleyball, and tennis. The Intramural Sports include basketball and volleyball. There are also various programs listed in the Club Sports like the Archery Club, Chess Club, E-Sports Association, Handball Maniacs, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Table Tennis Club, Roller Hockey Club, and the Soccer Club. Summer/Sports Camps offers volleyball, swimming, basketball, soccer, dodgeball, fitness, and dance.
Official Sports Team: The Bearcats
Many of the Baruch sports programs have been competitive and have received championship titles and runner up finishes over the years. The baseball Bearcats won the CUNYAC Championship Crowns in 2009 and 2012. In 2010, 2011, and 2013, they finished as runners up. Over to the soccer team, the Bearcats have bagged the CUNYAC Regular Season Championship 4 times (1989, 2010, 2012 & 2013); and the CUNYAC Tournament Championships, 3 times (2004, 2006 & 2012). The men’s tennis squad has the longest winning seasons of all the teams. Its CUNYAC Tournament Championships are 10 (2000, 2002; 2004-2009; and 2012-2013); and its Regular Season Championships are from 2000-2002; 2004-2006; 2008; and 2011-2013.
The basketball Lady Bearcats also pride themselves on winning the CUNYAC Championships straight, from 2006 to 2013.In addition, the women’s volleyball has gathered 7 Tournament Championships: 1983, 1994, 1995, 2005; and straight from 2011 to 2013.The women’s swimming line up took home the championship title 4 times—from 2009 to 2012.And in the non-title years, they managed to finish in the runner up places.
Guide to Athletic Scholarships for Baruch College
There are many kinds of financial assistance available at the Baruch College, and most of them are endowed, and/or restricted. It is approximated that more than $1 million of BC Fund benefits qualified students annually. Although academic excellence is of great importance, other skills (potentials) and the previously attended school are also considered. The Merit Scholarship, although not athletic in nature, may consider student-athletes who meet the requirements such as the minimum GPA and high SAT or ACT. The Sarah & Sol Laterman Scholarship offers assistance to student-athletes from any of the sports programs. One known restricted award is the Don Hansen Basketball Camp Scholarship.
The following are not scholarships, but do give out special recognition and awards to outstanding athletes of Baruch College: The Ira B. Zasloff Award, Baruch College-Alumni Association’s Athletes of the Year Award, and the Baruch College-Alumni Association’s Athletes Team Award. These citations not only focus on athletic superiority, but on academic excellence and strong campus leadership as well.