CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA, estab. 1971) is a University-wide, individualized degree. It’s an exciting, versatile, rewarding degree route for highly-motivated, self-directed students whose academic goals transcend traditional majors. CUNY BA attracts many of the best students from within and from outside the University.

Enrollment and Retention

  • About 350 to 400 students, both full-time and part-time, are enrolled. Over half are: women; minorities; and over the age of 24.
  • CUNY BA students can be matriculated in a community college; at 68 credits, they transfer to one of CUNY’s senior colleges.
  • Students often report that before finding this individualized degree they were considering leaving CUNY because they could not achieve their academic goals.
  • Each CUNY BA student has an assigned full-time academic advisor from the CUNY BA office; each also chooses and works with at least one full-time faculty mentor.

Admissions and Recruitment

  • Minimum eligibility requires at least 12 college credits complete with at least a 2.8 GPA and, of course, an idea for one (or two) viable individualized area(s) of concentration.
  • The average GPA of admits has risen each year over the past 10 years. Cohorts now enter, on average, with a transfer GPA of 3.31 and 66 credits.

Graduation Rates

  • On average, students graduate in 2 years.
  • Students graduate with a University-wide degree and alumni privileges at their home colleges.
  • The graduation rate for more than 20 years has been over 70%.
  • 60% of students graduate with academic honors.

After Graduation

  • Since 1991, just over 50% of CUNY BA alumni have continued to graduate school; about half of those have attended a CUNY graduate program. A majority of graduates surveyed say their undergraduate education adequately prepared them for graduate school.
  • 80% of graduates hold jobs in fields related to their areas of concentration.
  • More than half of the graduates report receiving promotions or raises in their current positions or starting new careers upon earning the degree.
  • Close to 80% live in New York.
  • The vast majority of graduates say CUNY Baccalaureate exceeded their expectations and that they would recommend it to others.

Faculty Mentors

  • Approximately 400 full-time CUNY faculty members are serving as mentors to CUNY Baccalaureate students at any given time.
  • Mentors frequently report that working with their CUNY BA mentees is one of the most rewarding aspects of their careers.
  • CUNY-wide, more than 80% of the senior college faculty hold Ph.D.s or other highest degrees in their fields. CUNY’s full-time teaching faculty of 6,100 includes world-renowned experts in virtually every field of human endeavor.