CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY Baccalaureate)

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Basic Information

Phone Number: 212-817-8220
Address: 365 Fifth Avenue; Suite 6412, NY. NY 10016

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Additional Information

President: Chase F. Robinson
School Type: Four Year College
Public/Private: Public
Historical Black College/University: No
School Setting:

A boutique degree-granting program within the City University of New York, composed of 25 campuses across the city’s five boroughs and with a student population of 275,000.

School Size: 400
Classroom Size: Ranges from small seminars to large lectures
Student/Teacher Ratio: Varies according to colleges but on average 15:1
Housing Availability:

Several CUNY Colleges offer student housing

Diversity: The City University of New York has long been recognized as one of the most diverse university systems in the nation.

F/T Students: NY State Residents $6,730 per year; Out-of-State Residents $18,000/year

Financial Aid:

Federal and State Grants, Student Loans; Scholarships

Disability Services:

Each CUNY campus has an Office of Disability Services, managed by a director who coordinates the provision of reasonable accommodations and support services for students with disabilities.

Sports: Intercollegiate and intramural athletic opportunities are available to students at every CUNY college, including baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling.
Majors: Students work with faculty mentors to design their own BA or BS degree using the CUNY colleges as their campuses.
Application/Transfer Deadlines: Rolling admission
Summer Sessions:

Two Summer Sessions are offered at 16 CUNY Colleges.

International Students:

CUNY takes special pride in its international student body and offers many resources to aid students in their transition to the U.S. The staff in the Offices of International Students and Scholars at each individual campus is available to advise on college orientation, course registration procedures, employment options, and how to maintain visa and immigration status.

Study Abroad: CUNY offers 166 programs in 51 countries, with financial and scholarships.
Notes/School Information:

Traditional academic silos within U.S. higher education institutions impede faculty and staff efforts to foster a holistic and integrative approach to college learning. Such boundaries are indeed becoming less distinct, although not at a pace fast enough to keep up with the needs of a modern, global society. The frontiers of knowledge in scholarship and the work force call for cross-disciplinary inquiry, analysis, and application. Modern challenges, such as global sustainability, international markets and human rights and freedom transcend individual disciplines, encompassing not only science and business but also the arts and humanities.

Interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and integrative opportunities are essential for students to be able to compete successfully in today's world. CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNYBA) is a distinct and effective incubator for such learning by supporting students in achieving their personal interests and educational goals through multidisciplinary learning opportunities available throughout the CUNY system of educational institutions

Mission Statement:
Fostering interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary education for CUNY students.

Vision Statement:
To educate and prepare students to achieve their personal academic and professional goals.

Implementation of Mission and Vision:
In support of the City University of New York's (CUNY's) mission to provide access through an integrated system of learning, CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies awards the only system-wide degree in which the student's academic campus is CUNY. Established in 1971, CUNY Baccalaureate offers demonstrably successful transfer students a flexible and academically challenging path towards their degrees while giving them a share of the responsibility for the content of those degrees. Students develop, with faculty mentors, individualized courses of study that are unique within CUNY and typically interdisciplinary in content. Successful students are self-directed, intellectually curious, academically talented individuals who are interested in designing an individualized, rigorous program of study that supports their academic, professional and personal goals through intellectual exploration and responsible educational innovation.