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Top Ranked Baruch College & Touro College Bring an Influx of Fall Students

Not many think of Manhattan as a college town, but a college town vibe may come to mind when you think of Greenwich Village and Morningside Heights. Well, add the Flatiron District to that list. In addition to its 40-plus wellness studios, unbelievable array of casual and fine dining, and reputation as NYC’s Tech epicenter, Flatiron is home to thousands of college students attending Baruch College (CUNY) and Touro College. This summer, both schools received coveted spots on MONEY Magazine’s 2017-18 Best Colleges list.

At the front of the pack, Baruch College was named the #1 “Best Public College” in the country and ranked #2 on MONEY’s “Best Colleges for Your Money”. Baruch’s ability to boast successful alumni coupled with low levels of student debt, and a high rate of social mobility, landed the institution MONEY’s highest rankings. Over 18,000 students from 164 countries, 40% of which are first-generation college students, attend Baruch. The hard work of 500 full-time faculty members and over 700 administrative and personnel professionals allows Baruch to achieve these accolades. Adding to Baruch’s appeal? The Arts. The Baruch Performing Arts Center is home to theater, dance, and literary productions, and the Sidney Mishkin Gallery routinely showcases museum-quality traveling exhibits in addition to its permanent collection of over 300 artworks from the 20th Century. Both students and Flatiron neighbors are able to take advantage of the cultural enrichment the school offers.

Not to be outdone, Touro College earned the title of MONEY’s #1 “Value-Added All-Star”. This list awards schools that best help students achieve significant upward mobility, looking specifically at graduation rates, student loan repayment rates, and alumni earnings for a given student population. Touro, founded in 1971 with a mission to provide a stellar education to the Jewish community, is the youngest school included on Money Magazine’s list. Touro College’s student body is increasingly diverse, with enrollment bringing 10,000 students into the Flatiron District. The school also boasts more than 200 full-time professors and academics on its faculty. Touro’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies, School of Health Sciences, New York School of Career and Applied Sciences (NYSCAS), Graduate School of Education, and Graduate School of Social Work offer exceptional opportunities for working professionals.

The common thread between these Flatiron institutions: the best bang for your buck. 2016 college graduates averaged $37,172 in student loan debt (via Student Debt Hero). Graduates from both Baruch College and Touro College enter the workforce owing considerably less ($8,500 on average at Baruch, $10,849 at Touro) and, helped by ready access to incredible internship and work experience opportunities in New York City, within five years, earn on average roughly $50,000 per year.

In the coming weeks, as the neighborhood prepares for fall, expect an influx of freshmen, upper classmen, and graduate students returning to their college town, the Flatiron District, ready to hit the books. And thanks to the education they’re receiving at either Baruch or Touro College, we know they are set up for success.

Image Courtesy of Money Magazine

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